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Quay Arts Brings Shakespeare’s Globe to the Isle of Wight

Quay Arts are delighted and proud to announce that they are bringing to the Island for the first time, a production by Shakespeare’s Globe, the accessible comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Working in partnership with English Heritage, the production will be performed outdoors on the lawns of Osborne House from Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st June this year.

Tickets go on sale from Wednesday 23rd April to coincide with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth on the same date in 1564. Tickets will be available to purchase from Quay Arts Box Office, online at www.quayarts.org, County Press Shop, Red Funnel and Osborne.

Performances will be Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm and tickets are £17, concessions £13 and schools £9.

Much Ado About Nothing

Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capabe of keeping them apart. Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful price force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice – by killing his best friend.

Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being in denial, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most endearing pair of lovers.

Performed at the Globe and touring across the UK and Europe. Directed by Max Webster, designed by James Cotterill and composed by John Barber.


 Note to the Editor:

For more information on Quay Arts please contact:

Ceri Mason, Marketing and Media Coordinator c.mason@quayarts.org

Telephone: 01983 822490

Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts is the charity, which runs Quay Arts (charity no 272007).  Quay Arts Trading is the trading arm that supports the foundation.  All money raised through the café, ticket sales, craft shop and conferencing goes to support the aims and objectives of the charity.


Spend Easter visiting some major new attractions, or watching duck racing, on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is looking forward to a cracking good Easter, to mark the start of the 2014 holiday season.

Osborne House, for example, is not only getting ready to show off its latest attraction, but will also be hosting a special “Royal Children’s Easter” event during the school holidays.

The hidden world of royal childhood on the Isle of Wight focuses on the opening, this spring, of Swiss Cottage – a full size ‘Wendy’ house, built at Prince Albert’s instruction in the grounds of the estate between 1853 and 1854.  This was the domain of the nine royal children, who played at being adults during their summer holidays on the Isle of Wight and learnt the life-skills their father believed would make them better people, and better rulers.

And from April 7th to 21st visitors to the grounds will be given the chance to follow in the footsteps of the royal children by following a trail to claim their chocolate prize.  Add to that some traditional Victorian egg painting, Victorian games, performances by BZents of a show called ‘We are Amused’ and the Royal Children’s Easter will definitely help to get 2014 off to a flying start at Osborne.  For full details, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne/

In a similar way, the oldest theme park in the country – Blackgang Chine – is planning to offer its visitors some mammoth fun this Easter, with the launch on April 5th of an entirely new attraction, “Restricted Area 5”.

After 42 years of providing fun for generations of families, Blackgang Chine’s “Dinosaur Land” is undergoing a major reinvention in readiness for an entirely new attraction, featuring life-size moving dinosaurs.  The new enclosure will bring visitors 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.

But Easter needs to be celebrated, too, so Blackgang Chine’s ‘Easter Extravaganza’ this year will involve a perfect day out for anyone with an especially sweet tooth…a day of all things chocolate, from blind-tastings, to a dip in the chocolate fountain.  For more details, visit www.blackgangchine.com.

A third new attraction on the Isle of Wight, which will be fully operational in time for the Easter holidays is the Train Story Discovery Centre on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  Packed with interactive activities and displays for all ages, this new Discovery Centre presents its own journey through the Island’s very own “train story”.

And best of all, from April 6th to 24th The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will be operating a very special Kids Go FREE service on the line – when, as well as enjoying a train ride, it will now be possible to off at one of our stations for a walk in the countryside, or explore our new Train Story Discovery Centre.  The Kids Go FREE offer is for up to 2 children aged up to 15 years, so long as they are travelling with a full-fare paying adult.   Prices online are Adults £10.50, Child (5-15) FREE, Infant (0-4) FREE.  For full details, visit www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk.

One especially quirky-and-quacky event which has become a part of the Easter tradition on the Island is the Easter Saturday Duck Race on the River Yar, which will this year be held on April 19th, at 5pm.  Every Easter a thousand numbered, yellow, plastic ducks are released in to the river in Yarmouth, before setting-off on their journey to be carried along by the tide.  The first four to reach the Yar bridge are declared the winners.  Tickets and refreshments are sold beforehand at Yarmouth Sailing Club.  For more information and to see pictures from previous years, visit www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk.

And for a true taste of Easter, don’t forget the many egg-hunts across the Island, including those at Mottistone Manor on Sunday, April 20th from 11am to 4pm (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottistone-gardens); Bembridge Windmill on Sunday, April 20th from 10.30am to 4pm (bembridgemill@nationaltrust.org.uk); Robin Hill on Sunday April 20th and Monday April 21st (www.robin-hill.com); and The Model Village in Godshill every day from April 18th to April 21st (www.modelvillagegodshill.co.uk).

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, meanwhile, is offering activities for kids during the Easter holidays.  Priced at £30 per day and running Monday to Thursday both weeks, activities will include kayaking, archery, and mountain boarding.  Visit http://isleofwightadventureactivities.co.uk/2014/03/easter-holiday-activities/ for more details.

Anyone wanting further information about where to stay and how to reach the Island should visit http://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