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The Magical Isle of Light
Isle of Wight Blog
Astro-photographer, Jamie Currie, has found the Isle of Wight to be the perfect spot to capture the constellations in stunning definition.
Talking to the Daily Mail, who named the Island the “Isle of Light”, Jamie said: “The light pollution on the Isle of Wight allows me to pull as much possible light into the camera to capture the billions of stars in the galaxy. It’s a truly astounding phenomenon”.
The Milky Way contains between 100 and 400billion stars that cannot be distinguished properly with naked eye. But on the Isle of Wight, you can take spectacular images of the iridescent colours of the Milky Way illuminating the night sky.
We have lots of special places on the Island where you can see one of nature’s great displays, from St Catherine’s Point with its stunning coastal views to Brighstone Beach and the Needles Headland. So grab a pair of binoculars and get ready for a spectacular light show in which the night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow.
But the night sky is just one of the reasons the Island is so special and this Autumn, the Isle of Light will be casting a special glow on everyone who visits.
The Island has more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK and as Summer temperatures extend into Autumn, the Isle of Light will allow you to retain that summer feeling by continuing to do the things that make you feel happy and relaxed.
Imagine amazing beach sunsets with pillowy pink hues and bright burning glows, walking through incredible landscapes of orange and gold and yes, the Island’s awesome natural light show as our dark skies provide a stunning backdrop to thousands of galaxies.
Add to the mix, prettily-lit towns and villages like Ryde and Shanklin Old Village as well as magical nighttime attractions like The Chine Lumiere where hundreds of lights illuminate this spectacular gorge and its waterfalls after dark. Also this October, visitors can experience Blackgang Chine’s stunning Illuminations as the whole park re-awakens, creatively illuminated using exciting and dynamic lighting effects and sculptures.
If that isn’t enough, the Isle of Light brings together a stellar line-up of events and activities guaranteed to have you tripping the light fantastic well into Autumn and beyond...
Isle of Light Events across the Island in October
Robin Hill’s Electric Woods – Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, near Newport
Enjoy the ambience of Robin Hill’s ‘Electric Woods’ with the Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, a stunning spectacle of creatively themed light, sound, and entertainment inspired by India. As darkness falls, experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland.
Dates: 1 October to 5 November
Park open evenings: 6pm – 10pm (open till 9pm during half term, 22nd – 30th October 2016). More information: www.electricwoods.co.uk
Stargazing Weekends at the Island Planetarium, Yarmouth
Whether the you are an absolute beginner or a serious amateur astronomer, the Island Planetarium promises an enjoyable and worthwhile weekend amongst the stars. With talks and stargazing on Friday and Saturday evenings, and talks and sun gazing on Saturday and Sunday mornings, this is a brilliant way to learn about October planets and the constellations that cross our vistas. These dates are close to the New Moon so there is the best opportunity to get dark skies for observing.
Dates: 28th October & 25th November
More information: http://www.islandastronomy.co.uk/
Blackgang Chine Illuminations
Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery with the magic of Blackgang’s illuminations and explore the park, and for those who are brave enough, experience Restricted Area 5 after dark!
Dates: October - 1st, 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th and 21st- 29th
More information: http://www.blackgangchine.com/events/october
Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Northwood House, Cowes
Crammed with choice words and illuminating talks, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival attracts well known fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, military men, actors and historians. Some of the speakers confirmed for this year are Michael Portillo, writer, broadcaster and former politician, will be talking about ”Life: A Game of Two Halves”, Michael Billington, the doyen of British theatre critics, will be discussing his book “The 101 Greatest Plays” from antiquity to the present and Rosamund Lupton best-selling author of “Sister” and “The Quality of Silence”.
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Dates: 13-16 October
More information: http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/
Beer, Buses & Walks Weekend (Various locations)
Beer and bus lovers are invited to join the perfect “pub crawl” as the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and the IW Bus Museum join forces again to host the annual Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend. Vintage buses will transport visitors to and from pubs located right across the Island, allowing them to “hop-off” and enjoy a walk – as well as a glass of pale ale, amber nectar or one of the darker, maltier beers - through the Island’s autumn landscape.
Dates: 15/16 October
More information: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/beer-buses-and-walks-at-the-iow- bus-and-coach-museum-p1269771
Autumn Adventures at Osborne
There’s a pallete of colours waiting to be discovered on this exploration of Osborne’s gardens. For Autumn and winter bring additional delights to the visitor to Osborne with light levels enhancing features of the natural and historic landscape, which would have so delighted Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Dates: 25-27 October
More information: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/events
National Trust Seasonal events
Get a close-up picture of the vivid colours of autumn by joining in a range of seasonal walks organised by the National Trust. There’s ’50 Years of Conservation’, a gentle walk to discover wonderful habitats around a National Nature Reserve (25 September 2-4pm), a Wildlife Walk looking at Autumn wildlife including birds (1st October 8-10am) and Discover Culver Down, an interesting circular walk exploring some of the local history and Island heritage with some stunning views along the way (21 October, 10.30am-12.30pm).
Dates: 25 September, 1 October and 21 October
More information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionlondonsoutheast/isle-of- wight
Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival, Islandwide
The Autumn Walking Weekend gives you the opportunity to breathe in the beautiful scenery and autumnal colours that the Island has to offer. With over 60 walks to choose from there are walks for all ages and abilities, and led by our friendly and knowledgeable leaders, who will take you on a journey of mystery, intrigue and exploration as you traverse the Island’s countryside, woodland, pastures, meadows and footpaths.
Dates: 21-23 October
More information: http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/
Halloween Headlines this October half term
For visitors who want to explore the Isle of Wight’s dark side, there’s a frightful feast of fun-fuelled events for the whole family to enjoy including:
1. Spooky Castle at Carisbrooke (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/spooky- castle-Cari-22-10-2016/)
2. Wizard Week at the IW Steam Railway (http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/wizard- week.aspx),
3. Awesome Autumn Adventures at the Needles Old Battery where kids can enjoy a swashbuckling adventure. Hear stories of the shipwrecks surrounding the Isle of Wight
4. Trick or Tree-t with Goodleaf tree climbing http://www.goodleaf.co.uk/half-term-tree-
5. More information and for other events during half term:
Autumn Attraction Breaks, Garden Isle Hotels
Book a 2 night Autumn Attraction Mini Break from just £128pp at your choice of hotel.
- 2 nights standard/classic accommodation
- full English breakfast and
- 3 course dinner each evening plus
- free tickets to Godshill Model Village.
Stay up to - 31st October 2016
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