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NEW ORLEANS FLAVOUR FOR RYDE PARADE

Spectators to The New Carnival Company’s colourful Mardi Gras Parade should bring plenty of enthusiasm and good cheer with them as Rex, the King of Carnival, will be rewarding supporters with gifts of Mardi Gras Beads distributed from his float, the Boeuf Gras (fattened bull) during tomorrow’s (Saturday) Ryde Mardi Gras parade.  Frankie Goldspink, parade organiser for The New Carnival …

CYCLE EVENT COMMEMORATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Cyclists of all abilities supported the CycleWight event celebrating the 10 th anniversary of the opening of the Cowes to Sandown track. Over 70 people took part in the ride, the cold and windy weather not deterring the enthusiastic participants. Riders were encouraged to ride all or part of the Cowes to Sandown track. Many of the riders obtained a …

GIANT WATERLILY SET TO FLOWER

Ventnor Botanic Garden is set to host a late-night public display of a new hybrid of Giant Waterlily for the first time, a mix of both the Victoria Amazonica and Victoria Cruziana species. The seed was sown on 3rd March and this week, nearly 4 months since the planting, the magnificent lily is finally set to flower. These plants only …

FLAG RAISING IN REMEMBRANCE

VIDEO: The Isle of Wight will show its support for the armed forces at a ceremony in St Thomas’ Square, Newport later this morning (Monday) at 10:00. The Armed Forces Day flag will be raised in front of representatives of the armed forces, veterans, community leaders and members of the public. The flag raising ceremony is part of the Fly the …

FIREFIGHTERS GEAR UP WITH SWIMATHON

Yesterday (Saturday) saw the first of 3 Island stages of the fundraiser 100Here-100There take place – The prelude to next week’s 100 mile round the Island cycle. A swimathon, held at Gurnard Pines Leisure Club, saw 10 swimmers each complete 100 lengths of the 25 metre pool & raised money for Wessex Cancer Trust, Seeds for Change & The Firefighters Charity. All …

MIDSUMMER NIGHT GARDEN OPENING

The staff at Osborne House in East Cowes are getting set for summer with a Midsummer Night in the estate’s gardens tonight (Friday).  To celebrate midsummer (21st June), the gardens and grounds of Osborne will host exclusive evening opening on the from 18:00 – 21:00 tonight. Visitors will be able to wander down to Queen Victoria’s private beach to play …

MAKE WAY FOR THE MARDI GRAS

Preparations are gathering speed for Midsummer Mardi Gras 2013, which will take to the streets of Ryde on later thi month. Formerly known as The Ryde Arts Parade, this annual procession of colourful carnival costumes, music and dance is this year inspired by a theme of Art Histories. Over 25 island-wide schools and community groups will take part, depicting the …

MIDSUMMER JAZZ IS ON!

The sensational open-air festival of jazz featuring the legendary Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen with Keith Ball, the high-energy Jive Aces and the sizzling but beguiling Tipitina takes place at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway this Saturday (22nd June) as Midsummer Jazz returns for its 5th year. The event is firmly established as the Island’s big summer jazz party – Midsummer Jazz is all …

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