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POLAR is back at Robin Hill this Christmas

    Tickets now available for the Isle of Wight’s most magical experience! The festive story of POLAR continues at Robin Hill this winter season 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! Under the twinkling evening light, begin your journey with a visit to one of the decoration workshops. Bookable online in advance, these craft workshops are great for both children and adults alike! Stop by the family favourite rides with a touch of Christmas magic before venturing

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

Isle of Wight Festival 2021 – An interview with John Giddings

Going Live I loved your quote about cancelling the Isle of Wight Festival over your dead body.. “And I don't intend to die in the near future, fingers crossed.” Is this going to be the first concert you put on this year? “Um yes, because my wife has been doing the Covid testing at the event research programme at Sefton Park and Download, and she's at Latitude at the moment, but they are not run by me. The Isle of Wight festival team are helping the Government produce those events on the basis that we get the knowledge to be able to run the Isle

Katie Melua at the Woodland Sessions at Robin Hill

The valley at Robin Hill, home of the very first Bestival, was the perfect setting for the ‘socially distanced’ Woodland Sessions last weekend, the very weekend that would have been the IW Festival if it hadn’t been for the government’s Covid restrictions. And on the second night, Friday 17th July, Katie Melua chilled everyone out with a stunning selection from her extensive catalogue. Katie in front of the iconic marble arch at Robin Hill   Supporting artist, Simon Gough gave a haunting and atmospheric violin interlude to begin, with backdrop of coastal scenes in the twilight – were they of Island scenes? We

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