STEP UP FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT AUTUMN WALKING WEEKEND 23 – 26 October 2015

Located just a few miles off the mainland and only two hours from the centre of London, the Isle of Wight is truly a walker’s dream, offering over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths meandering through spectacular breath-taking scenery and terrain making it the perfect place for a walking holiday or break. With footpaths that wind through fields and forests, and it’s 64 miles of coast paths adjacent to some of the Isle of Wight’s most dramatic coastline and beaches.  The Autumn Walking Weekend signifies the end of a wonderful summer season, and gives you the opportunity to breathe in the beautiful scenery, autumnal colours and fresh crisp air which the Island has to offer.

Our walks are for all ages and abilities, all led by our friendly and knowledgeable Leaders and Ramblers, who will take you on a journey of mystery, intrigue and exploration as you traverse our countryside, woodland, pastures, meadows and footpaths of the Island.

Being one the world’s best sites for fossils, there is a guided fossil hunting tour, and there is a dedicated event which takes you along some of the Island’s lesser known paths. If you ever fancied yourself as a Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes, there is a murder mystery walk taking place.

With over 50 walks to choose from, or simply step out on our Children’s walks, Alpaca walks, Walks from Rails, Ramblers, walks, Exploration walks, History walks, Nature walks, Speed Dating, Foodie walks, Fossil walks Nordic walking and Adventures and more …..

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SPEED DATING WALK

Five weddings and a baby!!

Have you tried our Speed Dating walk? It’s really great fun! A fantastic relaxed way to meet new friends.

This friendly walk gives you the chance to meet the perfect person of your dreams or just have a lot of fun with like-minded people, and create platonic friendships, for walking partners, or a trip to the cinema or country pub. Why not give it a try?  Make a date and join us!

Registration forms are available on www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

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ROUND THE ISLAND WALKS 2015

Walk around the Coastal Path with David Yates …

Friday 23rd                   East Cowes to Ventnor              –           27 miles

Saturday 24th        Ventnor to Totland Pier              –           25 miles

Sunday 25th      Totland Pier to West Cowes       –           21 miles

The Round the Island walk may present some fairly tough physical and mental challenges for those of you who are not used to regularly walking long distances.

Walkers are free to make their own accommodation arrangements, but in order to stay in a group, are urged not to carry excessive camping gear. A suggested kit list will be issued.  Please call David for full details. (07718 685936)

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Elaine Cesar | Senior Events Officer | Events

Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | Isle of Wight PO30 1UD |

Tel : (01983) 821000 Ext 6297 | Fax : (01983) 823109

Email : elaine.cesar@iow.gov.uk | Web : www.iwight.com  

 

 www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

Facebook: isleofwightwalkingfestival / Twitter: @iwwalkingfest

 

Beat the queues, save money and enjoy the best of the Isle of Wight’s top attractions this autumn

15-30% savings on attractions when booked in conjunction with Wightlink ferry travel

This autumn Wightlink Ferries is inviting families to beat the queues and save up to 30% on entrance to the Island’s top attractions with its exclusive bundled ferry and attraction tickets fares. With many Island attractions open year round, autumn is the ideal time to visit the Isle of Wight – whether for a day trip or a little longer –  and it is the perfect escape for families with pre-school kids.

Wightlink’s convenient car passenger services operate from Portsmouth and Lymington, getting families over to the Isle of Wight in just 40-45 minutes. Foot passengers board the catamaran service at Portsmouth Station (the ferry terminal is just a few steps from the platform), which takes just 22 minutes to cross the Solent and arrive at Ryde pier. Adult tickets from £12.20 return and child tickets from £8.90 return.

Wightlink’s top five autumn escapes, particularly perfect for families with young children, include:

Dinosaur Isle

Step back in time and discover the lost world of dinosaurs inside this giant pterosaur-shaped museum. Visitors can retrace the footsteps of some of the scariest creatures that roamed the land, discover the skeletal remains found by fossil hunters and watch palaeontologists working on their finds.  Dinosaur Isle is open year round.

Book family tickets (two adults and three children) in conjunction with Wightlink ferry travel and enjoy a 20% discount.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Passengers enjoy a leisurely 10 mile trip across the stunning Isle of Wight countryside in this beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian steam train.  It is the perfect day trip escape for Wightlink foot passengers arriving into Ryde, as they can connect to The Steam Railway’s Smallbrook Station by using the Island Line train (caught at the ferry terminal in Ryde).  The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is open year round; however opening hours vary outside the summer months.

