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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

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NOTE TO EDITOR

  • 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

 

Fun and frolics on the Isle of Wight this February half-term

The February half-term presents the ideal opportunity for taking the family away and a break on the Isle of Wight with its traditional seaside resorts and activities to suit toddlers through to teens, will give the whole family a holiday to remember.

Experience the great outdoors as you go in search of dinosaur remains, cycle the traffic-free Troll Trail, or build a snowman out of sand.

This half-term, you could also be one of the first to see rescued tiger Simi in her new Isle of Wight home, or swing by the award-winning Monkey Haven – a sanctuary for monkeys and other animals in need.  And if it should rain on the ‘sunshine isle’ you can always jump for joy at the Island’s new all-weather trampoline park with its 40 interconnecting trampolines, or set a new record at the Island’s all-weather karting track.

These and more great adventures can be enjoyed on the Island this February half-term:

Sandman Snowman Spectacular

Come to Small Hope Beach in Shanklin and build a sandman/snowman.    Past years have seen the beach populated by mermaids, dolphins, dogs, sandmen, sand ladies and a whole array of other characters.  There’ll be hot chocolate on hand to warm chilly fingers and the nice people from Gift to Nature will also provide the coal and carrots for your creations – you just need to bring a spade, the creative ideas and bags of enthusiasm.

Date:               21st February, 2-4pm.

Where:            Small Hope Beach, Shanklin, PO37 6EA.

Cost:                £2 per person – suitable for adults and children.

More:               Call 01983 201565 for more details.

http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/sandman-snowman-p1197861

Electric Woods: Spirit of the Orient

A stunning spectacle of Oriental themed light, sound and entertainment will mark the Chinese New Year at Robin Hill’s award-winning ‘electric woods’ during February half-term.  Visitors can enjoy a series of new sound ‘and light displays dispersed around the woodland and  children can join in the celebration by taking part in a fun and interactive dragon procession with a 12m long dragon costume.  There will also be an amazing falconry show in the amphitheatre, which includes the falcon, Baldric, showing off his new ‘head cam projection’ where visitors literally get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the show.

Date:               February 13- 21, from 5pm to 9pm.

Where:            Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens, Downend, Near Arreton, Newport PO30 2NU.

Cost:                Tickets cost £10.95 per person (aged 4+) and are available to purchase in advance from the website: www.electricwoods.co.uk

More:                   http://robin-hill.com/events/february-2016-

Victorian Fun and Games at Osborne

Experience a range of fun games and pastimes played by children in Victorian England and learn how the royal children would have lived and played at Osborne.

Date:               15th to 19th February

Where:            Osborne, York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX.

Cost:                £10.50 (adult), £6.30 (age 5 to 15), £9.59 (concession) £27.50 (family).   Free for English Heritage members.

More:               http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/victorian-fun-and-games-Osb-15-02-2016/

Woodland event at Borthwood Copse, near Sandown.

Have fun exploring the ancient woodland at Borthwood Copse at this National Trust family event.  Find out more about the life of the Island’s native red squirrels, woodland trails, wild art and balancing poles. Have a go at creating your own squirrel dray and make a squirrel mask.  Bring a picnic lunch and wear trainers, or walking boots, with good grip for balancing on wooden poles.

Date:               February 17, 11am to 3pm

Where:            Meet at Borthwood Copse (SZ 566 844). Parking limited, Bus route No. 8

Cost:                Free – donations to cover cost of materials welcome.

More:               http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/50d545e4-0dfe-4161-80b0-0c3f3cd197d2/pages/details

Activity Days at Newport Roman Villa

The well-preserved remains at Newport Roman Villa provide a fascinating insight into country life in third century Britain. The villa has a superb bath suite with under floor heating and remnants of mosaic floors.  This February half-term families can get hands on at two fun activity days:  ‘Clay Day’ on February 15 and ‘Crafty Day’ on February 17.   Visitors can also find out more about the Roman occupation of the Isle of Wight by exploring the exhibition area, which displays artefacts found throughout the Island.

Date:               February 15 (Clay Day) and February 17 (Crafty Day), 11am to 3pm

Where:            Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Road, PO30 1HA

Cost:               £1 per person to include entry to site and all activities – no booking required.

More:              For more information call 01983 823433 or e-mail museums@iow.gov.uk

Wildlife Activity Day at Freshwater Fruit Farm

Amphibians and reptiles are hibernating at this time of the year but there are red squirrels in the garden and a wide variety of birds.   So get out of doors and join members of the Wight Squirrel Project for a range of activities that include searching for wildlife around the farm, storytelling, plus homemade hotdogs for lunch.

