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Fairy Festival promises all things magical

Fairy dust is in the air as Blackgang Chine prepares to host its ‘fairy fling’ festival over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May, from 10am – 6pm.  All would-be fairies, pixies and their friends are welcome to come along, join the fun and celebrate all things magical at Blackgang’s Fairyland!

Blackgang’s very own Fairy Queen and her NEW fairy helpers Fairy Aqua, Buccaneer, Blunder, Blossom, & Forrest will be on hand to share their magic spells and sprinkle their fairy dust around the park – plus there will be a special visit from the Fairy Queen’s own Unicorn, ‘Wally’ too.

A festival of fun is planned for the enjoyment of all the family.  Fairies, pixies and their friends can visit the wishing tree and ‘make a wish’, enjoy the ‘live’ Fairy Show, take part in fairy dance workshops and be enchanted by the fairies’ story-telling with Cedric the friendly Dragon. Plus, meet our woodland characters, marvel at the magic performed by our wandering Wizard, listen to beautiful harp sounds in Blackgang’s fairyland and enjoy lots of other entertainment too.

Plus, for all those in arriving in fancy dress, there are special prizes for the best dressed fairies, pixies and sprites!

There are magical surprises around every corner this May Bank Holiday at Blackgang Chine.  For more details, please visit www.blackgangchine.com/events/fairy-fling

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

Free Event – Go Wild on the Duver – Isle of Wight BIOBLITZ 2015

10am – 4pm, Thursday 28th May, St Helen’s Duver, St Helens

Do you care about wildlife and nature? If so, there will be a perfect opportunity this half term for nature lovers of all ages to turn wildlife detective. Come and help experts from the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and the National Trust track down and record wildlife around the woods, beaches and shoreline of St Helen’s Duver.

Go Wild on the Duver is a free family event looking at the Island’s wildlife both during the day and at night. The Isle of Wight Bioblitz is organised by the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership in co-operation with the Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership (BAP) and the National Trust.

The aim of the Go wild on the Duver Bioblitz is to record as many species as possible on St Helen’s Duver. This year there will be the chance to search sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes, and coastal woods for birds, plants and insects like little egrets, thrift, mining bees, sea anemones, shrimps and blennies.

St Helen’s Duver will be buzzing with great wildlife activities taking place throughout the day including: art activities, wildflower and wildlife walks, bug hunts, moth trapping, bird ringing as well as numerous other activities for the public between 10am and 4pm. There will even be on expert led bat spotting expedition during the evening.

No experience is needed and people of all ages are welcome to come along and help the experts look for the plants and animals that make this area so special.

Children will also have the change to tick off some activities in the National Trust’s ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ Challenge’, such as finding crazy creatures in a rock pool and catching a crab.

The National Trust’s Head Ranger Robin Lang, says: “We know that people care passionately about nature and wildlife – TV programmes like Countryfile, Spring and Autumn Watch are proof that more people than ever before are interested in the natural environment. In order to protect the precious coastal wildlife that we have on the Island, we need to update our records on every different species, and we’d love as many people as possible to help us. Nature and wildlife lovers of all ages are welcome.”

2015 is a special year for the National Trust on the Island. It is 50 years since the Trust launched Neptune, a national campaign to save some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. As a result the campaign saved 775 miles of coastline which will now be protected forever, including 17 miles of the finest coastline on the Island including the Tennyson Down, Compton and Brook Bay. This year, the Trust on the Island is holding a wide programme of event and activities to celebrate the Coast

For the latest event updates and activities timetable visit: http://wightaonb.org.uk/events/go-wild-on-the-duver-a-free-family-day-wildlife-event/

Or watch our short teaser video about this year’s Bioblitz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUXLuT27MVw

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Notes for editors

For further information, photos or logos please contact Joel Bateman (AONB Communication and Project Officer) 01983 823855 (joel.bateman@iow.gov.uk).

The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of the finest landscapes in the country.  It was designated in 1963 and covers approximately half of the Island (191 km2).  The Isle of Wight AONB incorporates a rich variety of distinctive landscapes and is often likened to lowland England in miniature. The purpose of designation is the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty. More information – call 01983 823855 or visit www.wightaonb.org.uk

The Isle of Wight AONB Partnership oversees the management of the AONB.  It is an independent organisation made up of key stakeholders with a direct management role or interest in the AONB.  This is jointly funded by DEFRA and the Isle of Wight Council.

