Fun coming to a beach near you

By Emily Pearce

Saturday, May 31, 2014

 

Fun coming to a beach near you

The Isle of Wight's first Birdman competition is set to take place next month.

IS it a bird, is it a plane? — no, it’s the birdman (or woman) of the Isle of Wight.

A madcap 'birdman’ competition is set to be one of the showpiece events at the All at Sea beach festival, which is due to take place at Small Hope Beach, Shanklin, next month.

The pioneering two-day festival organised by Isle of Wight-based Beach Events will introduce the Island’s first 'birdman’ contest and will feature a cardboard boat race where competitors can build their own boat out of cardboard as well as play host to heats in the UK Sand Sculpture competition.

Other attractions during the event on June 28 and 29 include pirate lessons, an undercover beach bar, beach food and drinks, gift stalls, traditional beach games and VIP areas.

The man behind the event is John Hawkins, who pioneered beach football on the Island and runs the beach at the Isle of Wight Festival.

The County Press is media partner for All at Sea.

John said the idea behind the festival was to bring the fun back into the summer by having a traditional regatta-styled event for Shanklin.

He said: "Birdmen can dress in feathers, pirate hats or whatever they want. The platform they will jump from is not going to be that high, like at the Bognor or Worthing birdman events. We want people to dress up and try to fly."

He added: "We are known for our high standard of events. There will be background music but it is more about traditional bucket and spade fun."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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