This morning (12th April 2019), we teamed up with our friends at Red Funnel (include Ted Funnel, to Red Funnel bear) to take a hot air balloon ‘sky high’ from Mayflower Park, Southampton, just meters away from the Red Funnel Ferry Terminal.
Guests joined the team to enjoy this exciting new aerial spectacular. They had the opportunity to meet the pilots and experience one of the remarkable hot air balloons, which tethered from Southampton’s coastline.
James Crofts, Park Manager of Robin Hill said:
‘It was a fantastic morning; the weather was perfect! We are really excited to be bringing a brand-new event, Sky High to the Isle of Wight this May. Huge thank you to the team from Robin Hill, Red Funnel and Bloon for delivering a fantastic experience for the guests that attended. Tune in to ITV Meridian tonight at 6pm to watch it all unfold.’
Sky High will take place at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight from 27th – 30th May (10am – 10pm). In partnership with Red Funnel Ferries, visitors can set sail to the Isle of Wight from Southampton and marvel at the sight of over 40 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, taking flight from and tethered in the Lower Valley of Robin Hill Country Park.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the pilots, walk inside the balloons and possibly even win the chance to take flight*. There will also be kite making and flying workshops for the kids.
A special twilight event, Night Glow will also take place on the 27th May and 29th May, where visitors will have the opportunity to see the balloons at nightfall, lit up in all their glory, together with incredible sound and light production. Refreshments and live music will also be available throughout the evening.
Save 20% off ferry travel when you book Sky High tickets with Red Funnel. Simply add your Robin Hill admission tickets for Sky High, then add a ferry booking to your basket before you checkout!
Shaun the Sheep arrives at Robin Hill!
Shaun the Sheep set sail to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink Ferries this weekend. Shaun and his entire flock left Mossy Bottom Farm to spread their mischievous frolics and sheepish shenanigans to launch Championsheeps Live at Robin Hill’s brand-NEW event, Farm Fest this Easter (running from 6th April – 27th April, 10am – 5pm).
Shaun’s trip to the Isle of Wight started on-board the new Wightlink ferry, Victoria of Wight, where he got the chance to meet the captain and learn how to navigate his way over to the beautiful Isle of Wight. In true farm yard style, Shaun arrived at Robin Hill Country Park on-board a Massy Ferguson tractor, thanks to C&O Tractors, which is now on display at Farm Fest this Easter!
Shaun the Sheep will be at the baa-brilliant Farm Fest, from the 8th – 12th & 15th – 19th April, for farm-tastic family fun!
Hop on-board for a rumbling tractor ride, spend some time making friends with the farmyard animals in the Touring Petting Farm and test your skills in Shaun’s Championsheeps Live which includes the Free-Range egg and spoon race, Naughty Pig Sack Race, Shirley’s bouncy hopper Pie-Athlon and plenty more opportunities to get involved!
Massey Fergusson and C&O Tractors will be joining the shenanigans with a tractor display, competition and Pedal Tractor Races throughout the event. A wonderful showcase of one of the UK’s most famous tractor brands, a chance to win some goodies and an opportunity for the children to race mini tractors.
Meet the miniature horse, miniature donkey, alpaca, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and even a tortoise at the Petting Farm between 20th – 22nd April 2019.
2019 Charity of the Year Announced
Vectis Ventures are proud to announce the Isle of Wight Youth Trust as their nominated charity for 2019. The partnership ensures collection boxes for donations positioned at both Robin Hill, the home of adventure and entertainment, and Blackgang Chine, the Land of Imagination, throughout the 2019 season.
The team at Vectis Ventures will be carrying out additional fundraising initiatives, events and fundraising activities to help more young people on the Isle of Wight access the crucial work of the Trust.
James Crofts, Park Manager at Robin Hill said “We are proud to be supporting the Isle of Wight Youth Trust in 2019. We have lots of exciting plans across both Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine to raise vital funds needed to support our island’s young people. We are looking forward to making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our young people on the Isle of Wight.”
The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is the largest independent organisation providing youth mental health services on the Isle of Wight and committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people on our island.
