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An Island in Terror!

If you go down to the woods today… you’re in for a spooky surprise and an unexpected workout! It’s the time of year again for pumpkin carving and sweet stocking, but if you are looking for something with a little more thrill, Terror Island has returned and are handing out extra tricks and a side of yummy treats! We were lucky enough to attend this years press night and can assure you, Terror Island did not disappoint. With three mazes to visit, each playing on a different theme, along with plenty of added extras, this really is a test of the

WWII Island Heritage buildings and relics

If you have an interest in old war relics there are plenty on the Isle of Wight. The Island has always been thought of as strategically important, and a potential gateway to the rest of the UK, so it was heavily fortified at all times of conflict during our history. Puckpool Park, overlooking the Solent, was a manned fort in both World Wars and whilst none of the interior rooms are open to the public, you can wander around the exterior, picking out gun emplacements and features from the former garrison. Bembridge Fort on top of Culver Down was armed during

POLAR is back at Robin Hill this Christmas

  The festive story of POLAR continues this winter with selected evenings of magical Christmas delight from 4th – 23rd December. From the Walk of Wonder and beautifully illuminated ancient woodland to immersive walk-through experiences like the POLAR Hollow, it’s this Christmas’ must-see experience! Bounce into Jungle Heights for the most epic Treetop Snowball Fight, hop onto the Big Red Express for a twinkling tractor journey and try your hand at some festive crafts in the Decoration Workshops! There’s live carols, your favourite Robin Hill rides and delicious festive food and drink, too.     The stars of the show, Pippa and Pop, our magical life-like polar

The Island’s biggest, award-winning scare event returns this October!

Terror Island, with three epic scare mazes is the ultimate night out this October! Running on five select dates from 22nd - 31st, the event will really give you something to scream about this Halloween! Having scooped the ‘Best New Event’ award from internationally recognised awarding body ScareCON, for their first instalment back in 2019, Terror Island is now back bigger and better! Hosted at the UK’s oldest theme park, Blackgang Chine, it’s the perfect night out for groups of mates or a work night with a difference.     As well as the three themed scare mazes, the event is hosting live DJ sets

Isle of Wight Festival 2021 Review

Everyone I spoke to agreed that this year’s IW Festival was the one they had enjoyed the best of all of the IW Festivals since 2002, and why was that? Because it happened at all!!! In a climate of Covid paranoia, and within an atmosphere of fear, John and Caroline Giddings fought tooth and nail to put on this year’s Festival and it was an absolute triumph. From the smallest artist on a makeshift stage, to the huge headliners on the Main and Big Top stages, everyone was on top form, bursting to bring their music back to the masses. And

Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine offer discount to Island children!

Two of the Isle of Wight’s largest tourist attractions are offering Isle of Wight school children and Youth Offers an exclusive opportunity to visit the parks this October. The sound of laughter and children enjoying themselves at both Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine has been a welcome familiarity for the parks this summer. With many of the park teams growing up on the Island, they’re passionate about enriching the lives of Isle of Wight children. Which is why both parks are offering an exclusive discount to local schools and Youth Offers in the hope that as many Island children get the

Grand Russian High Tea Book launch raises over £1,000 for Island charities

Hosted by Lady Cheshire and Lady Grylls, a Grand Russian High Tea at the Royal Hotel was to launch Stephan Roman’s new book ‘Isle and Empires’ and to raise money for Mountbatten and Dementia UK Admiral Nurses IW. Guests were greeted with a Russian Spring Punch cocktail, made with Mermaid Salt Vodka courtesy of the Isle of Wight Distillery, Rachmaninov from Simon Davis on piano, and a real Russian samovar loaned by the Leconfield Hotel. Once seated guests were treated to a cornucopia of Russian-themed scones, cakes and delicacies, designed by Ben Chamberlain and his team, whilst sipping Russian and English

Sky High organisers issue local notice for hot air balloon flights

The countdown to the South Coast’s largest hot air balloon bonanza, Sky High Night Glow, is on! From August 20th - 22nd, Robin Hill will see magnificent hot air balloons fill the skies once more. After a record-breaking first instalment in May, Sky High Night Glow will return daily from 5pm – 10pm; with spectacular Night Glow displays every evening, there’s even more opportunity to see the balloons in action! The park’s Lower Valley will once again be a hive of activity with hot air balloon crews tethering, performing inflation races, and attempting mass launches from site! But that’s not all

Famous people who have visited the Island

    The late HRH Prince Philip, has been a frequent visitor to the Island Photo: Macaulay Media   The Isle of Wight has been a magnet for famous people for almost 200 years. It was made popular in Victorian times, when Queen Victoria built her holiday palace, Osborne, and the movers and shakers of the day joined her. But the Isle of Wight has been seeing a huge rekindling of interest by contemporary celebrities since the turn of the 21st century. In the past 20 years or so we have had some very big names visiting the Island, mostly incognito, and often to visit friends

Tipsy Wight

  Whilst I normally use fresh produce as the highlight ingredient for the isleofwight.com flavours blog, this time I’ve taken a slightly different route. My partner first discovered Medham Farm when she was searching for some local honey to improve her hay fever symptoms. We soon realised that the owners of the farm; Ruth and Michael not only produced Medham Farm Honey, but were also the creators of Tipsy Wight, specialising in a range of flavoured vodka and vodka liqueur.     Medham Farm estate is made up of acres of fields, woodlands and hedgerows, so naturally there is an abundance of produce, ranging from

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