A. Travel Links
Use this link to plan your journey by rail. You can book a ticket direct to Shanklin with SouthWest Trains including the Wightlink FastCat crossing from Portsmouth Harbour. Trains from London Waterloo run every hour to Shanklin.
Red Funnel Ferries
From Southampton, Red Funnel's 'Red Jet' service takes foot passengers to West Cowes in 22 minutes. Their car ferry service takes around 55 minutes to East Cowes.
Visit the Skyros website to find out more about holistic holidays in Greece, Thailand and Cuba and Cambodia this year
The Automobile Association
If you intend to travel by car, then use the AA's Route Planner to map your journey all the way to The Grange in Eastcliff Road
The Wightlink foot passenger 'FastCat' runs from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier in around 15 minutes. Wightlink car and passenger ferries run from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and take approximately 40 minutes.
b. Music & Festivals
The dates for Bestival, again at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight are 7th to 7th September 2014.
Bestival received some impressive feedback from the artists that played, with Elton John saying, 'One of the best evenings of my career. Amazing!' and Fatboy Slim said, 'One of the classic gigs of the year'.
With regard to 2014's festival, founder Rob da Bank said:
'Ahoy shipmates! Sadly it's now time to disembark the good ship HMS Bestival and pack up The Port till next year. Words fail us in the Bestival office as to how fantastic a crowd you guys were and what a spectacle you all made right across the weekend, so big up and respect to all of you. Thanks to Mother Nature for a nearly all sunny show and we hope you all enjoyed all the amazing live acts, DJs, films, comedians, walkabout and actors as much as we did. A vintage year for Bestival and we owe it to all of you. We're off to wash our hair and think of a theme for Bestival 2014. Get ya thinking caps on!'
Isle of Wight Festival 2014
2014 dates now announced. 12 - 15 June inclusive.
Acts and headliners to follow.
Last Night of the Osborne Proms 2014
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Last night of The Osborne Proms - Summer 2014 will see Osborne House on the Isle of Wight host a weekend celebrating even more great music.
Midsummer Jazz 2014
Midsummer Jazz 2014 - The Island's Big Summer Jazz Event! The Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Date to be announced
D. Places of Interest
Julia Margaret Cameron, the famous Victorian portrait photographer, lived at Dimbola Lodge from 1860 until 1875, where she photographed the cream of Victorian Society. The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust was set up with the aim of ensuring the preservation of Dimbola Lodge, and to provide historical information on Julia Margaret Cameron's life and works. We also ensure an extensive list of activities, events and exhibitions take place in and around Dimbola Lodge Museum to support the Trust's objectives and to support photographers from all over the world.
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