2018 HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED!
The Fratellis, Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers and Toploader and are among the first bands to be announced as headliners for Eklectica 2018, the boutique music festival @ Robin Hill Country Park taking place on 7th, 8th and 9th September 2018. Scouting for Girls will headline Saturday night supported by The Hoosiers and The Fratellis will headline Sunday supported by Toploader. Friday night’s headliners are yet to be announced.
First release tickets are on sale now! These will include a limited number of Weekend Camping tickets including Friday night at £75 per adult and £55 for a young person (10-17 years).
The first 500 Weekend non-camping tickets sold (£60 per adult and £50 for a young person) will also include exclusive access to Friday night. Day tickets (Saturday or Sunday) are £30 per adult and £25 per young person. Under 9’s are FREE! For details and to purchase tickets visit : www.eklectica.live
James Crofts, Robin Hill Park Manager, said, “We’re really excited about the line-up for Eklectica 2018. Building on our first year’s event, we’ve taken onboard feedback and we’re going bigger with a three day weekend, camping onsite, acclaimed talent, free kids tickets and great early bird offers. More acts will be announced in the New Year.”
Scouting for Girls – throughout their immensely successful career they’ve sold over 1.5 million albums, two million singles, had four Brit Award nominations, an Ivor Novello nomination, had four top ten singles, sold-out Wembley Arena and sold-out The Royal Albert Hall and had a series of hit singles all of which were inescapable radio smashes. Ten years later, Scouting For Girls prove they are unstoppable.
Currently on their 10th Anniversary tour, Scouting for Girls will be playing their debut platinum album which has sold over 700,000 copies! Their self-titled debut album sat at No. 1 in the UK charts for two weeks and produced a number of hit singles including ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and ‘She’s So Lovely’.
Having sold over a million records and achieved smash hit singles ‘Goodbye Mr. A’, ‘Worried About Ray’, ‘Choices’ and top 10 albums ‘The Trick of Life’ and ‘The Illusion Of Safety’, The Hoosiers will hit the main stage on Saturday night.
As part of their NEW UK and North American tour, The Fratellis will be headlining with a new album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ released on 9th March 2018. The Fratellis had phenomenal success with their debut album ‘Costello Music’, and then went on to win the Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards in 2007. ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ will be the band’s fifth studio album and features the brilliant new single ‘Stand Up Tragedy’.
With over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both at home and abroad Toploader are set to bring their debut album to the Main stage at Eklectica, including the iconic global hit ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.
For tickets and more information click here!
We are pleased to announce that we have been nominated for a Red Funnel My Isle of Wight award! These are the only visitor-voted awards on the Island, so we’re very proud to have been nominated once again this year.
This is your chance to shout about how much of a great time you’ve had with us this year… whether your highlight was our Underwater Kingdom reveal, exploring the park by night during our illuminations or just meeting your favourite Blackgang Characters, there’s definitely not been a dull moment!
Voting closes on December 31st, and you can vote here. Why not spread the Blackgang love, and share this exciting news with your friends and family who you made happy memories in the park with this summer. Or if you haven’t already, you can leave us a trip advisor review here to tell us what your highlights of 2017 were!
Christmas is only 5 weeks away, and with so many requests to purchase gifts and Frequent Visitor Passes, Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill have opened a pop-up Christmas Shop in Newport High Street!
Find us at 102 High Street (opposite WH Smiths) open daily from Friday 24th November (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) until December 30th, from 9.00am — 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10.00am — 4.00pm on Sundays.
Bring your little ones to meet their favourite characters every Saturday and Sunday from 2nd December, between 11.00am and 4.00pm, including Blackgang’s Fairy Queen, Squawk Birds, Dodo’s, Dinos and more! They will also be celebrating our launch on Friday 24th November, and you can them at The Wight Festival of Christmas on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November! Whether you’re looking for a photo opportunity, or just something to distract the kids whilst you’re Christmas shopping, we’re the one-stop shop this festive period!
As well as selling the parks’ most popular gifts, toys and stocking fillers, you can also buy or renew your Frequent Visitor Pass!
These cost just £34 per person for either Blackgang Chine or Robin Hill, and £63 per person for a joint park pass. Children under four are free.
Offering a whole season of fun and entertainment for all the family, the Passes provide excellent value for money and make the perfect Christmas gift. All Robin Hill or Joint Park Passes will be valid for Robin Hill’s electric woods’ evening event, Spirit of the Orient, which celebrates the Chinese New Year, from February 10th – 25th.
You can also enter a competition to win three joint park Frequent Visitor Passes every time you make a purchase. Hot drinks and mince pies are on sale too, which you can enjoy while you browse the wide selection of Christmas gifts. Plus, look out for our 12 days of Christmas promotion on selected gifts!
Blackgang Chine celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2018 so make this the year of exciting adventures and magical memories with the whole family that will last a lifetime.
We’ve interviewed Jon from our creative team to find out a little more about the magic behind our brand NEW theme world, Underwater Kingdom…
What involvement have you had in the development of our new theme word Underwater Kingdom?
Underwater Kingdom was the vision of our managing director Alexander Dabell. He had a dream of creating a magical theme world where you could breathe underwater and immerse yourself into a colourful and stylized world under the surface of the sea.
Part of my role has been to help Alec and the team visualise his dream, and over the past year I’ve been working hard to bring to life the characters within the story. Our craftsmen are now working hard to help our characters take up residence in our new magical theme world.
Where has the inspiration come from for each of the unique characters?
The characters were an initial concept and from there we have applied the personality or a place for them to sit within the new world we are creating. We have a lot of creative people who work here at Blackgang and often discussions or meetings have inspired a new character. Other times I’ve gone away to sketch in our ‘Tech den’ and some of the characters are loosely based on members of staff here at Blackgang Chine, but I’ll keep it to speculation as to who’s who.
Without revealing too much, who is your favourite character?
My personal favourite characters are our two Piranhas who will be our guard dogs for a specific part of Underwater Kingdom. I’ve always been drawn to characters that are essentially cute monsters. It’s just far more interesting for a designer to take a creature that is in real life, normally deemed ugly or grotesque, and create a charismatic character from their unique appearance.
Why should visitors come and see this magical new theme world?
I think it’s exciting to see how the park is developing, seeing the breadth of history to the park, and previous iconic characters, I’ve often found myself looking through the original designer’s sketchbooks. I feel they have helped to inspire the new projects. We want to keep the unique and somewhat quirky charm to our new characters whilst bringing new technology, lighting and interactivity to the attractions. When the project has come together it will be a very vibrant and immersive addition to the park! We’re all excited, so we hope our visitors will be too.