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ACTIVITIES AT THE OSBORNE HORSE TRIALS

9 FABULOUS FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT THE LONDON CAPITAL & FINANCE OSBORNE HORSE TRIALS

Something new is coming to the Isle of Wight, bringing with it fun for all the family. On Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th July, Osborne House in East Cowes will be host to the inaugural London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials. Visiting the trials what better place to stay than the Montpelier in Sandown

Visitors are being given the opportunity to witness the first event of its kind on the Isle of Wight which will be brought to life in just a weeks’ time.

Fans making the trip to the Isle of Wight (and locals too!) will get the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Andrew Hoy, Australian Olympian who holders no fewer that 3 gold medals and has an eventing career spanning 45 years. Andrew will be riding three horses across the 2-day event.

The traditional format of eventing has been streamlined by BEDE Events Managing Director, Stuart Buntine. Stuart says:

“We have introduced a short and snappy dressage test, show-jumping and a thrilling cross country challenge, all taking place within just 5 hours to really up the test!

“We’re so excited to be introducing the Isle of Wight to both eventing and its new format. We love spreading the word of our sport, so to reach out to the island makes us feel very excited for the future of eventing.”

Amazingly, 6,500 Island primary school children have been given free tickets to next week’s event. There is certainly plenty of things to do for all the family…

9 Fabulous Family Activities at the London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials

1 – Explore the House

Take a look inside the holiday home of the Royals. There is so much to see in this beautiful house you can even take a peak in Queen Victoria’s bath tub! This trip back in time is sure to inspire your little Princess and Princesses. How many horses can you spot on your adventures?

2 – Discover Swiss Cottage

Can you find the little cottage in the woods? Explore this museum of treasures collected by the royal children, rumour has it there is a 5 legged deer! Head out into the garden and follow the adventure trail to the playground, look out for a Royal Chihuahua on your way.

3 – Feel the Sand Between your Toes

Is there any better feeling than walking along a beautiful beach ice cream in hand? Come armed with bucket and spade, can you recreate Osborne House in sand? Cool off little feet with a paddle in the crystal waters and maybe skim a stone or two!

4 – All the Fun at the Fair

Up up and away in the Chair o’ Plane for all the family! The vintage fun fair has lots to offer including the ultimate challenge of skill and accuracy, Hook a Duck! The perfect way to keep the children (and adults) entertained!

5 – It’s A Dogs Life

Our four legged family members are more than welcome at the London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials! Watch the experts spin around the agility course and don’t forget to enter your young handlers in the fun dog show! You can also take the family to meet some VIP guests, Hounds from the Isle of Wight Hunt. They can’t wait to meet you and have lots of cuddles!

6 – Horses Galore

It goes without saying there will be plenty of horse action available over the two day event but we don’t just have Eventers on the Island! Take a seat at the main arena and watch the magic of classical dressage or the excitement of fast paced Pony Club games!

7 – A Little Tipple

Especially for the grown ups we have the famous Gin Den run by Goddards brewery or why not try one of their stunning real ales, perfect for a refreshing arena side drink! There will also be a SlimLine Wine Bubble Bar to quench your thirst without the calories, sneak a guilt free bottle home too!

8 – Feathered Friends

Swooping into the main arena throughout the two days will be the brilliant Falconry display team. Watch these magnificent birds fly around the stunning setting of Osborne House and learn more about these amazing creatures!

9 – On Course for the Win

Throughout the London Capital & Finance Horse Trials you can walk the amazing cross country course in the parklands of the estate. See just how big the fences are and watch the horses & riders tackle the challenging course. Can you spot the winners on your travels?

To join in the fun at Osborne House, visit www.bede-events.co.uk for further information and tickets. Prices start at just £10.50 for children and £23 for adults.

Britain’s world class rocket programme

SPECTRES of Britain’s world class rocket programme still haunt the cliffs of the Isle of Wight – where the ruins of our pioneering space research station endure as a permanent reminder of what could have been. But as the EU prepares to kick UK scientists out of the Galileo satellite programme we look at how British technology led the world – and hope this time we DON’T give it away quite so readily.

The immutable sandstone launch blocks, where scores of massively powerful rocket engines were tested and perfected, stands as a shaming monument to political short-sightedness, scientific penny-pinching and the decline of British standing in the world.