Book family tickets (two adults and two children) in conjunction with ferry travel and enjoy a 30% discount.

Osborne House

Families can wander inside the lavish stately home where Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children once resided. After taking a look at the richly decorated Royal Apartments, families can head outside to explore the extensive grounds and Swiss Cottage in their autumn glory.  Osborne House is fully open until 2nd November, and has limited opening (at a reduced price) year round.

Book family tickets (two adults and three children) in conjunction with ferry travel and enjoy a 20% discount.

Amazon World Zoo

Get up close and personal with 200 exotic South American animals on a journey through the Isle of Wight’s own Amazon jungle. Amazon World Zoo is open year round.

Book family tickets (two adults and two children) in conjunction with ferry travel and receive a 15% discount.

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For press interested in a trip to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink, to see why an autumnal break on the Island is the ideal escape (especially for families with younger kids), we would be delighted to arrange a one night stay for a family of four during November.

This would include ferry crossings, B&B and a meal for two at one of the Island’s eateries. 

 

For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:

Nadia Fidler                0207 680 7122           nadia.fidler@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Sophy Norris               01392 248 934            sophy.norris@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Wightlink – Part of Island Life

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Nine ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

You can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island in just 22 minutes, the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

The opening of the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey has cut journey times to Portsmouth from Greater London. By contrast, Wightlink’s port at Lymington is reached by an attractive drive through the scenic New Forest.

Prices:

Mainland

Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15.

Island
Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15. 

Book Early, Be Flexible, Save Money

More information can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk

Nadia Fidler
Flagship Consulting Limited

DDI: +44 20 7680 7122
T: +44 20 7680 7104

@flagshipcons
www.flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Planning approvals sought for Wightlink’s £45million investment in the future

Wightlink Ferries has submitted planning applications to the Isle of Wight Council and Portsmouth City Council for improvements to its terminals at Fishbourne and Portsmouth Gunwharf to support the company’s proposed investment in a new ship for the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route in 2017.

The £45 million investment will be the largest-ever made by the cross-Solent ferry operator.

Earlier this year, hundreds of Wightlink customers, stakeholders and neighbours on both side of the Solent took part in a major consultation on the plans for a new car ferry, similar in size to the present flagship St Clare, along with improvements to the existing terminals including facilities for double deck loading to improve the efficiency and resilience of the ferry service.

More than 500 individuals and organisations gave their views to senior managers at community meetings and drop-in events at both Portsmouth Gunwharf and Fishbourne terminals or commented online or by post. They included Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner, Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond, councillors, and people living near the terminals. Presentations were made to Fishbourne Parish Council, Gunwharf Residents Association and the Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays Neighbourhood Forum during the month long consultation period.

Most respondents welcomed the proposed investment, with particular mention made of plans to increase vessel capacity and reliability of the service and cut congestion for passengers. Issues such as traffic movements at both Portsmouth and Fishbourne, ways to reduce noise and light at terminals and the design of the double deck loading ramps were also raised and have been addressed in the planning application documentation.

Isle of Wight Council and Portsmouth City Council will now both hold statutory consultations about the proposals, which are expected to come before councillors for decision early in 2016.

The webpage www.wightlink.co.uk/iftf<http://www.wightlink.co.uk/iftf> will be updated with information about the development.

 

For more information, please contact Karen Woods 07775 694266 karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk<mailto:karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk>

 

Karen Woods

Communications

Wightlink, Isle of Wight Ferries

Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth, PO1 3PS

 

M: 07775 694266

E: karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk<mailto:karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk>

Remember, remember… Scoot Ferries announces the launch of its Cowes to Portsmouth high-speed foot passenger ferry route – TWO years ahead of schedule!

Excitement is building at Scoot Ferries HQ, as the delighted Scoot team announce the start date for their new high-speed foot passenger ferry service linking Cowes and Portsmouth. It’s all systems go on the 5th November – two years ahead of the date originally announced when Scoot Ferries was launched in July, as a direct result of overwhelming public support for the route.

