Responding to an increase in demand for camping & caravanning holidays on the Island, Visit Isle of Wight has just launched a dedicated microsite and new brochure in a bid to help promote itself as the Camping Capital of the UK.
The new site (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/camping-capital) highlights the many and varied options that are currently available to anyone visiting the Island – from luxury yurts and shepherd’s huts, through to American Airstream caravans, VW Campervans and camping pods.
And if further inspiration is needed, it even flags-up the fact that last year the Isle of Wight recorded more hours of sunshine than the rest of the UK, making it officially the sunniest destination in the country – and a perfect place to pitch-up a tent!
Recent developments across the Island this year already include a new glamping opportunities at Tom’s Eco Lodge (http://tomsecolodge.com), where prices start from £85 a night.
Elsewhere, a range of new holiday lodges has also just been launched at the 5-star Woodside Coastal Retreat which lies to the north of the Isle of Wight, between Cowes and Ryde (https://www.darwinescapes.co.uk/parks/woodside-coastal-retreat/). Prices here start from £225 (based on a 3 night stay).
Looking further ahead, Robin Hill is planning a development of quality tree houses for 2018 http://www.robin-hill.com/welcome-to-nesting).
For now, however, it’s all about the range of options, and perfect backdrop provided by an Island with so many sites located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to so many outdoor pursuits and unusual modes of transport – including electric bikes and Renault Twizys.
It is also an Island synonymous with festivals
V-Dub Festival from August 18-22 (http://www.v-dubisland.com/) for example, is a family friendly camping and Volkswagen Festival for music lovers. While world famous Bestival, from September 8 to 11, will have its very own Boutique Campsite this year (http://www.bestival.net/areas/campsites) with tipis, yurts, squrts (baby yurts, cloudhouses, bell tents, safari tents, airstreams and a wide range of other options from the people who bought us PodPads,
Other favourites on the Island include woodland camping in tree houses (http://www.isleofwighttreehouse.com/) where red squirrels are said to come and tap at the windows and prices start from £150 per night (for up to 6 people); and Compton Farm (http://comptonfarm.co.uk), on the coastal Military Road, where the twelve static caravans have been named Best National Trust site for Camping (high season prices for adults £9pppn, children £4.50pppn.
The Isle of Wight’s new camping and caravanning microsite also features a competition to win a seven night camping holiday on the Island for the next three years (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/competitions/win-a-three-year-camping-holiday).