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DUCK RACES, EGG HUNTS AND A CLOWN CALLED VERCOE – EASTER ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Easter break arrives earlier this year, and whilst the forward-forecast heatwave may see you rushing for our award-winning beaches – just in case it doesn’t materialise we have a huge range of family-friendly events, activities and attractions to keep you entertained.

Yarmouth Duck Race (Saturday 4th April)

Easily one of the biggest competitor sports events on the Island outside of Cowes Week is the Yarmouth Duck Race. However in sharp contrast to the world’s best known sailing regatta in August, the 1200 competitors are all bright yellow, and approximately 10cm tall.

Nevertheless spectators will still enjoy a great day of racing at this traditional Easter Saturday event, which starts at 3pm on the river by the Yar Bridge. You can even put your name to a racing duck for a £1 – you will be hard pressed to sponsor a competing vessel in Cowes Week at those prices.  http://www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk/

Snail Mail (30th March to 2nd April)

Kicking off a busy first season at the recently transformed Ventnor Exchange is “Snail Mail” – an immersive theatre production for families which will transform the arts venue into a unique world for the audience to explore

The Exchange is operated under the watchful eyes of the creative team behind Ventnor Fringe, and combines an intimate theatre with a record store, and a craft beer bar. In addition to “Snail Mail”, which takes place from 30th March to 2nd April, they have also confirmed many other great events well worth checking out in the forthcoming months.    For more info go to www.ventnorexchange.co.uk

World of the Clown at Piano Café (10th April)

Having once reigned supreme at the heart of circuses and the world of entertainment, the image of the clown has taken a few knocks over the years – largely thanks to Stephen King scaring the bejeebers out of everybody in his 80s horror novel “IT”.

Dispelling the negative image on the 10th April will be “Vercoe” the clown – a traditional performer who has appeared on stage with the likes of the great Buster Keaton. His one-man “World of the Clown” show at the charming Piano Café, in Freshwater Bay, will feature fascinating talks and demonstrations from his years in the business, from “man to clown” and back again. http://www.thepianocafe.co.uk/

Design your own egg cup at Chessell Pottery (3rd to 6th April)

Get creative at Chessell Pottery this Easter and produce your own egg cup memento to take away and cherish with boiled egg and soldiers for years to come. A great activity for the whole family to get involved in, plus a chance to produce a last-minute personalised gift.

It only costs £6.95, with your egg cup included, and decorating sponges (which include rabbits, chicks, lambs and of course eggs) are all provided. http://www.chessellpotterybarns.co.uk/

Easter Egg Trail

One of the biggest draws of Easter for many of us is the opportunity to feast on chocolate eggs, and a well-earned egg tastes better than any other. Many of our family-friendly attractions will be running their own takes on a traditional egg hunt over Easter weekend, with the “Mad Easter Egg Dash” at Robin Hill Country Park on the 5th & 6th April, and “Cadbury Easter Egg Trails” at Mottistone Gardens on 5th April and Newtown Nature Reserve on the 6th April.

Easter Fun Event

With so many things to do on the Isle of Wight you might be spoilt for choice. So why not keep in the seasonal mood by heading to one of our great attractions that will be running Easter Fun events over Easter and the school holidays?

There is Easter Family Fun at The Needles Landmark Attraction, from 28th March to 19th April, with their brand new film experience – The Lost World – showing in the 4D cinema. Queen Victoria’s seaside palace at Osborne will be running their own “Easter Fun” over Easter weekend, where you can follow in the footsteps of her Royal Children, from 3rd to 6th April. Then over the same weekend the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Easter Fun will see “kids go free”, and will be also be inviting them to take part in their daily Easter bonnet parades.

Anyone wanting further information about where to stay and how to reach the Island should visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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

Image of Yarmouth Duck Race attached.

About Visit Isle of Wight

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Award-winning beaches

Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe. With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island yields a fantastic array of beaches, which were awarded a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in 2014 – more than any other destination in England http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/attractions/beaches

 

 

 

 

Spend Easter visiting some major new attractions, or watching duck racing, on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is looking forward to a cracking good Easter, to mark the start of the 2014 holiday season.

