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 4th to 7th September 2014.
First act to be announced is Outkast and the theme will be Desert Island Disco!
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.
Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Passenger plus many more still to be announced
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
Classic Car Extravaganza 2014
13 & 14 September 2014 - International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza Newport & Ryde
Victor Gallucci, organizer, has built these shows up over the last eleven years and the 2014 show promises an even greater variety of vintage, classic, custom and retro cars, bikes and other unusual vehicles. In all, there will be in excess of 700 vehicles on display, guaranteed to delight all visitors from the youngest child to the eldest adult.
Both shows will be free to attend and access will be from 11am to 5:30pm
For more information please contact Vic on 020 8439 7871.
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