Robin Hill Country Park

Robin Hill Country Park is an 88-acre (36 ha) theme park located in Downend; outside of Newport, Isle of Wight. Robin Hill is owned by the Dabell family, who also own Blackgang Chine; another Isle of Wight amusement Park located in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. The park has four main rides: A quarter-mile downhill toboggan, 4D Motion Cinema, 'Cows Express' Junior train ride and the 'Colossus' a swinging galleon boat ride. On the site of Robin Hill is the buried farmstead of Combley Roman Villa. This is explained in the 'Romans at Robin Hill' exhibition when at the park.[1] Robin Hill is also noted for wildlife, particularly the red squirrels.[2]

The park was the location for the annual Bestival music festival held every September, but has now moved to Lulworth Castle in Dorset. [3] In 2009 it received a "Tourism & Leisure Business Award for Excellence" from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce[4] In 2016, it was announced that Bestival was changing location to Dorset.

The park organises a number of regular events. "Electric Woods" events happen several times a year with different themes. February Half term Electric Woods 'Spirit of the Orient' (Chinese New Year), Summer Holidays Various themes, Summer 2015 'Carnival ' October Half Term 'Electric Woods' 'Festival of Light' inspired by Diwali.

The park has cafés, ice creams and snack kiosks, a gift shop and a car park.

Robin Hill Country Park
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Robin Hill is located in Isle of Wight
Robin Hill
Robin Hill
Robin Hill (Isle of Wight)
LocationDownend, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Coordinates50°41′16″N 1°14′37″W / 50.68778°N 1.24361°WCoordinates: 50°41′16″N 1°14′37″W / 50.68778°N 1.24361°W
ThemeCountryside
OwnerVectis Ventures Limited
Opened1971
Previous namesRobin Hill Country Park
Operating seasonApril-September, Closed for Bestival (September), October-November.
Area88-acre (0.36 km2)
WebsiteOfficial website

Park attractions

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The Colossus ride at Robin Hill

The park owners claim to place less emphasis on thrill seeking rides and more upon rides which fit into its 'countryside ethos'.[5]

  • Colossus: A swinging galleon boat ride.
  • Toboggan Run: A 300-metre twisting and turning alpine slide of metal half-pipe.
  • 4D Motion Cinema (formerly the Time Machine): A 28-seat motion platform simulator.
  • Wooden Maze: A large wooden maze with a centre and bridge.
  • Tree Top Trail: A Children's Play area trail surrounded by trees close to the café.
  • Troll Island Bridges: Bridges leading to several islands over a carp-filled pond.
  • Carp Quay: A large lake with fish food available to buy and feed the fish living there.
  • Duckdown Play Village: A small child-sized village.
  • Run Rabbit: Various large underground rabbit tunnels.
  • Activity Course: An activity course with various equipment including a zip wire and scramble net. Located in Toboggan Valley
  • Snake and Hillbilly Slides: An area with slides set into the hillside.
  • Splash Attack: game with buttons to press and fire water jets.
  • Tot's Play: A special area designated for very young visitors which is located next to the Toboggan.
  • Squirrel Tower: A tall tower themed around the island's red squirrels. Links with the Canopy Skywalk.
  • African Adventure: Adventure playground, themed as an African village.
  • Canopy Skywalk: A walk-along attraction which is 10 metres high and links with the Squirrel tower.
  • Cows Express Junior Train Ride: A small train style ride.
  • The Parting: A sunken walk way through a pond.
  • Woodland Walks.
  • Falconry: 3 Daily displays

References

  1. ^ http://www.robin-hill.com/nature-and-history/romans-at-robin-hill Romans at Robin Hill: Robin Hill website
  2. ^ http://www.robin-hill.com/nature-and-history/red-squirrels-and-squirrel-safari Red squirrels at Robin Hill
  3. ^ Gittins, Ian (11 September 2007). "The Guardian - Bestival". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.iwchamber.co.uk/uploads/originals/awards-guidance-notes-2009.pdf I of W, Chamber of Commerce awards, 2009.
  5. ^ "Robin Hill - Amusement Parks - Countryside Adventure Park". www.blooloop.com. Retrieved 20 July 2009.