 

Start your 50 things challenge on the Island this May half-term Launch weekend 24/25 May

There’s nothing quite like fresh air, exercise and being outdoors together as a family to create memories that will last lifetime.  But a recent report into childhood in Britain today revealed that time spent by children playing outdoors has halved in a generation.

The National Trust responded by launching its ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenge, a list of 50 adventures designed to encourage children to play outdoors and enjoy all the simple pleasures that Mother Nature has to offer.

This year the National Trust on the Isle of Wight launches its 50 things challenge for 2015 with a whole week of activities during the May half-term at different locations around the Island, starting at Mottistone Gardens on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 May.

Each day throughout the week different activities are on offer at National Trust places, making the most of the natural surroundings, from den-building and geocaching at Mottistone Gardens, making and flying your own kite at The Needles Old Battery and catching a crab and skimming a stone at some of the best beaches on the Island.

“The Island is one big adventure playground for children and many of the best things to do are the simplest, like climbing a tree, hunting for bugs and jumping over waves,” says National Trust ranger Robin Lang.  “Sometimes children need a bit of encouragement to get them started, which is where the 50 things challenge comes in.”

You can pick up a scrapbook at National Trust places, register online (www.fiftythings.org.uk) for more rewards and ideas, and download a wall planner from the National Trust website, showing which places on the Island are best for 39 of the 50 things challenge.

2015 is a special year for the National Trust on the Island.  “It’s 50 years since we launched Neptune, a national campaign to save some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of coastline“ says General Manager Tony Tutton.  “The campaign saved 775 miles of coastline which will now be protected forever, including 17 miles of the finest coastline on the Island such as Tennyson Down, Compton and Brook Bay and Bembridge and Culver Downs.”

This year is also the 50th anniversary of Mottistone Gardens coming to the National Trust, so visitors can also look around the Manor on Sunday 24 May (NT members only) and Monday 25 May.

To celebrate the National Trust’s special year on the Island, the Needles Old Battery will be open for free on 12July, and there is a unique opportunity to spend a night under the stars camping at Newtown Nature Reserve on Saturday 18July.  Booking essential.

There are so many places to see and things to do with the National Trust on the Isle of Wight this summer, starting with May half-term

National Trust’s 50 things May half-term programme

Mottistone Gardens: 50 Things launch

Sun 24 & Mon 25 May 10.30am-4pm

Pick up a scrapbook and start your 50 things challenge here.  Adults can join in too! Make a trail with sticks, build a den, find a geocache, plant it, grow it, eat it.

Normal admission charges apply. NT members free.

Bembridge Windmill: Bugs & insects ID Trail

Sat 23 May-Sun 31 May 10.30am-4.30pm

Make the most of your visit to the windmill and learn about bugs and insects with our free

family ID trail.  Tracker packs available.

Normal admission charges apply. NT members free.

The Needles Old Battery: Let’s go fly a kite

Tues 26 May – Fri 29 May 11am-3pm

It’s nearly always windy at the Old Battery, so it’s the perfect place to make your own kite and fly it. Kite kits £1.50 each.

Normal admission charges apply. NT members free.

Compton beach: 50 things by the sea

Tues 26 May 11am-1pm & 2-3.30pm

Outdoor nature activities for children by the sea. Check out crazy creatures in a rock pool, catch a crab, skim a stone, jump over waves and hunt for fossils and bones

Newtown Nature Reserve: 50 things by the sea

Wed 27 May 11am-1pm & 2-3.30pm

Outdoor nature activities for the children by the sea. Make a mud pie, catch a crab and go bird watching.

St Helens Duver: BioBlitz

Thurs 28 May, 10am –4pm

Together with Isle of Wight AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the National Trust is holding an exciting Bioblitz to record coastal wildlife on the shore and beaches around St Helen’s Duver. You are invited to help and join in with the fun. All discoveries will be recorded and then submitted to the local wildlife record centre to help understand how wildlife along the coast is changing and how best to protect it.

For more information call the National Trust Isle of Wight office on 01983 741020

St Catherine’s Point: 50 things by the sea

Fri 29 May 11am-1pm & 2-3.30pm

Outdoor nature activities for the children by the sea. Catch a crab, skim a stone, hunt for fossils and bones and go bird watching

For further information and booking please call the National Trust estate office at Mottistone on 01983 741020

 

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Press contacts:                       Joanna Crosse

Regional communications consultant

joanna.crosse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tel:  07766 206050

Kathryn Wilson

Isle of Wight estate office

Kathryn.wilson@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tel:   01983 741020

 

 

Notes to editors

 

You are welcome to send a photographer to the 50 things launch at Mottistone Gardens on 24 or 25 May, 10.30am-4pm.

