Isle of Wight Brewery launch Starboard – a new golden bitter for 2017

Goddards Brewery on the Isle of Wight will be launching Starboard!, an easy drinking 4% golden session ale this March. It’s a new recipe that combines English hops with Pale Ale and Cara malt to deliver a distinctive orangey flavour and a citrus aroma, with a wonderful hoppy finish.

Xavier Baker is the managing director of Goddards, “Balance is the key with a beer like Starboard! We had a good idea of the overall taste and what we wanted to achieve with the new recipe; aroma, body, mouthfeel, colour and strength. Within the different styles of ales, the 4% golden ale (known as a session beer) category is the biggest volume. We wanted to create a brand new exciting recipe to add to our classic range of ales. Using experience we can bring all of these together harmoniously.” The whole process was overseen by Goddards head brewer Nigel Eldridge.

Golden bitter is one of the UK’s most popular types of real ale and Starboard! will be well placed not only to satisfy this growing market, but also reflect the Isle of Wight’s long association with sailing. Sailors can be heard shouting “Starboard!” as a warning when manoeuvering at sea in close quarters with another boat. The established ‘right of way’ when under sail is given to boats on a starboard tack. The pump clip also features a starboard marker buoy which is distinguished by its flashing green light so people will see this beer coming.

Starboard! will be available locally on the Isle of Wight and across the country in cask and bottles during March.

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Isle of Wight goes big on Tiny Homes Holidays

Opening in 2017, Tiny Homes is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight.  Currently scheduled to open in late summer, Tiny Homes is all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment.

It has been created by the people behind Vintage Vacations – the first Airstream caravan holidays in the UK.  Like Airstreams, the tiny house movement originated in the US, among people choosing to downsize and live more simply.  And the same ethos applies on the Isle of Wight site.

The architect designed Tiny Homes are set in a smallholding environment adjacent to the Parkhurst Forest, with walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore – including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels.  Tranquil coastlines and the coastal town of Cowes are a cycle ride away.

The development incorporates many eco-friendly measures, including solar power, composting toilets, wood burning stoves and water recycling.

There will initially be three Tiny Homes on the site, eventually rising to six, but the aim it to purposefully keep it…tiny!

Should they wish, guests will be able to spend time working in the mandala gardens, and – if they do so – they will be able to help themselves to the produce.  There will also be various workshops and events on offer in a separate studio that will reflect the philosophy of Tiny Homes.

The Isle of Wight Tiny Homes will all be finished to the highest standards…making them truly tiny, but perfectly formed.  They have also been designed with holidaymakers in mind – featuring everything to make a stay here comfortably luxurious and with enough space for storage.  The idea, however, is to travel light and fit right in; and ingenious internal architecture is aimed at surprising guests at just how spacious Tiny can feel!

The Tiny Homes Holidays have also embraced the ‘Tourism for All’ concept: all of the first phase of homes have been thoughtfully designed to cater for all guests including those with hearing, visual or mental impairment, older guests and people with certain types of Dementia.  The aim is to offer a great holiday experience for these guests and their carers and families.

In time, there will be a full schedule of workshops, courses and experiences.  Courses will range from pilates and yoga to painting and drawing, clothing upcycling and theatrical costumes, to life coaching, bread-making, and workshops for pregnant couples.

Tiny Homes Holidays is currently on schedule for a soft opening on the Isle of Wight in July, when is hoped press visits will also be welcome.  They will then be ready for guests from late summer.

Further detail can be found at

Also new for 2017, on the Isle of Wight will be the appearance of the Island’s first Modulogs, which will offer year-round accommodation for up to 6 people, in a glamping pod at Tapnell Farm.

As well as having the best views at Tom’s Eco Lodge, the Modulogs were designed specifically with their guests in mind.  The cosy accommodation pods are fully insulated and kitted out with heaters, comfy sofas (which fold out into sofa beds), log burners, dining tables, compact kitchens with all the essentials, two bedrooms, and separate shower room and toilet.  Both have WiFi, and electricity for lighting and plug sockets.  Outside, each Modulog has its own decking area, with seating, BBQ area, and a log-burning hot tub designed for up to 6 people.  Prices range from £300 for 2 nights (low season); £1,299 for 7 nights (peak).

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Sue Emmerson

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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 the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities

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The Needles Landmark Attraction reopens for a new season this weekend (April 1) with the launch of a refurbished restaurant and plans for the celebration of a historic event from the Isle of Wight’s past.

During the winter the attraction, which welcomes more than half a million visitors each year, benefitted from a £100,000 investment, most notably to its restaurant and sweet factory.

The eatery has been completely overhauled and renamed Marconi’s Restaurant, in tribute to Guglielmo Marconi the Italian inventor and electrical engineer who undertook pioneering work to send the first long-distance radio transmission in 1897, from a base at The Needles.

This year also marks the 120th anniversary of that feat and, along with the opening of the new restaurant, The Needles plans to honour Marconi’s achievement with a special event during the summer.

