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Riverfest 2022 to sail ahead under new stream!

    Isle of Wight Riverfest was launched in 2008 by the Isle of Wight Council. The event was taken over by The Footprint Trust in 2010 and has become the biggest free community event in Newport, attracting some 4,000 people annually. Due to the Covid pandemic, the event had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. During this period the Trust’s main work, in promoting energy efficiency in homes and assisting Islanders in fuel poverty grew substantially. The Trust decided it was time to hand Riverfest onto another organisation, so they could focus on their core work. Following discussions with Newport Carnival

See the Island via Webcams, anywhere!

The team at isleofwight.com are proud to now have the largest network of Isle of Wight live webcams around the Island - giving you up to date footage of Islandwide destinations. You can see them live, for free, here - isleofwight.com/webcams They have installed their own cameras last year at Sandown, Ventnor, The Needles and Alum Bay as well as hosting several other webcams which can all be enjoyed 24/7. You can see what the lions are getting up to at The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, watch the trains arrive and set off at Isle of Wight Steam Railway or even take a look

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary welcome you in 2022

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is looking forward to an exciting 2022! After suffering a major setback with considerable storm damage to the site from Storm Arwen, the sanctuary is bouncing back and looking forward to meeting visitors again! New arrivals, Marie Ange, Belle Helene, Galentine, Prune, Rosie, and foals Luckie, Lola and Hovis, will be having their first ‘season’ on the Island and joining donkeys from the sanctuary’s other herds in interacting with their supporters. Just some of the cute residents at the sanctuary   New paddocks, new walkways, and a new barn with visitor access will all be ready from Easter

New arrivals for The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary cannot wait for you all to meet their latest rescued animals, a pair of Servals called Tafkap and Xirus. They were saved from the illegal pet trade and will arrive in mid-December to enjoy their new life in their forever home in our sanctuary by the sea. Servals are absolutely beautiful wild cats native to Africa with long legs and particularly large ears that give them an acute sense of hearing. They are also highly successful hunters and can jump more than 9 feet straight up to grab a bird right out of the air - oh

Save on your sailing with Red Funnel

Red Funnel's biggest sale of the year is back! Save 1/3 off vehicle ferry travel with their Black Friday Sale! Are you planing your Christmas get away to the Isle of Wight? Or may be a romantic Valentines escape? How about a staycation in the spring or summer of 2022? What ever you are planning, Red Funnel have a fantastic deal running until 3rd December. Whether you are planning to visit friends and family for the festive season, or looking ahead to next years Island key events such as Cowes Week, Rhythmtree and Ventnor Fringe

Where to meet Father Christmas on the Isle of Wight 2021

Father Christmas, or Santa as he is often known, is making quite a few visits to the Island this December. So, make sure to take your little ones to meet him, and in some cases Mother Christmas too, at these following locations. Santa will be at Tapnell Farm for their magical Christmas at Tapnell adventure, and everyone gets one on one time with him as part of that experience. This adventure is open to groups from three to six people and takes around 45 minutes, with lots of exciting stories for children to participate in on the search for Smudge the

Winter and Christmas Activities and Events

There’s nothing better than a Christmas themed market or event to get you into the festive spirit – and sometimes some of those are on offer too. Here’s our round up of a few of the Christmassy things you might like to do before Christmas arrives. Polar at Robin Hill – always good value for money and so pretty, with twinkling walkways, a huge festive marble arch, a treetop snowball fight with trampoline full of inflatable ‘snowballs’, family rides and Christmas crafting workshops. And, of course, Pippa and Pop the polar bears, cheeky dodos and the wonderful Fairy Queen from Robin


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