In the immediate post-war period Britain was a serious player in three-horse race with Russia and the USA in the battle to perfect rocket technology.High Down rocket test site

The driver of course was not pure science. The world had just witnessed the terrible power of nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the imperative military goal was to team a thermonuclear device with a dependable targetable, rocket.

The Americans had sneaked arch-Nazi and architect of the V2 bomb Werner von Braun to the US and the Russians had collected what was left of his missile team.

But Britain still had the home-grown brains and technological clout to punch above its weight in the race to space.

And she would need to. During the war the US and Britain had shared technological advances but in 1946, fearing Britain’s loss of international political clout, the American’s ended all technological cooperation with the McMahon Act.High Down test site today

So throughout the 1950s and 1960s Britain got serious about space and a wartime gun emplacement at the Needles Headland on the Isle of Wight was transformed into top secret complex of specialised buildings with underground control and instrumentation rooms 4,260 square feet of laboratories and offices, 3,080 square feet of workshops and smaller machine shops and a workforce of 240 people. The High Down Rocket Test site was born.

The focus of all this activity and investment was “perhaps the most economical and powerful space missile of its time – the Black Knight” forerunner of Britain’s very own ICBM Blue Streak rocket.

The 60 foot long rockets were assembled in the workshops. Then they were towed down the newly built road along the cliff top above Scratchells Bay to one of the two 80 foot high test gantries.

Test firing of the massively-powerful engines – tethered to the sandstone test bays – required all staff to be underground to protect from the heat and the deafening roar.

On ignition the four jet rocket motors fired into steel “exhaust buckets,” cooled by a torrent of water from a specially built 60,000 gallon reservoir, at a rate of 3,000 gallons per minute.

In 1958, after just three years work, the first Black Knight reached the atmosphere from a launch site in Woomera, Australia.

This was just weeks behind the Russians and the Americans with their near unlimited budgets.

In all, 22 rockets were launched into moonless night skies, up to 500 miles above the Earth.

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All systems go: The massive engines tested at High Down could be heard for miles around

Britain’s space program continued until 1971 culminating in the successful launch of our own satellite.

The unit, called Prospero, is expected to continue orbiting the earth for another two centuries.

Despite this remarkable success, and similar success in designing and building our own thermonuclear bombs, Britain’s government lacked the political confidence to push forward with a domestic rocket programme, let alone a nuclear missile program.

In 1962 prime minster Harold McMillan announced Britain was going to buy Polaris missiles from the USA – the death knell for British rocketry.

British rocket scientists attempted to resurrect something from their work – openly sharing rocket secrets with colleagues in Germany, France and across the fledgling EEC.

After Blue Streak was axed Britain shared it’s rocket secrets with France in 1961. The two were joined by

Italy, Belgium, West Germany, the Netherlands and Australia to create ter drafted into the Convention of the European Launcher Development Organization – aimed at being a pan-European challenge to NASA.

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It IS rocket science: British rocketry expertise monitor test firing of Black Arrow engine

But it was awful news for Britain as a force in space tech. The Scratchells Bay rocket research centre was abandoned and allowed to rot – becoming little more than a tourist curio for Isle of Wight visitors, a footnote in rocketry history and a monument to failed ambition.

The Scratchells Bay rocket research centre was abandoned and allowed to rot – becoming little more than a tourist curio for Isle of Wight visitors, a footnote in rocketry history and a monument to failed ambition.

Nicholas Hill writing for spaceuk.org said: “There are several infuriating aspects to all of this. To produce a missile, and then realise it was the wrong missile. To convert it to a satellite launcher, one that looked to be highly successful, and then to cancel again. And the cancellation took place in the late 60s, when the uses of satellites in TV [the Tokyo Olympics of ’64 were the first to be transmitted by satellite], telephone communications, weather observation were becoming apparent and obvious.

“But the 60s were the time when many advanced British projects were cancelled in the post imperial decline.

“And Britain was to lose from there on any real pretensions to technological innovation; in space, in electronics, and in too many other areas.

“Black Knight had fulfilled its brief admirably, with hardly a hitch in any of its 22 launches. All the design work for Blue Streak had been done, prototypes had been built, so what now? One logical idea was to use the completed system to make a satellite launcher.

“Black Knight itself could be developed further – and was, to Black Arrow, which lead to the UK’s only satellite launched with a British launcher.