“As an Island-based, Island–focused charity, the Youth Trust relies on the support of our community to deliver vital services to support young Islanders. Last year, we offered around 5,500 one-to-one counselling sessions to over 1,000 young people – we simply would not have been able to do this without the support of our community. Vectis Ventures has a long history of supporting local charities and we are thrilled to have been chosen as their Charity of the Year for 2019. We look forward to working together throughout the year to ensure that young people have access to support in their time of greatest need.” Mairead Healy, CEO, Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
Whilst they offer a range of support for children, young people and their families, the majority of their work is concerned with providing a professional one-to-one counselling service. The problems that children and young people are experiencing when they visit are wide–ranging and there are many reasons why a young person may need counselling. Whatever the issues, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust are here to help.
Please visit https://www.iowyouthtrust.co.uk/ or follow their social media channels for more information.
The sky’s the limit
Did you spot the hot air balloon flying in the sky above the park this morning? We’re preparing for the brand-NEW event this May half term, Sky High.
The sky’s the limit this May at Robin Hill’s brand-new soaring event, Sky High, takes place from the 27th to 30th May, 10am – 10pm. Marvel at the sight of over 40 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, taking flight from and tethered in the Lower Valley.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet the pilots, walk inside the balloons and possibly even win the chance to take flight*! In addition, there’s kite making and flying workshops for the kids so join us as we take to the sky!
To make the event even more spectacular, Night Glow will take place on 27th & 29th May so you have the opportunity to see the balloons at twilight, lit up in all their glory, together with incredible sound and light production. There’ll be a bar and food available throughout the evening with live music too!
This Easter, Shaun the Sheep himself will be travelling from Mossy Bottom Farm all the way down to Robin Hill to kick off the brand-new event, Farm Fest!
Bring the whole family to meet the world’s most famous sheep and his entire flock as they spread their mischievous frolics and sheepish shenanigans to launch the Championsheeps Live feature during Farm Fest, running from 6th April – 27th April, 10am – 5pm.
Join Shaun from 8th – 12th & 15th – 19th April, as he joins the baa-rilliant Farm Fest for fantastic family fun! Hop on-board for a rumbling tractor ride, spend some time making friends with the farmyard animals in the Touring Petting Farm and test your skills in Shaun’s Championsheeps Live which includes the Free-Range egg and spoon race, Naughty Pig Sack Race, Shirley’s bouncy hopper Pie-Athlon and plenty more opportunities to get involved!
Massey Fergusson and C&O Tractors will be joining the shenanigans with a tractor display, competition and Pedal Tractor Races throughout the event too! A wonderful showcase of one of the UK’s most famous tractor brands, a chance to win some goodies and an opportunity for the kids to race mini tractors.
Meet the miniature horse, miniature donkey, alpaca, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and even a tortoise at the Petting Farm between 19th – 22nd April 2019.
PLANS FOR AN EXCITING AND IMAGINATIVE WATERPARK
Plans for an exciting and imaginative multi-million pound indoor waterpark, ‘The Springs’, at award-winning Isle of Wight attraction, Robin Hill Country Park, have been unveiled.
Plans for ‘The Springs’ will be submitted formally to the Isle of Wight Council as a planning application supported by an environmental statement.
This is an exciting project for a major new attraction that will have Island-wide and sub-regional impacts benefiting tourism, regeneration and job creation.
Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Vectis Ventures Limited said,
‘After years of considered planning, we are delighted to unveil our proposals for ‘The Springs’, an exhilarating new indoor water park to be situated at Robin Hill Country Park, with the most stunning views across the Isle of Wight.
Tourism is very important for the Island and ‘The Springs’ is a further development of Robin Hill which is designed to extend the tourism season. We’ve had great success with our ‘electric woods’ events, attracting over 90,000 visitors over the last four years, however, the Island needs more innovative, fun all-weather attractions for visitors and residents in the autumn-winter months. ‘The Springs’ ticks that box and at the same time provides opportunities for other local tourism businesses to operate a longer season. ‘The Springs’ development will complement our plans for Nesting, creating a fantastic reason to visit the Isle of Wight.
We are extremely excited to progress with these plans, after all, ‘The Springs’ will be splashing great fun!’
Will Myles, Managing Director of Visit Isle of Wight says,
‘I am extremely proud to work with Vectis Ventures, who continually invest in the Isle of Wight’s tourism offering. ‘The Springs’ is exactly what we need on the island for residents and visitors alike. We are always looking for ways to extend our overall season, and this will certainly have a huge impact.’