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Christmas & New Year on The Isle of Wight with Derek, Colin, Karen, Faye, Melanie, Andy, Jen, Owen, Adrian, Elaine, Paul & Linda

On our exciting journey to the Isle of Wight, we stopped at a lovely little pub in Brokenhurst for a spot of lunch.  After a very calm trip on the ferry, we arrived on the beautiful island, where we eagerly unpacked and organised ourselves for the fun and games of the party atmosphere that we expected on our festive break!
The first evening set the tone for the rest of the holiday! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner, followed by watching the fantastic Warner’s entertainment team, who thrilled us with excellent singing, dancing and great show routines.  After the shows were finished, it was straight to the dance floor for some seriously enthusiastic dancing, before heading for a lovely, restful night’s sleep!  
  Throughout the holiday we played our part in the fun and games, participating in some festive quizzes and games such as reindeer races, brussel sprout bobbing and a version of boules. We even took our chances at bingo... it was all great fun!
Other entertainment included comedians, an “Abba” tribute group, an ‘Elvis’ tribute singer, a lunchtime “Motown” session with a fantastic voice and a pantomime - “Jack & The Beanstalk”. As usual we booed, hissed and cheered along with everybody else, thoroughly enjoying the interaction! We managed to snap some good photo’s with the cast,too!
Some folk took the opportunity to take lovely, leisurely walks along the coast just in front of our resort and take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Others embraced the indoor life and took to salsa and line dancing!  We were entertained with some beautiful singing by a male voice choir on Christmas Eve – some of us even bought a CD and had them signed!

Christmas day came and presents were swapped and opened.  We were even left little stockings outside our rooms, inside which was an orange and some chocolates!  How lucky!  We sat down to a beautiful, festive breakfast – we even had another present from Warners to open at the table!  We took part in the activities throughout the day, all the while looking forward to a hearty Christmas lunch! The dining room was decked out with crackers, party hats, balloons and poppers, making it an extremely festive occasion!  Many of us got to have our photographs taken with Father Christmas, which was excellent fun! 
Before we knew it, the New Year was fast approaching and we took advantage of the beautiful indoor swimming pool and got in a little bit of exercise, helping to make a gap for more delicious festive food throughout our holiday!
Some of the group visited The Needles and braved the strong winds before filling shapes with coloured sands from the local beaches. It is always a great experience to watch the glass blowing demonstration, as it is wonderful to see the interesting skills displayed. 
On one of the slightly wetter and windier days, some of us had a good old game of ten pin bowling!  Good use was made of the games room, where some of us played pool, snooker and table tennis. 
The New Years Eve party was absolutely fantastic! The atmosphere was at its best and we really enjoyed the evening. We had dressed up in our best clothes and joined in with all the singing and dancing whilst wearing our party hats and waving our flags! When the time came, we were all on the dance floor singing to “Auld Langsyne” and we all saw the New Year in together! It was a fabulous party night and the balloons dropped from the ceiling.  It was very late by the time we had finished dancing and celebrating!
New Years day allowed us to enjoy some fresh air. Some went off for a tour around the island and a nice walk along the front at Ventnor, whilst others embarked a steam train and had a picturesque ride! Before we knew it, it was time to wish everybody a Happy New Year and head back home.
 What a Jolly Holiday!