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Magicians and musicians bring family fun to The Needles this half term

Family fun comes to The Needles this half-term with visits from magicians, musicians, stilt walkers and even more.

The Isle of Wight’s landmark attraction is hosting eight days of entertainment to keep the kids happy across the bank holiday weekend and beyond.

There will be free entertainment for visitors this month as street dance and Bollywood-style dance shows mix with balloon modellers and surprise ‘meet and greet’ character.

There’s also music from local reggae legend Derek Sandy and performances by top magicians David Randini, Andy The Illusionist and Foxy the Funky Magic Genie.

Marino Zanti, general manager at The Needles Landmark Attraction, said:

“We’re planning half-term so that it’s genuine fun for all the family.

“Our attractions will be open all week, including the chairlift taking visitors from the Alum Bay cliff-tops to the beach below.

“We’re also pleased to be welcoming Wight Crystal Water and people from Taste of the Wight who will be offering free tastings of locally-sourced produce on Tuesday, May 30.”

Half-term family fun at The Needles takes place from Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, June 3.

Supersaver tickets are available online at The Needles’ website giving a 25% discount on all rides and attractions.

For more information about The Needles Landmark Attraction visit the website: www.theneedles.co.uk, follow on Twitter @VisitTheNeedles or at facebook.com/visittheneedles

For more half-term events and activities on the Isle of Wight this May, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/what-on/events


For further information, please contact Paul Baker on 0151 304 7017.

About The Needles Landmark Attraction

The Needles Landmark Attraction gives visitors access to wonderful views of The Needles, the Isle of Wight’s world famous chalk stacks.

Take an unforgettable chairlift ride from the cliff-tops to the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, where you can take a pleasure boat out to The Needles.

The Needles offers a range of attractions including a Sand Shop where visitors can make their own souvenir using the multi-coloured sands from Alum Bay, glassmaking at Alum Bay Glass, the Sweet Manufactory, 4D Cinema, Jurassic Golf, plus a range of children’s rides and amusements.

Refreshments are available at the 250-seat self-service Marconi’s Restaurant and fully-licenced Marconi’s Tea Rooms. These newly-refurbished eateries are named after the pioneering inventor who sent the very first wireless transmission from his base at Alum Bay.

10 of the best walks during the 2016 Isle of Wight Walking Festival April 30-May 15

With over 200 walks to choose from, this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival between April 30th and May 15th features a very topical Capability Brown Walk at Appuldurcombe (in the 300th anniversary year of the great man himself), as well as the Festival’s famous Speed Dating Walk.

A pdf of the full programme of walks can be downloaded from the Festival website, but here’s our “10 of the Best” to get you started…


Enjoy stretching your body and learning some yoga moves in preparation for your walk along the beach. Refreshments along the way and a relaxation session to rest and rejuvenate yourself after a gentle nature walk.  Duration: 2½ hours, 2 miles.  Cost: £5.


A scenic walk around our farm with your own llama or alpaca.  Learn all things alpaca and llama whilst walking with our beautiful friendly and endearing creatures.  Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile.  Cost: £15 per person walking a llama or alpaca (£3 for extra walker – up to a maximum of two).


Walk along a section of the Eastern Yar discussing the history of the river, the challenges it faces and possible remedies…while collecting twigs en-route for a major tournament!  Duration: 2½ hours, 3 miles.  Cost: Suggested donation of £2 to Gift to Nature.


The first of two walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  The Isle of Wight Gardens Trust is offering an expert guided tour of the gardens and inner park to discover Brown’s only Isle of Wight designed landscape at Appuldurcombe, commissioned in the 18th century by the influential Worsley family.  The house is now in ruins and managed by English Heritage.  Duration: 1½ hours, 1½ miles.  Cost: £5 donation appreciated for conservation work of Isle of Wight Gardens Trusts.


Anecdotal guided walk to the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, returning to Dimbola to see the Festival Exhibition (and ‘experience’ the award-winning tea room!).  Duration: 2½ hours, 4 miles.  Cost: Voluntary donation to Dimbola Lodge Museum.


Join Lily-May at the duck pond at Big Meade Shanklin, to feed the ducks before having great fun in the park.  Bring lots of friends (and an adult).  And don’t forget bread for the ducks.  Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile. Cost: Free.


This Tai Chi and Qi Gong walk is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.  Ideal for co-ordination and balance, promoting control of both body and mind.  Duration: 1½ hours, 2 miles. Cost: £2 donation to Lifeboats.


Meet the person of your dreams on a speed dating walk along Sandown Bay.  Walk starts and finishes at the Fisherman’s Cottage Shanklin stopping for coffee at the Beach Café, Sandown.  Optional lunch at the Fisherman’s Cottage.  Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles. Cost: £12 to include lunch.