Scoot is justifiably proud of its new fleet – the two distinctive 20m orange and grey, high speed catamarans operating the Cowes to Portsmouth route will do the crossing in under 35 minutes and have space for 41 passengers each, as well as ample space for bikes and dogs to travel for free. In addition, every passenger will enjoy their own now infamous ‘full suspension’ seat and benefit from complimentary WIFI, underfloor heating and air-conditioning when temperatures hot up. Both vessels have easy access for reduced mobility passengers – and the superb customer service that Scoot is rapidly developing a reputation for will be very much in evidence, with two crew members to assist passengers with their luggage and provide support for any customers requiring additional help boarding or disembarking the boat.

Departing from Trinity Landing in Cowes and arriving to The Millennium Pontoon at The Camber, Portsmouth, passengers will benefit from a complimentary 5-minute Scoot Shuttle bus service to whizz them direct to the Hard Bus and Rail Interchange and Gunwharf Quays – and the timetable has been specially designed to connect with the train times to London Waterloo and London Gatwick airport. The soon-to-be introduced new ticketing system will eventually enable through ticketing right from Cowes to London and beyond – simplifying getting to work and to the airport even more.

Reinforcing Scoot’s intention that the service become a true lifeline for everyone needing to travel from and to the Isle of Wight, the Cowes to Portsmouth route will operate from early in the morning to late at night, seven days a week, 365 days a year – both the Cowes to Portsmouth and existing Yarmouth to Lymington routes will operate a normal timetable on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve – with a reduced service operating on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day…the gift of mince pies for the crew to say thank you from customers would most definitely be welcomed!

As with its Yarmouth to Lymington route, Scoot recommends pre-booking on all crossings for a cheaper ticket price – this means up to 5 minutes before on most sailings but with free amends and refunds as long as its customers have contacted the Scoot Team in advance of their original booking. This open communication even extends to their customers being able to contact the on board crew directly if outside of normal office hours via a special emergency Scoot boat phone number!

Scoot will be launching its Cowes to Portsmouth route initially with three ticket options – a PriorityScooter ticket for pre-booked passengers; an OnBoardScooter ticket for non-prebooked passengers and an AnyTimeScooter multi-ticket option which offers cheaper travel for regular Scooters and which is transferable between friends, families and colleagues. Return tickets are priced the same whether a passenger is travelling back on the same day or up to 30 days later.

Zoẽ Ombler, CEO of Scoot Ferries Ltd, is full of praise for her team who have been working hard to look after customers on the popular Yarmouth to Lymington route, and to bring Cowes – Portsmouth to fruition in such record time.

“From the moment we announced the launch of Scoot back in July, we have consistently been overwhelmed by the level of support from our customers and businesses for what we’re doing. To be able to launch our Cowes to Portsmouth route so far in advance of our original plans is testament to how hard our team has worked over the last four months – and we hope to keep exceeding the expectations of everyone who stands to benefit from our improved transport links to and from the Isle of Wight. We launched Scoot with the aim being to offer greater opportunities for island residents in particular, whether for business or pleasure – and hope we can rely on the continued support and backing of everyone on both sides of the Solent to ensure we deliver on this promise.”

To book please visit www.scootferries.co.uk

 

 

Jackie Phillips

Marketing

Scoot Ferries Limited

marketing@scootferries.co.uk

 

AMAZING DAYS & STUNNING NIGHTS!

This half term, from Saturday 24th – 31st October, Robin Hill Country Park, the Island’s award winning attraction, will be open all day and into the night too providing hours of entertainment for the whole family – and a chance for the kids to stay up late too!

By day, Robin Hill boasts a fantastic blend of rides – including the quarter mile downhill toboggan – falconry displays and adventure play for fun loving families and children, plus relaxing woodland gardens, ponds and walks for discerning adults to enjoy.

By night … the park becomes a unique sensory experience with the ‘electric woods’ Festival of Light – a stunning spectacle of creatively themed light, colour, sound, and entertainment inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali where ‘light triumphs over darkness’.

As darkness falls, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as the spectacular ‘electric woods’ captures the spirit of the most popular festival in the Indian calendar.

Wandering through the ‘electric woods’, visitors can enjoy a spectacular light, sound & fire show which envelopes the new Canopy Skywalk and incorporates fire projectors and illuminated screens to dramatic effect, creating an exciting walk through experience.

The Indian poem, ‘The Ramayana’, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, is creatively portrayed by enchanting cinematic shadow theatre in the woodland amphitheatre – and light installations depicting elephants, stars and peacocks can be discovered throughout the woods.

Plus visitors can take part in Lantern making and Bollywood dance workshops – and join our larger than life Prince Rama and Princess Sita on a lantern parade around our electric woods as a tribute to their home coming in the story of Diwali.