Date:               February 16th, starting at 11am

Where:            Freshwater Fruit Farm, Wilmingham Lane, Freshwater, PO40 9UG.  Parking is available on site.

Cost:                £3 including lunch for children and £1.50 for refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) for adults.

More:               Please call 01983 753413 to book your place and for any queries.

Half-term fun at the Garlic Farm

There are lots of fun activities taking place throughout this February half term at the Island’s Garlic Farm.   So come along to the farm and learn all about garlic with regular talks and demonstrations.

Date:               13th to 21st February, 11am to 3pm

Where:            The Garlic Farm, Mersley Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0NR

Cost:                Entry to the farm is free and activities are individually priced – see website for more details.

More:               http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/halft-term-fun-at-the-garlic-farm-p1247201

 

For more fun and frolics this February half-term, go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/february-half-term

Top 10 reasons for visiting The Isle of Wight in 2016

1. Listen with Mother

This year’s Acoustic Isle takes place from February 24 to March 6 – which also happens to coincide with Mothering Sunday.  The Isle of Wight’s Acoustic Isle music festival now takes place each year and builds on the Island’s strong musical heritage and festival scene.  This “unplugged” music event features hundreds of musicians coming together to perform a series of relaxed gigs in Isle of Wight pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants…and even on board selected ferries.

2. Anchors aweigh

The Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea will once again be staged in 2016, from June 18th to July 3rd.  The Festival will coincide with the Round Island Yacht Race on July 2nd – an even bigger race than those held in Cowes Week which will be held from August 6th to 13th.  2016, meanwhile also marks the arrival of another major sailing spectacle on the Isle of Wight in late June – La Solitaire du Figaro .

3. Winston’s walk

An Isle of Wight “Churchill Trail” is scheduled to be launched this Easter.  Winston’s parents, Randolf and Jenny Jerome, met at a party on a yacht moored off of Cowes.  Randolf proposed to her two days later in the garden of an Island cottage on the seafront.  Local author Anthony Churchill has written an impressive coffee table book on the connections between the Churchill family and the Isle of Wight.  Based on that, the new trail visits the locations that have a connection to the family across the Island.

4. Squirrel away an E-bike

The Isle of Wight will launch an entirely new electric bike scheme from this Spring.  Red Squirrel Electric Bikes will feature 25 former French postal service bicycles, which can be hired online, or in person, and then picked-up on arrival at the Island from Visit Isle of Wight’s Visitor Centre at The Guildhall in Newport.  Hire cost is £35 per day (over 14s only), and will includes a map listing charge points at island pubs and cafes, plus cycle helmet and high-vis jacket.  The scheme will be rolled out to include other parts of the island in the near future.  For more information go to visitisleofwight.co.uk, or follow on Twitter @RedSquirrelBike.

5. A new moo-seum for the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is set to welcome a new all-weather family attraction, in Spring 2016.  Tapnell Farm Park (the full website will go live in March), near Yarmouth, will offer a range of new activities including animal encounters, an immersive “moo-seum”, a fun-packed indoor soft play barn, outdoor play areas with pedal go karts and a “Jumping Pillow”, farm tours, café and refreshment area, and gift shop.  Central to the new offering will be a host of interactive animal encounters allowing visitors to get up close and personal with a range of farm animals, as well as a friendly mob of wallabies.  The farm park will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about cows with an interactive “moo-seum”, set in the working farm’s former milking parlour. The attraction will stand alongside the award winning Tom’s Eco Lodge and the popular Cow Co restaurant.

6. Oriental spirits set to rise in electric woods

A stunning spectacle of Oriental themed light, sound and entertainment will mark the Chinese New Year at Robin Hill’s award-winning electric woods during February half term.  From Saturday 13 to 21, visitors can experience the park’s mystical woodland illuminated with a Far Eastern twist to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations.  As dusk falls, the oriental theme will truly take effect as a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features bring the ancient woodland to life.  Visitors can enjoy a series of new sound and light displays dispersed around the woodland – each display taking on a different elemental theme of ‘earth’, ‘wind’ and ‘water’ with ‘fire’.  There will also be new lighting effects never seen before in the electric woods.  Chinese themed entertainment, refreshments based around an authentic oriental menu, and a traditional tea ceremony will complete the experience.  Open every evening from 5pm to 9pm during, tickets will cost £10.95 per person (aged 4+) and are available to purchase in advance from the website.

7. Isle of Wight hits the right note in 2016

The Island boasts two of the biggest events on the summer calendar in The Isle of Wight Festival which takes place from June 9th-12th in 2016, and Bestival scheduled for September 8th-11th in 2016.  Other music events scheduled for the Isle of Wight in 2016 include Newport Jazz Weekend and V-Dub Island.

