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Welcome to Easter Island

The holiday season is set to get under way on the Isle of Wight during March and April, as the Island gears-up for an action-packed Easter of family fun.

And for those in search of space (of the “final frontier” variety), this is definitely the place to head to this Easter!

Fort Victoria Country Park will set the scene on March 30th with a family friendly Space Discovery Day from 10.30am to 2pm (£5 adults, £3 children), which will focus on the solar system and its effects on Earth: http://www.islandastronomy.co.uk/spacediscoveryday.html.

A Victorian Fort located on north shore of the Isle of Wight, Fort Victoria today is a fascinating attraction in its own right, and it will be hosting two more out-of-this-world experiences over Easter.

“We Are Aliens” features a fascinating 30-minutes show, which seeks to find the evidence of alien life in our galaxy (http://wearealiens.com/); and “Cell! Cell! Cell!” a 25-minute character-driven story suitable for 13-year-olds-plus which explains how we are all made of 70 trillion living cells.  They work.  They talk.  They think.  They are what make you alive.  This is the story – via a series of bizarre contraptions to look inside cells and explore the human body – of how they do it.  Discover the mystery of DNA and find out how we all started as a single cell (http://cell-cell-cell.com/) 

There is even a series of Isle of Wight Star Parties (on the nights of March 7th-11th), taking full advantage of the Island’s dark skies: http://www.iowstarparty.org/IOWSP/Home.html.

Slightly more in keeping with Easter itself, the Yarmouth annual Duck Race will be held at 4.30pm on Easter Sunday, when 1,000 bright yellow plastic ducks will be released into the River Yar: http://www.islandpulse.co.uk/b2/duck-race-on-the-river-yar-10404/.

Three of the Island’s major attractions have also lined-up special Easter treats for their visitors: Blackgang Chine is holding an Eggstravaganza http://www.blackgangchine.com/events/easter-eggstravaganza; The Isle of Wight Steam Railway has a kids-go-free deal http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/special-events/april/easter-kids-go-free/details/6-easter-fun-kids-go-free.html; and as well as welcoming mad Professor Huxley Humbug http://www.theneedles.co.uk/whats_on.php throughout the Easter holidays, The Needles will also be launching its new 4D Cinema experience.

Other Easteregg trails on the Island, meanwhile, include one at Mottistone Manor Garden on March 31st, from 11am to 4pm; and one at Newtown Nature Reserve on Monday, April 1st from 10am to 1pm.

For further details about the Isle of Wight, visit http://www.visitwight.co.uk.


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Press Manager, Visit Isle of Wight

Tel: 01983-201048

E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Autumn comes to the Isle of Wight

 Autumn comes to the Isle of Wight

Visitors to The Isle of Wight this autumn will be able to enjoy a bumper crop of seasonal colours, courses and activities throughout the months of October and November.

One of the best ways of enjoying the Island’s famous autumn colours along both its coast and countryside is to sign-up to one of the 100-plus walks in the line-up of walks during the Autumn Walking Weekend, which is this year set to run from Friday, October 25th to Monday, October 28th.  Following in the footsteps of everything from alpacas to dinosaurs, the Autumn Walking Weekend is a spin-off from the ever-popular annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which has taken place on the Island for the last 15 years and is now widely recognised as the biggest Walking Festival in the UK.  For more details, visit http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/. 

Another option is to stay a night on The Isle of Fright to enjoy some seasonal japes between October 19th and November 3rd.  Coinciding with the school half-term holidays, when it will be possible for overnight visitors to pick-up some out-of-season accommodation deals, The Isle of Fright’s full schedule of events are on a special section of the Visit Isle of Wight website, and draws on a spooky seafaring history and dark Victoriana heritage.  And while “The Apocalypse is Coming” (to Puckpool Park, from October 30th to November 3rd) there’s now a complete listing and further details on how to get here, and where to stay, at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/isle-of-fright.

Bonfire Night will once again be celebrated in traditional style at Yarmouth’s historic harbour on Tuesday, November 5th.  A Torchlight Parade and Firework Display has been held here for many years now.  It all starts with a party in the Square, followed by a parade to the Common that provides a grandstand for the firework display offshore.  For more details, visit http://www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk/events-coverage-photos/guy-fawkes-fireworks/.

Another seasonal occasion on the Island these days is Farmer Jack’s Pumpkin Day on Saturday, October 26th when visitors can take their decorated and carved pumpkins along to Farmer Jack’s farm shop for a bit of Halloween fun.  Opportunities to cook, or carve, a pumpkin from scratch, meanwhile, are also available between October 26th, and 31st.  For more details, visit http://www.farmerjacks.co.uk/events/.

Other autumn activities scheduled for October and November on the Island this year include Stargazing Weekends at the Island Planetarium (http://www.islandastronomy.co.uk/stargazingweekends.html) and a Fungus Foray at Newtown National Nature Reserve, October 19th at 10am (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/london-and-south-east/things-to-see-and-do/isle-of-wight/). 

For some guaranteed autumn colours, it’s best to head to the Electric Woods Autumn Aurora where, from October 18th to November 2nd, Robin Hill’s stunning ancient woodland will be brought to life by creative lighting, sound and special effects (http://www.robin-hill.com/events).

