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Seven reasons for visiting the Isle of Wight in 2018

Bed and breakfast – in a tree

Goodleaf on the Isle of Wight will be unveiling a new tree top experience in April/May, 2018.  Taking place in the grounds of historic Jacobean manor house Northcourt, in Shorwell, Goodleaf Tree Climbing will offer Tree Top Camping for the very first time on the Isle of Wight.  Sleeping in special ‘Tree Boats’ imported from the USA, climbers will learn the ropes with recreational tree climbing experts Goodleaf, before spending the night sleeping high in the canopy of a beautiful 15 metre beech tree in this beautiful location deep in the rural heart of the Island.  Supper can be taken at the local pub The Crown Inn in Shorwell before ascending into the canopy, relaxing and enjoying a bird’s eye view from your “bed for the night”.  Breakfast will be delivered to you in your hammock by the instructor.  The cost is £350 per person; £450 for two people; and £550 for three.  There will be a maximum of ten overnight camps a year. https://www.goodleaf.co.uk

Celebrating 175 years of magic

Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, the oldest theme park in the UK and one of the most iconic tourist destinations, will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2018. Numerous events will be taking place throughout the year that befits this magical, wacky, wonderful theme park. Blackgang Chine was founded by Alexander Dabell in 1843 when all that stood here was the Chine itself – a spectacular gorge that cut some 500-feet, deep into the cliff face. The Victorians travelled from far and wide to experience its breathtaking views; and the very first ‘attraction’ was the skeleton of a whale which had been washed up onto the beach – and is still on display at Blackgang Chine today. (Blackgang Chine received the royal seal of approval when Queen Victoria visited in August 1853 to see the whale skeleton). The park is still owned and run by the descendants of Alexander Dabell, (the current owner’s great, great, grand-father) and the magic has only grown over the years.  Blackgang Chine is now filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, theme worlds and rides – offering something for all the family and the generations of families who continue to visit year after year. https://blackgangchine.com

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Julia Margaret Cameron – one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, and a member of a Freshwater Circle of glittering literati on the Isle of Wight – was the subject of an exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2014, and featured in special exhibitions at the V&A in London to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2015. She will be in the headlines again in 2018 when Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography (is staged at the National Portrait Gallery in London, from March 1 to May 20.  This major new exhibition brings together the works of four giants of Victorian photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). Dimbola Lodge at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, was the home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, as well as a showcase for contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe. Dimbola Lodge has also been called the best kept secret on the Isle of Wight. http://www.dimbola.co.uk

50 years of a Music Festival on the Isle of Wight

2018 will mark 50 years of an Isle of Wight Festival on the Island.  It’s the 50th anniversary of the first Music Festival on the Isle of Wight. “The Great South Coast Bankholiday Pop Festivity” took place overnight on August 31 and September 1 at Hell Field, Ford Farm, near Godshill in 1968 attended by approximately 10,000 people;  and was followed in 1969 by the Wootton Festival with Bob Dylan, and in 1970 at the Afton Festival (at East Afton Farm and not far from what is now site of Dimbola Museum & Galleries) with Jimi Hendrix and The Doors amongst many others, attracting an incredible estimated 600,000 souls. http://isleofwightfestival.com

There are also plans being drawn up for a commemorative event in 2020 to celebrate this colossal and world-famous music event on the same site at East Afton.

