If you love trains then this May Bank Holiday the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is the place to be will be. There’s a rare opportunity to see as much of the Railway’s rolling stock in operation as possible. They will also be offering the opportunity to take a ride round the sidings. Don’t miss the art exhibition from “Island Artist” Ivan Berryman. Showcasing his unique collection of work portraying the Island's golden age of steam. It is being held in support of the Railway's Ivatt Locomotive 41313 Appeal. There’s also a Real Ale Bar serving Island beers and a selection of delicious food from one of the refreshment rooms . Plus, don’t forget to explore Train Story Discovery Centre and learn the story of our Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles, and their lasting impact on all our lives!Visit iwsteamrailway.co.uk for more information on upcoming events and book tickets online, in advance and save!Isle of Wight Steam Railway
RYDE CARNIVAL WEEK 2017 Save the date!If you want to join in one or more Carnivals all you need to do is use your imagination to create a costume, maybe add a dance routine and register at rydecarnival.com or at the assembly area on the day.
Children’s Carnival: Wednesday 30th Aug 3pm... Main Carnival: Thursday 31st Aug 7pm Illuminated Carnival: Saturday 2nd September 8.30pm Join in the fun with Ryde Carnival Ryde Carnival Association are the controlling body of this fabulous event held on the streets of Ryde each year. Where we play host to visitors from around the island, mainland and further afield.
Come and join Goodleaf and hang out in our magnificent 70ft oak tree.Tree climbing is just about the most fun you can have in the great outdoors with your friends and family. Come and join Goodleaf and hang out in our magnificent 70ft oak tree in Appley Park, Ryde. You’ll enjoy a two-hour climbing experience, with everything on hand to help you learn the ropes - quite literally!Our friendly and experienced staff will teach you our unique climbing technique and before you know it you’ll be ascending into the canopy. Challenge yourself to climb higher and higher or just take it easy, soak it all in and relax in one of our high-up hammocks.How about a birthday party in the branches?We have a special rate for children’s birthday parties and we offer discounts for groups of 3 or more.To keep on top of everything we have going on under the Goodleaf Tree Climbing canopy.
Browns Family Golf and Cafe was first established in 1932, it is located in the beautiful bay of Sandown, famous for its cream doughnuts, homemade ice cream and famous pitch and putt courses which were opened by professional golfers Henry Cotton and Joe Kirkwood. Browns has two nine hole pitch and putt courses which tee off with stunning views of Brading Downs.Both pitch and putt courses have their own personalities with twists and turns at each hole making the game a little more challenging! Both courses can be played to make up a eighteen hole game.The third course is our blue course, this is long putting with 15 holes, again has beautiful views of the downs and runs along the back of our glass roofed licensed cafe and down under the old characteristic trees.Short putting also known as our white course is the fourth and final course with eighteen holes, running across the front of our golf and ice cream shop with views of the beautiful bay and culver downs. This course is not one to be dismissed with ups and downs and sand bunkers to make the game great fun but a challenge too! A favourite for many families!!!
Living Larder grows, picks and deliver veg boxes across the Island, as well as supplying a number of the Islands finest restaurants.Growing on a small scale, their emphasis is on Fresh Produce with flavour. Delicious heritage varieties, grown slowly and harvested by hand at the point of ripeness and delivered that same day with recipe suggestions included.y phone and by email. If you enter the competition your details will not be passed on.
Living Larder have an Open Farm Sunday on the 18th June follow then on Facebook Living Larder
Sandown Rocks Climbing Wall is a lovely wall with something for all abilities. The wall itself is an outdoor artificial climbing wall and we have a range of challenges from 5 to 12 meters. Routes allow for all ages and abilities from ‘just started walking’ to ‘nearly finished walking’! over 32 climbing lines and a dedicated bouldering cave.Climbing is a very together chilled activity where friends and family can just enjoy in the safe hands of our super keen and dedicated instructor staff or you can climb independently on one of the regular public session. You can always do one of our skills courses that will open the door for independence and a whole new world that is climbing.Let’s go climbing :)Matt Ostler, Sandown Rocks Climbing Wall Manager. For more information follow them here Sandown Rocks Climbing Wall
The Family Directory is a free magazine for Isle Of Wight parents and visiting families, printed per term full of local info from children’s services, ideas for entertaining children. Each issue is full of news, reviews, articles and cooking ideas – the magazine is A5 in size. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter share your ideas and view. The Family Directory is perfect for mums and dads with little ones aged 0-11.Follow us a Facebook The Family Directory
LET’S HANG OUT!! Monkey Haven Monkey Haven is a Gold award-winning attraction that makes animals
happy... and people happy. Come and see us at our primate rescue centre
and sanctuary just outside Newport. You'll meet our wonderful family
including whooping gibbons, mischievous monkeys, amazing owls,
incredible reptiles and the naughtiest meerkats ever! There are keeper
talks and animal feeds throughout the day, where you can find out all
about our awesome animals and how they
came to be here. You can even get up close and personal with some of the
reptiles and hand-reared owls who make regular appearances and the
talks We hope to see you soonFor opening times, see www.monkeyhaven.org/visit/tickets-opening-times Monkey Haven is a charity and all proceeds from admissions are used to carefor creatures in crisis. Registered charity 1153254. Tickets are valid for 7 days.