Osborne House, for example, is not only getting ready to show off its latest attraction, but will also be hosting a special “Royal Children’s Easter” event during the school holidays.

The hidden world of royal childhood on the Isle of Wight focuses on the opening, this spring, of Swiss Cottage – a full size ‘Wendy’ house, built at Prince Albert’s instruction in the grounds of the estate between 1853 and 1854.  This was the domain of the nine royal children, who played at being adults during their summer holidays on the Isle of Wight and learnt the life-skills their father believed would make them better people, and better rulers.

And from April 7th to 21st visitors to the grounds will be given the chance to follow in the footsteps of the royal children by following a trail to claim their chocolate prize.  Add to that some traditional Victorian egg painting, Victorian games, performances by BZents of a show called ‘We are Amused’ and the Royal Children’s Easter will definitely help to get 2014 off to a flying start at Osborne.  For full details, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne/

In a similar way, the oldest theme park in the country – Blackgang Chine – is planning to offer its visitors some mammoth fun this Easter, with the launch on April 5th of an entirely new attraction, “Restricted Area 5”.

After 42 years of providing fun for generations of families, Blackgang Chine’s “Dinosaur Land” is undergoing a major reinvention in readiness for an entirely new attraction, featuring life-size moving dinosaurs.  The new enclosure will bring visitors up-close-and-personal with dinosaurs of all types including an Argentinosaurus bigger than a double decker bus and the biggest animatronic T-Rex in the country.

But Easter needs to be celebrated, too, so Blackgang Chine’s ‘Easter Extravaganza’ this year will involve a perfect day out for anyone with an especially sweet tooth…a day of all things chocolate, from blind-tastings, to a dip in the chocolate fountain.  For more details, visit www.blackgangchine.com.

A third new attraction on the Isle of Wight, which will be fully operational in time for the Easter holidays is the Train Story Discovery Centre on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  Packed with interactive activities and displays for all ages, this new Discovery Centre presents its own journey through the Island’s very own “train story”.

And best of all, from April 6th to 24th The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will be operating a very special Kids Go FREE service on the line – when, as well as enjoying a train ride, it will now be possible to off at one of our stations for a walk in the countryside, or explore our new Train Story Discovery Centre.  The Kids Go FREE offer is for up to 2 children aged up to 15 years, so long as they are travelling with a full-fare paying adult.   Prices online are Adults £10.50, Child (5-15) FREE, Infant (0-4) FREE.  For full details, visit www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk.

One especially quirky-and-quacky event which has become a part of the Easter tradition on the Island is the Easter Saturday Duck Race on the River Yar, which will this year be held on April 19th, at 5pm.  Every Easter a thousand numbered, yellow, plastic ducks are released in to the river in Yarmouth, before setting-off on their journey to be carried along by the tide.  The first four to reach the Yar bridge are declared the winners.  Tickets and refreshments are sold beforehand at Yarmouth Sailing Club.  For more information and to see pictures from previous years, visit www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk.

And for a true taste of Easter, don’t forget the many egg-hunts across the Island, including those at Mottistone Manor on Sunday, April 20th from 11am to 4pm (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottistone-gardens); Bembridge Windmill on Sunday, April 20th from 10.30am to 4pm (bembridgemill@nationaltrust.org.uk); Robin Hill on Sunday April 20th and Monday April 21st (www.robin-hill.com); and The Model Village in Godshill every day from April 18th to April 21st (www.modelvillagegodshill.co.uk).

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, meanwhile, is offering activities for kids during the Easter holidays.  Priced at £30 per day and running Monday to Thursday both weeks, activities will include kayaking, archery, and mountain boarding.  Visit http://isleofwightadventureactivities.co.uk/2014/03/easter-holiday-activities/ for more details.

Anyone wanting further information about where to stay and how to reach the Island should visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

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.

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For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Press Manager, Visit Isle of Wight

Tel: 01983-201048

E-mail: sue@visitwight.org