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G4 singer to perform concert at Mountbatten

G4 singer and former X Factor star Mike Christie is to perform a concert at Mountbatten next month. Mike, of Cowes, was part of G4 when the group, known for their operatic take on pop songs, finished runners-up in the ITV talent show in 2005. Opera, pop and musical theatre will be performed by Mike at Mountbatten on Thursday 9th February.   “As an Islander, I'm honoured to be performing for the first time at Mountbatten, a charity close to my heart as my father received end-of-life care,” said Mike. “Music is such a comfort to all of us throughout our lives, and I will be

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year for the final time this February!

Robin Hill is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a final, dazzling display of light and colour at this year’s Spirit of the Orient event. The park will be transformed from the 11th – 18th February, inviting guests to stroll through the illuminated ancient woodland and experience an impressive display of lighting exhibits and Chinese lanterns. Buried deep beneath shoots of bamboo, Robin Hill’s resident panda duo, Blossom and Ping, will star in their brand-new show, Panda-monium. The fan-favourite pair will need your help solving the mystery of the stolen ‘Heart of a Panda’ diamond. This cheeky show is guaranteed to

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Radio Reunion for the South’s biggest phone-in

Between 1992 and 2009 Big Al and The Doc’s daily lunchtime phone-in became must listen to radio. For 17 years, workshops, garages, homes and offices across the South all tuned in midday to 1pm to hear radio’s dynamic duo winding up the Island population with their mischievous, outrageous and sometimes downright stupid shenanigans. Memorable subjects ranged from banning all drivers over the age of 55 from Island roads (Big Al and The Doc are now in their 60s…) to moving the Isle of Wight Festival to Southsea and welcoming grey squirrels to the Isle of Wight. No wonder callers were furious!     Branded

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Tapnell Farm launches first Weekend Wellness Retreat

Early-bird prices available until 15 December   The opportunity to escape the demands of a busy life and enjoy a weekend of wellness, fitness and relaxation in the beautiful countryside setting of Tapnell Farm on the Isle of Wight, is now available for the first time, over the weekend of 3rd- 5th February 2023. In collaboration with Island wellbeing experts, Balance+Glo, Tapnell Farm has introduced a Weekend Wellness Retreat that aims to give guests a unique slice of Island life, whilst nourishing the body through movement and food, and connecting with nature.     The two night break includes daily energising and relaxing yoga sessions, strength

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Christmas Shopping in Portsmouth made easy with Solent Cruises

Solent Cruises are offering the ideal trip over the water for some Christmas Shopping or an explore around Portsmouth. From Cowes to Portsmouth landing at Gunwharf Quays, you can take advantage of their return crossings every weekend for just £10 per adult! Sailings leave on a Saturday and Sunday morning from their Cowes terminal at 9:30am, returning at 4pm or 5pm from Gunwharf. Fancy extending your stay? Why not hop on the Saturday morning sailing from Cowes and stay the night in Portsmouth? Use your return ticket for the sailing departing Gunwharf on Sunday evening at no extra cost. Enjoy Gunwharf Quays Christmas

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Christmas at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

        CHRISTMAS MARKETS It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and Wildheart Animal Sanctuary will once again be hosting their wonderful Christmas Markets this year, over the weekend of 26th and 27th November. ⁠ They have lined up a beautiful, bespoke collection of stalls selling perfect gifts and decorations from local Isle of Wight designer makers and artists.⁠ With Father Christmas within his farm animal grotto plus carols, festive food and mulled wine, the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is the perfect place to kick off your Christmas shopping and find that perfect gift. It is a wonderful weekend to meet our animals and start feeling

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Winter Market at The Donkey Sanctuary

Back by popular demand is The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary’s wonderful Winter Market.   When and where? IOW Donkey Sanctuary Wroxall, Isle of Wight PO38 3AA Date/time: 20th November, 11am - 3pm Tickets: Free! Donations are kindly accepted.   Last year saw thousands of us flock to Wroxall to enjoy christmassy celebrations in the sanctuary’s barns and fields, and this year promises to be an even bigger display of festive fun! The Donkey Sanctuary team have put their thinking caps on to plan a great event with lots more to do; stall holders, live music, Santa’s Grotto, decorated barns, a Victorian/Festive Funfair and even a delicious festive

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Tapnell’s award winning Christmas experience returns with a new adventure!

  Tapnell Farm Park’s award-winning Christmas Experience is back – ready to take you on a NEW magical Christmas adventure …. Saving Santa’s Sleigh!   An all-weather Christmas experience for children of all ages, starting Saturday 26th November.     The Christmas Experience starts at home (once tickets have been purchased) with a little letter from Hollie the Husky inviting children to come and help save Christmas! Then get ready to set off on an epic immersive adventure to help Hollie the husky fix Santa’s Sleigh in time for its big flight. There’ll be storytelling, puzzles to solve, challenges to complete and new friends to make


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