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Visitors to Blackgang Chine are in for an exciting new treat this May half term when ‘Shadow’ and ‘Sheila’, the park’s resident baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs, introduce their latest dino friends and hatchlings in an amazing new family show, ‘Dino Encounters’.

From Saturday 24th May – Sunday 1 June, come and experience ‘Dino Encounters’ which combines theatre and excitement in this fun and interactive ‘live’ show which brings dinosaurs to life!   Visitors will be introduced to a range of species including our walking Procomsognathus dinosaurs, a baby Brachiosaurus and the mischievous ‘Caulkie’ the Caulkicephalus – all with personalities of their own!   Plus you can meet their handlers, learn some facts about these fascinating new dinosaurs – and for those brave enough to get up close and personal, there will be the chance to ‘pet’ and feed the new dinos too!

As well as enjoying this new show, there will be opportunities during the day for smaller children to ride our new walking dinosaurs – and for visitors new to the park this year, there’s the added excitement of ‘Restricted Area 5’, a brand new attraction which takes experiences with dinosaurs to another level.

Enter through the gates of ‘Restricted Area 5’ at your own risk!    Marvel at the gargantuan scale of the new life-size moving dinosaurs and encounter the most realistic experience since time began.  The journey through the ‘Restricted Area 5’ enclosure will bring you 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!

Blackgang Chine is open from 10am – 6pm during May half term, and all tickets include ‘unlimited FREE returns for 7 days!

To find out more about the events taking place at Blackgang Chine this May half term and to download  a programme, please visit : www.blackgangchine.com or Blackgang Chine’s Facebook page.

Please note the new show, Dino Encounters, will take place, weather permitting.


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




The Isle of Wight is so beautiful at the moment – dressed to impress for May Bank Holiday and just waiting to welcome you. So many lush shades of green adorn the fields and hedges, with the flash of bluebells and the pretty white flowers of pungent wild garlic.

Visit one of the Island’s most beautiful gardens at Mottistone Manor and on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th you can have a rare glimpse inside the manor house – the only days it is open this year. http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/mottistone-manor-house-open-day-p1033981

Ventnor Botanic Garden, a paradise for plant lovers, has a National Collection of Puya and some have recently put up flower spikes, which are just about to bloom. The Ventnor Botanic Artists Summer Exhibition runs from May 24th to June 1st in the Garden Gallery and over the weekend of May 24th to 26th the garden has a Spring Plant Fayre with entry and parking free on these days. http://www.botanic.co.uk/whats_upcoming

Holy Trinity Church in Bembridge has a Flower Festival running from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th plus there’s a street festival in the High Street from 2pm on the Monday.

See the countryside in style from the carriage window of one of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s ‘Dinosaurs of Island Steam’ at their Spring Gala from May 24th to 26th. Take guided workshop tour, explore the Train Story Discovery Centre and tuck into Island produce, and Island beers at the real ale bar. http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/spring-gala-dinosaurs-of-island-steam.aspx

Visit Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens ‘Days of Adventure’ from Monday 26th to Friday 30th and you can test your aim at archery and get hands on with fire fighting and survival skills as part of their Bushcraft activities programme. You could even try mountain boarding. http://www.robin-hill.com/events

You are invited to a fabulous fete to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday at Osborne House over the May Bank Holiday weekend with traditional Victorian music, entertainers and sideshow games. See Punch and Judy at the private beach and play on seaside swingboats and for kids there’s kite making and dressing up as princes and princesses at the Swiss Cottage. Have your portrait taken at the Victorian Photobooth for a souvenir of an unforgettable family day. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/victorias-fabulous-fete-Osb-24-05-2014/

Get ready for Father’s Day (June 16th) by visiting Chessell Pottery to create a funny face mug for dad using their super new range of funny-face sponges, such as mad moustaches, enormous ears and brilliant bow ties. During the half term week (May 26th to 30th) there is a special 20% off the price of 1 pint mugs, perfect for a Dad-sized cup of tea. www.chessellpotterybarns.co.uk

Camp Bestival are bringing the circus to Quay Arts with a family day of Camp Bestival DJs, special guest DJs and circus-themed activities, competitions, face painting and arts and crafts on May 28th. http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/camp-bestival-brings-the-circus-to-town-56252.aspx

Go Wild in Newchurch’ at a free family event looking at the Island’s wildlife during the day and at night. Starting on the evening of Monday 26th May at 8.30pm with Star Gazing, Bat Detecting and Moth Hunting; the ‘Bioblitz’ main event is on Tuesday 27th May around Martin’s Wood, Newchurch from 10 am to 4 pm where squirrels, birds and 70 different varieties of bee can be found. www.wightaonb.org.uk

If you’ve never heard a nightjar then join the National Trust to search for them in Bouldnor Forest on May 31st. See http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/events/2014/05/31/night-walk-search-nightjars for more details.

