The Needles Magic in the Sky

SUMMER FUN ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

It’s shaping up for a superlative summer down on the Isle of Wight, especially if you have children to entertain. You can travel through time to the Island of Adventure and find fantastic fantasy worlds where anything is possible.

Actress Celia Imrie is the ‘voice’ of the Isle of Wight in our new TV advert enticing UK holiday-makers to visit the Island and to journey back in time by following a new Time Travel trail with the Transformers: Age of Extinction film that was launched on July 5th. Following in the giant footsteps left behind by Dinosaurs last year, the Isle of Wight is capitalizing on the new Transformers blockbuster, starring Mark Wahlberg and introducing several new prehistoric robot characters, including the Dinobot T-Rex Grimlock.

Pick up Your Passport

First of all you pick up your Time Traveller’s passport from your ferry or an IW Tourist Information point and your journey back to the future with the help of a new Time Travel app begins.

Visit the historic attractions and heritage sites in your passport that are linked to the Dinosaur era; Ancient Britain; the Roman Empire; Medieval times; the Tudors and Stuarts; the Victorians; the present day; and a Dinobot Hunt set in the future and you could win prizes by collecting stamps at each location. These include tickets to Isle of Wight attractions, free holiday travel, cinema tickets, merchandise and a visit to Paramount studios in Hollywood plus a holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Dinosaurs of Blackgang Chine

Winners of Trip Advisor’s prestigious ‘Certificate of Excellence 2014’ for the second year running for consistently achieving outstanding traveller reviews on the TripAdvisor website, Blackgang Chine now boasts huge life-size moving dinosaurs in their new ‘Restricted Area 5’. An Iguanadon, a Stegosaurus, screeching Raptors, an Argentinosaurus bigger than a double decker bus and the most gargantuan T Rex ever seen all make their own distinctive sounds and react to the visitors.

The park’s resident celebrity baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs, Shadow and Sheila, delight the crowds with their ‘LIVE’ performances during the summer holidays and there are new baby dino friends to meet: Jack & Jill, the walking Procomsognathus dinosaurs, George, the baby Brachiosaurus and ‘Caulkie’ the mischievous Caulkicephalus. www.blackgangchine.com

Victoria lives at Osborne House

It is the Victorian era that is brought to life at Osborne House with a new exhibition at the Swiss Cottage and games and dressing up on the beach. ‘Small Adventures for Royal Children’ lets you join a Victorian explorer for tales of adventure and bravery and go on a bug hunt for exotic flora and fauna. You can let your little soldiers run off some energy in the rifle drills and hobby horse relays or watch the antics of Mr Punch and his wife Judy at their seaside show. Take a dip in the Solent and enjoy a game of quoits or skittles with a delicious Isle of Wight Minghella ice cream from the café. www.english-heritage.org.uk/Osborne or telephone 01983 200022

All Eras at IW Steam Railway

Kids go for free at the IW Steam Railway throughout August and you can time travel from the Victorian era to the swinging sixties on board one of their lovely locomotives. Special themed weekends help to take you back in time such as the Victorian Weekend of August 2nd and 3rd, the Jaguar Classic Car Show on August 10th and Island Steam Days on the same day, which celebrates 1940s lorry travel and freight travel throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The 40th Island Steam Show from August 22nd to 25th is a fabulous family day out and 150 years of Steam Travel is celebrated at the station on August 30th. http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events.aspx

Beautiful Bicycle Island

Whether you’re a Mamil (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) or a mummy whose bike has a basket on the front Bicycle Island – Isle of Wight – is one of the best places in the country to discover from the saddle of a bike. Take the whole family on a cycling holiday around the Island’s 500 plus miles of cycle and bridleways that weave their way through our dramatic and contrasting landscapes.

This year Bicycle Island has added new cycle ways, bike-carrying buses, additional bike hire, baggage transfer, and new cycle parking across the Island, to make your Isle of Wight cycling holiday even easier. The Isle of Wight recently scooped top spot in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 World Cycling Routes.” http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island

Enchanted Evenings

The Needles Park at Alum Bay is world renowned for its coloured sands, the stunning chalk stacks of the Needles and the ski style chair lift that takes you down to the beach and back. For five weeks only the park is open late every Thursday for a non-stop party of games, live music and street entertainment, with a spectacular music and fireworks finale lighting-up the skies above the Needles from 9:30pm.

Music and Magic in the Skies takes you to the Rio Carnival in Brazil on July 31st, the 1970s on August 7th, to Children’s Movies on August 14th, to Space on August 21st and has a special Christmas theme on August 28th. http://www.theneedles.co.uk/events.php

Robin Hill hosts Bestival in September but on balmy summer holiday evenings the woods are transformed into a magical realm of light and sound with the Electric Woods from dusk until 10pm and rides and attractions open late into the evening.

Fridays at Robin Hill are ‘Days of Adventure’ and visitors are offered the chance to ‘test their aim’ at archery and ‘get hands on’ with fire lighting and survival skills as part of their Bushcraft Activities. For those with a wilder side there are also mountain boarding taster sessions. Robin Hill, sister attraction to Blackgang Chine as also achieved a Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence for the second year running. http://www.robin-hill.com/events

 

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For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org