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Head to the Isle of Wight for family fun this May half term with Wightlink’s Kids Go Free offer

(21 May 2019) With May half term just around the corner, families are spoilt for choice on the Isle of Wight, which has a great selection of events to keep everyone entertained. During the school holidays*, kids travel for free with every adult foot passenger day return ticket from Wightlink, so there’s no better solution for those wanting to visit the Island for a day trip or longer break.

Here are Wightlink’s recommendations for family-friendly activities on the Isle of Wight this May half term:

Sky High at Robin Hill Country Park

New for 2019, this event will see over forty hot air balloons take to the sky in an incredible display over three days. From 27th until 30th May, visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the pilots and go inside the balloons, as well as take part in kite making and flying workshops. What’s more, on 27th and 29th May, the event will continue into the evening for the Night Glow Experience. The balloons will be lit up in all their glory and guests can marvel at a fantastic sound and light production whilst enjoying food, drinks and live music. Tickets are available from £23 with savings available for groups of four: https://www.wightlink.co.uk/best-events/robin-hills-sky-high/  

Wild West Week at Blackgang

From 25th May until 2nd June, Wild West Week will be taking place at Blackgang Chine and will offer entertainment for all ages. Families can participate in dance workshops, a Bucking Bronco and even have the chance to meet the cowboys themselves. For the first time this year there will also be a live-action cowboy show, with stunts and entertainment for children and adults alike. Plus, on 27th, 29th and 31st May, the Sundown event lets visitors enjoy the action into the evening. With a mariachi band, delicious food and the Point Blank Stunt Show, there’s plenty on offer for the whole family. Visitors can find out more information at: https://www.wightlink.co.uk/best-events/blackgang-chines-wild-west-week/

Steam Railway Spring Gala

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will be holding a spring gala from 25th – 27th May, giving visitors the rare opportunity to see a host of Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles and even the chance to take a ride around. There will also be a Real Ale Bar serving authentic Island beers, as well as refreshment rooms for visitors to grab a bite to eat. Adult tickets are £13 per person and child tickets are £6.00. Find out more at: https://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/spring-gala-dinosaurs-of-island-steam.aspx

Shield decorating children’s workshop

For children that love to explore and discover more about history, the Archaeology Discovery Centre will be hosting a workshop on Saturday 25th May, where children and parents can create and decorate their own shields. The centre itself is a great place to learn about the history of the Saxons and Tudor knights, with entry from just £4.50 per person or a saver family ticket for £14. Visitors can find out more at: https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/shield-decorating-childrens-workshop-p1713261

Summer Slide at Robin Hill Country Park

An epic 100m waterslide will be at Robin Hill Country Park from 25th May until 2nd June, allowing visitors to try out the fun slide by splashing and sliding their way down a hill. An ideal activity for families and groups of friends, it’s a great adrenaline-inducing experience. Sessions are £3.00 per person and visitors can find out more at: https://robin-hill.com/events/summer-slide/

By taking advantage of Wightlink’s Kids Go Free offer, prices for day return crossings from Portsmouth to Fishbourne start at just £34 for a family of four on foot. For those travelling by car, prices start from £122 based on four people travelling on 27th May and returning on 31st May. To find out more and book, visit www.wightlink.co.uk.

*Dates for May half term: 25 May 2019 to 2 June 2019


For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:

Belinda Hallworth 020 7680 7114  
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Radhika Sharma 020 7680 7118   [email protected]

Claire Nelson  020 7680 7116  [email protected]