As the sun goes down join Goodleaf at  Appley Park for some Twilight Tree Time and experience the magic of an English midsummer’s evening from the canopy of a majestic oak tree in this peaceful location overlooking the golden Appley Sands. Twilight Tree Time takes place on selected Friday evenings in May, June and July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm and booking is essential.  Contact 0333 800 1188 or see info@goodleaf.co.uk

Push the boat out and try sailing for free at Shanklin Sailing Club on Saturday May 24th. Founded in 1931, it is a small, happy, family club, with all the usual facilities: showers, changing rooms, club house and a gear store. They have around 30 Sprint 15 catamarans and a small fleet of Picos. http://www.shanklinsailingclub.com/

Get up close and personal with the two baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs ‘Shadow’ and ‘Sheila’ at Blackgang Chine – Land of Imagination. Live performances from these two mischievous dinos will be held on May 25th, 26th, 28th and 31st at this fun-filled theme park, which also boasts a brand new Restricted Area 5 – full of much bigger dinosaurs. http://www.blackgangchine.com/events/shadow-and-sheila-live-performances

Don’t leave the Island before booking to take a Dinosaur hunting walk from Dinosaur Isle, where you will be shown how to look for dinosaur fossils, how to find dino footprints and you may even find their enormous foot casts on the beach. Dinosaur walks:  May 24th – Brook, May 25th and 26th – Yaverland. http://www.dinosaurisle.com/events.aspx#may14

For all tourist information, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Last Minute Deals

The Orchards caravan park at Newbridge is offering a last minute May Half-Term Deal saving up to £160 off of their tariff price.


Weekly bookings: arrival dates 23rd, 24th & 25th. Prices: Gold Offer – £525 per caravan, Silver Offer £440 per caravan and Bronze Offer £325 per caravan.

Shortbreaks: 3 nights from 23rd, 24th & 25th or 4 nights from 26th, 27th & 28th. Prices : Gold Offer -£385.00 per caravan, Silver Offer – £340.00 per caravan, Bronze Offer – £240.00 per caravan.

Orchards can also book the return ferry for you via Southampton for £66.00 for weekly bookings or  £49.00 for short breaks (+£15.00 supplement on 23rd & 24th May from Southampton &  26th & 31st May from Cowes if travel is between 0900-1630)

For this and more great value deals on a whole range of family holidays, adventure holidays, short breaks and weekend stays, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/isle-of-wight-holidays/adventure-isle



A £10 day return train ticket offer from London to Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea stations with South West Trains, combined with a discounted “Winter Smile” ferry ticket means there are even more reasons to visit the Isle of Wight this February.

The South West Trains £10 day return ticket offer (£5 for children) is valid for train travel from London to Southampton and Southsea every Saturday and Sunday until February 23.    Visitors can also use this £10 ticket offer to get an additional discount on Solent crossings to and from the Isle of Wight and “get abroad” for less than £20 for the day!

The Isle of Wight is a great place to escape to at any time of the year, but the winter months is a perfect time to ‘pop-across’ to Island from London.   In a little over two hours, you can travel by train and ferry from London Waterloo to the Isle of Wight – and see for yourself the beautiful combination of charming seaside resorts and rural beauty which it offers.  It’s also possible to explore the Island by bus, or bike, from Cowes and Ryde.

There are also stylish boutiques, craft outlets and a treasure trove of fab antique shops to explore and for those who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending some quiet time together, the Island‘s secluded beaches can offer you crowd free sand and plenty of space to soak up the Island vibe.   Or stretch your mind and your spirit by taking in a Royal palace, a Roman villa, a medieval castle or a Benedictine Monastery.

And with a range of brilliant great kids’ activities, including ‘Castle Quest’ at Carisbrooke Castle and the annual sand-sculpting event at Small Hope Beach in Shanklin, with hot chocolate and carrots dished out to anyone who creates their own “snowman” from sand, the Isle of Wight makes a great half-term day out for families.

David Thornton, Chief Executive, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Isle of Wight is well and truly “open for business” and this unbeatable offer from South West Trains offers an entire Island of exciting adventures and seaside experiences.”

More details about this offer can be found at: www.southwesttrains.co.uk/wintersmiles

For all tourist information 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, E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to editors:

The Winter Smiles £10 day return from South West Trains can be purchased online at www.southwesttrains.co.uk/wintersmiles or at your local railway station. Every Saturday or Sunday until February 23rd, you can choose to travel to 195 stations on the South West Trains network for just £10 return, exclusions apply.

Catch the train and the ferry to the Isle of Wight:

The foot passenger hovercraft departs from Southsea seafront and takes you to Ryde seafront in less than 10 minutes. Leave the train at the Portsmouth and Southsea station and then follow the signs to the connecting Hoverbus shuttle service, which will take you to the Hovercraft terminal in just 5 minutes. Purchase your discounted hovercraft ticket at Ryde/Southsea Hoverport on the day of travel by simply showing Hovertravel cashiers your Winter Smiles rail ticket. Discounted day return tickets just £10 per adult (16+) & £5 per child (5-15yrs).

Red Funnel Ferries are also offering discounted cross-Solent travel between Southampton and West Cowes for Winter Sale ticket holders, just £8.90 for adults & £4.45 per child!


The ‘Castle Quest’ activity at Carisbrooke Castle will take place every day from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd, between 10am and 4pm.  English Heritage members can gain free access, while paid-for admission prices are £7.70 for adults, £4.60 for children, £6.90 concessions, and £20 for a family ticket.  Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/southeast/isleofwight/ for further details.

Sandman Snowman on February 23rd: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/small-hope-beach-p974631