Our Bollywood Dj, Dr Dj, will also be presenting a variety of great Bollywood music and our Bollywood dance troupe will entertain visitors around the electric woods with colourful, high energy performances.

Back by popular demand, visitors will once again be able to embrace the spirit of Diwali by taking part in the Colour Walk – a vividly coloured walk through the otherwise dark woodland glades where, armed with special ‘Holi’ powder, they will ward off evil spirits by throwing burst of coloured powder into the air (and onto each other!)!   All visitors will receive a free pouch of brightly coloured powder to throw whilst on their quest.

And not forgetting our ground breaking new falconry display in the woodland amphitheatre.

The Diwali theme continues across all refreshments with an enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’.

With so much entertainment, visitors will benefit from Robin Hill’s ‘free unlimited 7 day return’ valid until Sunday 1st November (when the park closes for the season).

Robin Hill Country Park is open from Saturday 24th – 31st October, 10am – 9pm and 10am – 10pm on Saturdays.

For more information please visit: www.robin-hill.com and www.electricwoods.co.uk

NOTE TO EDITOR

For further information, please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures on 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

 

Blackgang Illuminations Return …..

This half term, 24th – 31st   October, visitors to Blackgang Chine are in for a very special experience.  The park will be open late from 10am until 8pm with lots of fun activity taking place throughout the day and into the evening too for the whole family.

By day ….  let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery, where you can fight pirates on-board your own ship, discover life size moving dinosaurs, become sheriff of your own town – or experience the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle!

Come and watch our resident baby T’rex dinosaurs, ‘Shadow & Sheila’ and their not so experienced ‘handlers’ as they put on an interactive show.  Plus don’t miss our ‘live’ Cowboy Showdown; we’re talking ‘real’ shoot outs and ‘live’ explosives, a jail break and bank robbery!    And when the town eventually calms down, improve your shooting skills at our cowboy training school!

Then as darkness falls, and after years of darkness ….. the park re-awakens with the magic of Blackgang’s illuminations.    Enjoy an evening exploring the park after dark.   Come dressed as your favourite character!

Take part in ‘Walk the Plank’ pirate activities and outlaw training school, interact with our wandering characters …. and for those brave enough …. experience Restricted Area 5 after dark!

Plus there’s live music, delicious warming food and at the end of the evening, our special finale, a dynamic and fun 3D projection mapping show!       A great night out for all the family!

Blackgang Chine is open from 10am – 8pm during October half term (24th – 31st)   Rides and attractions will be open until late during these evenings but please note some areas of the park will be closed off from late afternoon.   For full programme visit : www.blackgangchine.com

For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

 

Isle of Wight receives Highly Commended (Best Destination for families) at the inaugural Family Traveller Awards

Visit Isle of Wight is excited to announce that the Island has been Highly Commended in the Best Domestic Destination for families category at the Family Traveller Awards 2015.

Hosted by BAFTA award winning presenter Katy Hill, the awards took place on 6 October 2015 at London’s highest viewing platform at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe, The View from The Shard.

The Awards, in association with Family and Friends Railcard and Efteling Theme Park were the first of their kind having been devised by Family Traveller magazine and familytraveller.com to recognise the best of the best in family travel.

The Awards revealed the results of the public and panel votes which saw over 26,000 recorded across 18 categories. The expert panel was made up of Family Traveller Columnists Simon Reeve and Mariella Frostrup, Family Traveller Editor Jane Anderson, The Times Travel Editor Jane Knight and Elle’s Travel and Lifestyle Director Sue Ward Davies.

Wightlink Ferries also won a Highly Commended Award in the Best Family Ferry Operator category at the ceremony.

Simon Dabell, Chairman, Visit Isle of Wight said: “I’m delighted that the Island has won two prestigious Family Traveller Awards.   Tourism is a very important industry in our area and I hope that the profile of these awards will help to bring even more visitors to the Island as it is a great reflection of the quality of our tourism offer.”

“I would like to congratulate the Wightlink Ferries and their team for their fantastic achievement and wish them every success in the future.”

“We were thrilled to be honoured by this popular magazine and website and delighted that so many of our customers voted for us in the online poll” said Head of Marketing at Wightlink, Mark Persad.

Andrew Dent, Publisher of Family Traveller magazine, said: “We are delighted with the travel industry’s response to our first ever Family Traveller Awards, and congratulate the Isle of Wight on their Highly Commended for Best Destination for families category.