8. The Year of the English Garden

Taking the tercentenary of Capability Brown as a starting point, VisitEngland has named 2016 The Year of the English Garden.  So what better time than now to promote The Isle of Wight as ‘The Garden Isle’?  Highlights of our horticultural year will once again spring up across the Island throughout the year.

9. Time for bed

North House – a country town house – set in the heart of Cowes old town is set to offer an ultimate getaway on the Isle of Wight.  In addition to 16 bedrooms North House will have a restaurant, bar, library, country garden and swimming pool.  Rooms will boast king-sized beds, well stocked in-room pantries, coffee machines, spacious bathrooms with roll top baths and walk in showers, fluffy bathrobes and slippers!  North House is scheduled to open late April 2016.  Another newcomer for 2016 is VIP Cottages.

10. Be arty on the Isle

The Ventnor Fringe is a celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight.  The Fringe will take place from August 9 to 14 in 2016.  Other arts events on the Island this year include Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios throughout July; The Isle of Wight Literary Festival from October 14 to 18; and Quay Arts throughout the year.

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

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App-y Halloween, on the Isle of Wight

Visitors to the Isle of Wight this autumn are being invited to “step into the ghost dimension” – for a limited period only (and only “if they dare”).

Timed to coincide with Halloween, and when things have a habit of going bump in the night, the Isle of Wight’s new app will be exclusively available to download during October and November only.

The Isle of Fright Ghost Trail is based on one of the world’s most haunted islands, and features free audio ghost stories, which can be downloaded onto iPhones, tablets and androids to give ghost-busting visitors the opportunity to follow a self-guided tour of 13 “cold spots” that have been found to exist on the Isle of Wight.

Offering a spooky insight into some of the Island’s many local myths and legends, it is presented by paranormal expert Marc Tuckey – and has been created in association with Paramount Pictures UK to promote the Halloween release, on October 21, of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

The app also allows its users to take photographs and use a special “ghost photo bombing” function to create some especially haunting images.  It also contains information about how to reach the Isle of Wight, and links to other tourism products on the Island.

Anyone keen to plan their visit will also be interested to know that theapp will be available to download free of charge from the beginning of October at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/ghost-trail, or on Google Play or via the Apple Store.

While the ghost trail has been designed primarily for Halloween thrill seekers, its focus on local folklore and genuine ghost stories means that it is also likely to appeal to visitors who might like to combine it with one or more of the other autumn activities taking place on the Island this autumn – including Electric Woods Festival of Light at Robin Hill.

Other October half-term events on the Isle of Wight will include the Blackgang Chine Illuminations; Spooky Castle at Carisbrooke Castle; Wizard Week on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway; and a range of activities at The Needles Landmark Attraction.

The previously unseen Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (www.paranormalmovie.co.uk) – the terrifying conclusion to the Paranormal Activity films – will appear in cinemas everywhere from October 21.  It is directed by Gregory Plotkin and produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli.

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

For further information on the release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, please contact:

Jane Bennett, Publicity Manager, Paramount Pictures UK Theatrical

jane_bennett@paramount.com

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.visitwightpro.com

Our Wightpress site brings you all the latest news and views from the Isle of Wight: http://visitwightpress.com/

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Bringing a taste of the Orient to electric woods

A stunning spectacle of Oriental themed light, sound and entertainment will mark the coming of the Chinese New Year at Robin Hill’s ‘electric woods’ during February half term (2015).

From Saturday 14th February until Sunday 22nd, visitors can experience the park’s mystical woodland illuminated with a far eastern twist to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations.

As dusk falls, the beautiful oriental theme will truly take effect as a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features – like the stunning ‘Golden Oriole’ bridge with its cascading water and the marble temple – bring the ancient woodland to life.

Visitors can enjoy a stunning sound & light show which creatively interprets an ancient oriental story, and Chinese themed entertainment and dancing, including the authentic performances of a traditional lion dance. Children too can join the celebration by taking part in a real dragon procession, parading through the woods with a 12m long dragon costume, accompanied by music!

An authentic oriental menu will be served at the woodland ponds where floating lanterns will bring magical reflections to the water and themed music will add to the ambience. There will also be the chance to experience a traditional tea ceremony and sample authentic Chinese teas.

The ‘electric woods’ is open every evening from 5pm – 9pm during February half term, 14th – 22nd February. For further details, please visit www.electricwoods.co.uk.

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NOTE TO EDITOR

Chinese New Year’s Day falls on Thursday 19th February 2015. The date is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally used) calendar, but always in the period January 21 to February 20.

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

www.robin-hill.com.

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