Visit Isle of Wight Launches New Grant Funding Opportunity

Projects which promote sustainable transport are set for a boost from a new £47,000 grant fund.

Visit Isle of Wight is seeking innovative expressions of interest from tourism businesses to deliver projects which encourage visitors to embrace sustainable transport.

The grant fund is one in a series of projects being delivered through funding from the Isle of Wight Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiative during 15/16, which aims to reduce the impact of private cars by encouraging the use of sustainable transport.  Working in partnership with Community Action Isle of Wight, grants will be available for projects that can be delivered by early 2016.

Projects should be described in no more than 500 words initially, setting out the scope of the project, what it will achieve and how much funding is required. The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 7 October 2015.

Zoe Stroud, LSTF Project Manager at Visit Isle of Wight said “We are looking for innovative and exciting ideas that will encourage visitors to travel sustainably.  The fund is a unique opportunity for local tourism businesses to inspire a new generation of sustainable travellers!”

For more information contact Philippa Daley at Community Action Isle of Wight

Tel: 01983 524058


For full guidance on the application process visit

Drive Less, See More 2 – New Grant Fund



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Bembridge Harbour Food Festival – Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2015

Less than 3 weeks away – Feast on all that’s local from our land and sea

The first Bembridge Harbour Food Festival will be held over the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015 with a central ‘Food Hub’ at the front of the Bembridge Sailing Club, Embankment Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5NR free parking is available on the Point with access to the show through the gate from the Tollgate. Many Bembridge, St Helens and Brading restaurants, pubs and cafés will be featuring  ‘Special dishes’ from their own premises, some details will be available from the Food Hub which will be open from 10:00 through to 17:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sue McLagan says ‘The idea to hold a Food Festival is to showcase our area as an, all year round  destination for visitors, whether from the Island or the mainland, to extend the season. We not only have great ‘foodie’ establishments but the harbour, beaches, lovely countryside and many attractions and activities for the whole family’.

There will be Island foods for sale in the Food Hub as well as tasters prepared by local chefs, demonstrations ongoing and a bar run by Goddards Brewery and Eurovines. The Foodie establishments operating from their own premises will be promoted in the hub and a recipe/directory booklet will be available for sale with details of restaurants, special offers, recipes  etc. Visitors are encouraged to take one of the ‘trails’ around the area by foot or bike (bikes may be hired from Tacktisle Adventures) to visit Best Dressed Crab on Fisherman’s pontoon and other cafés and pubs though the area.

Entry is Free

For more information see our flyer attached.
Visit our website and Twitter – Harbour Festival @food_on_wight and Facebook – for updates and show specials.

Sue McLagan, Bembridge Harbour Food Festival, Contact: 01983 770769




The Restaurant at the Seaview Hotel, Isle of Wight awarded a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand

The Michelin Guide 2016 has just been released and it’s very good news for the Isle of Wight as Head Chef Bruce Theobald has been won a Bib Gourmand at the Seaview Hotel. The news came via twitter when the Michelin Guide tweeted, ‘For the seafaring community a Bib Gourmand for the Seaview Hotel, Isle of Wight.’

Bruce took over as head chef in March 2014. Since then he has developed a Focus on Fish menu in the main restaurant priced at 3 courses for £28. His style is refreshingly unfussy with emphasis on creative flavour combinations, skilful preparation and delivered at a price that makes dining out affordable.

‘I believe that eating out well shouldn’t break the bank, so winning a Bib Gourmand is as good as it gets, a massive career highlight. There are so many people who are a part of this including Brian Gardener, I wish you were here to see this, and of course all our guests, where would we be without you – thank you!’

Brian Gardener sadly passed away earlier this year, his son Martin who now heads up the family business had this to say, ‘I am thrilled that Bruce and his team have been recognised by Michelin, this is an outstanding achievement and my dad would have been proud.’

Bruce is also in some very good company as Tom Kerridge won a Bib for The Coach in Marlow.

The Bib Gourmand award, created by Michelin in 1997, is given to inspectors’ favourite restaurants who offer high-quality products and services at good value for money.

There are now 155 Bib Gourmand restaurants in the UK, nearly half of which are in London. The Restaurant at the Seaview Hotel is one of 25 new entrants in England and the only Isle of Wight venue to be recognised with a Michelin award. Michelin have previously stated that Bibs are now rightly considered by readers to be as important as Stars.

The Restaurant at the Seaview Hotel is open Tuesday-Saturday throughout the winter serving A Focus on Fish menu – priced at 3 courses for £28

A set lunch is available Tuesday- Saturday priced at 2 courses for £17, 3 courses for £19.95

There are also 2 bars serving pub classics including fish and chips and the famous crab ramekin

For more information please email or call 07449054368

Downloadable picture of Head Chef Bruce Theobald

Sample Focus on Fish menu

New high-speed ferry for Lymington commute; Yarmouth welcomes ‘Scoot 1’ to town

New high-speed ferry for Lymington commute; Yarmouth welcomes ‘Scoot 1’ to town

Fast, friendly and reliable. That’s Scoot, a sporty new ferry service speeding you across the Solent for your work commute, leisure trip or onward travel.  Starting on Tuesday 1st September the team from Scoot Ferries is offering a 7 day a week service from 04.30 am through to 23.30 pm. This is ideal if you start work early, need to catch a connection to London, or for shift work on the mainland. It’s a 25 minute crossing, straight into the heart of Lymington, to Town Quay. The Yarmouth to Lymington commute just became a whole lot easier!

Your trip across the Solent will be in Scoot 1, the first of a Scoot fleet built by island boat builder South Boats IOW, based in Cowes.  It’s comfortable – each of the 12 passengers has their own individual suspension seat with USB and charging point and there is free WIFI.   Comfort and safety is a top priority – Scoot 1 is MCA Coded and fully certified and helmed by a highly experienced team.

Bicycles and well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome, and there is no extra charge for either. For those using a bicycle to complete their journey to work this is a welcome addition. It also opens up the possibility of fabulous days out for islanders cycling in the New Forest, or for mainland visitors enjoying pedal power on the Island.

Scoot Ferries is born out of the desire to offer an Isle of Wight-based, more convenient and customer-centric Solent travel service. As a small operator, Scoot is well placed to be able to listen to its customers and to build a friendly, fast and user responsive business.

For streamlined and efficient ticketing, Scoot has made a significant investment in an online booking system, which will come into play from October and is more akin to an airline experience than a traditional ferry company.  This ‘click and travel‘ technology helps the business to keep the ticket pricing as competitive as possible.  The investment is backed up with a clear strategy to keep it real and talk to customers whether on board or online. Twitter and Facebook are also used to communicate and an App is in development. From the off Scoot is keen to make sure that customers know they are cared about.

Zoẽ Ombler, CEO of Scoot Ferries Ltd is delighted with the response the company has enjoyed to date:

“Scoot Ferries Ltd has been a long time in the making and our first route was a Cowes Week service linking Cowes with Hamble. It was a great success and we are now very excited to be starting the regular, year round Yarmouth to Lymington route. We want to connect families with families, employees with employers and businesses with customers, and we want to do that in an efficient and friendly way that works for our passengers.  Please watch our space for news on further cross Solent routes too!”

To book please visit


Jackie Phillips

07896 559067