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August, 2013

3 Aug
Cowes week has become the world's largest sailing regatta of its kind. About 40 races a day take place in the Solent waters off the Isle of Wight with lots of parties and live entertainment.

The first race was for a Gold Cup worth £100, held in 1826 for just seven yachts under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club.

Cowes Week, Isle of Wight

Wight Locations guests can enjoy the racing from any of the great vantage points around the Island. Grab a picnic and some bubbly and pick your spot!

Great Vantage Points around the Island

Whether staying in our accommodation or thinking of popping over for the day there is so much to do and see.

If you want to enjoy the fun and soak up the carnival atmosphere pop into Cowes and enjoy the fun there.

Take time out from self catering and indulge in a lovely meal out in Cowes before enjoying the Fireworks Display on Friday evening at 9.30pm.

3 Aug
1. How many horns did Triceratops have? A. 3

2. What does the word 'dinosaur' mean? A. Terrible Lizard

3. Which came first, the Jurassic or the Cretacious period? A. Jurassic

4. Was Diplodocus a carnivore or a herbivore? A. Herbivore

5. Tyrannosaurus Rex was the biggest dinosaur ever. True or False? A. False

6. The Iguanodon was one of three dinosaurs that inspired the appearance of Godzilla. True or False? A. True

7. Did Theropods such as Allosaurus and Carnotaurus move on two legs or four? A. Two

8. Apatosaurus is also widely known by what other name? A. Brontosaurus

9. Most dinosaurs became extinct during an event that occurred 500 years ago. True or False? A. False - it was 65 million years ago

10. Anklylosaurus featured hug plates of bone that acted as body armour. True or False? A. True

11. Did Sauropods such as Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus move on two legs or four? A. Four

12. Pentaceratops was the first dinosaur to be officially named. True or False? A. False

13. Which came first, the Jurassic or the Triassic period? A. Jurassic

14. A person who studies fossils and prehistoric life such as dinosaurs is known as a what? A. Paleontologist

15. Which species evolved directly from Dinosaurs? A. Birds

16.Which species of dinosaur is most famous for inhabiting the Isle of Wight? A. Iguanodon

17. Which type of dinosaur starred in the blockbusting film Jurassic Park? A. Tyrannosaurus

18. Films, have long depicted humans being menaced by dinosaurs, such as Racquel Welch in her fur bikini, but did humans co-exist with dinosaurs or not? A. No - Homo sapiens eveolved just under 65 million years after dinosaurs died out.

19. What caused the extinction of dinosaurs? A. The theory is a that a massive asteroid hit the earth and the impact caused the sudden eradication of the dinosaurs.

20. Which dinosaur has plates along it's back thought to be for the purpose of defence or of regulating body temperature? A. Stegosaurus

5 Aug
Seaview Yacht Club Training Dates, Isle of Wight

Monday 5th August 2013-Junior Cadet Week-Aged 8 to 12 - Opi, Pico, Topper, Wayfarer-All Levels

Monday 12th August 2013-All Cadets Week-Aged 8 to 18-Opi, Pico, Topper, Laser, 420, Buzz, Wayfarer, S.V.O.D. Hobie 16-All Levels

Monday 26th August 2013 -3 day Refresher Training-All ages -All classes-All levels.

Seaview Yacht Club - 01983 613268

10 Aug
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August

Calling all retro music lovers...

Wight Crystal, in conjunction with Jack FM, are celebrating 25 years of Wight Crystal Spring Water with a big party bringing together a host of 80's artists.

Dress up in your best 80's finery and dance along to the likes of Toyah, Heaven 17 and The Hoosiers.

Jack up the 80's with Wight Crystal, Newchurch, Isle of Wight

Stretch your vocal cords in the 80's Karaoke bar, play in the Go Karts, shop in the Retro shop or take part in Wellie Wanging...

And there's plenty for the kids too with Face Painting, Play Tent and Helter Skelter.

And you won't go hungry as there will be Skool Dinners to keep you going!