Tiny Homes Holidays

Opened towards the end of 2017, Tiny Homes Holidays is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight. Tiny Homes are all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment adjacent to Parkhurst Forest with its walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore (including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels).  Another new trend being introduced here, thanks to the construction of a small studio is #studycations. http://www.tinyhomesholidays.com/

Isle of Wight Literary Heroes Trail

Following hard on the heels of the launch of its Victoria’s Island Trail to celebrate the appearance of the Victoria & Abdul movie in cinemas worldwide, Visit Isle of Wight has published a new Literary Heroes Trail which visitors to the Island can follow all-year-round. One of the highlights of the Literary Heroes Trail is the newly re-opened Farringford in Freshwater, where the renowned poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson once lived (https://farringford.co.uk).  The dramatic Gothic house has been the subject of a meticulous five-year restoration project, and is decorated in a late 19th Century style that reflects Tennyson’s tastes and interests. The grounds have also been returned to their authentic Tennyson-era appearance, complete with a walled kitchen garden. Other key locations on the Trail include the sailing village of Seaview, where author Enid Blyton was a regular visitor; and the traditional seaside resort of Ventnor, where Charles Dickens rented Winterbourne in Bonchurch – describing it to his wife as, “The prettiest place I ever saw in my life.” Author Lynne Truss – herself, a regular visitor to the Island – edited the new Literary Heroes Trail leaflet. “I’m not the first writer to be inspired by this jewel of an island,” she says. “Writers have breathed the air here, walked the cliffs and gazed at the glittering sea – and then dashed home to put pen to paper.” The trail also reveals some of its own, home-grown talent, including Oscar winning screenwriter Anthony Minghella who wrote The English Patient. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/literary-heroes-trail

Isle of Wight to host UK Pride in 2018

It has recently been announced that the Isle of Wight will host the next UK Pride, just one year after the Island’s first ever Pride event. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/isle-of-wight-pride-p1427001

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson                  Tel: 07766 705672           Email: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org.

New event at Blackgang: Extinction

Breaking news!   A meteorite has crashed down upon Blackgang Chine and the effects are most peculiar.   Instead of causing extinction, it has brought our pre-historic animals back to life.   Are you brave enough to come and discover more in this new event, Extinction, taking place at Blackgang Chine on Isle of Wight Day, Saturday 23rd September.

Come and meet our not-so-extinct baby dinosaurs and mischievous dodos and be amazed by our Shadow & Sheila show featuring our very playful resident T-Rex dinos.     Plus join our Victorian hunters in the NEW Dino Digs show, in their quest to dig for pre-historic remains in this fun, interactive activity.  What will you find in the depths of the sand?

Lots of fun with a little bit of mischief and mayhem too, for all the family to enjoy.  Park open 10am – 5pm with activities starting at 11am.  For full programme visit : www.blackgangchine.com

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For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Vectis Ventures Limited : 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

Experience the magic ……….Blackgang Illuminations

This October, as the autumnal mists form and the sun sets, a mystical air will envelop Blackgang Chine (on the Isle of Wight) as the magic of Blackgang’s Illuminations return bigger, better and more magical than ever!

On 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th & 20th October – 4th November, as the daylight begins to fade, the park re-awakens with exciting and dynamic interactive lighting effects and displays.  Behold, as the Rumpus Mansion story unveils for the first time; an unmissable 3D animation which uses the Rumpus Mansion building as a canvas to portray the untold story of the dastardly ‘Mr Rumpus and the release of Rumpus past!’.

Plus join your favourite Blackgang characters as they host an evening of magical fun with fairy dance and circus workshops, crafts, potions and fairy tale activities.  Meet our mystical dragon, Cedric, and his mischievous friends Godwin & Finnigan – not forgetting the most magical character of them all, our Fairy Queen!

During half term, Saturday 21st – 29th October, there will be lots of additional activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy – including Ecuador the Bubble Wizard.  Be amazed as he creates breath-taking bubble sculptures before your very eyes, blow smoke magically into bubbles and put you and your friends inside bubbles too!   Plus don’t’ miss the evening’s grand finale … an amazing NEW fire show!

Blackgang Chine is open 10am – 9pm on 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th & 20th October.   During half term, 21st – 29th October, the park is open 10am – 9pm with additional entertainment.  Blackgang is open evenings only, 5pm – 9pm, from 30th September – 4th November.    The season will finish on 4th November with a Fireworks Extravaganza!

