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Red Funnel announces vehicle ferry timetable changes in support of essential maintenance

Red Funnel has announced it will be extending its winter timetable into the first few days of April in addition to reverting to winter hours for an 11-day period later in April. The timetable changes are the result of the operator needing more time to carry out essential maintenance to its vehicle ferries as a consequence of unpredictably prolonged and complex engine repair works onboard Red Eagle. Red Eagle’s delayed return means annual maintenance which is legally required to take place on Red Osprey and Red Falcon will also be delayed, resulting in some impact to Red Funnel’s scheduled vehicle ferry timetable. The

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Jack Up Summer Party returns for two days of live music, vintage entertainment, and retro-inspired fun

        The days are getting longer and the nights are getting lighter. Spring is just around the corner which means Summer is coming soon and that brings Jack Up Summer Party! The Island’s retro-themed boutique gathering returns to Retro Staycations in Ryde over the weekend of 12-13th August. Billed a ‘family-friendly celebration of popular party hits,’ this year’s line-up features a fantastic mix of some of the world’s best tribute acts from the 80s and 90s alongside performances from original artists including, fresh from their recent sell-out 60’s show at Shanklin Theatre, The Zoots ‘Sounds of the 80s’ show, Black Lace, and Island

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Decorate your own Easter Tree 

You may celebrate Christmas with a decorated tree, with personal decorations and memorable keepsakes, but have you ever thought about creating an Easter tree? You can decorate a tree for every season if you want and Easter is no exception. Easter trees have become a popular Easter decoration as of late, and rest assured, they're not just for one use. They can be brought out year after year, with the chance to make additional decorations every spring with the family.     It might be surprising to know that Easter trees aren't entirely new, though. Originating in Germany, the Easter tree tradition initially started

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NEW ride ‘EXTINCTION’: Blackgang’s latest thrill

    Blackgang Chine, the Isle of Wight's popular theme park, is set to launch its latest attraction 'Extinction' on Saturday March 25, 2023. The amusement park celebrates its 180th anniversary this year. 'Extinction' is a unique, heart-stopping pendulum swing that combines with a full 360-degree vertical rotation, giving riders an immersive experience that takes them to the edge of extinction. Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest theme park located on the Isle of Wight, is excited to announce the launch of its newest attraction, 'Extinction'.     From Saturday March 25 2023, Blackgang Chine’s visitors will have the chance to experience the hair-raising pendulum swing that reaches heights

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Brand new internet radio station for the Isle of Wight

iwightmusic.com is a brand-new internet only radio station aimed at listeners living on and visiting the Isle of Wight. It is run by a couple still new to the Island who saw an opportunity to broadcast to a wonderful Island community. They are bringing listeners music, information, news and advertisements…Yes, yes there maybe the odd competition! It’s only for fun! They bring a variety of music from the ‘80s ‘90s and today with relaxing music every night from midnight to 6am. If you have any ideas for shows and content, please get in touch!   Click here to listen   They are here for

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Rescued Tigers arrive at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary!

There has been a lot of exciting stuff going on at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary over the past few months as we prepare for the arrival of two rescued Tigers, Softi and Toph who are due to arrive end of February 2023. Softi and Toph have had a tragic start to life, they were discovered in a horse box loaded with 8 other tigers destined for a ‘zoo’ in Dagestan in Russia. An issue with the paperwork made border officials at the Polish/Belarussian border suspicious, and as a result the transporter was intercepted. On closer inspection, the tigers were discovered in

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Luccombe Hall and Luccome Manor Spring Offers

Luccombe Hall has a Spring Break offer available, which is a minimum of 2 night stay and includes daily breakfast with 3 course dinner each evening and a bottle of Prosecco and chocolates on arrival. Prices start at £284 for 2 adults sharing a standard double room:   Spring Breaks Offer: Stay 2 nights or more in a Standard Bedroom. Or opt for an upgrade to a Sea-Facing Room with Balcony;  Superior Seafacing Balcony Room; A Superior Garden Room with Private Hot Tub and an Executive Suite with Balcony Full English breakfast 3 Course dinner each evening Bottle of Prosecco & Chocolates Discounted return car ferry travel from

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Feeling the love at Monkey Haven this Half-Term

Feel the love at Monkey Haven this Half Term as the award-winning primate rescue centre hosts Love Week: 11th-19th February Swing on by and fall in love with the rescued gibbons, monkeys, owls, meerkats and many other exotic creatures as the Island's special sanctuary reopens its doors for 2023! There will be rescue stories to warm your heart, plus daily keeper talks focusing on love in its many forms – romances, bromances, Djimmy’s love affair with his piggies and a unique and special love story between the Siamangs and Mueller's gibbons. There will be tasty treats in the tea room and a chance

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Tapnell Farm Park this February Half Term

    Have you ever wondered what chickens are clucking on about? Or would you like to have a chat with a rat? Tapnell Farm Park’s team of ACE's (Animal Communication Experts) have the answers. Pull up a chair and enjoy Tapnell Farm Parks unique take on a talk show. Expect hilarious animal interviews, activities, and lots of animal madness this half term from 11th - 18th February! This Half Term also sees the return of the Farm Park’s classic Animal Activities and Animal Enrichment. Give the animal Keepers a hand by making fun things for the animals to tuck into, ready for


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