We can hardly believe it, but February half term has rolled back around again! For many visitors and Islanders alike, there’s plenty to see and do across the whole Island during the school break – and here are just a few that we’ve hand selected for you to enjoy.

The Electric Woods at Robin Hill
A firm favourite for many visitors, Robin Hill’s newest experience Spirit of the Orient is really worth a visit. From 6-10pm between 15th and 23rd February, a dazzling fusion of sound, colour, illuminations and oriental flavours will mark the global event amid ancient, 88-acre woodlands, capturing the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations. Featuring impressive new light exhibits, a 12-metre long dragon procession, new interactive woodland light shows, traditional lion dances, Chinese street food, entertainment and crafts, the festival marks the year of the Earth Pig and the traditional Chinese concept of ‘Wu Xing’. It’s a little bit different, and certainly a spectacle to behold – great for photo opps, too.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood pantomime
Not just for Christmas, the pantomime season has extended into February half term on the Isle of Wight. Join the theatre group at the Medina Theatre in Newport on an epic panto journey into the heart of Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Witness feats of daring and friendship, of romance and villainy, and help Robin to defeat the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, win the heart of Maid Marian and rescue the Babes! A great one for the little ones, with plenty of cast and audience interaction, and an excellent set of songs for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are available at www.medinatheatre.co.uk, and all proceeds from the event will go to charity – with over £240,000 having been raised for local causes by this group to date.

Junior Track Days at WightKarting
Adrenaline fuelled fun for children ages 8 – 15 years old over at the go-karting track in Ryde. The track, which is the Isle of Wight’s only all-weather 500m floodlit track, offers children the chance to learn about karting safety, and gain confidence by taking races around the track and improving their lap times with one of the karting coaches on site. With a hot lunch provided, and a spectator area for parents, this event is popular every half term. Booking is required in advance for this one, and details can be found over on the website at www.wightkarting.co.uk.

Rob Auton’s The Talk Show
A great one just for adults this one! Stand up comedian, who has recently had fame on Russell Howard’s show and at Edinburgh Fringe, returns to the Isle of Wight this half term with a show all about… well, talking! Rob is an award-winning writer, and this very show was the second highest rated at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so bound to be a great one to attend to get some laughs. Visit www.ventnorexchange.co.uk to pick up your tickets now.


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