Archive for the ‘Isle of Wight sites’ Category

Ryde Arena opened today as a community-run ice rink, the only one of its kind in England.

The venue has a new Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Rydearena (no website as yet). The phone number is 01983 615155.

Ryde Arena is currently asking supporters to like and share its Facebook page with friends and family. Information about other ways supporters can help will follow later.

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iowskaters.com now has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iowskaters. We’ve been experimenting with cross-posting from the main site, which is run using WordPress, for some weeks and feel confident enough that the system works well enough to make the Facebook page public. So, when iowskaters has posted here, it will now show on Facebook, which means there’s a chance you’ll find out what’s happening that bit faster.

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An artificial ice rink will form part of a Christmas market at the Isle of Wight Military History Museum between West Cowes and Newport, Isle of Wight, on 1 to 23 December. The ice rink itself will re-open on Boxing Day and continue to 6 January.

The Christmas market will have a bandstand, wooden stalls inspired by German and Austrian markets, an indoor Dickensian high street, plus a Santa’s grotto.

Visitors to the island should note that the museum is well away from the centre of Cowes, and will require access by car or bus. Southern Vectis’s No 1 service runs frequently from Cowes Red Jet terminal to Newport bus station.

Link: www.isleofwightchristmasmarket.co.uk

Link: www.facebook.com

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Steam power and some of the classiest British motor cars will be boosting the IW synchronized skating teams on Sunday 31 July at the IW Jaguar Classic Car Show. Held at the IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club’s annual family fun day features an exhibition of classic cars, including some outstanding examples from the Jaguar marque, plus entertainments including live music, falconry and dog displays.

The synchronized skating teams are the chosen beneficiaries of the IW branch of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club’s fundraising activities for 2010-11. The annual family fun day at Havenstreet will therefore directly help the teams. The synchro teams will have a stall at the show, offering face painting and running games.

Attending the event is also a fantastic way of celebrating the 50th birthday of the E-type Jaguar, probably the most beautiful British sports car ever made, and certainly a design icon.

What’s more, the IW Steam Railway will be in operation on the day, with the opportunity to see the recently restored Adams O2 steam locomotive Calbourne, the only survivor of a class of engines that hauled trains on the IW railway system in the last years of steam.

Admission to the rally is £4 for adults, free for accompanied children under 16. Travel on the steam railway is extra. The showground is open from 10am to 4pm. Visitors can park at Wootton and catch the steam railway to Havenstreet, rather than driving direct to Havenstreet – but check train times first.

Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club (IOW region): http://www.jeciow.co.uk/

Isle of Wight Steam Railway: http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/

Jaguar Classic Car Show: http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/special-events/july/jaguar-classic-car-show.html

IW Steam Railway locomotive W24 Calbourne

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