Browns Family Golf and Cafe .Browns family golf and cafe, located 6 miles south of Ryde, is home to one of the most loved and well maintained pitch and putt courses in the south of England. At the heart of the club is the Clubhouse Cafe. The Clubhouse Cafe is host to not only day to day food and drink but can be host to musical, arts and crafts and charity events. Browns is a family run business.we have four well kept golf courses and a family friendly licensed cafe available also for private hire and functions.Browns family golf and Cafe, Culver Parade Sandown, Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom. To find out more go to www.brownsfamilygolf.com
Family Fun at The Needles Park The Needles at Alum Bay is a great fun day out for all the family. The Island’s most famous landmark attraction has so much more to enjoy than the stunning views. Escape to The Needles this February half-term and enjoy tea cups and vintage car rides for just £1, as well as £1 per play on Jurassic golf and free glass making demonstrations in Alum Bay Glass. Car parking is completely free of charge at this time of year, as is the wonderful natural landscape that surrounds us, so get out there and get exploring! To find out more go to The Needles Park
Bring the family to West Wight Alpacas and Llamas - Breeders, Trekking, Shop & Cafe . There's so much to see and do! Ever wondered what a llama loves to eat? Find out during daily talks at 11am and 3pm and meet an alpaca or llama.Then why not take one for a walk around the farm? From only £8 pp*,
farm treks really are a unique experience you'll remember forever! To book call 760900.You will find a great play area for the children, lots of other animals to
meet including our rare Valais Blacknose lambs. There's plenty of
parking, and entrance to The Llama Tree pizzeria is free!Treat
the kids to lunch with our children's margarita pizza deal which
includes a Fruit Shoot or Ribena for just £5! There’s plenty for the
grown ups too, from amazing wood-fired pizzas, to paninis, hot wraps,
homemade soups and a variety of delicious cakes.If you’re
driving, we’re just 15 minutes outside of Newport, or if you’re using
public transport the number 7 bus stops right outside. Find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and keep up to date with what’s on at the farm!'You can also book by email email@example.com.
is an independent co-educational day school for boys and girls from
4-18 years, founded in 1993, although non-denominational, is run
with a distinct Christian ethos. It welcomes children of all faiths and
none and has among its pupil body Christian, Jewish, and Muslim pupils
as well as those of other faiths and beliefs.The aim of Priory School is
to offer a first-class education at an affordable cost in a
well-structured and clearly run environment in order to become the school of choice for parents and pupils on the Isle of Wight.Tours and Admissions -We offer an open house policy where parents and students can view our
school in situ and for any potential new student we offer 'taster days'
which are free with no obligation. Please contact the school office to
discuss further. Call Sarah Gully on (01983) 861222 or email
Tutus and Tailcoats for all your dancing needs
We are a family run business, and we sell all ranges of dancewear, costumes and accessories including all genres of dance shoes. (We also stock Ice Skating and Ballroom items) Also, children’s and adults fancy dress costumes, wigs, make up etc.... We strive to be your ‘One Stop Dance Shop’ here on the Island. As dancers ourselves, we understand and empathise with the need for well manufactured dancewear, that’s why we stock well respected brands with a well-earned reputation for quality.We also stock a comprehensive range of examinationstand ard dancewear suitable for all the main examination boards, we can provide advice and information on all your requirements. We offer a free shoe fitting service whether it is your child’s first ballet shoe, or your teenagers first pair of pointe shoes. As a teacher of dance for 35 years Linda is willing to impart all her experience to make sure you leave the shop happy with your purchase. Why not visit us in the Summer Holidays to get your uniform for your new dancing term, if we haven’t got it in stock we can get it next day!