For full programme of events please visit  www.blackgangchine.com

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For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

The 2017 Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea (June 23 to July 9)

Some of the UK’s top bloggers from from britmums.com, london-unattached.com, bestbitsworldwide.com and vickyflipfloptravels.com, joined Director of Discover Ferries Bill Gibbons and CEO of Visit Isle of Wight David Thornton in the new Signature Lounge on board Red Osprey to celebrate National Ferry Fortnight (6-20 May) and launch the countdown to the Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea today (Friday 12 May).

The Bloggers were on the Island to learn about what’s great for families this year, and experience the Solent crossing during National Ferry Fortnight, a country-wide promotion taking place this month. The Bloggers were briefed about the Island’s main themes and  campaigns and introduced to new festivals taking place this summer, including Isle of Wight Pride (15th July), and the Isle of Wight Festival of Running (2nd to 4th June).

The Isle of Wight’s annual Festival of the Sea this year sets sail on June 23, for a voyage that will last until July 9, and with the range of nautical festivities – including a pirate festival on golden sands, delicious seafood fresh off the boat, and spectacular yachting extravaganzas featuring thousands of boats.

Now in its 5th year, the Festival of the Sea was created by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) to celebrate the Island’s maritime history, heritage and holiday appeal.

Highlights for 2017 include:

Pirate Plunder at Blackgang Chine

24th and 25th June & 1st & 2nd July

They will be hoisting the Jolly Roger to give young scallywags the chance to join a Scurvy Crew at Blackgang Chine, where there will be opportunities to learn how to sword fight like a true Blackgang Buccaneer and take part in the smugglers’ next treasure hunt.

Challenge the Wight

24th June

A strenuous 26.5-mile hike/run across the Isle of Wight at night.  It’s a chance to walk from the Needles Landmark Attraction to Yaverland to raise money for Challenge & Adventure a local charity that helps disadvantaged and challenging young people on the Isle of Wight.  A ‘lite’ route (12 miles) or kids route (4 miles) is also available.

Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay New Zealand

1st July

This most famous of annual yacht races, and the largest of its kind in the world, regularly attracts entries exceeding 1,500 yachts and upwards of 12,000 sailors racing the 50 nautical miles westabout course around the Isle of Wight, starting and finishing in Cowes.

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra present “Carnival at Sea”

1st July

A ‘Carnival at Sea’ by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra at Medina Theatre, from 7:15pm.  This family friendly concert will celebrate the Islands strong links with the sea – with a programme that includes Rule Britannia and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Mardi Gras Parade in Ryde

1st July

A day-long carnival event by the sea.  Take advantage of a free day of fun and celebration with a parade and festival featuring over 1000 children and young people in fabulous carnival costumes.

Shipwreck Isle 2017, Appley Beach, Ryde

2nd July

Ahoy there!  Join in a thrilling pirate festival set on a spectacular beach, on an enchanted isle.  Expect live pirate music, cannon and firearms demonstrations, stunt action sword fights, young pirate’s entertainment and much, much more skullduggery.

Panerai British Classic Week 2017

6th – 13th July

The Classic Week, now in its 11th year takes place in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight.  Since 2010, it is the only UK regatta forming part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge series, the leading international circuit for classic and vintage yachts.  Social events included as part of the week include an Open Yachts Pontoon Party on the July 9; a Themed Crew Party – “Pirates of Penzance”- on July 10; a prize giving Gala Dinner on the July 12 and the famous Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron on the final day, July 13.

The Edinburgh Cup and South Coast Championship, Cowes

9th – 15th July

A Regatta for the International Dragon fleet.  Designed in 1929, the International Dragon combines classic elegance with grand prix performance, the world’s greatest sailing venues and some of the best sailors from around the globe.  One of the Dragon fleet’s most prestigious trophies is the Edinburgh Cup which was presented to the class in 1949 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is awarded annually to the winner of the International Dragon British Open Championship.