Last, but by no means least, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival takes centre stage from October 18th-20th this autumn, with tickets costing from just £4.00 per talk, to £13.50 per day; or £34 for a full weekend pass.  Speakers this year include Westminster wit Simon Hoggart, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Penelope Keith.  For a full schedule, visit www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org.

All tourist information relating to the Isle of Wight can be found at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk



 A Christmas Tree Festival in a 14th century village, Christmas carnivals winding their way through seaside towns, Christmas markets in historic settings and the opportunity to pick up unusual seasonal gifts, this year why not treat your loved ones to a cracker of a Christmas on the Isle of Wight?

Lots of Island towns and villages will be celebrating the festive season with delightful decorations, lights and markets.    The annual Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival (5 to 8 December) will create a magical atmosphere for visitors who can view the beautiful exhibits of over a hundred themed and decorated trees and take part in a brilliant range of festive events in and around the historic hamlets of Brighstone and Mottistone.   Take time to visit Brighstone’s National Trust shop and museum housed in a row of attractive thatched cottages – especially on Sunday the 8th when NT staff will be serving complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.


Or step into a Christmas wonderland at Osborne’s showpiece Victorian Christmas event also held over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of December.  There’ll be Victorian carols to sing along with, a magical merry-go-round, traditional sideshow games, hot roasted chestnuts and of course Queen Victoria will be there, all under a frosting of perfect white ‘snow’. 

A Victorian strong man show will wow the crowds and there’ll be special 30 minute performances of A Christmas Carol. For the first time, there’ll be Victorian festive falconry displays on the Durbar lawn and on Sunday, author Jeremy Archer will be reading from his book ‘A Royal Christmas’. After taking the kids to visit Father Christmas, you can pick up some charming and unique gifts that you won’t find on the high street and enjoy the house dressed in its Christmas finery,


Another seasonal option is Ryde’s Dickensian Christmas event (7/8 December) with strolling performers, singers, actors,  a street circus and a Christmas Grotto in the Royal Victoria Arcade Museum and Heritage Centre.   At 11am on Saturday 7th, Queen Victoria and her entourage will be getting in the Christmas spirit with a tour of this Victorian & Regency Town.

Warm up afterwards with a delicious mug of hot chocolate at the Chocolate Apothecary, a former Victorian chemist’s on Ryde seafront  (http://www.chocolateapothecary.co.uk/).

Not only is the shop – which has been dubbed “A chocoholic’s heaven” by TripAdvisor  – filled with delicious hand-made chocolates, but the owner, Sue, also supplies Briddlesford Lodge Farm shop, Brading Roman Villa, Made On the Isle of Wight, IW Steam Railway and makes special garlic flavoured chocolate for the Garlic Farm and lavender flavoured truffles and fondants for Isle of Wight Lavender. If you want something individual for someone special, the Chocolate Apothecary can make you chocolate delicacies to order

More food heaven can be found at Cowes Christmas Festival on 14th and Sunday 15th December, which features a food theatre with demos from top local chefs and talks from IW producers.  There will also be stalls selling Island food and drink, arts & crafts, plus children’s face painting, live music and Santa’s Grotto.    Father Christmas will also be returning by horse and carriage to the Needles Park and to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’ Santa Specials where visitors will be able to meet Santa’s Alpcas and enjoy a bustling Christmas market.




The annual Ventnor Boxing Day swim (Thursday 26th December) when 100 brave swimmers/dippers including children is a sight to behold.  The dip is at midday prompt – fancy dress is optional – with seafront pubs providing food and hot toddies to swimmers and onlookers alike. 

For four days between 27th & 30th December you can also enjoy the majesty of Robin Hill in mid-winter.  To celebrate the launch of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie on 20th December, the park will be re-opening its popular “Jurassic” trail (http://www.robin-hill.com/).  Or take part in one of Dinosaur Isle’s popular guided fossil walks which are running throughout December: http://www.dinosaurisle.com/newhomepage.aspx

In Newport, perfect Christmas gifts and craftwork can be purchased at the Quay Arts Craft Shop. Every year their Christmas selection flies off the shelves with a choice of over 60 artist’s works for sale ranging from wooden sculptures, silver handcrafted jewellery to fun-packed handmade educational children’s items (www.quayarts.org).

David Thornton, CEO Visit Isle of Wight said:  “There’s nowhere quite like the Isle of Wight for some good old-fashioned, Christmas cheer.

“Local communities come together to create a truly unique experience and this can be enjoyed by everyone who chooses to spend this special time of the year on the Island.”   

For those visitors who would like to attend midnight mass, there are plenty of village churches offering Christmas Eve services.   As an alternative, the monks of Quarr Abbey will be providing midnight mass to local people and visitors alike at the Island’s Benedictine monastery on 24 December, as well as a mass at 10am on Christmas Day.   Visit www.quarrabbey.co.uk for further details.  

With regular ferry services from Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington and Southsea and an abundance of special Christmas accommodation packages, the Isle of Wight presents the ideal opportunity for a wonderful Christmas break for the whole family.   

For a full schedule of festival events, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/christmas


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672      E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Ryde’s Dickensian Christmas event (7/8 December):

The highlight of the festivities is a Royal visit on Saturday the 7th at 11.30am giving shoppers, visitors, well- wishers and shop workers a chance to show off their

Christmas spirit whilst the Royal party takes a tour of our Victorian & Regency Town

For more information, please contact Ryde Business Assn: carol_rba@ymail.com