Jack up the 80's takes place in the Garlic Festival Field in Newchurch, Isle of Wight.

10 Aug
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August.

This is the third year of the healing festival, a non profit event held in the serene setting of Ventnor Botanic Gardens in Ventnor.

The festival brings together an eclectic mix of healing arts aimed at raising awareness of natural health and well being, while focussing on our island, nature and the environment.

You are encouraged to get interactive with the therapists who will explain, teach and heal. Discover tree essences, join in meditation, yoga, nia, drumming or didgeridoo workshops or just bring a picnic, relax and take in the therapeutic sounds and wonderful scenery.

There is a great choice of healthy food and invigorating drinks available, using fresh ingredients and local island produce.

The whole garden is open as usual and the event is very family friendly.

There is a large play area in the meadow offering creative workshops, story telling, face painting, magic, and relaxation classes.

There is even a fancy dress parade with a nature theme of 'flowers, fairies, butterflies and bees!!'

Healing Festival

12 Aug
Bembridge Sailing Club Dates, Isle of Wight

Mon 12th August to Fri 16th August-Cadet week 3 & Oppy 3- (briefing on Sun 11th Aug)

Mon 19th August to Fri 23rd August-Grannies & Shrimps Week

Bembridge Sailing Club - 01983 872686

14 Aug
In 1947 a group of local theatre companies turned up uninvited to the first Edinburgh International Festival. They produced plays on the outskirts of the city, hoping to cash in on the audiences attending the main event, and The Edinburgh Fringe was born.

The name was coined by Robert Kemp, a Scottish writer who wrote about the events happening “on the fringe" of the official programme.

The Ventnor Fringe is an inspiring collaboration between artists, promoters, venues and members of the public who come together each year to create a truly unique festival.

Established and emerging talent from across the performing arts, visual arts, music, comedy and film host special events in a diverse range of exciting locations across the historic town of Ventnor, on the southern tip of the beautiful Isle of Wight.

The Ventnor Fringe offers an informal and welcoming atmosphere to debate, collaborate and celebrate new work for artists and audiences alike.

Ventnor Fringe Festival

17 Aug
Since it first started in 1983, The Garlic Festival has grown to become one of the largest events on the Island each year, second only to Cowes Week.

Garlic Festival, Isle of Wight

Attended by 25,000 people each year, it has been an astounding success largely due to its curious mixture of late sixties pop festival ambience, country fair and garlic cuisine coupled with plenty of entertainment for children and adults.

Garlic Festival, Isle of Wight

Enjoy a great day out with all the family!

The Garlic Festival

20 Aug
Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd August

Seaview Regatta, Isle of Wight

For over 100 years the quaint little seaside resort of Seaview on the Isle of Wight has hosted a Regatta serving up good old fashioned traditional, family fun.

Seaview Regatta, Isle of Wight

There will be sailing races, tug of war, swimming races, greasy pole, rowing and beach sports for parents and children alike including the classic sack race. There is a real carnival spirit and the events climax in a spectacular firework display.

Seaview Regatta

Book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. Call the Wight Locations team to see what availability we have for this hugely popular week 01983 811418.

23 Aug
The British Powerboat Festival is held in Cowes, Isle of Wight and attracts more than 45 powerboat teams from across Europe. 2012 was the events' 50th anniversary of the four day event.

British Powerboat Festival, Isle of Wight

Next year will have an even greater focus upon family entertainment and spectator interaction.

On Saturday morning the Cowes - Torquay - Cowes race begins with a parade at 0915 from the marina to the start point out past Hurst Castle. The gun goes off at 1000 and the Red Funnel Red Jet acts as the official start vessel. The Cowes - Poole - Cowes race takes place on the same day starting at 10.30.

The best vantage point on the island is Fort Albert on the west coast of the island. Wight Locations has an increasing number of properties on the west.

This is an exhilarating day out for speed fiends of all ages. Come and see the races and join in the party atmosphere in Cowes.