Dippy The Penguin Heads Up Festival

The Penguin Post has learned that the Isle of Wight’s very own celebrity penguin is to launch this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival on Saturday 7 May.  Yes, Dippy, the star penguin of Seaview Wildlife Encounter who thinks he’s a human will cut a ribbon to mark the start of the festival. It runs from 7 to 22 May 2011 and features over 300 guided walks for all ages and abilities. As part of the launch day celebrations at Seaview Wildlife Encounter, two guided walks will take place around the park with the official launch at 12 noon. The family-friendly walks (waddles) – one at 9.45am and the other at 1.45pm – will take visitors around the park stopping off to learn about the wildlife at the attraction. Children are encouraged to dress as penguins to mark the occasion and judges will select their favourite fancy dress outfit after the second guided walk at approximately 4pm. For more seasoned walkers, the launch day also offers a number of more challenging walks, taking in the Island’s stunning scenery. The Twenty Mile Leg Stretcher starts from the Yarmouth ferry terminal at 9am and takes hikers on a fairly strenuous walk which is the ideal warm up for the Walk the Wight which takes place on Saturday 15 May in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is a favorite with both residents and visitors alike. Now in its thirteenth year, the festival offers walkers the chance to explore the Island’s areas of outstanding natural beauty, heritage coastline and over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths.

Dippy The Penguin

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