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Isle of Wight turns back the clocks 100 million years

Isle of Wight turns back the clocks 100 million years

The Isle of Wight is celebrating “The Year of the Dinosaur” in a new 2013 Events Guide – which, as well as being available on board all ferries crossing to and from the Island, will also feature the chance to win two tickets to the Gala screening of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie ahead of its launch in cinemas world-wide this December.

Full details of the competition can be found at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/competitions.  The prize itself includes return transport with Hovertravel, an overnight stay in The Seaview Hotel, transfers with Ryde Taxis, and two VIP tickets to the Gala screening of the new movie.

Tickets to see Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie at local Cineworld cinemas are also on offer as runners-up prizes.

The dinosaurs that used to roam the Island are the forebears of the characters that star in the major new blockbuster movie presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment in association with IM Global.  A BBC Earth and Evergreen production in association with Animal Logic, the film is set for global release in December 2013. 

A new Dinosaur Island app launched earlier this summer, meanwhile, brings the incredible history 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 pictures and video of themselves right beside them.

Available to download free from anywhere in the world, it is only be triggered into life at six locations on the Isle of Wight (Yaverland, Blackgang Chine, Bonchurch Landslip, Ventnor, The Needles Viewpoint and Hanover Point) – making this possibly the only place in the world where it is possible to take photographs of family and friends actually “walking with dinosaurs”. 

And, as if to prove the point, Visit Isle if Wight has just launched the following video to help explain exactly how the new App works: http://vimeo.com/70559951

The Isle of Wight itself was designated “Dinosaur Capital of the UK” by the Natural History Museum at the start of this year and it was this fact, combined with the launch of the new movie, and the creation of the new App which has led to this becoming The Year of the Dinosaur for the Island.

Visitors to the Isle of Wight this summer have been greeted by everything from special posters and branding, to a host of specially themed dinosaur events and exhibitions – including Dinofest Days, Bran-o-saurus Saturdays and Dinosaur Discovery Days at Blackgang Chine.  There are also opportunities to go climbing with dinosaurs, walking with dinosaurs and to take part in special Dinosaur Sand Sculpture and Footprint competitions.  Even the annual Autumn Walking Festival has been given a dinosaur theme for 2013.

For full details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dinosaur-island.


For further information, and images, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672      E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk