150 years of rail travel on the Isle of Wight is to be marked on the Island at the end of August.
Tickets for the special celebrations across the Island on Saturday, August 30th are already on sale at £18.64, and include unlimited rail travel on all Island Line services, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and a return vintage bus service between Shanklin and Ventnor Gardens. Discounted admittance for Ventnor Botanic Gardens is also included in the price.
The day has been designed to give visitors the chance to step back in time and travel through 150 years of rail transport and life on the Isle of Wight. Celebrations will include a vintage vehicle display at Ryde, as well as steam fairs, stalls and entertainment across a large selection of the island’s stations.
While Ryde Esplanade Travel Centre will stage the Isle of Wight Railway’s 150 Exhibition, Brading Station will host a 1950s day, which will include signal box tours as well as vintage and memorabilia stalls.
Visitors to Shanklin Station can party through 150 years, and enjoy a selection of local traders’ stalls and vintage vehicles while enjoying a glass of Pimms or Rail Ale.
Tickets can be bought in advance by telephoning 01983 882204, or can be bought for £20 on the day from the Booking Office. Anyone wanting to visit the island from the mainland for this event will also be given the opportunity to purchase combination tickets with the ferry companies.
For full details, visit http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/150-years-of-rail.aspx.
The Isle of Wight recently launched its Time Travel app and passports (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspire-me/time-travel) for its visitors, and Ryde Carnival – reputedly the oldest carnival in the UK – also fits right in with the end of the summer school holidays fun.
Dating back to 1887 and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, who became a lifelong patron of the event, Ryde Carnival will this year feature a Children’s Procession on Friday August 29th, followed by Ryde Illuminated on August 30th when hundreds of participants and many thousands of spectators will join the fun. For full details, visit http://www.rydecarnival.com.
Visitors to the Island wanting to fast-forward to the 21st century this August Bank Holiday will also have an opportunity to watch the Formula One of the Sea powerboat Cowes-Torquay-Cowes endurance race (http://cowestorquaycowes.co.uk/timings/).
For further details of August Bank Holiday events and accommodation on the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.
For further information, please contact:
Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer
Tel: 07766 705672