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Alpine slide

An alpine slide (sometimes denoted with its German name Sommerrodelbahn) is a long chute on the side of a hill, usually built by ski resorts to supplement summer income. A wheeled cart is used to navigate the slide. The ride is similar to a bobsled ride, except that it rolls over a smooth track—generally concrete, stainless steel, or fiberglass—rather than sliding on ice. The cart accommodates one or two passengers and is controlled by a hand brake located between the rider's legs. Pulling the hand brake handle causes the cart to stop; pushing or letting go of the handle causes the brakes to release, allowing the cart to accelerate. The ride is unique among amusement park rides in that the rider has complete control over his or her speed and ride experience. With this control comes responsibility: the rider must ensure the cart is not going too fast; otherwise the cart may overturn around curves, leading to possible injury or death.

Bestival

Bestival is a four-day music festival held in the south of England. It has been held annually in late summer since 2004 at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight. In 2017 the festival relocated to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. The event is organised by DJ and record producer Rob da Bank along with his wife Josie and is an offshoot of his Sunday Best record label and club nights. The initial Bestival attracted 10,000 people, growing to 55,000 in 2010. Bestival won 'Best Major Festival' at the 2015 UK Festival Awards, having won 'Best Medium-Sized Festival' in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, 'Best Major Festival' in 2010, 2012 and in 2015, 'Fan's Favourite' in 2011 and 'Best Innovation' in 2005.

Bestival 2006

Bestival 2006 was the third annual Bestival organised by the Rob da Bank's Sunday Best label. It was held at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight from 8 to 10 September. Around 17,000 people attended the three-day event. The Bestival is often referred to as a "mini-Glastonbury" with regards to the excellent atmosphere the festival generates.

Bestival 2006 had a distinct sense of environmental and social consciousness. Indeed, the Bestival is one of the most ethically aware of the UK popular music festivals. This is reflected in the eclectic crowd it attracts and the vast array of fancy dress displayed at the 2006 event, including a Jimi Hendrix complete with guitar and amplifier, as well as a Viking Longboat with crew.

Bestival 2006 won Best Medium to Large Festival at the UK Festival Awards.

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Main Stage, The Big Top, The New Bollywood Bar, The Blue Pavilion, Southern Comfort Fat Tuesday, Rock 'n' Roll Tent, Come Dancing, Hidden Disco, Bandstand, Sense 3D Area, Xbox Lost and Sound, The Guardian Lounge, Loose Tea Tent, Studio 3.

An album was released containing various Bestival tracks since its inauguration in 2004. The Bestival Bugle was a 2006 single sheet newsreel distributed every day throughout the festival, containing Bestival information, tips and comic features. Bestival Radio (87.7 FM) was also established in order to give Bestival goers a live tab on action of the event.

Bestival 2008

The Bestival 2008 was the fifth instalment of the Bestival a boutique music festival at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight. The festival was held between 5–7 September 2008 and over 30,000 people attended.

The festival was nominated for Best Medium Sized Festival, Grass Roots Festival Award, Family Festival Award, Best Lineup and Best Toilets in the UK Festival Awards.2008 marked the return of Bestival Radio. The station broadcast on-site and kept listeners camping at the festival up-to-date on news and events over the weekend. Bestival FM was sponsored by Jokers' MasqueradeThe event was marred by heavy rain on the Friday and Saturday causing stage closures and widespread misery for festival-goers. The fancy dress theme was '30,000 freaks under the sea' so most were prepared for the ensuing aquatics.

Bestival 2010

Bestival 2010 was the seventh installment of the Bestival, a boutique music festival held at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight. The festival, organized by Rob and Josie Da Bank and their crew, was held over the weekend between 9 September and 12 September 2010. It was voted the best major UK festival in the UK festival awards. This is the first time it has won the major festival award, rather than the medium-sized festival award. Each year a fancy dress theme is announced; 2010 was the year of the fantastic and so festival goers dressed in fantasy outfits. The festival boasts its own radio station called Bestival Radio. The station was broadcast on-site, played music and kept listeners camping at the festival up-to-date on news and events over the weekend. The first acts were announced on 4 February.

Bestival 2010 was composed, like the years before, of several areas with different topic:

FANTASY FIELD hosting the Main stage, the Big Top

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