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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

Jack Up reveals acts for boutique Summer Party celebration

In 2022 Jack Up Events are spreading the fun with a feast of retro music events taking place throughout the year including a boutique mini-fest at their new farm site in Ryde. Their Jack Up Summer Party will be a family-friendly celebration of popular music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s featuring a variety of internationally renowned tribute acts from George Michael to Tom Jones to help bring back the good times. Taking place over the Jack Up The Summer weekend, 13th and 14th August, this year’s event will be on a smaller scale meaning tickets are strictly limited. However, organisers

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

Frosty Fun at Tapnell Farm was an “Icy Blast”

Tapnell Farm had a treat in store for us all last weekend. The air may have been chilly, but visitors enjoyed a frosty experience with atmospheric lights, magical entertainment and a special visit from two very well known Disney friends! The blood was certainly pumping as we enjoyed an adrenalin thrill seeking rush down a wintery mountain slide - in a large donut! Fun was had by all. Aaron Isted the magician left us spellbound as he put on a spectacular show of tricks - we still don't know where he kept all of those fizzy pop bottles! Please let us know! Excitement

Riverfest 2022 to sail ahead under new stream!

    Isle of Wight Riverfest was launched in 2008 by the Isle of Wight Council. The event was taken over by The Footprint Trust in 2010 and has become the biggest free community event in Newport, attracting some 4,000 people annually. Due to the Covid pandemic, the event had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. During this period the Trust’s main work, in promoting energy efficiency in homes and assisting Islanders in fuel poverty grew substantially. The Trust decided it was time to hand Riverfest onto another organisation, so they could focus on their core work. Following discussions with Newport Carnival


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