The award winning Isle Of Wight Festival confirms 2017 dates

Following recent wins at the Live UK Music Awards for Best Festival (over 40,000) and Best Family Festival at the Family Traveller Awards, the Isle of Wight Festival have today announced that next year’s event will take place between 8-11th June 2017.

2016 marked the 15th anniversary of the Isle of Wight Festival since it was successfully relaunched in 2002. It has become one of the most exciting annual global music events of the summer with a proud heritage of show-stopping headliners, including, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Killers, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Queen + Adam Lambert, The Who, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.

Tickets go onsale on Monday 7th November at 9am.

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FIFTY WALKS TO CHOOSE FROM AT THE AUTUMN WALKING WEEKEND

It’s time to pull on your walking boots and enjoy the Island’s rich and varied landscape at the Autumn Walking Weekend which starts on Friday 21 October.

Experienced walkers will be leading 50 walks, suitable for all ages and abilities, ranging from gentle ambles to challenging rambles.

Highlights of the Autumn Walking Weekend include the ‘Tassles and Torches’ night walk starting at 9pm from Sandown Bay Academy which is raising money for Breast Cancer Research and the ‘Live on honour walk’ in aid of the Poppy Appeal, which will take walkers along the scenic Warrior Trail which was created to commemorate one of the Island’s most prominent First World War stories.

There are walks for children including special fossil walks running daily throughout the weekend at Brook Chine, giving people the chance to discover dinosaur footprints and fossil trees. Have fun in the park at Lily-May’s Duck Feeding Walk, taking place at Big Meade in Shanklin on Saturday 22 October. Or why not make some furry friends and take some Llamas and alpacas for a walk around their farm at Wellow. It’s a fabulous chance to find out all about these beautiful creatures. Walks are taking place daily throughout the weekend.

For those with loud voices and a love of music, Sing Along With Den is the perfect walk – you are welcome to bring along your musical instruments and help Den to sing his way along the three mile route from Merstone on Saturday 22 October, starting at 2pm.

For lovers of history there are many walks to exercise both body and brain. The Robert Hooke Trail takes in the fields and footpaths which may have been trodden by the influential 17th century scientist who was born in Freshwater in 1635 (21 October at 11am). There are two special walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The Isle of Wight Garden Trust is offering expert guided tours of the gardens and inner park at Appuldurcombe which were designed by Capability Brown. The walks take place on 21 and 23 October with donations going towards the conservation work of the Isle of Wight Garden Trust.

Our four-legged friends are not forgotten, with the special RSPCA Big Walkies dog walk, starting at Seaclose Park in Newport at 10.30am on Sunday 23 October. This is a sponsored walk raising money for the RSPCA Isle of Wight Branch (Godshill Animal Centre), with a choice of three or five kilometre routes.

For full details of all of the walks taking place between Friday 21 and Monday 23 October, please go to www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

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Notes to Editors:

Issued by:
Helen Wheller, Media Team Leader

Email: helen.wheller@iow.gov.uk

 

Visit Isle of Wight looks to the global tourism market to grow visitor numbers over the next five years

Today Visit Isle of Wight has announced plans to showcase the Island at the World Travel Market this November. This new initiative is one of the first activities funded by the newly established WIGHT BID, in which over 1000 tourism businesses are collectively funding projects to increase their returns from the visitor economy through a statutory investment arrangement introduced on the Island this September.

Staged annually, World Travel Market (WTM) is the leading global event for the travel industry and travel media, and takes place in London’s ExCel exhibition centre from 7th to 9th November. Around 50,000 travel industry professionals are expected to meet, network and conduct business at the show, which is attended by almost 200 countries from around the world.

David Thornton, the Chief Executive for VIOW said: “Currently only 5% of our annual visitors originate overseas, and this number has remained stubbornly low for many years. To grow our overseas volume, we need to team up with travel agencies and inbound operator partners who can sell holidays to the Isle of Wight across the counter in other parts of the World. Being at this show, alongside Visit Britain, and many of the UK’s established inbound carriers, is essential if we are to increase our share of this global tourism market in years to come.”

