All aboard for Spring Open Day

04-03-2015 To mark the return to service of Red Osprey following her major £2.2 million refit, Red Funnel is offering local people a sneak preview of the ship’s exciting new look as part of a special spring themed Open Day on Thursday 26 March.

The Open Day will be at Terminal One, Royal Pier, Southampton from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 26 March 2015 and will feature some of the Isle of Wight’s many visitor attractions, artisan food producers and local arts and craft exhibitors as well as the stars of the show; the new look Red Osprey and Red Falcon.

Activities ashore...
The Isle of Wight is a revelation for food lovers with treats and surprises around every corner. From farmers to fisherman, bakers to brewers, the Island has an extraordinary selection of first class producers. The Island is also a hotbed of art, design and craft talent, many with serious eco-credentials.

Red Funnel is bringing 35 of the best to Southampton on 26 March, from organically grown tomatoes and oak smoked garlic, to freshly baked artisan bread and delicious dairy ice cream. From spring plants and flowers to hand-blown unique glass ornaments and prints, there will be a great choice of unique gifts on the day.

There will be lots of entertainment on offer, including face painting, competitions for young children and the amazing dinosaurs from Blackgang Chine, the Squawk birds from Robin Hill and live music. Visit Isle of Wight will also have a stand at the Open Day to showcase 101 Great Adventures on the Island in 2015.

Red Funnel’s charity of the year, UKSA, will also be providing fun and games on the day, both at Terminal 1 and onboard Red Osprey.

FREE mini-cruise...
Red Osprey will operate two special free cruises for local people on the 26 March departing Terminal 1, Southampton at 11:00 and 14:25. Each cruise will last for approximately 2½ hrs and will give people the chance to explore the new look ship, sample the new locally sourced food and drink menus and enjoy the onboard fun and entertainment.

Wave 105 presenter and ferry enthusiast Rick Jackson will be onboard for the morning cruise mingling with guests and offering the chance to win a bridge visit and other prizes, with morning show host Mark Collins joining the fun for the afternoon cruise.

Guests will be able to apply for free tickets for both cruises from Red Funnel’s website from 4 March 2015 on a first come first served basis, as well as via media partners Wave 105 and the Southern Daily Echo.

Visitors to the Spring Open Day who miss out on a cruise aboard Red Osprey will have the chance of a whistle stop tour of sister ship Red Falcon which received a similar new look in spring 2014. The tours will take place from 11:30 to 12:00 hrs and 14:30 to 15:00 hrs whilst the ship is alongside in Southampton.

All visitors who come along to the Spring Open Day will be given a free goody bag containing some exclusive vouchers to visit the Isle of Wight during 2015.

For more information about the Spring Open Day and to apply for cruise tickets from 4 March 2015, please visit or call 0844 844 9988.