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Travel through time on the Isle of Wight – Pick up a Time Traveller’s passport on board cross-Solent ferries

From today (Thursday 10th July) onwards, time travelling tourists visiting the Isle of Wight will receive their very own time-travel passport on board Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel ferries.


The Time Traveller’s passport, in association with Transformers: Age of Extinction, is being offered by Visit Isle of Wight, the Island’s tourist board, to encourage families to visit historic attractions and heritage sites linked to the Dinosaur era, Ancient Britain, the Roman Empire, Medieval times, the Tudors and Stuarts, the Victorians the present day and even experience an encounter with the Dinobot T-rex Grimlock, the new prehistoric robot character from the film.


Families will be able to collect the stamps from the locations highlighted in the passport, such as Dimbola Museum & Galleries, IW Steam Railway, Blackgang Chine, The Needles Park, The Needles New Battery, Osborne, Carisbrooke Castle, Brading Roman Villa, Dinosaur Isle, Shanklin Chine, Ryde Heritage Centre – and when travelling car free by bus or by train – for a chance to win fantastic prizes that include a holiday on the Isle of Wight and a trip to Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the home of Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Other prizes include free holiday travel, tickets to Island attractions, cinema tickets and merchandise from the film.


Visitors simply need to collect as many passport stamps as they can as they “time travel” around the Island and then when they get home, enter the codes they’ve collected into the Time Vault at www.dinoisland.co.uk to reveal their prize.


David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “This summer, the Isle of Wight is going to become one big time machine – from dinosaurs to rocket ships.

“Visitors will not only be enriched, but inspired with the scores of artefacts, diverse attractions and living history experiences as they come face to face with the Island’s past, present and future.”


The free 10-page Time Traveller’s passport can be obtained on board all cross-Solent ferries or by visiting Island tourist information points. 


Visitors can also create their own time trails set against the Island’s past, present and future by downloading the free Isle of Wight Tourist Guide app from 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


Notes to editors:


The Passport includes a list of attractions on the Island (“Stamp Locations”) at which the passport holder can get his/her passport stamped.   Visitors can also collect stamps for their time travel passport when travelling car free – by bus at Yarmouth and Ryde travel centres and by train at Ryde Esplanade and Shanklin stations. 


After collecting stamps, the Passport Holder must enter the codes they have collected (unique numbers which are incorporated into the stamp design) into the ‘Time Vault’ online at www.dinoisland.co.uk.    When they have entered the codes they have collected (they only need one to participate) they will be notified of which prize they have received.   Prizes include tourist attractions tickets (kindly provided by Stamp locations), free travel on and to the Island, cinema tickets, and the grand prize of a trip to Paramount Studios in Hollywood and a holiday to the Isle of Wight.


The passport holder only needs one stamp to enter the competition, but the more stamps that have been collected, the greater the chance of winning.


The campaign which invites visitors to discover the secret of Time Travel this summer, comes on the back of a new movie tie-in with Paramount Pictures, which launched Transformer’s Age of Extinction in the UK on July 5th.  It is the fourth instalment of the live action Transformers film series and introduces several new prehistoric robot characters, including the Dinobot T-rex Grimlock.


The Dinosaur Island augmented reality app launched last summer by Visit Isle of Wight is also being launched from July 10th to include an appearance by Transformers: Age of Extinction Dinobot.   The Dinosaur Island experience can currently be triggered at 6 meteorite locations around the Island and new sites are being added at The Needles, Blackgang Chine, The Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and even on board ferries to the Isle of Wight enabling visitors to ‘see’ dinosaurs flying overhead as they cross the Solent.


During the occupation by the Roman Empire 50 to 400AD the Island was called ‘Vectis’ and the word Vectis is still much in use on the Isle of Wight today. But the name was dropped when the Romans left in the 5th Century AD.


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




“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise.  Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver star.  The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved.  As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.  With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce.

Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures.  Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.


For further information please contact Jenny Erwood, Head of Publicity Paramount Pictures UK Theatrical, jenny_erwood@paramount.com


It’s shaping up for a superlative summer down on the Isle of Wight, especially if you have children to entertain. You can travel through time to the Island of Adventure and find fantastic fantasy worlds where anything is possible.

Actress Celia Imrie is the ‘voice’ of the Isle of Wight in our new TV advert enticing UK holiday-makers to visit the Island and to journey back in time by following a new Time Travel trail with the Transformers: Age of Extinction film that was launched on July 5th. Following in the giant footsteps left behind by Dinosaurs last year, the Isle of Wight is capitalizing on the new Transformers blockbuster, starring Mark Wahlberg and introducing several new prehistoric robot characters, including the Dinobot T-Rex Grimlock.

