(13 January 2020) On Winnie the Pooh Day (Saturday 18 January – birthday of the author; A A Milne), children who bring either their own teddy bear or Winnie the Pooh memorabilia will travel free with Hovertravel, along with one fare paying adult.
Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, adds: “We know that A A Milne did his basic training on the Isle of Wight before joining Royal Warwickshire Regiment long before you could cross the Solent on a hovercraft. We are sure, however, that Pooh would have very much enjoyed the thrilling experience of a flight on our craft and we wanted to celebrate this very famous bear with a themed promotion.”
The creator of Winnie the Pooh spent some time on the Isle of Wight, initially at the beginning of 1915 in Freshwater and then in Sandown, where he was joined by his wife until called to war in July 1916. He returned in 1917, briefly to Sandown and for a three-week convalescence at Osborne House, recovering from trench fever.
Fans who wish to see the inspiration for the Hundred Acre Wood, however, will have to travel to East Sussex, to visit Ashdown Forest. There is opportunity to also see Pooh Corner and enjoy Piglet’s Tea Rooms, both situated on the edge of the forest.
This offer can only be booked at Hovertravel’s Ryde or Southsea terminals at the time of travel and not in advance, online or over the phone.