Let Taste of the Wight take you on a tour to delight your tastebuds.  Starting at Ventnor Haven Fishery, you will take-in Steephill Cove, Ventnor Botanic Gardens up St. Lawrence to the top of the Undercliff finishing at Whitwell.  All walkers are invited to finish with a meal of local produce back at The White Horse in Whitwell (at walkers’ cost).  Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles.  Cost: Free.


Walk the Wight is a 26½ mile cross-Island sponsored walk in aid of patient care at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.  The walk has some steps and stiles. Duration: 26½ miles.  Cost: Sponsorship or donation to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

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


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.visitwight.org


As part of Taste of the Wight’s (http://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/) new partnership with Visit Isle of Wight, Solent Co will be publishing a new food and drink blog on visitisleofwight.co.uk,the Island’s most high profile website.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “Local food and drink from the Island are becoming an increasingly important part of our overall marketing and promotion. A recent press visit we organised with Jamie magazine and subsequent feature really highlighted the abundance and variety of what’s on offer to our visitors. Working with Taste of the Wight will provide higher quality content to the hundreds of thousands of visitors that use our website before and during their visit to the Isle of Wight.”

Lindsay Becker, editor of Taste of the Wight said: “We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Visit Isle of Wight, the Island’s official marketing organisation. As well as working together at exciting events such as the recent ‘Wightminster’ showcase for Island food, at the Palace of Westminster, all advertisers will now benefit from a premium online listing on visitisleofwight.co.uk – the website that has been topping records for online audiences.”

In future, Visit Isle of Wight will be collaborating with Taste of the Wight to provide higher quality content to thousands of visitors that use its website. The team at Taste are in the process of reviewing and updating the website’s existing listings and features, as well as producing a regular food and drink news stories.

Click here (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/blog/read/2014/10/foodies-guide-to-october-b29) to see the latest blog news from Taste of the Wight. If you would like to submit your news and contributions, please contact Lindsay at lindsay@solent.co [mailto:lindsay@solent.co].

Isle of Wight Day at the Palace of Westminster, 2nd September 2014 – A Taste of the Isle of Wight

Visit Isle of Wight and Taste of the Wight are working with Island MP, Andrew Turner, to hold a special event in the Houses of Parliament this September to celebrate the Island and raise its profile.

The event follows the huge success of the first Isle of Wight Day which was held in the Palace of Westminster last October.  The second Isle of Wight Day at Westminster, which will be held on 2nd September, will give a selection of Island businesses a chance to market and promote themselves to a wide audience of travel and food media, key food buyers, business investors and MPs.

Andrew Turner MP will welcome assembled guests and Lady Penny Cobham, Chairman of Visit England will declare the “Taste of the Isle of Wight” experience open.   Cllr Ian Stephens, Leader of the IW Council, will talk about the Council’s key role in tourism and the importance of working alongside the private sector to deliver destination services.

Visit Isle of Wight will create a pop-up garden to illustrate the Island’s Garden Isle appeal, while food and drink, inspired by the finest Isle of Wight ingredients, will be served throughout the day.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “Tourism is worth over £500M to the Island’s economy and represents almost 30% of the employment on Island.

“Wightminster” provides us with an annual opportunity to re-connect with partners and supporters and remind everyone of the importance tourism plays in the Island’s economy and its future prospects.”

Also at Westminster there will be a number of products from Solent’s Wight Marque members on display.

David Brooks, Sales Director at Solent said: “Taste of the Wight is becoming an important part of the Isle of Wight’s marketing programme and we’re delighted that there will be more than a hundred products on display from the Island to enjoy.

“From apricots and cherries to sweetcorn and garlic and award-winning favourites such as Minghella Ice Cream and IW Blue Cheese. There will be a special showcase for Isle of Wight drinks with some treats from our local brewers, as well as wines and ciders and one or two more surprising tipples to try.”

Andrew Turner added “I was really proud of what we achieved with our first Isle of Wight Day – and the plans for this year are on track to top that.  I had great feedback about the event and I know that many useful contacts were made leading to new business for Island companies.  It’s a lot of hard work for everybody involved but I’m very much looking forward to the event.”



For further information, please contact: 

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672. E-mail: sue@visitwight.org


Notes to editors:

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

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.visitwight.org

Wight Marque is a sign of origin and identifies truly local food and places where it is sold. The Gold Standard can only be awarded to hospitality, wholesalers etc where ten or more Wight Marque products are used. http://wightmarque.tasteofthewight.co.uk/