The sun is shining, and we are already thinking about long sunny days exploring the best new attractions and festivals on the Isle of Wight.
Here's a selection of what to look out for in 2022:
1. New rides to test your stomach at Blackgang Chine
The UK's oldest theme park has got two new rides for 2022. One of them is a 'flying carpet' style ride...
...whilst the other is a 'drop-tower' which will show off Blackgang Chine's excellent views...
2. Further falconry at Robin Hill
Falconry has been a part of Robin Hill for some time now, but for 2022 it is being upgraded with a 'Falconry Experience Centre'. We're not exactly sure what that is...but we're looking forward to finding out
3. A new skatepark for the South Wight
The Isle of Wight has a good choice of places to practice your, er, kickflips and sick heelflips. And yes, I did have to Google 'skateboarding moves' before I wrote that sentence.
Canopy Skatepark has the advantage of being indoors. It's based in Chale in the South Wight.
4. New homes for the animals
Plans are afoot for two new 'giant eco-domes' at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary - which was previously called Isle of Wight Zoo - will have a 'walk-through primate centre'. It's due to open in May.
5. Another week to get blisters
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is growing in size for 2022.
It's now taking place over two weeks - one in May and one in October.
6. Strewth mate! A new joey at Tapnell Farm Park!
Neighbours may be ending, but we can at least enjoy a feeling of life in Australia with the arrival of this little cutie!
We've also heard rumours about a nearby attraction which is getting bigger in 2022. We'll hold off promoting that one until we have permission to share some details...
7. The need for speed in Sandown
This event was due to happen a couple of years ago, but it's been postponed because of you-know-what.
It involves a street race along the seafront in Sandown and Yaverland. It should be quite a sight!
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