“But the Government turned to Europe, for two reasons. One was political, to show ourselves “good Europeans”, and joint ventures – Euratom, the Jaguar aircraft, Concorde – were in vogue.

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Britain’s NASA: The top secret High Down rocket sit employed hundreds of people

“The other was to share the cost. So the European Launcher Development Organisation – ELDO – was born. The launcher was to be Blue Streak, with a French second stage and a German third stage.

“Eleven Blue Streaks were launched with varying configurations. The Blue Streak part of the launcher was almost uniformly successful. No satellites were launched, due to failure elsewhere. Then the organisation collapsed and the Blue Streak rocket with it.”

The last Black Arrow now resides at the British Science Museum.

WIGHTLINK’S NEW FLAGSHIP VICTORIA OF WIGHT TAKES SHAPE

 

It is exactly 3 months since Wightlink’s new environmentally friendly hybrid energy flagship Victoria of Wight was launched to cheers and applause from staff and shipyard workers at Cemre.

Since the ferry went down the slipway in Yalova, Turkey, an army of construction staff and contractors have been hard at work installing everything from engines to carpets, starting at the bottom of the hull with the 4 Wartsila engines, batteries and generators for the hybrid energy propulsion system and Voith propellers and making their way upwards through the vessel, putting in windows, building walls and fitting out toilets.

On board, there will be both a Costa coffee shop and a Wight Taste outlet selling Isle of Wight sourced food and drink.

Project Director John Burrows has been a frequent visitor to the yard over the last 18 months. He cut the ceremonial ribbon with an axe to launch the ship on 7th February 2018 and will supervise the sea trials in the Sea of Marmara later this month. Several senior Wightlink staff, including captains and engineers, are currently at the Cemre yard as the ship is made ready for her journey to the Solent.

John has said:

“I have enjoyed watching our new flagship take shape and know our customers will enjoy travelling on Victoria of Wight.

“We look forward to introducing her to Islanders, mainlanders and holidaymakers this summer.”

Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield says:

“The arrival of Victoria of Wight will herald a new era of cross-Solent travel and increases our capacity to carry more people and freight to and from the Isle of Wight. The hybrid energy propulsion system will mean she will operate quietly and efficiently, with fewer emissions. This marks the completion of our £45million project to improve the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route.”

Victoria of Wight fast facts:

  • Victoria of Wight is 90 metres long and 19.4 metres wide, slightly larger than St Clare
  • She weighs 2,550 tonnes (without crew, passengers, vehicles, freight or fuel)
  • The ship can carry 178 cars or their equivalent on every sailing
  • Victoria of Wight has been fitted with more than 146 kilometres of cable, weighing 76 tonnes
  • Almost 30,000 litres of paint have been applied to the ship
  • Spacious lounges take up more than 500 square metres inside the ship and there are more than 550 square metres of outside passenger decks

AIR RACING TO RETURN TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT IN MAY FROM SANDOWN AIRPORT

AIR RACING TO RETURN TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT IN MAY AT SANDOWN AIRPORT

It’s been almost 10 years since the last air race took place in the skies above the Isle of Wight, but in less than 2 weeks’ time aircraft will be competing once again – this time out of Sandown Airport.

It will be eyes to the skies on both 12th and 13th May as many different types of fixed-wing aircraft compete in The Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association handicap races – known as the ‘3Rs’.

The route will see the competitors take off from Island Airport at Sandown before flying over Apse Heath and Godshill, turning at Chale to follow the coastline around to St Catherine’s Point, Ventnor, Luccombe, Shanklin, across Sandown Bay to Yaverland and then back to the Airport.

The best viewing point is likely to not only be Sandown Airport itself, but St Catherine’s Point and St Boniface Down – the highest peak on the Island.

Visitors to the airport can expect to see all the planes in their full glory, as well as live music, food and drink from the onsite bistro and BBQ from 11:00.

Saturday 12th May will see The Grosvenor Challenge Trophy race take place at 15:30, whilst Sunday 13th May’s racing will be for The Battle of Britain Challenge Trophy starting at 13:00.

Both races will be held over 100 miles, meaning 4 laps of the 25-mile course. The planes will fly at just 500ft.

The racers have already visited Leicester this season and will be heading to Abbeville, Haverfordwest, Sherburn, Shobdon, Llanbedr and Alderney (TBC) between now and the end of September.

If you are looking for somewhere nice to stay while visiting the race look no further The Montpelier is a great place to stay and just down the road from Sandown Airport.