Pick up Your Passport

First of all you pick up your Time Traveller’s passport from your ferry or an IW Tourist Information point and your journey back to the future with the help of a new Time Travel app begins.

Visit the historic attractions and heritage sites in your passport that are linked to the Dinosaur era; Ancient Britain; the Roman Empire; Medieval times; the Tudors and Stuarts; the Victorians; the present day; and a Dinobot Hunt set in the future and you could win prizes by collecting stamps at each location. These include tickets to Isle of Wight attractions, free holiday travel, cinema tickets, merchandise and a visit to Paramount studios in Hollywood plus a holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Dinosaurs of Blackgang Chine

Winners of Trip Advisor’s prestigious ‘Certificate of Excellence 2014’ for the second year running for consistently achieving outstanding traveller reviews on the TripAdvisor website, Blackgang Chine now boasts huge life-size moving dinosaurs in their new ‘Restricted Area 5’. An Iguanadon, a Stegosaurus, screeching Raptors, an Argentinosaurus bigger than a double decker bus and the most gargantuan T Rex ever seen all make their own distinctive sounds and react to the visitors.

The park’s resident celebrity baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs, Shadow and Sheila, delight the crowds with their ‘LIVE’ performances during the summer holidays and there are new baby dino friends to meet: Jack & Jill, the walking Procomsognathus dinosaurs, George, the baby Brachiosaurus and ‘Caulkie’ the mischievous Caulkicephalus. www.blackgangchine.com

Victoria lives at Osborne House

It is the Victorian era that is brought to life at Osborne House with a new exhibition at the Swiss Cottage and games and dressing up on the beach. ‘Small Adventures for Royal Children’ lets you join a Victorian explorer for tales of adventure and bravery and go on a bug hunt for exotic flora and fauna. You can let your little soldiers run off some energy in the rifle drills and hobby horse relays or watch the antics of Mr Punch and his wife Judy at their seaside show. Take a dip in the Solent and enjoy a game of quoits or skittles with a delicious Isle of Wight Minghella ice cream from the café. www.english-heritage.org.uk/Osborne or telephone 01983 200022

All Eras at IW Steam Railway

Kids go for free at the IW Steam Railway throughout August and you can time travel from the Victorian era to the swinging sixties on board one of their lovely locomotives. Special themed weekends help to take you back in time such as the Victorian Weekend of August 2nd and 3rd, the Jaguar Classic Car Show on August 10th and Island Steam Days on the same day, which celebrates 1940s lorry travel and freight travel throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The 40th Island Steam Show from August 22nd to 25th is a fabulous family day out and 150 years of Steam Travel is celebrated at the station on August 30th. http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events.aspx

Beautiful Bicycle Island

Whether you’re a Mamil (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) or a mummy whose bike has a basket on the front Bicycle Island – Isle of Wight – is one of the best places in the country to discover from the saddle of a bike. Take the whole family on a cycling holiday around the Island’s 500 plus miles of cycle and bridleways that weave their way through our dramatic and contrasting landscapes.

This year Bicycle Island has added new cycle ways, bike-carrying buses, additional bike hire, baggage transfer, and new cycle parking across the Island, to make your Isle of Wight cycling holiday even easier. The Isle of Wight recently scooped top spot in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 World Cycling Routes.” http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island

Enchanted Evenings

The Needles Park at Alum Bay is world renowned for its coloured sands, the stunning chalk stacks of the Needles and the ski style chair lift that takes you down to the beach and back. For five weeks only the park is open late every Thursday for a non-stop party of games, live music and street entertainment, with a spectacular music and fireworks finale lighting-up the skies above the Needles from 9:30pm.

Music and Magic in the Skies takes you to the Rio Carnival in Brazil on July 31st, the 1970s on August 7th, to Children’s Movies on August 14th, to Space on August 21st and has a special Christmas theme on August 28th. http://www.theneedles.co.uk/events.php

Robin Hill hosts Bestival in September but on balmy summer holiday evenings the woods are transformed into a magical realm of light and sound with the Electric Woods from dusk until 10pm and rides and attractions open late into the evening.