For full details of these and other Festival of the Sea events, visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea.

Festival of the Sea leaflets will be available from Island tourist information points and ferry terminals from Monday 22nd May.

For further tourist information, and accommodation details, visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson

Tel: 07766 705672

Email: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors

The attached image shows David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight (far right) with bloggers from london-unattached.com, britmums.com, bestbitsworldwide.com and vickyflipfloptravels.com, joined by Bill Gibbons (third right) from National Ferry Fortnight at the launch of the Festival of the Sea brochure.  The image was taken in the new Signature Lounge on board Red Funnel’s vessel, Red Falcon.

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

Fairy Festival promises all things magical

Fairy dust is in the air as Blackgang Chine prepares to host its ‘fairy fling’ festival over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May, from 10am – 6pm.  All would-be fairies, pixies and their friends are welcome to come along, join the fun and celebrate all things magical at Blackgang’s Fairyland!

Blackgang’s very own Fairy Queen and her NEW fairy helpers Fairy Aqua, Buccaneer, Blunder, Blossom, & Forrest will be on hand to share their magic spells and sprinkle their fairy dust around the park – plus there will be a special visit from the Fairy Queen’s own Unicorn, ‘Wally’ too.

A festival of fun is planned for the enjoyment of all the family.  Fairies, pixies and their friends can visit the wishing tree and ‘make a wish’, enjoy the ‘live’ Fairy Show, take part in fairy dance workshops and be enchanted by the fairies’ story-telling with Cedric the friendly Dragon. Plus, meet our woodland characters, marvel at the magic performed by our wandering Wizard, listen to beautiful harp sounds in Blackgang’s fairyland and enjoy lots of other entertainment too.

Plus, for all those in arriving in fancy dress, there are special prizes for the best dressed fairies, pixies and sprites!

There are magical surprises around every corner this May Bank Holiday at Blackgang Chine.  For more details, please visit www.blackgangchine.com/events/fairy-fling

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For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

Top 7 reasons for visiting The Isle of Wight in 2017

Underwater Kingdom at Blackgang Chine

A new magical theme world, Underwater Kingdom, will be opening at Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight next Spring.  Visitors will be able to experience the most amazing array of colourful, larger than life, sea creatures whilst discovering magical underwater caves, a vibrant luminescent coral reef, an abandoned sunken shipwreck and a hidden kingdom.

http://www.blackgangchine.com/

Tiny Homes

Opening in 2017, Tiny Homes is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight.  Scheduled to open in the Spring, Tiny Homes is all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment adjacent to Parkhurst Forest with its walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore (including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels).

http://www.tinyhomesholidays.com/

Shanklin Chine is 200!

The Island’s longest-established tourist attraction, Shanklin Chine, celebrates its bicentenary in 2017.  A number of special events to mark the occasion are planned throughout the season including an official 200th anniversary party, which includes the launch of new book that documents the long history of the attraction, which was famed for its many regular high profile visitors in Victorian times – Jane Austen, John Keats and Charles Dickens and many others.  A new photographic exhibition as well as a sculpture trail are also planned for 2017, with magical evening lighting events known as the Chine Lumière featuring in summer and late October.

http://www.shanklinchine.co.uk/

Autistic Holiday Centre to open on the Isle of Wight

Hartlands (previously Hartland Hotel) now owned by the SpectrumBreaks project has undergone a major refit.  Completing in October 2016, the centre provides families with autistic children holiday accommodation and facilities including Indoor Hydro Swimming Pool, Cinema, IT Room, Activity & Sensory Room, Coffee Lounge, Games Room, Art Room, Gymnasium and Sauna.  The Hartlands is a Victorian holiday centre situated in Shanklin on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.  The centre has been designed by its owners, with help from a leading specialist Dr Viv Hinchcliffe, to provide self-catering accommodation and facilities to support families with members of any age on the Autistic Spectrum.