 

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, 07766 705672

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.visitwightpro.com

Our Wightpress site brings you all the latest news and views from the Isle of Wight: http://visitwightpress.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

Family Traveller is a multi-platform media brand which is devoted entirely to helping parents find the right holidays for their family to maximize the precious time they have.

The Best Domestic Destination winner was Isle of Scilly, others on the shortlist were Guernsey, Cornwall, North Norfolk, Devon, Northumberland, Brighton & Hove, Cairngorm mountains, Cardiff Bay and Argyllshire.

The Best Family Ferry Operator winner was Brittany Ferries, others on the shortlist were DFDS Seaways, MyFerryLink, Hovertravel and Stena Line Harwich to Hook of Holland.

In all, 18 awards were presented on 6 October at London’s highest viewing platform at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe, The View from The Shard.

The Awards, in association with Family and Friends Railcard and Efteling Theme Park, were devised by Family Traveller magazine and familytraveller.com to recognise the best of the best in family travel.

The expert panel was made up of Family Traveller Columnists Simon Reeve and Mariella Frostrup, Family Traveller Editor Jane Anderson, The Times Travel Editor Jane Knight and Elle’s Travel and Lifestyle Director Sue Ward Davies.

http://familytraveller.com/news/family-traveller-awards-2015/

 

Electric Isle – funding award for Isle of Wight bike scheme

Building on the established ‘Drive Less See More’ ethos, this week the Isle of Wight received another boost with the award of £70,000 for an innovative sustainable transport scheme that will bring 25 electric hire bikes to the Island by the end of 2015.

The Red Squirrel Bikes funding bid was put in by Zoe Stroud, LSTF Visitor Project Manager at Visit Isle of Wight. The new scheme aims to reduce the impact on the environment from visitors and residents alike, add value to the Isle of Wight’s tourism offer whilst benefiting the Isle of Wight economy.

Utilising existing bike path infrastructure, local partners will work together to deliver the scheme using hire points at the strategic locations of Newport, Ryde and Cowes.  By using these locations it is envisaged that the bikes will available to the widest possible audience, including visitors, residents and commuters. It is hoped that this will maximise the potential for mainland commuters to use electric bikes as their main mode of commuting and allow easy access to the excellent cycle routes that connect Isle of Wight towns.

Zoe Stroud LSTF Visitor Project Manager said “We are absolutely thrilled to have been successful with our bid. This is a forward thinking project that will build on existing infrastructure to deliver an innovative service to a new audience. This scheme, coupled the recently awarded electric car share and electric car hire initiatives goes a long way to establishing the Isle of Wight as a pioneer of sustainable travel initiatives.”

It is envisaged that Red Squirrel Bikes will not only provide a boost to the health of local businesses (bike users tend to stop at local shops and services more than car users) but also positively contribute to the physical and mental well-being of Island visitors and residents alike.

By working with partner organisations to launch a Bike Club to encourage commuting by bike it is hoped that there will be an increase in productivity as a result of a newly energised and healthy workforce. Electric bikes promote inclusivity, making cycling accessible to those who may not be physically fit enough to travel using conventional pedal cycles – especially on the notoriously hilly Isle of Wight terrain!

Kevin Smith CEO from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce comments “This is a great scheme. Only through a range of initiatives like this can the Isle of Wight reduce its carbon emissions, encouraging a cleaner healthier environment. This is good for the environment and the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors alike. From an economic perspective, encouraging employees to adopt alternative travel to work schemes will also assist with increasing a company’s productivity, as a healthy workforce supports a healthy business.”

Simon Dabell, Chair of Visit Isle of Wight, added “I am delighted to see another innovative initiative on the Isle of Wight. The Island has to compete with many other UK visitor destinations and projects such as this scheme will help keep the Island as a leading tourism brand.”

 

 

Abi Fox, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, 07800 720001

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT LAUNCHES CLASSIC BUSES, BEER AND WALKS WEEKEND

Beer and bus lovers are invited to join the perfect “pub crawl” as the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and the IW Bus Museum join forces again to host the Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend.

The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend takes place on 17th and 18th October and offers visitors and local people the opportunity to ride on vintage buses, combined with a good walk through the Island’s autumn landscape – and a pint or two of real cask ale at the end of it.