Fridays at Robin Hill are ‘Days of Adventure’ and visitors are offered the chance to ‘test their aim’ at archery and ‘get hands on’ with fire lighting and survival skills as part of their Bushcraft Activities. For those with a wilder side there are also mountain boarding taster sessions. Robin Hill, sister attraction to Blackgang Chine as also achieved a Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence for the second year running. http://www.robin-hill.com/events




For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org





Midsummer on the Isle of Wight begins as the sun rises on June 21st at the ancient Neolithic Longstone nestled beneath the peak of Mottistone Downs. Bathed in natural beauty the Island is a beautiful sight at this time of the year and here are a few ways you might celebrate midsummer with us.


Wait for the sun to rise at the 4,000 year old Longstone at around 4.30am – and see a ceremony by the Island’s druid community that involves the breaking of bread and the drinking of mead at daybreak or at noon. http://www.wightdruids.com/

Wander around Mottistone Manor Garden with its fabulous hardy tropical garden, flowering borders and secret sunken path in search of a murderer on Midsummer Eve (June 21st) http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottistone-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Travel back in time to the golden age of steam travel at the IW Steam Midsummer Night’s Steam (June 21st). http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events.aspx

Go to see seven of the beautiful gardens of Brighstone village on June 29th as they are open under the National Gardens Scheme. www.ngs.org.uk

Take a Twilight tree climb and be at one with nature in the bows of an ancient oak tree with views out over the Solent as the sun goes down. http://www.goodleaf.co.uk/2014/twilight-tree-time/


Be transported to the Caribbean courtesy of the Hambrough Hotel group as you tuck into tasty Trinidadian barbecue washed down with rum-laced coconuts on the terrace overlooking the sea at the newly reopened Ventnor Winter Gardens. http://www.thehambrough.com/

Fire Your Imagination @ Chessell Pottery by decorating a flower vase (June 17th – 22nd) or flower pot (June 24th to 27th), at this picturesque pottery and tea gardens cradled within in the West Wight countryside. http://www.chessellpotterybarns.co.uk/

See the cream of the Isle of Wight’s young acting talent when Wight Stars CIC perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at the Island’s best theatre space, Medina Theatre, from June27th to June 29th.Cats – The Musical, a Youth Group Production Show performed by Wight Stars CIC.

Take the kids to Quay Arts’ free family art drop in on June 21st run by internationally renowned Island artist Tim Johnson and pop upstairs to see the exhibition of Turner Prize winner Martin Creed’s work in the West Gallery. http://www.quayarts.org/

Settle yourself with a picnic on the lawns of Osborne House overlooking the Italianate Terraces and travel back in time to see Shakespeare’s Globe perform Much Ado About Nothing between  June 18th and June 21st. http://www.quayarts.org/globe_theatre_tickets.aspx


Immerse yourself in the Isle of Wight’s agricultural, equine  and farming culture when you visit the IW County Show on June 28th http://www.riwas.org.uk/

Dance in the streets when the Mardi Gras sets the town of Ryde alive with the sounds of samba and calypso on June 28th. This is New Orleans meets Trinidad meets Rio on the Isle of Wight!  http://www.thenewcarnivalcompany.com/mardi-gras/

Take part in the finale of Visit Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea at Small Hope Beach at Shanklin in ‘All At Sea’, a beach festival with birdman competition, cardboard boat race, sand sculpture competitions, pirate lessons, live music and an undercover beach bar on June 28th and 29th. www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/festival-of-the-sea


Follow the fabulous host of yachts and see some of the most stunning coastline in the country as you watch the Round the Island Race June 21st – or even take part! Applications close on June 18th.

Experience the Island from the saddle of your bike on our Bicycle Island when you take a specially designed trail. Try ‘Taste Round the Island’, the ‘Red Squirrel Trail’ or the ‘Chalk Ridge Extreme’. http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island.


Design your own tailor-made time travel experience on the Isle of Wight (available from July) by downloading ‘The Isle of Wight Official Tourist Guide’ from the App Store (Apple) and Google Play. Select a period of history on the Island such as Dinosaurs, Ancient Britain and Romans, Medieval World, Tudors and Stuarts, Victorians and Modern Times, which includes World Wars and Dinobot Hunt and see which attractions, monuments and heritage sites are from these particular time periods.

Developed by Visit Isle of Wight, The Isle of Wight Official Guide app contains all the essential information you need to make the most of a trip to the beautiful Isle of Wight – from Where to Stay, Things to See & Do, What’s On and Food & Drink.

Now in its second great year, the Dinosaur Island app meanwhile, brings the incredible story of these creatures to life, giving visitors to the Isle of Wight the chance to see the dinosaurs roaming the sites where they were discovered and to take photographs of family and friends actually walking on the Isle of Wight with dinosaurs.  For full details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dinosaur-island.

For all tourist information, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org