www.spectrumbreaks.co.uk

The Isle of Wight Distillery launches new limited edition oak aged HMS Victory ‘navy strength’ gin

The Isle of Wight Distillery has recently launched the first of four batches of its limited edition oak aged HMS Victory ‘navy strength’ gin at a special event held on board the HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  They also produce Wight Mermaids Gin, Rock Sea Vodka, Apple Pie Moonshine and coming soon, Isle of Wight Whisky.  Visitors can sample it at pubs and farm shops across the Island as well as from two or three mainland stockists and also online.   They are based in Ryde, where it’s possible to visit their vineyard home.  Admission is free and there is a café and shop on site too.

www.isleofwightdistillery.com

Dame Judi Dench to star in a new film about Queen Victoria

Osborne on the Isle of Wight, the seaside residence of Queen Victoria, is a location for a major feature film due to be released in 2017 directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dame Judi Dench entitled “Victoria and Abdul.”

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/

Love Island

Romantic Breaks and Dining Out on the Isle of Wight during February and March. Watch the Visit Isle of Wight website for further details and special offers.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, 07766 705672, sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

Blackgang Illuminations Return …..

This half term, 24th – 31st   October, visitors to Blackgang Chine are in for a very special experience.  The park will be open late from 10am until 8pm with lots of fun activity taking place throughout the day and into the evening too for the whole family.

By day ….  let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery, where you can fight pirates on-board your own ship, discover life size moving dinosaurs, become sheriff of your own town – or experience the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle!

Come and watch our resident baby T’rex dinosaurs, ‘Shadow & Sheila’ and their not so experienced ‘handlers’ as they put on an interactive show.  Plus don’t miss our ‘live’ Cowboy Showdown; we’re talking ‘real’ shoot outs and ‘live’ explosives, a jail break and bank robbery!    And when the town eventually calms down, improve your shooting skills at our cowboy training school!

Then as darkness falls, and after years of darkness ….. the park re-awakens with the magic of Blackgang’s illuminations.    Enjoy an evening exploring the park after dark.   Come dressed as your favourite character!

Take part in ‘Walk the Plank’ pirate activities and outlaw training school, interact with our wandering characters …. and for those brave enough …. experience Restricted Area 5 after dark!

Plus there’s live music, delicious warming food and at the end of the evening, our special finale, a dynamic and fun 3D projection mapping show!       A great night out for all the family!

Blackgang Chine is open from 10am – 8pm during October half term (24th – 31st)   Rides and attractions will be open until late during these evenings but please note some areas of the park will be closed off from late afternoon.   For full programme visit : www.blackgangchine.com

For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

 

Enjoy Island life for the day with Wightlink Ferries – New day trip rates at £45 per family ticket make an Isle of Wight escape a summer must do

Wightlink Ferries has introduced a new foot passenger family rate on its fast Catamaran service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde, and families can now hop over to the Island for a day trip for just £45.  A family ticket is valid for a family group of up to five people; minimum 1 adult and maximum 2 adults in the group, making a return day trip from just £9 per person*.

The Catamaran journey to Ryde, one of the Island’s most bustling towns, takes just 20 minutes, making a day trip to England’s largest Island a must do for castaways this summer.   Alternatively, foot passengers can travel from Portsmouth to Fishbourne or Lymington to Yarmouth for a slightly longer journey of 40 minutes at only £37.50 for a day trip.

Alongside the new rates, Wightlink has introduced a new section to its website that highlights the range of brilliant things to do in a day– www.wightlink.co.uk/daytrips.  Some can be reached on foot or by bike (foot passengers can take bikes on board the ferries at no additional cost) and others can be reached by the Island’s excellent public transport network.

Five of Wightlink’s favourite family days out this summer are:

Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s famous Royal residence in East Cowes, is transforming its spectacular grounds into an open air Luna Cinema under the stars for three nights during August. Families can indulge in a selection of hot food and drinks served from a range of vintage vehicles prior to enjoying the evening entertainment. Tickets cost £13.50 per adult and £9.00 per child.