Vintage buses visiting the Island and from the IW Bus Museum collection will operate a regular hop-on, hop-off service to transport visitors to and from pubs located right across the Island.  All bus journeys will operate free of charge, but people are encouraged to support the event by purchasing a weekend programme, which costs just £6 and includes special offers, timetables and details of all bus routes.

The newly expanded event is supported by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) as part of their “Drive Less” and “See More” initiative.   As the organisation tasked with increasing visitor numbers to the Island, VIOW is keen to encourage people to leave their car at the hotel and explore the Island’s spectacular scenery from the seat of a bus.

Zoe Stroud, LSTF Project Manager, said “We are delighted to be able to work with the organisers on the Island’s Classic Bus, Beer and Walks Weekend.

“Classic buses are a real incentive for people to get to and from the pubs easily and we hope that the facility encourages people to consider public transport as a viable option for other journeys”

Ben Bartram, Event Co-ordinator said:  “Last year’s event was a great success, and with the increase in routes from 5 to 8, and the increase in the number of pubs involved and vehicles operating, we hope to build on the success of last year’s event and help to maintain the Isle of Wight’s position on the map as a great destination for a weekend break at any time of year”

“The IW Bus Museum have moved from Newport to Ryde this year, but we are operating the event at both sites to give greater coverage of the Island and give people even more choice when planning their weekend”.

For more information about the Isle of Wight Classic Bus, Beer and Walks Weekend, please go to www.iwbeerandbuses.co.uk.    The programme costs £6 and is available to purchase from The Guildhall or order direct from the event website.

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 Notes to Editors:

The “drive less” and “see more” initiative was launched by Visit Isle of Wight in July 2015. Developed as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project, a newly-trained team of Travel Ambassadors has been appointed to welcome visitors and encourage them to consider using sustainable transport options during their stay on the Island.

Based at the new Guildhall Visitor Centre in Newport – which forms part of VIOW’s new headquarters since it relocated to the heart of the Island last month – the four travel ambassadors are also be available at locations across the Island to help anyone who needs travel advice.   These include the ferry ports, attractions, key transport hubs and events both on and off the Island.

The Isle of Wight Bus Museum moved in early 2015 from Newport Quay to the old bus garage in Park Road, Ryde and has enjoyed good visitor numbers and positive feedback in their first season of operations there.

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.visitwightpro.com

Our Wightpress site brings you all the latest news and views from the Isle of Wight: http://visitwightpress.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

 

App-y Halloween, on the Isle of Wight

Visitors to the Isle of Wight this autumn are being invited to “step into the ghost dimension” – for a limited period only (and only “if they dare”).

Timed to coincide with Halloween, and when things have a habit of going bump in the night, the Isle of Wight’s new app will be exclusively available to download during October and November only.

The Isle of Fright Ghost Trail is based on one of the world’s most haunted islands, and features free audio ghost stories, which can be downloaded onto iPhones, tablets and androids to give ghost-busting visitors the opportunity to follow a self-guided tour of 13 “cold spots” that have been found to exist on the Isle of Wight.

Offering a spooky insight into some of the Island’s many local myths and legends, it is presented by paranormal expert Marc Tuckey – and has been created in association with Paramount Pictures UK to promote the Halloween release, on October 21, of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

The app also allows its users to take photographs and use a special “ghost photo bombing” function to create some especially haunting images.  It also contains information about how to reach the Isle of Wight, and links to other tourism products on the Island.

Anyone keen to plan their visit will also be interested to know that theapp will be available to download free of charge from the beginning of October at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/ghost-trail, or on Google Play or via the Apple Store.

While the ghost trail has been designed primarily for Halloween thrill seekers, its focus on local folklore and genuine ghost stories means that it is also likely to appeal to visitors who might like to combine it with one or more of the other autumn activities taking place on the Island this autumn – including Electric Woods Festival of Light at Robin Hill.

Other October half-term events on the Isle of Wight will include the Blackgang Chine Illuminations; Spooky Castle at Carisbrooke Castle; Wizard Week on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway; and a range of activities at The Needles Landmark Attraction.

The previously unseen Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (www.paranormalmovie.co.uk) – the terrifying conclusion to the Paranormal Activity films – will appear in cinemas everywhere from October 21.  It is directed by Gregory Plotkin and produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli.

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, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672

sue@visitwight.co.uk

For further information on the release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, please contact:

Jane Bennett, Publicity Manager, Paramount Pictures UK Theatrical

jane_bennett@paramount.com

Notes to Editors

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