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10 of the best events on the Isle of Wight this year

The UK’s holiday Island offers a year full of fun and variety and if you have never been before, you don’t know what you are missing!

Isle of Wight Walking Festival – April 30th-May 15th

With more than 200 organised walks, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  A great way to explore its spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage, all walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island www.isleofwightwalkigfestival.co.uk

Festival of the Sea June – 18th– July 3rd

From the swashbuckling swagger of Shipwreck Isle in Ryde to the arrival of the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro in Cowes – plus lots of nautically-themed entertainment and activity for the whole family – the Festival of the Sea is one of the most eye-catching coastal events anywhere around the UK coastline this summer http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea

The Isle of Wight Festival – June 9th-12th

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival will once again be staged at Seaclose Park, in Newport on the Isle of Wight with headline performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, the Stereophonics and Faithless www.isleofwightfestival.com

Ventnor Fringe – August 9th-14th

A celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight as well as artists from around the world.  This year it will be expanding with the International Festival www.vfringe.co.uk

Cowes Week – August 6th-13th

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 6th to 13th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene including Ladies Day – and the famous fireworks that take place on the final Friday of the event http://www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

The Garlic Festival – August 15th&16th

A vast array of eats, sights and sounds, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 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 as well as hundreds of local arts and craft stalls http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

Ryde Carnival – September 1st

The oldest carnival in Britain dating back to 1886, Ryde Carnival is the largest community celebratory event of its kind on the Island. A spectacular fusion of carnival costumes, dance and performance http://www.rydecarnival.com/ryde-carnival-dates-2016/

Bestival – September 8th-11th

Another of the UK’s leading music festivals, Bestival will this year be staged in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight between September 8th to 11thth.  The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chiip and Fat Boy Slim are amongst those to have already confirmed they will be playing this year http://www.bestival.net

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival – October 12th-16th

See and hear a cornucopia of literary talent at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival held at Northwood House in Cowes.  In addition to talks there will be walks, workshops, competitions, debates, children’s story telling, lots of music and a chance to sharpen your wits at a pub quiz http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org/

Isle of Fright (October half-term)

Take an enchanted steam train trip, wander through the magical Electric Woods, visit the former haunts of smugglers and have the fright of your life at Spooky Castle as you visit the Isle of Fright this October half-term http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/isle-of-fright

For all other events, please go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Image attached: ‘Film in the Woods’ held during Ventnor Fringe, please credit Jon Ritchie.



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.


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

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672


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

Jane Bennett, Publicity Manager, Paramount Pictures UK Theatrical


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

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It’ll Be All Fright on the Wight

Visit the Isle of Wight this October half-term to enjoy a series of spooky events that have earned it the title “ISLE OF FRIGHT”.

Witches and wizards alike are invited to attend the Isle of Fright with treats and tricks taking place across the Island from Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November.

Named as one of the world’s “Top 10 Most Haunted Islands” by paranormal experts, (http://theparanormal.ca/index.html), there are many stories of haunted houses and ghosts on the Isle of Wight. This incredible supernatural activity seems due in part to the powerful unseen energy or ‘ley’ lines that run under this small Island creating some very haunted hotspots.

During this October’s Isle of Fright, you can take your pick from a range of eerie events including Ghost hunting at Carisbrooke Castle, the ‘potion lab’ at Blackgang Chine, the “Train of Fright” at the IW Steam Railway, pumpkin carving and bug trails at the IW Zoo, and a spectacular dark nights lantern procession through the seaside town of Shanklin.

And with South West trains offering a fantastic 50% off adult and child off-peak day returns over half-term (25th to 31st October), it’s even easier to visit “Ghost Island”. Train tickets can be booked up to 24 hours in advance and are available to purchase from Friday 17th October (www.southwesttrains.co.uk).

Why not turn your “spooky” day-out into a “supernatural” short break, and spend the night during the Isle of Fright? Search through a whole range of great places where you can calm your frayed nerves and sleep soundly in your bed www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Here’s just some of the freakish fun and ghostly goings-in for families to enjoy on the Isle of Fright:

Spooky Castle

Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight is reputed to have a number of ghosts, befitting its long history and this October half-term, you can let your little horrors scare themselves silly with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! Kids can create their own terrifying Hallowe’en crafts and wander the grounds with the Victorian ghost hunters as they tell you macabre tales of times gone by. A prize awaits in the Hallowe’en costume competition, bestowed for the most spine-tingling attire each day.

