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Round the Island Race kicks off the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust 20th anniversary campaign

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is delighted to once again be the Official Race Charity of Round the Island Race in 2023. The charity is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, having been launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur in July 2003. Five young people went sailing that first summer with the Trust and now almost 2,900 young people have been part of their transformational sailing adventures. Since becoming the Race charity in 2005, over £300,000 has been raised for the Trust, enabling the charity to support hundreds of young people post-treatment. No fewer than 24 young people will once again be

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Ticket to Ryde is back! Free community event on Ryde Seafront this early May Bank Holiday Weekend

After a successful run over Easter with thousands of people in attendance, Ticket to Ryde is returning again for theweekend. The event will take place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April on Ryde seafront, and is free for everyone to attend.     Organised by the Jack Up Events with the support of Ryde Town Council, the event takes place on Eastern Gardens, opposite the harbour. With a range of activities and entertainment for all ages, it’s is the perfect way to kick off the summer season. Visitors can expect a variety of food and drink stalls, offering delicious treats from local vendors.

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Original American school bus arrives on the Isle of Wight from Texas

Retro Staycations is delighted to announce the arrival of a beautifully converted American school bus all the way from Texas, which will be available for guests to stay in throughout 2023. Spectators couldn’t fail to miss the big yellow bus making its way to the Island via Red Funnel ferries on Friday, April 21st.     Freshly retired from the highways of Houston, this is an iconic split-screen bus – known as a ‘skoolie’ by all US school kids, and is the only one of its kind on the Island. Texas once carried up to 71 loud / nerdy kids to and from

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Come visit the Award-Winning ‘Donkey Sanctuary’ this Spring

They rescue homeless and unwanted donkeys, giving them a loving and forever home in the beautiful Wroxall valley on the Isle of Wight. With Free entry and Free Parking, their charity relies entirely on donations, adoptions, and fundraising from the public. Without you, they would not exist. As Spring is underway, they celebrate World Donkey Day on the 8th May, so it is a fantastic opportunity to mention their Equine Clinic Appeal. The Isle of Wight does not have an equine clinic and they are determined to provide the best care and facilities for the donkeys & their vets to use. They are

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Ticket to Ryde returns this Easter bank holiday weekend

Ryde Esplanade will once again play host to what has become a Bank Holiday highlight as the free to attend music event, Ticket to Ryde makes a welcome return to Eastern Gardens. Organised by Jack Up Events with the support of Ryde Town Council, Ticket to Ryde is now in its 9th year. Owing to very popular demand, it will once again be returning on each of the Bank Holiday weekends throughout Spring and Summer 2023. Feel-good live music will be provided by some of the Island’s best bands and artists including Now Only, Bethan John, Momentary High, Emelia, The Pact, High

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Jack Up Summer Party returns for two days of live music, vintage entertainment, and retro-inspired fun

        The days are getting longer and the nights are getting lighter. Spring is just around the corner which means Summer is coming soon and that brings Jack Up Summer Party! The Island’s retro-themed boutique gathering returns to Retro Staycations in Ryde over the weekend of 12-13th August. Billed a ‘family-friendly celebration of popular party hits,’ this year’s line-up features a fantastic mix of some of the world’s best tribute acts from the 80s and 90s alongside performances from original artists including, fresh from their recent sell-out 60’s show at Shanklin Theatre, The Zoots ‘Sounds of the 80s’ show, Black Lace, and Island

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NEW ride ‘EXTINCTION’: Blackgang’s latest thrill

    Blackgang Chine, the Isle of Wight's popular theme park, is set to launch its latest attraction 'Extinction' on Saturday March 25, 2023. The amusement park celebrates its 180th anniversary this year. 'Extinction' is a unique, heart-stopping pendulum swing that combines with a full 360-degree vertical rotation, giving riders an immersive experience that takes them to the edge of extinction. Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest theme park located on the Isle of Wight, is excited to announce the launch of its newest attraction, 'Extinction'.     From Saturday March 25 2023, Blackgang Chine’s visitors will have the chance to experience the hair-raising pendulum swing that reaches heights

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Rescued Tigers arriving at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary!

There has been a lot of exciting stuff going on at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary over the past few months as we prepare for the arrival of two rescued Tigers, Softi and Toph who are due to arrive end of April 2023. Softi and Toph have had a tragic start to life, they were discovered in a horse box loaded with 8 other tigers destined for a ‘zoo’ in Dagestan in Russia. An issue with the paperwork made border officials at the Polish/Belarussian border suspicious, and as a result the transporter was intercepted. On closer inspection, the tigers were discovered in


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