Visit Isle of Wight, along with twelve industry partners, will be positioning the Island as one of the UK’s top holiday destinations at The 50+ Show at London Olympia this July, as part of its on-going marketing strategy to showcase its visitor offer and increase visitor numbers.

The 50+ Show, held between the 11th and 13 of July, is the UK’s largest exhibition for this important sector of the population.   The Visit Isle of Wight team will be promoting the Island to around 20,000 visitors as well as the national travel media over the course of the three-day exhibition.

Between January and July, the team will have attended a number of UK and overseas trade shows and exhibitions.  These include the Outdoor Show, Vakantiebeurs in Holland, the Best of Britain & Ireland (BOBI), The BBC Good Food & Gardeners World Show and the 50+ Show at Olympia, which will round off the 2013 season.

Liz Walker, VIOW’s Tourism Development Manager, commented: “Exhibitions are a cost-effective way of reaching out to influential markets as well as making useful press and trade contacts and arranging meetings with current contacts in one place.

They also offer us the chance to keep up with industry developments, see what’s new and what’s more, they’re a good opportunity to keep an eye on the competition”.

David Thornton, Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight said: “With the over-50s having more free time and disposable income than any other demographic, we are keen to show that the Island can offer a range of exciting experiences for those from all dispositions, from food foraging for those in search of culinary sophistication to speed-dating walks and tree-climbing for the more adventurous.

The current exhibition partnership comprises:  English Heritage, Wightlink, the Isle of Wight Council, the IW Steam Railway, Dinosaur Isle, Red Funnel, IW Pearl, Hovertravel, Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Heritage Great Britain (The Needles Park), Vectis Ventures (Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens) and Robinson’s Holidays.  Any tourism-related business interested in becoming part of the 2014 exhibitions programme should call Liz on 01983 201048.

Launch at the Needles

Saturday 29th June 2013, weather permitting.

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Our new purposely built passenger vessel, Yarmouth Rose will be operating from Alum Bay beach, adjacent to the Needles Park, offering any island resident the opportunity to come aboard for a 20 minute trip to view the Needles Lighthouse and rocks for £1 per person. Photo ID will be required with proof of residency. No bookings will be taken, just on a first come, first serve basis.
Further details are available on our website
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‘STRAWBERRY FAIR’, Chessell Pottery


Celebrate the great British strawberry at the

‘STRAWBERRY FAIR’, Chessell Pottery

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June, 9:30-5:30 pm

Come and join us at this lovely summery event at Chessell and take part in some of the following fun activities taking place all weekend –

  • Watch the strawberry pottery painting demonstrations in the studio (see how Hazel and the team decorate our own Chessell Ware strawberry range)
  • Have a go at painting your own strawberry jam pot (special offer this weekend only, just £10- all in, including glazing and firing)
  • Take part in the preparation of strawberries for next year’s Chessell strawberry jam and earn yourself a £5 café voucher
  • Sample the homemade strawberry treats on sale in the Café, treat yourself to a Strawberry Tea (or book a full Chessell Afternoon Tea on a 3 tier stand) try the freshly baked strawberry scones, and other strawberry treats including strawberry milkshakes for the children. ‘Grown ups’ can enjoy a glass of Pimms with a fresh strawberry..!
  • Punnets of Isle of Wight strawberries and strawberry plants for sale
  • Free face painting for little ones
  • Try your luck at our garden games which in turn will support the work of local organisation helping Island families, Foodbank.



Treat yourself to a quintessentially British tea – we’ll be baking strawberry scones with fresh strawberries, and serving them with our own homemade strawberry jam, thick clotted cream from Calbourne and pots of tea served in our own strawberry teapots! 

All ages welcome. Free entrance. Disabled access. Baby changing. Free parking.

Decorating Studio, Gift Barn, Courtyard Café open daily 9:30-5:30 (closed Mondays during term time).

We will be running some games in the garden at the Strawberry Fair with volunteers from Foodbank to raise awareness of the  important work foodbank do for our Island community.

Isle of Wight foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. This is achieved through the public donating food either at Collection Points or Supermarket Collections. Food is then sorted and distributed to the Distribution Centres.

Frontline care professionals such as health visitors, jobcentre etc give foodbank vouchers to people in crisis and these can be exchanged for three days worth of food at a foodbank Distribution Centre.

For more information

Chessell Pottery Contact details :

Louise Collins 01983 531858, mobile 07917 567001





A Summer of Making and Creating!

Quay Arts Summer School 2013        

(12 Jul – 30 Aug)

Quay Arts’ Summer School once again offers a fantastic range of activities for people to choose from. The Summer School, now in its 11th year, is composed of 10 diverse courses, all led by established local artists and crafts people.


For those interested in learning new skills in jewellery making, there are two new courses. Silver Casting Weekend with Nina Bulley, where participants will use basic sand-casting techniques to create their own 3D objects and Precious Metal Clay & Porcelain Beads with Melanie Swan which explores two methods of making silver beads from precious metal clay, using bisque porcelain and cork clay.


Nikola Orpen returns to offer a new textile course: Colour and Dyeing – The Natural Way exploring a wealth of dyeing methods including indigo dyeing, rust dyeing and eco-printing.


Artist Bridget Macdonald, whose exhibition ‘The Poetry of Earth’ is showing in the West Gallery from 13 July to 31 August, is offering an in-depth practical study of working with the versatile and expressive medium of charcoal in Charcoal Drawing. Also, for those interested in fine art, Quay Arts is pleased to offer its ever-popular Life Drawing Summer School, this year led by Nick Martin.


Tim Johnson is running another of his inspirational basketry courses, Finding Fibres, this time working with a range of exotic natural materials such as banana leaf sheaths, esparto grass and New Zealand flax.


New this year, Quay Arts will be offering a weekend printmaking course, Printfold, where participants will explore the art of bookmaking with Ian Whitmore. Also, following sell-out courses during the last two terms, gifted multi-instrumentalist, JC Grimshaw is offering a Ukulele Summer School running over three mornings, for those who wish to get started or improve their technique.


Children are catered for too, Helen Reading with RedTIE Theatre is leading a week long Drama Summer School for children aged 8 – 12 years.


To book a place on any of these courses, phone Quay Arts on 01983 822490 or visit our new Box Office in the Café to book in person.



Press Contact

Jacqui Cusack         Telephone: 01983 824163

Learning & Participation Officer    Email:

Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, IW PO30 5BD