 

Images

You can download a selection of images via this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lyclp4k4mk1orml/AACmvcC9O6gU1X6GY3eUBQU5a?dl=0

 

Please credit any that you use – © National Trust Images

New acts added to Isle of Arts line-up, 1-4 May

Isle of Arts festival adds comedy and drama to line-up! Five great new acts have been added to the 2015 programme, making it even more difficult to choose how to best plan your days at the Festival (for which we apologise, really…!)

Comedy for all ages has been included with a Friday headline appearance for comedy legend Barry Cryer. In yet another farewell tour, Baz, having been charged with persistent joking, asks for 20 other shows to be taken into consideration! Please be merciful to the aged accused…..He will be enjoying himself – do join him!

On Monday evening it will be the turn of up-and-coming comedy stars Pat Cahill and Stephen Bailey, in a Live at the Boathouse comedy double bill. Both these young men are rising stars on the comedy circuit and their material has been described as surreal, sharp, absurd and off-beat. You have been warned! (age guide 16+)
Lovers of the theatre can look forward to three superb productions on the Sunday. In the afternoon, renowned actress Linda Marlowe presents her solo show “Berkoff’s Women”, which is a compilation of some of the most rewarding, exciting moments of Berkoff’s female roles, featuring excerpts from many of his plays.

In the evening, The Boathouse will be the intimate setting for “Quentin Crisp – Naked Hope”. Written and performed by actor Mark Farrelly, the show draws on Quentin’s own writings and gives a fascinating insight into the varied life of one of the twentieth-century’s most interesting characters whose views on life and society remain relevant today.

Sunday evening’s other offering “Revolution – the making of a musical” in St. Catherine’s Church takes audiences behind the scenes of a musical in the making, exploring the creative collaboration and telling the gripping and passionate tale of Love, Hope and Freedom set against the backdrop of a changing regime in a country not so far away.

For times, further details and tickets for all these shows please go to www.artsisle.org.

NOTES FOR EDITORS
Isle of Arts is a broadly based Arts festival that takes place in Ventnor on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The Festival, now in its fifth year, will take place across the bank holiday weekend of Friday 1st May to Monday 4th May 2015.

Our growing band of high-quality sponsors and associates who are working with us to bring this great Arts festival to the Isle of Wight includes Red Funnel, Visit Isle of Wight, Wightlink, Ventnor Business Association, On The Wight, The Isle of Wight County Press, Seasons Newsagents, Melbourne Ardenlea Hotel, Pittis Estate Agents, Shaun Cuff Design, Spar and Ventnor Winter Gardens.

For additional information, please contact Janneke Oxley on janneke@artsisle.org or telephone 01983 853 445 / 07779 113329

http://www.artsisle.org

Isle of Arts – the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Maybe not, but you’ll have to admit we’re doing our best…Olympic gold medal winner and all-round skating genius Robin Cousins will tell us the story of his life, starting from the age of five when he decided he wanted to be Gene Kelly and dance. BBC Stargazing LIVE presenter Mark Thompson reveals some of the mysteries of the universe in a great show with mind-blowing demonstrations, and the seven cellists who make up The Massive Violins can between them play and sing just about everything!

In addition, singer Lili la Scala brings us her new show Siren which, as the name suggests, includes beautiful and haunting sea themed melodies. For film buffs, our Centenary Cinema slot celebrates movie stars born in 1915 and the three most voted for on our website will be shown at the Festival. Children and families will be able to enjoy the antics of Little Howard, the world’s only six year old animated stand-up comedian.

Now in its fifth year, Isle of Arts (1 – 4 May) will be another wonderful opportunity to see great performers, get hands-on with various art forms in workshops and classes, and for all ages to be entertained by a variety of events spanning literature, music, comedy, drama, film and visual arts.

Tickets are available for each of the above shows from www.artsisle.org and more acts are still being added. Sign up for the newsletter to hear about acts as they are confirmed!

2nd February 2015

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Isle of Arts is a broadly based Arts festival that takes place in Ventnor on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The Festival, now in its fifth year, will take place across the bank holiday weekend of Friday 1st May to Monday 4th May 2015.

