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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

Russell Watson, Russell Kane Sigma and more announced for the Woodland Sessions this summer

After a hugely successful debut last year, it was recently announced that The Woodland Sessions would be returning to Robin Hill this summer, with 5 shows billed as “Exceptional talent in an exceptional setting”. And now it has been revealed that Russell Watson, Russell Kane, and Sigma are just 3 of the many big acts playing The Woodland Sessions during July & August. Described as “a unique series of intimate outdoor concerts” the shows will take place in Robin Hill’s unique, illuminated woodland valley.     After last year’s sell out show, Woodland Sessions Comedy kicks off the summer series on Friday 15th July with

Legally Blonde The Musical bursts onto an Isle of Wight stage for the first time!

The talented local team behind some of the Island’s best-loved musical performances are delighted to be returning to the stage with Legally BlondeThe Musical. This is the first time that the fabulously fun,multi-award winning musical has graced an Isle of Wight stage and Ventnor Theatre Group are so excited to be back performing after such a long break due to the pandemic. Based on the 2001 movie of the same name, Legally Blonde The Musical bursts onto the stage at Medina Theatre on 22nd April. The amateur theatre group are staging this action-packed, upbeat musical that’s filled with comedy, big song- and-dance

Robin Hill presents…The Official Isle of Wight Balloon Festival

Ascend into a world where the sky is the limit as Robin Hill presents the NEW, Official Isle of Wight Balloon Festival from the 28th – 30th May! Industry specialists, Exclusive Ballooning, will join the Robin Hill team for an exciting weekend of balloon tethering, talks from award winning, world-famous pilots and internationally renowned Night Glow performances produced by Andrew Holly. Last year’s Sky High event welcomed over 4000 visitors a day to the park for a whole day of spectacular entertainment in a picturesque setting, and the Isle of Wight Balloon Festival is expected to expand this even further for an

Monkey Haven wins Silver in the People’s Choice Award at the 5th Charity Film Awards

Monkey Haven are celebrating bringing home silver at the prestigious 2022 Charity Film Awards. The gala ceremony was held at the Odeon Leicester Square on Tuesday 22 March. The annual Charity Film Awards is in its 5th year and attracts entries from hundreds of charities, from large organisations such as UNICEF and the British Heart Foundation, to smaller ones like Monkey Haven. Monkey Haven’s film, The Story of Monkey Haven, is a detailed account of the mission to provide a happy, forever home for rescued animals in need. It’s narrated by Don Walser, Monkey Haven’s founder, and told through the lens of

Jack Up reveals acts for boutique Summer Party celebration

In 2022 Jack Up Events are spreading the fun with a feast of retro music events taking place throughout the year including a boutique mini-fest at their new farm site in Ryde. Their Jack Up Summer Party will be a family-friendly celebration of popular music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s featuring a variety of internationally renowned tribute acts from George Michael to Tom Jones to help bring back the good times. Taking place over the Jack Up The Summer weekend, 13th and 14th August, this year’s event will be on a smaller scale meaning tickets are strictly limited. However, organisers

‘Drop’ in to Blackgang and enjoy 2 new rides for 2022!

  It is one of the Island’s highly anticipated family attractions that has just re-opened for the spring season on the Isle of Wight and we were lucky enough to be there to enjoy the opening weekend. With two new rides to try, the level of excitement was undoubtably high, but not only to experience the new attractions, but to also be reunited with the lovable Dodo’s, newly spruced and cleaned dinosaurs and to also watch the captivated expressions of the children’s faces as we walk under the smugglers legs at the entrance (a family tradition by now!). As we walked into the


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