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Celebrating Chinese New Year on the Isle of Wight

What better way to celebrate one of the world’s most popular celebrations, than in dynamically lit ancient woodlands, surrounded by a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features?

This January and February, Robin Hill will once again be hosting their electric woods event, Spirit of the Orient, which captures the spirit of Chinese New Year through stunning spectacles of oriental themed light, sound and entertainment.

As 2017 is the year of the Rooster, visitors can enjoy a spectacular new sound and light show set within the woodland glades, which tells the story of how the rooster came to be finally selected as one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.  The storytelling theme continues with a larger than life mystical dragon recounting traditional Chinese stories, before children can then take part in a fun procession with a 12-metre-long dragon, which will meander through the woodlands, before venturing across the canopy skywalk amidst plumes of flames!

The Oriental themed entertainment continues with an authentic performance of a traditional lion dance, featuring illuminated lions in a show full of fun choreography with light and sound effects.   And if that’s not enough … there’s a wishing tree to make your dreams come true, glow poi performers wandering through the woodlands, and an amazing falconry show in the woodland amphitheatre too!

During half term week ONLY (18th – 26th February), an elegant and colourful Chinese fan dance will be performed by a dance troupe of 20 artists in the woodland amphitheatre.

To complete the evening, visitors can enjoy the delights of an authentic oriental menu served in the woodland ponds, and toast marshmallows on the open brazier – there will be something to suit all tastes.

The electric woods Spirit of the Orient is open to visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm – 10pm, starting Friday 27th January (Chinese New Year weekend), up to and including February half-term, when it will be open every evening until Sunday 26th February.

Tickets cost £12.50 per person or £46 for a saver ticket (4 x people).  Children under 4 years are free.  Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the website:  www.electricwoods.co.uk



  • Chinese New Year 2017 is the year of the rooster.
  • Robin Hill’s electric woods won Bronze for ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ at the Beautiful South Awards 2015-16
  • The electric woods is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, sound and entertainment set in Robin Hill’s ancient woodland. In February the Chinese New Year is celebrated with the Spirit of the Orient – and during October the electric woods is themed Festival of Light inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali.
  • For further information, contact Michelle Russell: 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk


Electric Woods Returns

The magical Electric Woods returns to Robin Hill this February Half Term, marking the coming of the Chinese New Year with a stunning new spectacle of light, sound and colour.

Electric Woods Balcony View

Strong oriental themes will be on offer in the parks magical illuminated woodland to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations. This is the first of a series of openings in 2013 for the parks new “Electric Woods” which made a popular evening debut with Islander’s last summer and autumn to rave reviews from visitors.

It is also the first time Robin Hill will have ever opened it’s gates during this time of the year, with the “Spirit of the Orient” Electric Woods event starting Saturday 16th & finishing Sunday 24th February.

Robin Hill will be open every day during the celebrations from 10am until 8pm, and the usual range of attractions will be opened for all visitors during daylight hours, including the newly revamped 4D Motion cinema.

As dusk begins to falls the Oriental theming will burst into life with an array of lanterns, flags and features through the parks woodland. Visitors will marvel at the stunning “Golden Oriole” bridge with its cascading golden water as well as being treated to Chinese themed entertainment and dancing on the woodland bowl stage.

Electric Woods Lanterns

An oriental menu will feature at the woodlands ponds where floating lanterns will bring magical reflections to the water and themed music will add to the ambience. There will be the chance to sample some fortune cookies and authentic Chinese tea as well as win a great prize in the Chinese red envelope lucky dip.

Some of the main family attractions will also remain open well into the evening and there will be children’s entertainment and a special evening owl show including the parks own barn owl Nimbus to add some more traditional Robin Hill fun to the mix.

The Park’s event manager Darren Cool said “The Electric Woods-Spirit of the Orient” celebration at the park will be something quite novel and exciting for the Isle of Wight. It’s a colourful spectacle of sound and light to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year and to help us look forward to the coming of spring. It will certainly give something bright and cheerful in one of the dullest months of the calendar. Lots of people have commented that there is nothing to do during this particular school holiday on the Island, so at last we can say we are doing something fun, very different and suitable for all ages. Visitors were impressed by the majesty of the parks creative lighting and sound last year and the oriental theme gives an exciting twist to this which people will love.”

The special February half term entry ticket includes unlimited 9 day of returns, so people can come back day and night, again and again if they want to.

Full details of specific times, events and entry prices are available from the parks website


Tickets are available in advance from the website or by calling the park on 01983 556052.