Our growing band of high-quality sponsors and associates who are working with us to bring this great Arts festival to the Isle of Wight include Red Funnel, Visit Isle of Wight, Wightlink, Ventnor Business Association, On The Wight, The Isle of Wight County Press, Seasons Newsagents, Melbourne Ardenlea Hotel, Pittis Estate Agents, Spar and Ventnor Winter Gardens.

For additional information, please contact Janneke Oxley on janneke@artsisle.org or telephone 01983 853 445 / 07779 113329

http://www.artsisle.org

May Bank Holiday Weekend on the Isle of Wight: there’s never been more choice!

Famous names, famous faces.  Walking, cycling, sailing, and plenty of interesting places.  There may never be more choice for visitors to the Isle of Wight, than the first Bank Holiday Weekend of the year…

The Isle of Arts festival in Ventor has now established itself as a major four-day celebration of music, comedy, drama, film, literature and the visual arts – and this year’s headline guests, appearing between May 2nd and 5th will include BBC presenter and gardener Monty Don; Clint’s son Kyle Eastwood (with his band); writer and agony aunt Virginia Ironside; poet Roger McGough; the Tenors UnLimited; the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; and US comedian Rich Hall.  As well as the Edinburgh Fringe sensation Luke Kempner in “The Only Way Is Downton”.

Tickets can be booked in advance, and further details can be found at www.artsisle.org.

Famous for its Speed Dating Walk, which has so far resulted in five weddings and a baby, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk) is this year scheduled to run from May 3rd to 18th.  Now in its 16th year, the biggest Walking Festival in the UK boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  Its organisers have also teamed-up with Red Funnel this year to create a special offer for anyone talking part in any of the walks – with 20% off the cost of a car and up to 7 people, and for foot-passengers, travelling on the Vehicle Ferry service.  Valid between May 1st and 22nd, full terms and conditions can be found at www.redfunnel.co.uk/island-guide/isle-of-wight-events/events-april-to-june/isle-of-wight-walking-festival/.

Cyclists, meanwhile, are being encouraged to consider joining a unique tour around the whole of the Isle of Wight on Sunday, May 4th.  The Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club, established the Isle of Wight Randonnee in 1985, which takes-in minor roads and lanes where possible – enabling the rider to see and enjoy the best of the Island’s scenery.  The event now attracts around 2,000 participants every year, and full details can be found at www.cycleisland.co.uk.

The event links-in nicely with the Isle of Wight’s brand new campaign to turn the Island into the UK’s No.1 cycling holiday destination.  “Bicycle Island” was launched at the end of March, and now offers cyclists a host of ways to “drive less and see more”: www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island.

May is also officially “National Watersports Month” – a fact which the Cowes-based UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) will be marking by offering some special deals on taster sessions at the weekends, Bank Holiday Mondays, and throughout the half-term holidays.  There will be opportunities to have-a-go at kayaking, or sailing a keelboat or dinghy during half-day sessions lasting three hours each, and priced at £20 per person.  One-hour sessions for paddle-boarding and windsurfing, meanwhile, are also available and are priced at just £10 per person.  Suitable for anyone aged 8 and over, all sessions must be booked in advance.  For full details, visit www.uksa.org/leisure-courses/national-watersports-month/national-watersports-month-taster-sessions.

The Isle of Wight is also joining-in with the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re 11¾” campaign on Monday, May 5th, by giving families the chance to have some fun outdoors by trying a whole host of outdoor activities, from bug-hunting to geocaching, in different parts of Newtown’s National Nature Reserve.  Full details can be found at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/50-things-to-do-before-youre-11-3-4-p1034171.

And green fingered visitors will be given a rare opportunity to delve inside Sunny Patch, in Freshwater this Bank Holiday Weekend – as it opens its doors to the public on May 2nd and 3rd, under the National Gardens Scheme.  Created by an eccentric plantaholic and ornament collector, this light-hearted garden of ‘rooms’ includes acers, magnolias and many herbaceous plants and shrubs, two ponds, a fairy wood, and a folly.  Light refreshments of tea and cakes will be available.  The entrance fee is £3 for adults.

Visitors to the Island may also like to take advantage of the Spring Special available at Wightlink Ferries this May Bank Holiday: http://wightlink.co.uk/offers/spring-day-trips#.  The offer includes car, driver and up to six passengers when travelling from now up to July 23rd (excluding June 12th to 16th, when the Isle of Wight Festival takes place); and is eligible for all travel on the Lymington to Yarmouth route on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

For further details of these, and many other events on the Isle of Wight this May Bank Holiday Weekend, visit 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