Please call for all your dancing needs 01983 865588
Montessori Education on the Isle of Wight The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose a Montessori Education for
their son Prince George because they wanted a childcare method which
puts emphasis on a child’s independence, freedom of thought and
imagination and sociability.Our Montessori education and ethos
is carefully planned to provide a supportive environment for children to
learn naturally at their own pace, guided by Montessori teachers.
Independence is encouraged at a very early age with high levels of respect for the child’s unique abilities. Montessori children learn to look after the
environment and the feelings of others,and it encourages a gentle and
satisfying inner calmness and confidence in each child. Classrooms are ordered and attractive, with natural resources to captivate enquiring minds. Children are active in their
learning as they concentrate deeply on tasks such as cookery, creative
pursuits, mathematical and language activities, together with
explorations of the natural world. Yoga and horticulture and skills for
life compliment our academic subjects. Competitive measures of
achievement are discouraged, the focus being on the holistic development of each child to their fullest potential. Montessori children learn the joy of learning, discovery, risk and
challenge, encouraging high levels of selfesteem and good emotional
health; moving later on to successful lives and achievements. Montessori is available to all island families through our two
successful preschools in Bembridge and St Helens, you are most welcome
to book a visit and learn more about how Montessori can benefit your
child. Information is available from our settings at Bembridge (tel:
874481) and St Helens (tel: 874138) or ourwebsite at www.montessoriiow.co.uk
The Needles enjoy our famous
chairlift transporting you from the cliff-top above Alum Bay down to the
beach below. Not forgetting our full range of attractions including the
sand shop where visitors can make their own unique coloured sand souvenir. Our variety of children’s
attractions, Alum Bay Glass,The IW Sweet Manufactory and not forgetting
our special effects 4D Cinema! for more information go to www.theneedles.co.uk
Another Way Round Dyslexia is a widely acknowledged learning difficulty, so how is it
that so many children, young people and adults manage to get the whole
way through education without anyone identifying it?The easy
answer is because there are many misconceptions surrounding Dyslexia,
what it actually means and how it manifests or rather conceals itself on
a daily basis. People with Dyslexia are intelligent and develop a range
of strategies’ and coping mechanisms without even realising it. Ironically
Dyslexia is not necessarily what stops someone achieving their
potential, the biggest barrier becomes knocked confidence as a result ofundiagnosed dyslexia and the daily loses a person with Dyslexia
experiences. Dyslexia should not be a reason for slow progress, or poor
attainment much can be done to minimise the impact.Another Way Round plans to change the future for people experiencing
Dyslexia offering services to support parents and schools in better
understanding; whether a child may be experiencing specific
difficulties with learning, and how to support them in moving forward.
More information can be found on the website www.anotherwayround.co.uk or our Facebook page on Another Way Round
Get your HOVERTRAVEL LTD Blue Card
Hovertravel‘s free Blue Card is proving to be very popular with Island residents, thanks to a regular set of amazing offers, including an ongoing 20% discount on day returns from Ryde to Southsea. Island residents simply need to fill in a brief online application form . Once you have completed your application, your Blue Card will be sent to you in the post. Keep this card safe and have it with you when you travel, as you will be asked to show it at the scan desk. You will also get monthly emails from Hovertravel giving you the opportunity to travel at further discounted prices. Last year, Hovertravel created several different promotions, including the highly popular £5 single fares, which offered savings of over £1200 for their customers. To take advantage of the ongoing 20% discount and other future offers apply for your Blue Card at www.hovertravel.co.uk/blue-card.php
The Family Directory is a compact, essential magazine for Island parents
and visiting families.
Each issue is full of news, reviews, articles and cooking ideas – the magazine comes out each term to keep families updated.
The magazine is full of What’s On, clubs classes, news, events and lots more The Family Directory is perfect for mums and dads with little ones aged 0-11.
The magazine is distributed via school and pre schools reading bags across the Island and all the usual family friendly places , it’s easy to pick up a copy or go to our facebook page to find out pick up points,we will also put a FREE copy into the post so you don’t miss out please email your details The Family Ditectory contact
If you would like your company to be seen in the next issue please email us for a media pack. Or if you have a half term event that needs promoting to families across the Isle Of Wight please do get in contact with us. Let families know about your planned events........