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Discover the Isle of Wight this May bank holiday and half term with Red Funnel

Fri, May 24 2019

Visitors to the Isle of Wight can save 25% off ferry travel with Red Funnel Ferries as part of its pre-summer sale – perfect for a last-minute getaway, a day trip or a bank holiday escape.

Passengers can take advantage of this offer until 10 June valid on vehicle ferry travel and can be used for any duration of travel. There’s also no limit to how many bookings can be made. To save 25% off vehicle ferry bookings with Red Funnel, visit:

Take advantage of Red Funnel’s pre-summer sale and discover what the Isle of Wight has to offer this late May bank holiday and half term week. With a variety of events and activities taking place, there is something for all of the family to enjoy.  

Take to the skies with Sky High at Robin Hill

Sky High is a brand-new event that will see over 40 hot air balloons take to the skies over Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight this May half term (27th – 30th May). Taking place in partnership with Red Funnel Ferries, visitors can set sail to the Isle of Wight from Southampton and marvel at the sight of over 40 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, taking flight from and tethered in the Lower Valley of Robin Hill Country Park.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the pilots, walk inside the balloons and possibly even win the chance to take flight. There will also be kite making and flying workshops for the kids.

A special twilight event, Night Glow will also take place from 27th – 29th May, where visitors will have the opportunity to see the balloons at nightfall, lit up in all their glory, together with incredible sound and light production. Refreshments and live music will also be available throughout the evening.

Save 20% on ferry travel when Sky High and ferry tickets are purchased together with Red Funnel Ferries.

Summer Slide at Robin Hill

Visitors to Robin Hill this May half term can also enjoy the Summer Slide – an epic 100m waterslide! Available from 25th May – 2nd June, visitors will be able to cool down as they splash and slide their way down Robin Hill. Swimwear and towel required!

Victorian Weekend

Celebrate the 200th bicentennial year of HM Queen Victoria and HRH Prince Albert with an array of special events held in East Cowes town centre. Taking place from 24th – 27th May, this jam-packed weekend promises to fill the Esplanade with entertainment, remind the town of its heritage and give visitors a weekend to remember. Activities include a birthday trail at Osborne House, a Victorian Day in Kings Square, a grand procession through the town and the Esplanade Festival.

Osborne House will also be hosting The Great Victorian Show from 28th – 30th May in honour of the 200th anniversary. Celebrating the innovation and enterprise of the era, with exhibits to excite and amaze, The Great Victorian Show will truly be a celebration fit for royalty!

Get Hands on with History at Carisbrooke Castle

Visitors to the Isle of Wight this May half term can get stuck into the tales that shaped our history. From 25th May – 2nd June, Carisbrooke Castle will be hosting an exciting week of hands on activities for kids, including junior jousting, trying on suits of armour and learning tactics and sword skills needed for an epic kids battle!

Unicorn Weekend at Tapnell Farm Park

On 1st – 2nd June, Tapenll Farm Park will be transformed into a magical wonderland as it welcomes some very special guests to stay, including Cloud the Unicorn, Harmony the Unicorn Princess and Sir Tristian of Tapnell. As well as meeting the magical guests, visitors will be able to enjoy hobby horse family jousting, archery, kids’ unicorn yoga, pony rides plus much more!

Wild West Week at Buffalo Creek

Wild West Week is coming to Buffalo Creek this May half term (25th May – 2nd June). Visitors can immerse themselves into the world of outlaws and sheriffs as they take over Cowboy Town. With entertainment for all ages, including a Bucking Bronco and Wild West Dance Workshops, everyone is sure to have a rootin’ tootin’ good time!

Discounted attraction tickets with Red Funnel Ferries

The Isle of Wight also offers a wide variety of family friendly attractions perfect for family days out this half term, from the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Isle of Wight Zoo, Dinosaur Isle, Monkey Haven to the spectacular sight of The Needles. Visitors can save when they book their ferry travel and attraction tickets together, with 15% off ferry travel with Red Funnel Ferries and up to 25% off attraction tickets, with 25 attractions to choose from.

Family Camping and Touring

For those who want to get closer to nature and enjoy the great outdoors, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for a camping break. Several camping sites also offer swimming pools – perfect for keeping the little ones entertained during the half term break.

A three-night camping break for car and tent, including ferry and park fees for up to four people, starts at just £118.  

Life’s a beach

The Isle of Wight has over 20 beaches to explore, all beautiful and unique in their own special way. For those that want to feel the sand between their toes this bank holiday or half term, Red Funnel’s top sandy beaches include Compton Bay - a fossil finders delight with dinosaur footprints visible at low tide, Sandown Beach – an award-winning gentle sloping beach in the centre of Sandown Bay, Shanklin Beach – at the southernmost tip of Sandown Bay, and last but not least Appley Beach in Ryde – offering acres of sandy shores, perfect for bucket and spade holidays.  


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Lisa Norman or Kirsti Pawlowski at McKenna Townsend

T: 01425 472330
E: [email protected]

Editor’s note

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.  The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Isle of Arts, The Red Funnel IW Literary Festival, IW Newport Jazz Festival, Isle Walk Festival, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Wolverton Manor Garden Show as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s 2019 Charity of the Year is Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.

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