shipwreckisleposterAvast, me hearties! Would-be pirates are being encouraged to weigh anchor in Ryde for ‘Shipwreck Isle’, a swashbuckling free event being supported by Wightlink.

As part of its commitment to work with Visit Isle of Wight to boost the Island’s tourist economy, Wightlink is supporting and promoting the event which is set on the wide golden sands of Appley Beach.

Visitors will be transported back to the 18th Century with canon and firearm demonstrations from re-enactment societies in a Pirates of the Caribbean village complete with Blackbeard’s market.

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The event takes place 11:00-18:00 on Sunday 28th June.

Sand sculpture workshops, pirate storytelling, children’s pirate entertainment, live Pirate music and stunt action sword fighting are just some of the piratical highlights on offer. Visitors can grab the chance to take a photo with one of Europe’s top Jack Sparrow lookalikes, Simon Newton, who doubled for Johnny Depp in the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides’.

David Thornton, Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight, said:

“The Festival of the Sea has grown every year, with more and more imaginative ways to celebrate our rich maritime heritage. We’re really grateful to Wightlink for their support in helping to stage Shipwreck Isle which is sure to capture the imagination of sea farers and landlubbers alike.

“We think that Shipwreck Isle has the potential to grow into an annual event capable of attracting up to 40,000 people a year, as a similar event by the same organisers does on the mainland. Such an event could contribute as much as £4million a year to the Island’s economy in years to come… so it’s worth digging for that treasure!!!”.

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Mark Persad, Head of Marketing at Wightlink, said:

“It’s great to be part of a new event here on the Island, and part of Visit Isle of Wight’s already successful Festival of the Sea. We’ve been having some hearty fun helping to spread the message about the event, and giving tourism on the Island an extra boost, by delivering 50,000 promotional paper cutlasses to residents living within the Portsmouth postcode area. We also welcomed Simon Newton and his crew on board the Wightlink Catamaran last week for a photoshoot to promote the event.”

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