25 October-Sunday 2nd November, from 10am-4pm; adults £8, children (5-15) £4.80, family £20.80; www.english-heritage.org.uk/carisbrookecastle

Dark Nights

Celebrating the passing of British Summer Time, Dark Nights is an outdoor spectacle of processions to light up the spectacular cliff face at Shanklin. Come dressed in pirate-themed fancy dress and expect illuminations, digital projections, and live outdoor theatre with giant puppets – and all for free!

25th October, from 6.30pm, torch-lit processions from various locations around the town; finale performance 7.30pm at Spa car park, Shanklin Esplanade.

Boo at The Zoo

Come and join in a week of Halloween-themed fun and more at the IW Zoo on Sandown seafront. Follow the exciting bug-themed Trick or Treat Trail, come face to face with a number of cold (and warm) blooded animals and unleash your creative side by carving a pumpkin (additional charge will apply). Meet some of the bats from the IW Bat Hospital as they fly in to spend a day at the zoo on Tuesday 28th October.

25th October to 1st November, from 10am-4pm; adults £10, children (3-16) £7.50, family £32.50; http://www.isleofwightzoo.com/

Wizard Week at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Dress-up as wizards, witches and other spooky characters – there are prizes each day for the best costumes – and enter the Hallowe’en Treasure Hunt at Wizard Week, at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. There are also Hallowe’en crafts, owls and birds of prey, magic shows and steam train rides for all the family to enjoy. The night of Halloween (31st October), the railway will be running a special “ghost train” service, with fancy dress encouraged for those daring to ride the “Train of Fright”.

27th to 31st October, Wizard Week tickets which include steam train fares: buy online adults £10.50, children (5-12) £5.50, family £26.50. Buy on the gate adults £12, child £6, family £30; http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/default.aspx

Spooktacular Fun at Blackgang Chine

Don’t miss the spooktacular all-weather fun taking place at Blackgang Chine this October half term! Come and meet the Witch and Wizard in the ‘Halloween hub’ packed full of creepy crafts and games for you to enjoy. Mix up your own potion in the much loved ‘potion lab’ and be entertained by the magician. Blackgang will be open late until 8pm for those brave enough to venture into Restricted Area 5 after dark! Lots of fun activity taking place throughout the day and into the evening too for the whole family. You can also experience the eerie night-time surroundings of Electric Woods at Robin Hill, which will also be open during Isle of Fright with its October “Festival of Light” continuing until November 1st.

Spooktacular event at Blackgang Chine, 28th to 30th October, 10am- 8pm; standard ticket (4-59) £14.95, Saver ticket (4 persons) £55. Rides and attractions will also be open until late during these evenings but some areas of the park will be closed off from 5pm. Entry to Electric Woods is £7.50 per person Sunday – Friday and £9.95 Saturdays. During October half term (24/10 – 1/11) Robin Hill will be open 10am-9pm (10am-11pm Saturdays) entry including electric woods £14.95, saver ticket (4 persons) £55. Electric Woods is open from Saturday 4th October – Saturday 1st November. www.blackgangchine.com; www.robin-hill.com

Hallowe’en Walk at Ventnor Botanic Gardens

A site of serene beauty during the day, visitors can hear frightful tales, chillingly told by ghost hunter – Mark Tuckey of Paranormal Perambulations – on a very spooky tour of the Island’s cliff-top botanic garden at Ventnor. The Hallowe’en walk, which includes access to the secret Victorian Tunnel and the underground former Smuggler’s Museum, takes place on 31st October. Then on Saturday 1st November, there’s another spooky ghost walk at the gardens with the addition of a roaring bonfire so you can warm up afterwards!

Hallowe’en walk on 31st October, Hallowe’en walk and bonfire on 1st November, (bonfire starts 6pm), tickets £9 per person, family ticket £30. Walks begin at 7pm, booking recommended, call 01983 855397, or e-mail info@botanic.co.uk; http://www.botanic.co.uk/; http://www.ghostisland.com/

For even more frighteningly fun times, go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/isle-of-fright.


Notes to editors:

Images attached: Blackgang Chine’s Area 5 at night and Dark Nights procession.

South West Trains will be running an October half-term price campaign next month from Saturday 25 – Friday 31 October (with tickets available to purchase from Friday 17 October). The campaign will give 50% off adult and child off-peak day return www.southwesttrains.co.uk.


Don’t miss the spooktacular all-weather fun taking place at Blackgang Chine this October half term!  From Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th October inclusive, Blackgang will be open late until 8pm with lots of fun activity taking place throughout the day and into the evening too for the whole family.

