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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

‘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

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

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


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