The Isle of Wight stand (stand number UKI166) will promote the Island’s heritage, stressing connections with internationally recognised names including Victoria and Albert, Tennyson, Churchill and the Isle of Wight festival. A new destination manual will list all WIGHT BID levy payer businesses and provide maps, local information and new itineraries that tour operators and travel agents can use to promote the Island and build marketing programmes to support consumer sales.

Visit Isle of Wight will be joined by the newly formed Destination Cowes partnership, who are co-investors in the exhibition, with the aim of attracting more Cruise ship business and new events to Cowes.

Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master, said: “There is real potential to establish Cowes as a popular cruise ship destination and with its central south coast location, it is an ideally situated port-of-call for cruise ship operators catering to the northern European luxury cruise market.”

The Destination Cowes partnership will also be launched at the show: a collective made up of Cowes Town Council, Visit Isle of i, the Cowes Harbour Commission, Red Funnel, Cowes Yacht Haven, English Heritage, and Cowes and East Cowes Business Associations.

£5,500 of the WIGHT BID fund is being invested in the World Travel Market exhibition this year. So far Visit Isle of Wight has committed £35,000 of the annual levy fund in early projects to grow the visitor economy on the Island. Full details of the 2017 plan will be revealed at a Marketing Briefing for all levy payers to be held at Shanklin Theatre on the 1st of November. More details here: https://isleofwightbid.com/events/

Just over 1,000 WIGHT BID levy payers will receive their annual bill this week. The documentation, sent by Isle of Wight Council on behalf of the BID company, lists key activities planned over the next six months. Visit Isle of Wight is urging tourism providers to pay their bill promptly so that funds can be committed to new marketing campaigns aimed at increasing the number of first time visitors to the Island next year.

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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

Accompanying image taken at Osborne on the Isle of Wight attached (LtoR): David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, Bryn Jones, Marketing Manager, English Heritage, Charlotte Clark from Chale Bay Farm – a member of the WIGHT BID governance transition panel – and Mark McNeill, the Chairman of Destination Cowes.

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.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

For more information about World Travel Market, please visit http://www.wtmlondon.com/

 

Visit Isle of Wight Ghost Trail app re-appears!

A new collaboration with Paramount Pictures UK, sees Visit Isle of     Wight’s popular free to download Isle of Fright Ghost Trail app  (iOS/Android) re-launched this Autumn.

The app has been updated as part of promotions to celebrate the forthcoming ‘Rings’, a new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise, written by David Loucka and Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman, directed by F. Javier Gutierrez.

The app returns with the popular features of spooky Isle of Wight tales and the fun ‘ghost bombing’ element that allows users to apply ghostly filters over their photos for sharing on social media.

In a twist on the thirteen ‘cold spots’ (Isle of Wight locations with paranormal associations), this year the app has been updated to include a competition to win ‘Rings’ merchandise from Paramount Pictures UK.

To enter the competition, app users are encouraged to physically travel to areas across the Isle of Wight and record their visits using the app to hidden ‘dark sites’. Users need to visit a certain number of dark sites to unlock entrance to the competition page. But beware the “witching hour” when creatures of the night are thought to appear and be at their most powerful!

Users of the app who are not on the Isle of Wight are able to listen to the audio of the ghost stories narrated by Isle of Wight spirit guide Marc Tuckey. They can also unlock entrance to the competition page via an in app quiz.

David Thornton CEO of Visit Isle of Wight says “I’m thrilled (literally) to see the Isle of Fright Ghost Trail app back in 2016. It offers a great opportunity for visitors to access different areas of the Island as well as being a creative, fun way of providing haunting holiday memories. By working with Paramount Pictures UK and our Isle of Wight partners, we’re able to showcase Paramount’s new movie alongside the Isle of Wight”.

The app will be available to download from mid-October through to the end of November 2016.

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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

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.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

Isle of Wight businesses involved in the development and creation of the app:
HomePage Media Ltd homepage.net
Words and Stuff wordsandstuff.co.uk
Skinny Mammoth www.skinnymammoth.com
Marc Tuckey www.ghostisland.com