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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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Feeling the love at Monkey Haven this Half-Term

Feel the love at Monkey Haven this Half Term as the award-winning primate rescue centre hosts Love Week: 11th-19th February Swing on by and fall in love with the rescued gibbons, monkeys, owls, meerkats and many other exotic creatures as the Island's special sanctuary reopens its doors for 2023! There will be rescue stories to warm your heart, plus daily keeper talks focusing on love in its many forms – romances, bromances, Djimmy’s love affair with his piggies and a unique and special love story between the Siamangs and Mueller's gibbons. There will be tasty treats in the tea room and a chance

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Tapnell Farm Park this February Half Term

    Have you ever wondered what chickens are clucking on about? Or would you like to have a chat with a rat? Tapnell Farm Park’s team of ACE's (Animal Communication Experts) have the answers. Pull up a chair and enjoy Tapnell Farm Parks unique take on a talk show. Expect hilarious animal interviews, activities, and lots of animal madness this half term from 11th - 18th February! This Half Term also sees the return of the Farm Park’s classic Animal Activities and Animal Enrichment. Give the animal Keepers a hand by making fun things for the animals to tuck into, ready for

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Walk the Wight 2023

Sunday, 14 May 2023 Walk the Wight is the Island’s largest and most iconic fundraising event, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to help Mountbatten deliver expert care and support to Islanders when they need it most.   An epic walk across the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside, Walk the Wight features multiple routes to suit all ages and abilities. To register click here. Before registering, please read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy here. Walk the Wight 2023 is kindly sponsored by Red Funnel. You can find out more about their sponsors and supporters here.  

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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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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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