Friday 3 February 2012

Half Term on the Isle of Wight

February half term is fast approaching, and where better to spend it than on the Isle of Wight? There is certainly no shortage of events happening on the Island throughout February, to keep the whole family entertained.

For a great family day out, hop on a train at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway: as part of their half term open week, steam locomotive No. 192 ‘Waggoner’ is running alongside diesel locomotive D2059, taking passengers on a trip through some of the Island’s most treasured spots. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even get off at Ashey to explore some of the Island’s beautiful countryside.

Everyone loves a good story, and Ryde Library is running an ‘I Love You’ story-time for 4-8 year olds on the 13th and 14th February, from 2:30-3:45pm. It’s free, with no need to book, and includes stories, games and a crafts session, making it the perfect, stress-free outing for young families.

For all those aspiring explorers, there is a Natural Wight and Wildlife Trust Mini Explorers Day for 8-13 year olds at Bouldnor Forest on Thursday 16th February. The event runs from 10am -3pm, and pre-booking is recommended on 01983 404344.

To get a taste of Island history, join Tony Gale as he explores smuggling on the Island at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery in East Cowes. The talk starts at 7pm, and admission is only £2 – a bargain!

Step back even further in time and go along to Newport Roman Villa’s ‘Clay Day’ on Wednesday 15th February. It costs just £1 and runs from 10:30am – 4pm; more information is available on 01983 823433.
Or go right back to the age of the dinosaurs with the Island’s popular attraction, Dinosaur Isle. Fossil walks are happening daily throughout half term, and booking is essential.

If music and entertainment are more your thing, Medina Theatre is offering a wealth of events for every taste. Bookending the half term week are award-winning local group The Wight Strollers with their pantomime ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’, a show bursting with live music and laughter for all. There are performances on Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Saturday 18th February.

Not quite in half term, but definitely worth a mention, are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Fleetwood Bac, who are returning to Medina Theatre on Friday 24th February. Endorsed by the legendary Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Bac create a mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry in a show that is truly magical: a must for all music fans!

Whatever your family loves to do, the Isle of Wight promises to delight adults and children alike at half term with its local charm.