AIR RACING TO RETURN TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT IN MAY AT SANDOWN AIRPORT
The Montpelier B&B Sandown Isle of Wight

Fairweather Festival

15 ACRES OF NON-STOP MUSIC OVER 2 DAYS IN AID OF AN INCREDIBLE CAUSE

Fairweather Festival is a 2-day boutique family festival held on the Isle of Wight with one goal, to make a difference. With some of the biggest artists from around the world performing, there truly is something for everyone.

Fairweather Festival began as a project to use live music and the freedom of music festivals to make a difference to young people’s lives and in particular, raise vital awareness on mental health and aspects surrounding it. Whilst donating a large percentage of profits to a chosen charity each year, Fairweather Festival will invite many mental health services and charities along to promote their incredible work and offer guidance towards potential help if it is needed in the future. The main goal is to stamp out the stigma surrounding mental health by using the worlds biggest communication method – Music.

2018 we are keeping it local and supporting the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. We are aiming to raise funds to support their future in delivering outstanding mental health services across the Isle of Wight.

FESTIVAL FAQS

HAVE A STRESS-FREE FEST WHEN YOU FIGURE OUT THE IN’S & OUT’S 
PARKING & GETTING HERE

Sandown Airport is located in Lake on the Isle of Wight. Our neighbours are the Morrisons Superstore.

We recommend using Southern Vectis buses to get to the event. The number 8 route, drops you off right outside the event. There will be extra buses towards Newport & Ryde leaving Morrisons Bus Stop between 22:00 & 01:30 on both nights.

Fairweather Festival also offers limited, Free Car Parking on a first come, first served basis.

Please respect the surrounding neighbourhood and areas when arriving & leaving the site.

MAP & SET TIMES

The Fairweather Festival Map & Set Times will be available to download here from mid-August!

ACTIVITIES & WHAT’S ON

Fairweather Festival is aimed to cater for the whole family! 2 Stages, Licensed bars, A full fun fair, Childrens area, Glitter, Yummy Street Food, An exclusive VIP area, Stalls & Games, Charity fun & loads more. There really is something for everyone!

KEEP SANDOWN GREEN & CLEAN

Please look after the community and place all rubbish in the bins provided by the wonderful, Biffa.

Also, respect the local neighbourhood! They are lovely and very supportive in our event, please show them equal respect when travelling to & from the event.

© 2018. Make A Difference Mgmt. In Aid of The Isle of Wight Youth Trust.

ISLE OF WIGHT FEBRUARY EVENTS

ISLE OF WIGHT FEBRUARY EVENTS

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LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO STAY ON WHILE VISITING ISLE OF WIGHT FEBRUARY EVENTS STAY AT THE MONTPELIER IN SANDOWN

isle of wight February events
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Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Digital Photography – David Babsky

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Digital Photography – David Babsky

Isle of Wight Wildlife Themed Events for Kids

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Digital Photography – David Babsky

Family Coppicing FUN – Borthwood Copse

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Monday Evening Life Drawing at Dimbola

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Isle of Wight Wildlife Themed Events for Kids

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Monday Evening Life Drawing at Dimbola

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Yarmouth Carnival Committee Pancake Races 2018

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

VALENTINE’S IN THE GARDEN – Ventnor Botanic Garden

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Isle of Wight Wildlife Themed Events for Kids

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Monday Evening Life Drawing at Dimbola

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Isle of Wight Wildlife Themed Events for Kids

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ – ROBIN HILL

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Monday Evening Life Drawing at Dimbola

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

Isle of Wight Wildlife Themed Events for Kids

Peter Johnstone Exhibition – Dimbola Museum

Jan Ramscar – Plants in a Different Light

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Jack Up The 80s

Jack Up The 80s has been consistent in terms of bringing feel-good pop acts to the Isle of Wight over the last 5 years and the nostalgia factor will definitely be satisfied at next year’s event when boy band 5ive (Five) take to the stage.

Jack up the 80s
The Montpelier Isle of Wight bed and breakfast

Backed by the same management team which launched the career of the Spice Girls, Five have enjoyed remarkable success and sold 20 million records worldwide. They achieved 11 UK Top 10 hits including Keep on Movin’; Everybody Get Up; When the Lights Go Out; Got The Feelin’; Don’t Wanna Let You Go and Let’s Dance.

