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This autumn, Robin Hill’s popular electric woods event, Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of India’s independence with stunning, creatively themed light, colour, sound and entertainment that captures the many aspects of Indian culture: wild India, modern India, decorative India, historical India, urban India, celebration and spiritual India.

Every evening from 30th September – 4th November, 6pm – 10pm, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as they venture on a journey of discovery of India.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary, this unique outdoor event takes on a fresh approach which will immerse visitors in different experiences within each woodland area, transformed by innovative, contrasting themes and lighting effects.

From the bright lights and digital feel of modern India, venture into the wild and enchanting forests, discover elephants, tigers, monkeys … creatively brought to life.   Walk down the highway and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life and Indian bazaars … absorb the aromas of Indian cuisine.  Then escape to a spiritual, more serene setting in our Woodland ponds where you can relax and enjoy quiet contemplation before taking part in the celebrations; party to Bollywood music and enjoy colourful kaliedoscopic fun!  Your journey continues through decorative India where you’ll discover beautiful examples of art, murals and light shows and then to draw your cultural journey to a close, we take a nostalgic look back at India’s history creatively curated through light and sound.


No electric woods Festival of Light event would be the same without the magic of Holi powder, which will be a highlight for many visitors!  Come and get colourful again this year, with a free bag of coloured powder for first time visitors.

Amidst all this exciting activity, take time to enjoy the enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’ in the exciting setting of an Indian bazaar.

During October half term, 21st – 29th October, Robin Hill Country Park will be open during the day from 10am and continue into the evening with Festival of Light inspired by Diwali.    Additional evening entertainment includes Lantern decorating and Rangoli art workshops, Rama & Sita’s Lantern Parade, Dr DJ: the South’s No.1 Bollywood Bhangra Experience, spellbinding aerial silks display, Wings by Twilight, a stunning birds of prey experience and much more!

Please see website for further information: www.electricwoods.co.uk



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Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the largest, brightest and most popular festival in the Indian calendar. The word Diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a time for lighting diyas (or lamps), laying out colourful rangolis (colours), enjoying fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets and celebrating with dance, music and storytelling.

Diwali starts on Thursday 19th October this year.

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

Experience the magic ……….Blackgang Illuminations

This October, as the autumnal mists form and the sun sets, a mystical air will envelop Blackgang Chine (on the Isle of Wight) as the magic of Blackgang’s Illuminations return bigger, better and more magical than ever!

On 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th & 20th October – 4th November, as the daylight begins to fade, the park re-awakens with exciting and dynamic interactive lighting effects and displays.  Behold, as the Rumpus Mansion story unveils for the first time; an unmissable 3D animation which uses the Rumpus Mansion building as a canvas to portray the untold story of the dastardly ‘Mr Rumpus and the release of Rumpus past!’.

Plus join your favourite Blackgang characters as they host an evening of magical fun with fairy dance and circus workshops, crafts, potions and fairy tale activities.  Meet our mystical dragon, Cedric, and his mischievous friends Godwin & Finnigan – not forgetting the most magical character of them all, our Fairy Queen!

During half term, Saturday 21st – 29th October, there will be lots of additional activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy – including Ecuador the Bubble Wizard.  Be amazed as he creates breath-taking bubble sculptures before your very eyes, blow smoke magically into bubbles and put you and your friends inside bubbles too!   Plus don’t’ miss the evening’s grand finale … an amazing NEW fire show!

Blackgang Chine is open 10am – 9pm on 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th & 20th October.   During half term, 21st – 29th October, the park is open 10am – 9pm with additional entertainment.  Blackgang is open evenings only, 5pm – 9pm, from 30th September – 4th November.    The season will finish on 4th November with a Fireworks Extravaganza!

For full programme of events please visit  www.blackgangchine.com



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