Come and meet our Witch and Wizzard in the ‘Halloween hub’ packed full of creepy crafts and games for you to enjoy.  Mix up your own potion in our much loved ‘potion lab’ and be entertained with magic from our wandering magician.

Back by popular demand …. enjoy our indoor dinosaur show, Dino Encounters, which combines theatre and excitement in this fun and interactive ‘live’ show which brings dinosaurs to life!   Meet Shadow & Sheila’s baby dino friends;  Jack & Jill, our walking Procomsognathus dinosaurs, George, our baby Brachiosaurus and the mischievous ‘Caulkie’ the Caulkicephalus – all with personalities of their own!   Plus you can meet their handlers and learn some fascinating facts about these amazing baby dinosaurs.  A ‘must see’ show for the whole family!

Then, as daylight falls ……… will you be brave enough to visit Restricted Area 5  as the dinosaurs begin to stir?    Who knows what will happen after dark?!

For an experience like no other, visit Blackgang Chine this October half term ….  the land full of imagination

From 29th September – 2nd November, Blackgang Chine is open from 10am – 4.30pm but for three nights during October half term (28th – 30th), the park will be open from 10am – 8pm.   Rides and attractions will also be open until late during these evenings but please note some areas of the park will be closed off from 5pm.   All tickets include ‘unlimited FREE returns for 7 days!    www.blackgangchine.com

For further information contact Michelle Russell : michelle@vectisventures.co.uk / 07436 283630 / 01983 732123

Autumn comes to the Isle of Wight

 Autumn comes to the Isle of Wight

Visitors to The Isle of Wight this autumn will be able to enjoy a bumper crop of seasonal colours, courses and activities throughout the months of October and November.

One of the best ways of enjoying the Island’s famous autumn colours along both its coast and countryside is to sign-up to one of the 100-plus walks in the line-up of walks during the Autumn Walking Weekend, which is this year set to run from Friday, October 25th to Monday, October 28th.  Following in the footsteps of everything from alpacas to dinosaurs, the Autumn Walking Weekend is a spin-off from the ever-popular annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which has taken place on the Island for the last 15 years and is now widely recognised as the biggest Walking Festival in the UK.  For more details, visit http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/. 

Another option is to stay a night on The Isle of Fright to enjoy some seasonal japes between October 19th and November 3rd.  Coinciding with the school half-term holidays, when it will be possible for overnight visitors to pick-up some out-of-season accommodation deals, The Isle of Fright’s full schedule of events are on a special section of the Visit Isle of Wight website, and draws on a spooky seafaring history and dark Victoriana heritage.  And while “The Apocalypse is Coming” (to Puckpool Park, from October 30th to November 3rd) there’s now a complete listing and further details on how to get here, and where to stay, at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/isle-of-fright.

Bonfire Night will once again be celebrated in traditional style at Yarmouth’s historic harbour on Tuesday, November 5th.  A Torchlight Parade and Firework Display has been held here for many years now.  It all starts with a party in the Square, followed by a parade to the Common that provides a grandstand for the firework display offshore.  For more details, visit http://www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk/events-coverage-photos/guy-fawkes-fireworks/.

Another seasonal occasion on the Island these days is Farmer Jack’s Pumpkin Day on Saturday, October 26th when visitors can take their decorated and carved pumpkins along to Farmer Jack’s farm shop for a bit of Halloween fun.  Opportunities to cook, or carve, a pumpkin from scratch, meanwhile, are also available between October 26th, and 31st.  For more details, visit http://www.farmerjacks.co.uk/events/.

Other autumn activities scheduled for October and November on the Island this year include Stargazing Weekends at the Island Planetarium (http://www.islandastronomy.co.uk/stargazingweekends.html) and a Fungus Foray at Newtown National Nature Reserve, October 19th at 10am (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/london-and-south-east/things-to-see-and-do/isle-of-wight/). 

For some guaranteed autumn colours, it’s best to head to the Electric Woods Autumn Aurora where, from October 18th to November 2nd, Robin Hill’s stunning ancient woodland will be brought to life by creative lighting, sound and special effects (http://www.robin-hill.com/events).

Last, but by no means least, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival takes centre stage from October 18th-20th this autumn, with tickets costing from just £4.00 per talk, to £13.50 per day; or £34 for a full weekend pass.  Speakers this year include Westminster wit Simon Hoggart, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Penelope Keith.  For a full schedule, visit www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org.

All tourist information relating to the Isle of Wight can be found at 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