In the late 90s they released a cover of We Will Rock You featuring 2 members of Queen; Brian May on guitar and Roger Taylor on drums; the song charted at Number One.

Organisers of Jack up the 80s have said:

“Jack Up The 80s is one big Summer party and that’s the essence of what people love about it. As long as the acts remain in keeping with the overall party vibe, the decade in which they achieved success pales into insignificance.

“We always like to throw in a couple of curveballs, that’s what makes our line-up quirky and unique. Fans of Jack Up The 80s are always guaranteed an incredible upbeat atmosphere which is something Sean, Ritchie and Scott – the three original members of Five – bring in abundance.

“Owing to the unprecedented success of S Club earlier this year and other show-steeling performances over the years from names such as Right Said Fred, Angie Brown and The Hoosiers at the very first edition of the festival back in 2013, we continuously listen to the demands of our audience and evolve the line-up to prevent it becoming stale and predictable.”

Jack Up The 80s volume 6 will take place over the weekend of 11th and 12th August 2018 and this will be the festival’s second year at its new home Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde.

Early Bird tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd January and will be available to purchase from www.jackupthe80s.co.uk.

THE CHRISTMAS GARDEN

One of Sandown Bay’s most fascinating spaces, Sandown Barracks Battery will be transformed into ‘The Christmas Garden’ this coming Saturday (16th December).

The Christmas Garden
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We are thrilled to be bringing back The Christmas Garden back to Sandown Battery gardens! After the success of last year’s event attracting over 400 people through the gates we’re back better and bigger than before.

The Christmas Garden Sand Isle of Wight

With traditional band Vectis Brass performing festive tunes, Company B singing their charming nostalgic songs and interactive theatrical experiences including immersive-storytelling! Everyone in the family loved our hands-on craft stalls and this year we will have even more available to make and do!

Not to mention the fire pits for toasting your marshmallows and warming cold hands, a 20ft tree for all to gather round in the snow (yes snow!), along with the magically illuminated barracks, thanks to the talented team at Genelec.

This community event is free and created in collaboration with Arc, Artecology, The Bay and The Common Space to celebrate the festive community spirit within the Bay area and also to re imagine spaces within the public realm.

The Christmas Garden is a free community event that will see the ruins transformed with magical lights, live music, art workshops, a giant Christmas tree and campfires in a special celebration aimed at bringing the community together and breathing new life into an under-used space.

Created in collaboration between the Ventnor Exchange and The Common Space, it follows on from last year’s inaugural attempt to highlight how spaces like the battery could be used in interesting ways for the benefit of local residents.

Mhairi Macaulay, from the Ventnor Exchange said:

“We were bowled over with the response last year when hundreds of people visited and we will be building on that this year with more activities for families, interactive experiences, storytelling, more music including a traditional brass band and of course, snow!”

Thompson’s Nursery has kindly donated a spectacular Christmas tree for the event, which will be decorated during the evening and then transported to the YMCA at Winchester House for the Christmas period.

The Christmas Garden will open as the sun sets from approximately 16:30-19:00. All are welcome and entry is free.

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

 

Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher have been announced as the headliners of Isle of Wight Festival 2018.

The Script, Van Morrison, Blossoms and James Bay will also perform at Seaclose Park in Newport between 21st-24th June next year – 50 years since the first Isle of Wight Festival in 1968.

Depeche Mode, one of the most influential, beloved and best-selling musical acts of all time, will be headlining Saturday night. Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million records with no less than 17 top 10 UK albums.

The Killers return to the main stage on Sunday night following the release of their latest album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, which continued their unbroken record of Number 1 studio albums. The Las Vegas band will bring to the Isle of Wight Festival a career-spanning headline set picked from an enviable back catalogue that includes ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘When You Were Young’, ‘Human’ and most recent hits, ‘The Man and Run For Cover’.

Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher have been announced as the headliners of Isle of Wight Festival 2018
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Depeche Mode will headline Saturday night

Formed in Leicester in 1997, Kasabian have established themselves as Britain’s biggest rock band. As well as their last 4 albums all topping the UK charts the band are no stranger to awards, receiving the NME’s ‘Best Live Band’ gong as well as accolades from the BRITs and Q magazine throughout their career.

Rising to fame as the lead singer of Oasis, and later fronting Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher will be performing on Saturday night. His debut solo album ‘As You Were’ shot straight to Number 1 with over 100,000 sales within the first week – 1 of only 3 albums this year to have sold 6 figures in its week of release.

