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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

isleofwight.com Award Winning Triumph

We are delighted to announce that the Business Excellence Awards have recognised isleofwight.com as the best ‘Online Tourist Information Platform’ in Southern England. The award was given in recognition to our services towards Isle of Wight tourism, in particular supporting businesses throughout the pandemic, our continued investment in new technologies, as well as tremendous growth in both website visitors and social media followers.   We are extremely proud and delighted to receive this award, particularly as it is the first we have received since my wife Rachel and I took over the business in 2019. The team, which is now 6 of us,

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the Isle of Wight

  Excitement is certainly building to mark a very special royal occasion - The Platinum Jubilee, which is celebrating the Queen being on the throne for 70 years as she was coronated on June 2, 1953. We are being treated to an extra bank holiday so that everyone can see this special event and enjoy the celebrations. Even a “Platinum Pudding competition” has been launched to invite members of the public to create a dessert in honour of the Queen’s 70 year reign. These type occasions can bring communities together and the Isle of Wight is looking forward to celebrating with residents and visitors. While

New Arrivals at Monkey Haven

Meet two rescued Diana monkeys this half term. Monkey Haven, the Isle of Wight’s primate rescue centre, is opening its doors for February half term to introduce its new arrivals and share its love of animals for Valentine’s week. Taabo and Imara are Diana monkeys who have found their forever home at Monkey Haven. Eight-year-old Taabo is a cheeky and adventurous chap who likes to look after his female companion Imara, who is a little calm and shy. The Dianas are endangered species and both have travelled from the Netherlands where they were part of the European Endangered Species Programme. Taabo’s genetic eye

Spirit of the Orient returns to Robin Hill this February

    The Isle of Wight’s biggest Chinese New Year celebration returns to Robin Hill this February! With a dazzling array of award-winning illuminations and entertainment, Spirit of the Orient will be bursting with light every evening from 18th - 26th February in celebration of the Year of the Tiger! Follow the floating lanterns to the top of the ancient woodland and uncover the entrance to the Chinese New Year Show! Chase the evil spirits of the past away with this mesmerising performance of Chinese lion dances, the great dragon procession, and Water Sleeve Dancers accompanied by a unique soundscape. Then follow the 12-metre Dragon

Frosty Fun at Tapnell Farm was an “Icy Blast”

Tapnell Farm had a treat in store for us all last weekend. The air may have been chilly, but visitors enjoyed a frosty experience with atmospheric lights, magical entertainment and a special visit from two very well known Disney friends! The blood was certainly pumping as we enjoyed an adrenalin thrill seeking rush down a wintery mountain slide - in a large donut! Fun was had by all. Aaron Isted the magician left us spellbound as he put on a spectacular show of tricks - we still don't know where he kept all of those fizzy pop bottles! Please let us know! Excitement

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