Foot passengers disembarking the Catamaran at Ryde Pier can catch Southern Vectis bus route 4 towards East Cowes and arrive at Osborne House in just 30 minutes.

Throughout the summer, Robin Hill Adventure Park will play host to a number of stunning summer evenings, with lots of carnival style entertainment, live music and performances. Standard tickets cost from £13.50 each.

Families bringing their bikes along for the day can peddle to Robin Hill from Ryde Pier in just 45 minutes.

The Garlic Festival, 15-16 August, has become one of the Island’s most iconic events and is a superb family day out. Alongside the celebration of garlic (including in ice cream and beer form) there is live entertainment and music.  Rachel Koo will be this year’s guest chef. Tickets cost £9.50 per adult.

For families looking to combine some exercise into their visit, the 5.7 mile walk from Ryde Pier to the Garlic Festival is the perfect option.

Blackgang Chine has been attracting visitors for more than 170 years and is the perfect spot to keep the kids entertained. From spending the day as a princess, to drawing guns at noon or enjoying a dinosaur ride, there is plenty of fun to be had. Standard tickets cost from £16 per person.

Southern Vectis bus Route 7 runs from Yarmouth Bus Station, close to the Terminal. Route 7 connects to the Island bus interchange at Newport. From here Route 6 runs regular services to Blackgang Chine.

Located on the Isle of Wight’s beautiful heritage coastline, The Needles Landmark Attraction offers an exciting family day out. For spectacular views of Alum Bay Beach and Needles Rocks, take a ride on the chair lift.

This is the ideal attraction for foot passengers arriving into Yarmouth, as families can get on board the frequent number 7 bus route and arrive at The Needles in just 25 minutes.

Providing the perfect opportunity to unwind, relax and enjoy family time together, there is no better place to visit than the Isle of Wight for a special summer escape, even if just for a day**.

For more information on the exciting events and activities taking place on the Isle of Wight during summer, download Wightlink’s Wightlife brochure, which is available as an app, via http://www.wightlink.co.uk/wightlife.  Also, check out the Wightlife blog at http://wightlife.com.

*Adults includes any person aged 16 and over

**Longer stays are also encouraged. Explore a range of accommodation options and offers at www.wightlink.co.uk/stay

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For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:

Sophy Norris               01392 248 934            sophy.norris@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Belinda Hallworth        0207 680 7114            belinda.hallworth@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Nadia Fidler                0207 680 7122           nadia.fidler@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

 

Wightlink – Part of Island Life

 

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Nine ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

You can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island in just 22 minutes, the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

The opening of the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey has cut journey times to Portsmouth from Greater London. By contrast, Wightlink’s port at Lymington is reached by an attractive drive through the scenic New Forest.

Prices:

Mainland

Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15.

Island

Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15. 

Book Early, Be Flexible, Save Money

More information can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk

A WHOLE SEASONS FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY!

Step into the land of imagination.   Overlooking the stunning South coast of the Isle of Wight, Blackgang Chine offers an enchanting experience like no other.  Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery where you can fight pirates on-board your own ship, discover life size moving dinosaurs and escape from danger, become sheriff of your own town, round up the outlaws and lock ‘em up – or experience the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle!

Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, theme worlds and exciting rides, you’ll find adventures around every corner, something for all the family.

New for 2015 :

Meet our new ‘hatchling’ Triceratop dinosaurs in Restricted Area 5 …… but only if you’re brave enough!  Visitors are advised to enter through the gates of ‘Restricted Area 5’ at their own risk – and marvel at the gargantuan scale of the life-size moving (animatronic) dinosaurs.  The journey through the ‘Restricted Area 5’ enclosure will bring you up close and personal with dinosaurs of all types including an iguanadon, stegosaurus, screeching raptors, an argentinosaurus BIGGER than a double decker bus and one of the largest animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex in the country – all making their own distinctive sounds and reacting to those who dare walk past.

