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New Maize Maze and Sunflower Meadow at Tapnell Farm

NEW TO TAPNELL FARM THIS SUMMER A huge Maize Maze and Sunflower Meadow has opened at Tapnell Farm on Monday 1st August, and will be open daily throughout the summer holidays, from 10am – 6pm. Great fun for all the family, the experience starts with a walk through a beautiful Sunflower Meadow to reach the entrance of the Maize Maze, which measures about 2 metres in height.  A special platform with brightly coloured flag will indicate the middle and serves as a great spot for photos with stunning views across the countryside.  It will also serve as a point of reference should

Festival blues? Us too!

Abi Millichamp tells us about her fantastic weekend at this years Isle of Wight Festival! We’ve had a blast at this years Isle of Wight festival; the underwater theme encouraged an abundance of pirates and sea creatures to our Island shores, and despite the Island’s festival fun being over already for another year, a little mermaid tells us tickets for next year are already available! But we’ve still got a while to wait before it’s time to get the wellies and costumes out again, so for now, here’s a roundup of our 2022 festival favourites. After a 15 year gap Muse returned

An exciting summer at Robin Hill!

Become mesmerised as Robin Hill presents a whole host of incredible activity to kick off your Summer with a bang! From the 25th July – 26th August, the 88-acre attraction will welcome internationally renowned illusionist, Sean Alexander, for an evening spectacular of grand illusion, featuring mind-blowing tricks, as seen on TV, every Tuesday and Thursday! Celebrity fans of the infamous ‘Confusionist,’ such as Piers Morgan, have declared the show to be the ‘Best Magic Ever!’ and is certainly not one to miss this summer holiday season. The team at Robin Hill will also welcome back the explosive Brainiac daredevil scientists from the

‘A Passing Storm’, The view from The Pepperpot on The Isle of Wight, by Julia Tanner

“A PASSING STORM” by Julia Tanner     This painting was inspired by the view from “The Pepperpot” on St Catherines Down on The Isle of Wight, looking over to the west of The Island, affectionately known as ‘The Back of The Wight’. We have been lucky enough to have taken many walks in this area and very often stood looking out to sea watching storms over The English Channel. They often pass The Island by, but on the odd occasion when we have been drenched the sun quickly comes out again - hence the title.   THE LOCATION If you wish to walk up to

Ticket to Ryde set to ensure a free weekend of Jubilee celebrations

Ryde Esplanade will once again play host to what has so far this year become a Bank Holiday highlight as the free to attend music event, Ticket to Ryde makes a welcome return to Eastern Gardens. Organised by Jack Up Events for the whole community to enjoy, the special Jubilee edition of the event will feature live music from some of the Island’s best bands and artists including Fusion Party Band, The Baggy Wrinkles Blues Band, The Jammers and Hot Pocket. Favourites Real Dead Ringer – The Meat Loaf Show and High School Never Ends are once again guaranteed to draw

Jack Up Summer Party ticket launch plus other party dates for your diary

  Tickets for the early anticipated Jack Up Summer Party taking place 13th-14th August are set to go on sale at 9am this coming Saturday, 14th May. Organisers revealed details of this year’s offering, titled a ‘boutique mini-fest’ back in March. The event, taking place over the usual Jack Up The Summer weekend, will be a family-friendly celebration of popular music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s featuring a wide variety of internationally renowned tribute acts from George Michael to Tom Jones to help bring back the good times. There will also be special extended sets from original bands Ska’d For Life

American songwriter adds Isle of Wight date to UK tour

The Island’s newest and most exciting American Airstream glamping site has been asked to host a rare performance by one of the finest American songwriters of his generation! Taking place on the evening of Friday 20th May, as part of his 2022 UK and Ireland Tour, singer-songwriter Dean Friedman will be stopping off at Retro Staycations in Ryde to perform an up-close and personal 95 minute extended set including chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia McDonald’s Girl and more. This intimate performance will take place on Jack Up Event’s shiny new silver bullet Airstream stage as seen at recent Ticket to Ryde events over both

Huge support for first of four free Bank Holiday music events – returning next weekend!

Ryde Esplanade was buzzing with excitement over the Easter bank holiday weekend as residents and visitors of all ages made their way down to Eastern Gardens to enjoy several days of live music entertainment. Organised by Jack Up Events with the support of Ryde Town Council, Ticket to Ryde is an established event now in its 8th year. Owing to very popular demand, it’s returning on each of the Bank Holiday weekends throughout Spring and Summer 2022, in addition to its usual slot at the end of August. Hundreds of locals turned out to enjoy a variety of feel-good music thanks to


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