John Giddings of Isle of Wight Festival, says:

“This year’s line-up brings together the best bands of the moment. This is a special year as it celebrates 50 years since the festival’s first incarnation so it’s fantastic to celebrate with returning artists and those appearing for the first time.”

Having sold-out venues across the globe, Irish exports The Script will return to the Isle of Wight Festival to perform on the Friday of the event.

Tickets are available now from The Price is Wight at www.thepriceiswight.co.uk.

Isle of Wight Festival 2018:

Friday

Kasabian
The Script

Saturday

Depeche Mode
Liam Gallagher
James Bay
Blossoms

Sunday

The Killers
Van Morrison

www.islandecho.co.uk

Christmas is coming to The Needles

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Christmas is coming to the Needles

Dream of a Traditional Wight Christmas

Christmas is coming to The Needles, so expect sacks of festive fun and a twinkly, goodtime atmosphere for 2017. The Needles massive tribute to festive fun is the only place to find the ‘real’ Santa Clause in residence. Join us for another magical December with the Island’s most famous Christmas grotto returning, helping to spread cheer to families accross the Island.

 

Come and meet the real Santa Clause;

2nd & 3rd December – December 2nd, Autism and disability friendly sessions available,
please call for further details 01983 752401

9th & 10th December
16th & 17th December
Saturday 23rd December

See special guest from ‘Whoville’ arrive every morning at 10:00am. Grotto entry is only £6.00 and includes a quality gift for each child. Last Grotto entry is 4:00pm

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Christmas is coming to The Needles,

Derek Sandy will be performing his number 1 song ‘Cos it’s Christmas’ on December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd. The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary will be present on selected dates throughout December.

Forget presents, tinsel and turkey sandwiches. What could make Christmas more magical than meeting Father Christmas, the man himself? Once you have indulged in the free parking, free children’s rides*, free Jurassic Golf, free sweet making and glass demonstrations and free elves workshops complete your festive day and hunt down the man in red!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mauled wine and fresh mines pies will keep the adults entertained courtesy of ‘Taste of The Wight’ who will be offering local flavours to our families during some of the grotto dates in December.

Christmas is coming to The Needles,new for 2017 will bring more of a ‘Winter Wonderland’ atmosphere to our festival street along with some rather special guests! The Islands favourite ‘Donkey Sanctuary‘ will be present on selected grotto dates for children and adults to meet those special Donkeys and Shetland Ponies in their festive enclosure. In addition, the Needles are pleased to welcome ‘Jara Amusements’ who will be offering exciting street family entertainment games.

The Needles Christmas would not be the same without the man of the moment Mr Derek Sandy performing his Christmas hit ‘Cos it’s Christmas’ on selected dates throughout December, a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season and a perfect opportunity to support a local Island Charity ‘Daisy Chains IW’, 50p from each CD sold will be donated. CD’s can be purchased from our Pier Head Shopping Emporium.

On the outskirts there lives a green Grinch another special guest for the Needles in 2017. Watch out for him over the Christmas period as he plans to put in some appearances!

As if that wasn’t enough, our 4D cinema will be half price this Christmas at £2.00 per person, fun for all the family! You can find our Santa’s breakfast special in our Marconi’s’ Restaurant along with Santa’s favourite winter warmer meals plus festive mince pies and speciality coffee.

Looking for something special for your loved one this Christmas? Our unique handmade Alum Bay Glass makes for the perfect gift and our extensive showroom displays a myriad of exquisite glassware in a variety of different colours and shapes.

Our Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory is a must too! Watch our sweet makers create treats you’ll find nowhere else and then sample the results. We make hard boiled sweets in every imaginable flavour, perfect gifts for all the family!

Visit our Pier Head Shopping Emporium for a wide selection of gifts for all tastes and budgets , from stocking fillers to beautiful handcrafted items. Our Taste of the Wight outlet will also be ideal shopping for those all important local flavours, a must visit whilst at the Needles!

Christmas is coming to The Needles,
The Montpelier bed and breakfast isle of wight

*All rides are free however not all will be open at one time, unlimited rides will be limited by ride closing times, inclement weather and demand.

Need somewhere great to stay on the Isle of Wight then look no further, The Montpelier in Sandown a great place to stay. Check out our special ferry inclusive deals.