Plus enjoy hours of fun in Cowboy Town which is now bigger and better than ever. The town’s been remodelled to include new buildings like the National Bank with its safe and gold bars, a red tin tabernacle Church and a new General Stores where all would-be cowboys can stock up on provisions and get their own ‘wanted’ poster!  For the little ones, there’s a new covered tots play area.

And, don’t miss our late night openings during the summer school holidays with :

Dino Nights; ‘Are you brave enough?’ every Monday from 20th July – 31st August.   A whole evening of dinosaur entertainment.   Come and meet Shadow & Sheila, our mischievous baby T’rex dinos and their baby dino friends– all with personalities of their own!    Plus .. are you brave enough to enter ‘Restricted Area 5’ in the evening when the dinosaurs begin to stir? With lots of dinosaur fun, interaction and music around the park, this really is a night out like no other ….. but only if you’re brave enough?!

Big Night Out Fireworks Extravaganza every Wednesday night from 22nd July – 26th August.   Our famous fireworks nights are back with a bang!  Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment including street performers, magicians,  circus skills workshop, roaming dinos, live music, a BBQ and ….. to bring your day to a spectacular end, our awe-inspiring musical firework display set off from the cliff edge!

Blackgang Chine is open daily until 1st November.     All admission tickets include FREE unlimited 7 day returns.    Please check the website for opening times, prices and full calendar of events.  www.blackgangchine.com

For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

There’s a Showdown in Cowboy Town this May half term

Why not mosey on down to Blackgang Chine’s Cowboy Town this May half term (Sunday 24th – Thursday 28th May) for some real ‘wild west’ shenanigans.   Watch out for the outlaws, Rattlesnake Jake and his partner-in-crime, Crazy Bill Gauge, on the run from Sherriff Franklin J Armstrong and his Deputy Flynn Johnson, as they roam the town interacting with our visitors and causing trouble.

You may want to take cover when the action really hots up for the ‘live’ performances which take place twice a day.   We’re talking ‘real’ shoot outs and ‘live’ explosives, a jail break and bank robbery!    And when the town eventually calms down, improve your skills at our cowboy training school where you can learn how to blow a safe, and improve your ‘quick draw’ shooting skills!

Throughout the day, there will be country and western music performed by Luke Guy Read – yee haw!   Plus there’s a BBQ serving real cowboy food to keep you satisfied whilst you’re fighting off the outlaws and saving the town!      Sheriff Fanklin J Armstrong needs all the help he can get.

Dan Selle, Park Manager, said “Cowboy Town is one of the most popular attractions in the park and kids spend hours there playing cowboys and having their own shoot outs.  To celebrate the remodelling of the Cowboy Town and its new attractions, we’re bringing the town to life this half term with real roaming cowboys and ‘live’ shoot outs performances.   Explosive fun for all the family guaranteed!”

Enjoy a rootin’ tootin’ time for the whole family at Blackgang Chine this May half term.  To find out more visit www.blackgangchine.com.

And don’t forget … you can enjoy the special activities at our sister park, Robin Hill, too with a Joint Park Ticket which allows unlimited entry to both parks for the whole week.   See website for details.

NOTE TO EDITOR

Cowboy Town, one of Blackgang Chine’s’ most popular attractions, re-opened this season bigger and better than before.  After 21 years since it was relocated in the park, the town has been remodelled to include new buildings like the National Bank with its safe and gold bars, a red tin tabernacle Church and a new General Stores, where all cowboys can stock up on provisions, and get their own ‘wanted’ posters!     For the little ones there’s also a new covered tots play area and mining tunnels to explore.

There will be a PHOTO opportunity of the ‘live’ Cowboy Showdown in Cowboy Town each afternoon (12.30pm and 3pm) from Saturday 23rd May – Thursday 28th May.

For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk