VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT CELEBRATES ENGLISH TOURISM WEEK

English Tourism Week (ETW) will take place between 25 March and 2 April 2017.

Co-ordinated by Visit England and created in partnership with Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) around the country, ETW is a week-long celebration of the quality and vibrancy of the thriving English Tourism industry,

During the week, there will be a variety of local and national events, discounts and special offers being made available by tourism businesses around the country.

The Isle of Wight attracts around 2.3 million visitors a year with a tourism economy worth more than £550 million a year and supporting a third of employment on the Island.

VIOW has invited businesses involved in the Island’s tourism and hospitality industry get involved in this free marketing and communication ‘hook’ for the Island. The DMO has produced a toolkit containing logos, banners and other useful assets which event organisers, accommodation providers, attractions, restaurants etc can use to brand and advertise their offers.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “With summer just around the corner, English Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity for us to ride on the back of the national promotion in social media, digital marketing and press activity.

It kick-starts the holiday season and shows prospective visitors from around the world the natural beauty and rich cultural history of the Island.”

ETW events on the Island include:

Spring in Your Step (25/26th March) created by VIOW, is the perfect opportunity to take in the some of the stunning scenery the Island offers and introduce your family to walking on the Island. There are plenty of walks to choose from, including the Garlic Farm Tour, the Mountbatten Connection and the History & Myths of Brading Marshes. So, get those walking shoes out of the cupboard and prepare to enjoy a new view of the Island. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/spring-in-your-step

Vintage Vacations were one of the first places to offer Glamping holidays in the UK and they’re celebrating English Tourism Week by opening their doors for a ‘look see’. Find out why the Independent called them the “Country’s coolest caravan park” – and have a look at the American Airstream Caravans which have been such a success for them. Pop along between 12 and 4 on Thursday, March 30. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/live-the-dream-english-tourism-week-p1376301

Mothering Sunday is the 26th March so why not treat mum to afternoon tea at the Needles Old Battery, with a specially prepared menu including delicious cakes, sandwiches, scones, and tea or coffee. Booking is essential and it’s £12 per adult and £6 per child. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/mothering-sunday-at-the-needles-old-battery-p1358841

For more Mothering Sunday events taking place on the Island, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Dark Wight Skies is a free event at the Isle of Wight Observatory in Newchurch on 30th March. Open to all – bring warm clothes and a torch. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/dark-wight-skies-stargazing-with-experts-p1413411

During ETC and beyond (24th March to 11th May), the 5 Star Leconfield Hotel situated on St Boniface Downs is offering a 15% discount on all new, on-line B&B bookings. Just apply the code ETW17 to the promotional code box before booking your stay. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation/the-leconfield-p137881

Brooke House in Shanklin is offering 3 nights for the price of 2 when staying on a B&B basis between 18th March and 2nd April. This beautiful Victorian house offers period features alongside all the comforts of modern living. Please mention visitisleofwight.co.uk when enquiring.https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation/brooke-house-shanklin-p146661#specialoffers

Enjoy a romantic one-night stay at Keats Cottage where John Keats stayed and wrote his poetry in 1819. This offer for two people is priced £99 and includes a two course dinner and freshly cooked breakfast. It is valid on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night (when the restaurant is open) until the end of March when booked directly with Keats Cottage. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/romantic-one-night-break-at-keats-cottage-p1385791

For more special events and offers during ETW, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

For more information about English Tourism Week, please visit https://www.visitbritain.org/english-tourism-week.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to Editors
English Tourism Week
An annual celebration of English tourism, ETW is a series of events showcasing visitor experiences in England. English Tourism Week also highlights the value of tourism.

The English tourism sector touches everyone – visitors, residents, businesses and employees. It’s one of the few sectors active in every part of the country. It’s the third largest employer, every day supporting 2.6 million jobs and is a major employer of school leavers and young people and an incubator for entrepreneurs.

The visitor economy is worth £106bn a year to England supporting thousands of businesses and impacting on the performance of supplier industries including farming, transport, retailing, sport, museums and galleries, the theatre and other performing arts. Tourism cannot be offshored – it only happens here! https://www.visitbritain.org/english-tourism-week.

Visit Isle of Wight
Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight. As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight. Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

EKLECTICA ACTS ANNOUNCED, TICKETS RELEASED

The wait is over, Robin Hill Country Park has today released the details of their brand new, boutique music festival – Eklectica – taking place at the park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September this year.

Described as a festival with a twist, Eklectica is an exciting combination of acts that promise to be diverse, quirky and creative – headlined by internationally renowned, show stopping tribute bands – all set within the unique woodland setting of Robin Hill.  Expect the unexpected!

The Amphitheatre boasts the idea of turning quirky into an art form by showcasing all kinds of entertainment.  From circus to poetry, comedy to fine art, theatre to burlesque, we have a line-up that will flabbergast your artistic senses!     Acts include The Victorian Circus Duo, Professor Elemental, The Mime Guys, Vintage Comedy Duo, The FB Pocket Orchestra, Dave Sharp’s Speed Painting and The Ventnor Darlings to name but a few.

Set in the stunning heart of the Woodlands you’ll find the epicentre of electronic and dance music, featuring a programme of fresh, up-tempo sounds.    Saturday’s line-up promises a cut throat and current line up to include the Superb ‘Daft Club’ daft Punk tribute experience, plus south coast talent ‘Kry Wolf’ and friends.   Assuming a ‘dance classic’ posture, the Sunday line-up includes essential listening for cultured clubbers, including sounds from some of the UK’s champions of club classics.   Sunday’s line up to be announced soon.

And for those seeking a refuge from the madness elsewhere, Africa is the setting for an oasis of fun and frivolity!  Feast on a programme so diverse it merges homegrown Island talent, Mexicana and old school disco vibes!    A refuge from the madness – but only until it gets dark!     Get ready to mingle with mariachi kings ‘Vote Pedro’, Get your groove on to local talent from Platform One College of Music, plus time warp back to the old school with sets from The Xtreme 80’s.   More acts to be announced soon.

Performing on the Main Stage and celebrating the music of yesterday and today, experience amazing full show productions from our tribute band headliners :

Official UK Number One Winner of The National Tribute Music Awards 2016 : Ultimate Elton John and the Rocket Band will perform a truly wonderful celebration of the life and music of Elton John on Saturday night.  Close your eyes and you won’t believe your ears, open your eyes and you won’t believe them.  You simply won’t find a closer tribute to Sir Elton John.   Indeed, Elton’s former manager, John Reid, said “I defy anyone not to believe that Paul Bacon presents the Ultimate Elton Show”.    Performing at Elton John’s mother’s 90th birthday, Elton’s mum declared him “sensational”.

Sunday gives you a double whammy of headliners!  Be prepared to be blown away by Killer Queen, the only Queen tribute band to have sold out arenas all over the world, most recently, the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in America.  “Patrick Meyers recreation of Queen’s lead singer is simply uncanny” states Baz Bamignoye of the Daily Mail, whilst Duncan Kennedy of BBC1 said, “No detail is overlooked.  Killer Queen are kings of the musical impersonators, the highest of tributes”.

Then, to close Eklectica, relive the magic of Michael Jackson starring Ben.   With an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance show and the World’s Number One Michael Jackson soundalike, this show promises to create the most authentic, lively and powerful recreation of the iconic Superstar, that will leave even the most die-hard MJ fans crying out for more!

Supporting tribute bands on Saturday include The Killerz, Madness Tribute Band – Los Palmas 6, Mumma Mia Abba Tribute, the World’s original One Direction tribute band and Little Chix.   Whilst on Sunday, enjoy singing along with tribute bands Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran tribute band Duran 2 and Almost Olly, Olly Murs Tribute Show.

Rob Holgate, Managing Director, Vectis Ventures Limited, said “We are very excited about putting on Eklectica.   Over the last 12 years, the team at Robin Hill has gained considerable experience putting on major events including music festivals.  September is a key date on the calendar for many Islanders and for many visitors too, so we took the decision to fill the slot and put on a brand new boutique music event with a difference for all to enjoy!  Our aim is for Eklectica to be the party that ends the summer and we hope that this year’s event will be the first of many.”

Day and weekend tickets are available for Eklectica.  For full details about the event and to purchase tickets visit eklectica.live.

Eklectica is being produced and managed by Vectis Ventures, the company which owns Robin Hill.

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For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager at Vectis Ventures Limited on 07436 283 630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

 

Isle of Wight invites holidaymakers to “Return to Adventure Island”

The Isle of Wight is being promoted as one, big holiday island attraction in a summer-long campaign that’s being dubbed “Return to Adventure Island”.

Just launched, and based squarely on the fact that visitors and families have been coming on holiday to the Island for almost two centuries, the campaign is designed to help illustrate that fact that there are now more reasons than ever before to book a visit the Isle of Wight.

Visitors over the decades have discovered there are so many places to see and things to do on an Island the size of Inner London.  So many of them are natural, some are man-made, but all combine to offer a host of holiday memories that last a lifetime…and also keep generations of families coming back for more.

It’s a timeless, magical Island, that can only be reached from the mainland across a small strip of water – giving trippers, tourists and travellers that true holiday feeling.

And in 2017 The Island will welcome several new attractions and experiences, including the Tiny Homes Holidays concept; Modulogs at Tom’s Eco Lodge; a magical Underwater Kingdom at Blackgang Chine; Jurassic Golf on Shanklin Seafront; and even the appearance of the little Squirrel Monkey which has just been rescued by Monkey Haven.

The Island as a whole is perfect for families who want to enjoy themselves together at the likes of Needles Landmark Attraction, or follow in the footsteps of Dinosaurs along the beaches; and the Return to Adventure Island campaign captures the essence of it all – from the glorious beaches to thrilling adventures, and the great range of accommodation to fabulous festivals.

Stay in a treehouse.  Search for red squirrels.  And learn bushcraft on the beach.  Then, after lobster on chips, take an exhilarating ride to a Victorian fort.  Or, travel back in time with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and visit a National Museum of Poo!  As visitors over the centuries have discovered, every day can be a fresh adventure.

Betters still, it’s all just two hours hours away from London, followed by a 10 minute Hovercraft ride to the Island – with car and passenger ferries connecting the Island from Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

The ferry companies and Hovertravel run regular promotions, including day returns from £5, and it’s also possible to also book great value tickets that combine transport with entrance into the leading attractions

Full details can be found at https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/escape-to-adventure-island.

Visitors who book their holiday to Isle of Wight through Visit Isle of Wight, meanwhile, will be invited to download a free app for their iPhone or Android smartphone.  The Adventure Island App, which launches on April 1, is packed with insider’s tips and trails to help holidaymakers make the most of their stay.

It also gives all visitors the chance to take part in a virtual treasure hunt with lots of prizes on offer including, for one lucky family, the chance to win back the entire cost of their holiday.

The Return to Adventure Island website will also feature all of the latest special offers for deals on accommodation: when searching to find the perfect place to stay, just look out for the blue suitcase featured on selected accommodation for special deals with ferry inclusive prices.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

V-Dub Island 2017 announces main stage line-up

The team at V-Dub Island is proud to announce that this year’s Air-Cooled Stage line-up will host a variety of top music for the whole family. Playing on the new outdoor stage this year will be The UK’s best tributes to Ed Sheeran, Madness, Bruno Mars, Olly Murs, Foo

Fighters, Madonna, Paloma Faith, Daft Punk and Taylor Swift with an abundance of top class bands and musicians to fill the three day festival.

“We’ve packed all four stages with top quality acts like Vote Pedro, The Isle of Wight Radio All stars, Blonde Bombshell and The Commonjets to name but a few. We are also really proud to say we have the ultimate Mix Master Jackey Chan back to host the Saturday night party,” commented festival promoter Airon Baker.

A full line of for the Air Cooled stage is now available online at the new V-Dub Island website which is being updated on a daily basis. This is the family friendly festival that you can feel safe at and have an amazing weekend for a small amount of money.

V-Dub Island takes place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August at South Fairlee farm near Newport on the Isle of Wight. There’s also the option to explore all that the Isle of Wight has to offer with ‘Carry on Camping’, an extended week of camping from Sunday 6th to Friday 11th August , before all the fun of the main festival kicks-off. Weekend ticket start from just £42.50 per adult and  £80.00 for a family Weekender. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting v-dubisland.com. Also tickets are available at a number of outlets around the Isle of Wight.

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Notes for Editors

For further information please contact Damian Walshe, Assistant Promoter.  Email: damian@dr50.com  Telephone: 07763 282927

  1. Image attached shows a classic VW Campervan on the festival site.   Photo credit : Neil Southwell

 

Isle of Wight goes big on Tiny Homes Holidays

Opening in 2017, Tiny Homes is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight.  Currently scheduled to open in July, Tiny Homes is all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment.

It has been created by the people behind Vintage Vacations – the first Airstream caravan holidays in the UK.  Like Airstreams, the tiny house movement originated in the US, among people choosing to downsize and live more simply.  And the same ethos applies on the Isle of Wight site.

The architect designed Tiny Homes are set in a smallholding environment adjacent to the Parkhurst Forest, with walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore – including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels.  Tranquil coastlines and the coastal town of Cowes are a cycle ride away.

The development incorporates many eco-friendly measures, including solar power, composting toilets, wood burning stoves and water recycling.

There will initially be three Tiny Homes on the site, eventually rising to six, but the aim it to purposefully keep it…tiny!

Should they wish, guests will be able to spend time working in the mandala gardens, and – if they do so – they will be able to help themselves to the produce.  There will also be various workshops and events on offer in a separate studio that will reflect the philosophy of Tiny Homes.

The Isle of Wight Tiny Homes will all be finished to the highest standards…making them truly tiny, but perfectly formed.  They have also been designed with holidaymakers in mind – featuring everything to make a stay here comfortably luxurious and with enough space for storage.  The idea, however, is to travel light and fit right in; and ingenious internal architecture is aimed at surprising guests at just how spacious Tiny can feel!

The Tiny Homes Holidays have also embraced the ‘Tourism for All’ concept: all of the first phase of homes have been thoughtfully designed to cater for all guests including those with hearing, visual or mental impairment, older guests and people with certain types of Dementia.  The aim is to offer a great holiday experience for these guests and their carers and families.

In time, there will be a full schedule of workshops, courses and experiences.  Courses will range from pilates and yoga to painting and drawing, clothing upcycling and theatrical costumes, to life coaching, bread-making, and workshops for pregnant couples.

Tiny Homes Holidays is currently on schedule for a soft opening on the Isle of Wight in late June, when is hoped press visits will also be welcome.  They will then be ready for guests from July.

Further detail can be found at www.tinyhomesholidays.com.

Also new for 2017, on the Isle of Wight will be the appearance of the Island’s first Modulogs, which will offer year-round accommodation for up to 6 people, in a glamping pod at Tapnell Farm.

As well as having the best views at Tom’s Eco Lodge, the Modulogs were designed specifically with their guests in mind.  The cosy accommodation pods are fully insulated and kitted out with heaters, comfy sofas (which fold out into sofa beds), log burners, dining tables, compact kitchens with all the essentials, two bedrooms, and separate shower room and toilet.  Both have WiFi, and electricity for lighting and plug sockets.  Outside, each Modulog has its own decking area, with seating, BBQ area, and a log-burning hot tub designed for up to 6 people.  Prices range from £300 for 2 nights (low season); £1,299 for 7 nights (peak).

For further details, visit http://tomsecolodge.com/modulogs/.

For all other tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

 

Walk don’t run. And then, run don’t walk. (Isle of Wight to host a Walking Festival and a Festival of Running in 2017)

The popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns from April 29 to May 14 as IsleWalk17, with local and visiting walkers of all ages and abilities invited to set-off across the Island on a wide choice of themed walks, which can be found on the Visit Isle of Wight website.

It remains one of the UK’s biggest walking festivals, and allows participants to follow in the footsteps of everyone from Alfred Lord Tennyson to Jimi Hendrix; on the trail of everything from dinosaurs to the prefect dawn chorus; and heading everywhere from Queen Victoria’s Osborne House to a non-stop walk around the entire 72-miles coastal path in 24 hours.

The full programme of walks, can be found at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/festivals/walking-festival.  They feature some old favourites, as well as some new walks.

Over half of the Island is recognised as an AONB.  And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.

Walkers participating in IsleWalk17 will get up close and personal with the best of the Island’s stunning scenery.  The Isle of Wight is often referred to as ‘England in Miniature’, and in just one day of walking it’s possible to see the very best of the English countryside from sand dunes and pebbly coves to thatched villages and bustling sailing towns.

Walks featured in the packed programme for 2017 include both guided walks and self-guided trails.  Most of the walks are free, although some walk leaders request a donation for their chosen charity.

Another major innovation for the Island is the creation of an Isle of Wight Festival of Running in 2017, which is scheduled to take place from June 2 to 4.

Further details are already available at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/festivals/festival-of-running, and events range from a Junior Fun Run to the Needles XC Marathon, and from 5k and 10k runs through to the first ever Spyvelo Long Weekend half Iron Man distance triathlon style event.

Prices to participate will range from £5 to £60.

This new outdoor event is aimed at giving fitness fanatics and first time runners the chance to see the best of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful scenery and to get fit at the same time.  With runs tailored for those just starting out, to something a bit more challenging for the all-weather pros, the event has been set up in tandem with Visit Isle of Wight as something the whole family can get involved in.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

 Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

Celebrating Chinese New Year on the Isle of Wight

What better way to celebrate one of the world’s most popular celebrations, than in dynamically lit ancient woodlands, surrounded by a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features?

This January and February, Robin Hill will once again be hosting their electric woods event, Spirit of the Orient, which captures the spirit of Chinese New Year through stunning spectacles of oriental themed light, sound and entertainment.

As 2017 is the year of the Rooster, visitors can enjoy a spectacular new sound and light show set within the woodland glades, which tells the story of how the rooster came to be finally selected as one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.  The storytelling theme continues with a larger than life mystical dragon recounting traditional Chinese stories, before children can then take part in a fun procession with a 12-metre-long dragon, which will meander through the woodlands, before venturing across the canopy skywalk amidst plumes of flames!

The Oriental themed entertainment continues with an authentic performance of a traditional lion dance, featuring illuminated lions in a show full of fun choreography with light and sound effects.   And if that’s not enough … there’s a wishing tree to make your dreams come true, glow poi performers wandering through the woodlands, and an amazing falconry show in the woodland amphitheatre too!

During half term week ONLY (18th – 26th February), an elegant and colourful Chinese fan dance will be performed by a dance troupe of 20 artists in the woodland amphitheatre.

To complete the evening, visitors can enjoy the delights of an authentic oriental menu served in the woodland ponds, and toast marshmallows on the open brazier – there will be something to suit all tastes.

The electric woods Spirit of the Orient is open to visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm – 10pm, starting Friday 27th January (Chinese New Year weekend), up to and including February half-term, when it will be open every evening until Sunday 26th February.

Tickets cost £12.50 per person or £46 for a saver ticket (4 x people).  Children under 4 years are free.  Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the website:  www.electricwoods.co.uk

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NOTE TO EDITOR

  • Chinese New Year 2017 is the year of the rooster.
  • Robin Hill’s electric woods won Bronze for ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ at the Beautiful South Awards 2015-16
  • The electric woods is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, sound and entertainment set in Robin Hill’s ancient woodland. In February the Chinese New Year is celebrated with the Spirit of the Orient – and during October the electric woods is themed Festival of Light inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali.
  • For further information, contact Michelle Russell: 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

 

OLD GAFFERS FESTIVAL TO RETURN IN 2017

Yarmouth and the West Wight are celebrating following the news that the crowd pleasing Old Gaffers Festival is returning in June 2017.

Taking place over the 2nd to 4th of June 2017, the Old Gaffers Festival celebrates colourful gaff-rigged and traditional sailing boats, which race in the Solent over the weekend.

On shore activities include an eclectic mix of street entertainment, music, food and crafts with a great community spirit at its heart.  Old Gaffers is widely recognised as one of the Island’s most fun-filled festivals for all the family.

Following a year off in 2016, Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink have stepped in to work with the organisers as they believe it has the potential to attract new day trip and overnight visitors from the mainland and nearby European markets.

Old Gaffers Chairperson, Debbie Cotton, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the financial support we have received from Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink which has without doubt secured the 2017 event. People from around the country visit Old Gaffers. The organising committee are committed to doing all we can to encourage people to visit and stay in the area and explore more of the West Wight when they are here”.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The organisers of the 2017 Old Gaffers Festival presented us with a compelling and convincing case for supporting the event for the wider West Wight tourism economy. The event attracts thousands of mainland visitors who spend money in our local shops, restaurants, attractions and stay overnight in local accommodation.

It’s going to be an amazing weekend for West Wight as the brand new Isle of Wight Festival of Running is also taking place in Freshwater at the same time, making this a real West Wight showcase for the south of England”.

Wightlink Commercial Director, Clive Tilley, said: “The Old Gaffers Festival is a much-loved event on the Isle of Wight and marks the start of the summer season. We are delighted to link up with our colleagues at Visit IOW to support the organisers and make sure the three-day programme of sailing and entertainment goes ahead next year.”

For more information about Yarmouth Old Gaffers festival, go to http://www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk/

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Issued by Visit Isle of Wight LTD on behalf of the Old Gaffers Festival Committee.

For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd 01983 521555 (ext 29), sue@visitwight.org

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT ANNOUNCES FRESH START WALKING WEEKEND THIS JANUARY

Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) is delighted to announce the Fresh Start Walking Weekend, a two-day event, which the tourism organisation hopes will encourage visitors to kick-start their New Year’s resolutions to get active and healthy.

The new walking programme consists of 10 guided walks over the weekend of 7th and 8th January 2017.

Walks include Fortify Yourself (7th Jan/5miles), the Barnsley Trail (7th Jan/4miles), an attractive circular walk through open countryside and along the shoreline, skirting the areas of Seaview, Seagrove Bay and Nettlestone and North to South (8th Jan/18 miles), a walk-through Parkhurst Forest.

The Jail Trail (7th & 8th January/5.3 miles) is an exciting adventure through historic Newport to Carisbrooke to discover some of the island’s most famous prisoners – plus an opportunity to have a sneak peek into The Guildhall Cells.

January is a time of new beginnings and VIOW believes the combination of stunning coastal and countryside scenery coupled with a range of motivational winter hikes – and walking in the company of like-minded people with knowledgeable local leaders at the helm – will entice visitors to the Island this New Year.

Zoe Stroud, VIOW’s Visitor Experience Manager, said: “The Isle of Wight is a perfect place for being active whatever the time of year. The Fresh Start Walking Weekend is a great way for visitors to burn off some seasonal calories whilst also enjoying some of our spectacular scenery and coastline.”

The announcement to stage the Fresh Start Walking Weekend in January comes hot on the heels of the news that VIOW has revived the Island’s discontinued walking festival. IsleWalk17 will take place from 29th April to 14th May 2017.

For more information about the Fresh Start Walking Weekend, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/walkingfestival

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For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd 01983 521555 (ext 29), sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates an industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwightpro.com

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

Rod Stewart to headline The Isle of Wight Festival 2017 Sunday 11th June

 

Today the Isle of Wight Festival 2017 have announced Rod Stewart to headline on Sunday 11th June in his only UK festival appearance next year. He has been delighting fans at sold out concerts up and down the UK as part of his ‘From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits’ arena tour.

Rod Stewart will bring his spectacular live show to the festival for the first time, performing a set of both classics and new hits in his dazzling signature style. As one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with over 200 million records sold worldwide his performance will include show-stopping classics spanning five decades including ‘Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Baby Jane, the First Cut is the Deepest and I Don’t Want to Talk About It’. Festival-goers will also be treated to tracks from his recently released critically acclaimed platinum album ‘Another Country’, which debuted at Number Two last year.

Rod Stewart said: ‘I have been very lucky to have played many of the world’s finest venues and festivals – but never played the legendary IOW Festival. I am so excited to put that right. June can’t come round soon enough.’

Isle of Wight Festival Promoter, John Giddings said: ‘I’ve wanted Rod Stewart to play at the festival for a number of years – he’s an incredible icon with a career that’s spanned over five decades so it’s impossible to not be a fan. On Sunday night he’ll bring an incredible energy to create an unforgettable moment.’

Topping the bill on Sunday night, Rod Stewart joins the previously announced Saturday headliners Arcade Fire at the festival which takes place from 8th-11th June at Seaclose Park, Newport. Early bird tickets are currently on sale as well as day tickets for the festival – www.isleofwightfestival.com

For a VIP festival experience, exclusive glamping options are also on sale. Camp Kerala Mademoiselle provide Luxury Glamping backstage with room service and VIP transport.

Eve’s Tipis offer a luxury stay with a cocktail bar and hot breakfast options to kickstart your day. The much loved colourful Podpads will also be returning which include a power point to keep your phone charged throughout the weekend. Love Your Tent, Tangerine Fields and Pink Moon Camping also offer unique camping experiences for a weekend in style.

2017 will be the 16th Isle of Wight Festival since it was successfully relaunched in 2002 to become one of the most exciting weekends of the summer, and Sir Rod will take his place alongside a proud heritage of show-stopping headliners such as Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.

A full range of ticket, travel and camping / accommodation options are available for The Isle of Wight Festival from www.isleofwightfestival.com.

Early Bird Tickets* (for a limited period only):

  • Weekend with / without Camping – £175
  • Day Ticket: Friday – £60 / Saturday and Sunday – £80
  • Student – £155
  • Teen – £125
  • Children Under 12: Free
  • *Prices subject to a booking fee

Disabled Access – must be purchased via the Ticketmaster Special Access Number 0800 998 440

Camping options:

  • Camp Kerala Mademoiselle provide Luxury Glamping backstage with room service and VIP transport
  • Eve’s Tipis – Try something different and stay in a tipi, plus enjoy cocktails or champagne from the bar or some hot breakfast options to start your day right
  • Podpads – Bunk down in the colourful Podpads with solid wood or canvas options
  • Love Your Tent – enjoy an ethical camping experience plus hot showers and a Poodle Parlour!
  • Pink Moon Camping – Choose from a colourful collection of accommodation and enjoy your weekend with a unique camping experience
  • Tangerine Fields – is every festival-goer’s dream for a hassle free camping experience. All you need to do is book a pitch and the rest is done for you.

Travel:

A variety of travel options including ferry, speed boats, Big Green Coach Company and National Rail can be viewed on the festival’s website.

Tickets available here: www.isleofwightfestival.com

Press image – https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12932098/images/IOWFestival-RodStewart.zip

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