The new Marconi’s Restaurant, formerly called The Pantry, is a self-service restaurant seating up to 250 people and offering al fresco dining during warmer days.

It offers a new menu for 2017, updated with a selection of both healthy foods and tasty treats, freshly prepared on-site each day.

The Sweet Manufactory, famous for its Wight Mints, has also been revamped including the viewing area where younger visitors delight in watching the master confectioners create delicious sweets before their eyes.

Marino Zanti, general manager at The Needles Landmark Attraction, said:

“I’m really looking forward to the start of this new season as we mark the 120th anniversary of Marconi’s first long-distance radio transmission at The Needles.

“The refurbished Pantry looks superb and how fitting that we could pay tribute to the great man with plans for a special celebration later in the season.

“The Sweet Manufactory has also had a revamp and there’s been other improvements across the site to improve the experience for the tens of thousands of people we’re expecting to visit.”

All attractions at The Needles will be open daily from April 1, including the chairlift to the beach at Alum Bay, the 4D Cinema, children’s rides, Jurassic Golf, the Taste of the Wight outlet and Alum Bay Glass.

Supersaver tickets are available online at The Needles website giving a 25% discount on all rides and attractions.

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English Tourism Week (ETW) will take place between 25 March and 2 April 2017.

Co-ordinated by Visit England and created in partnership with Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) around the country, ETW is a week-long celebration of the quality and vibrancy of the thriving English Tourism industry,

During the week, there will be a variety of local and national events, discounts and special offers being made available by tourism businesses around the country.

The Isle of Wight attracts around 2.3 million visitors a year with a tourism economy worth more than £550 million a year and supporting a third of employment on the Island.

VIOW has invited businesses involved in the Island’s tourism and hospitality industry get involved in this free marketing and communication ‘hook’ for the Island. The DMO has produced a toolkit containing logos, banners and other useful assets which event organisers, accommodation providers, attractions, restaurants etc can use to brand and advertise their offers.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “With summer just around the corner, English Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity for us to ride on the back of the national promotion in social media, digital marketing and press activity.

It kick-starts the holiday season and shows prospective visitors from around the world the natural beauty and rich cultural history of the Island.”

ETW events on the Island include:

Spring in Your Step (25/26th March) created by VIOW, is the perfect opportunity to take in the some of the stunning scenery the Island offers and introduce your family to walking on the Island. There are plenty of walks to choose from, including the Garlic Farm Tour, the Mountbatten Connection and the History & Myths of Brading Marshes. So, get those walking shoes out of the cupboard and prepare to enjoy a new view of the Island.

Vintage Vacations were one of the first places to offer Glamping holidays in the UK and they’re celebrating English Tourism Week by opening their doors for a ‘look see’. Find out why the Independent called them the “Country’s coolest caravan park” – and have a look at the American Airstream Caravans which have been such a success for them. Pop along between 12 and 4 on Thursday, March 30.

Mothering Sunday is the 26th March so why not treat mum to afternoon tea at the Needles Old Battery, with a specially prepared menu including delicious cakes, sandwiches, scones, and tea or coffee. Booking is essential and it’s £12 per adult and £6 per child.

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Dark Wight Skies is a free event at the Isle of Wight Observatory in Newchurch on 30th March. Open to all – bring warm clothes and a torch.

During ETC and beyond (24th March to 11th May), the 5 Star Leconfield Hotel situated on St Boniface Downs is offering a 15% discount on all new, on-line B&B bookings. Just apply the code ETW17 to the promotional code box before booking your stay.

Brooke House in Shanklin is offering 3 nights for the price of 2 when staying on a B&B basis between 18th March and 2nd April. This beautiful Victorian house offers period features alongside all the comforts of modern living. Please mention when enquiring.

Enjoy a romantic one-night stay at Keats Cottage where John Keats stayed and wrote his poetry in 1819. This offer for two people is priced £99 and includes a two course dinner and freshly cooked breakfast. It is valid on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night (when the restaurant is open) until the end of March when booked directly with Keats Cottage.

For more special events and offers during ETW, go to

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English Tourism Week
An annual celebration of English tourism, ETW is a series of events showcasing visitor experiences in England. English Tourism Week also highlights the value of tourism.

The English tourism sector touches everyone – visitors, residents, businesses and employees. It’s one of the few sectors active in every part of the country. It’s the third largest employer, every day supporting 2.6 million jobs and is a major employer of school leavers and young people and an incubator for entrepreneurs.

The visitor economy is worth £106bn a year to England supporting thousands of businesses and impacting on the performance of supplier industries including farming, transport, retailing, sport, museums and galleries, the theatre and other performing arts. Tourism cannot be offshored – it only happens here!

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 the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities

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The wait is over, Robin Hill Country Park has today released the details of their brand new, boutique music festival – Eklectica – taking place at the park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September this year.

Described as a festival with a twist, Eklectica is an exciting combination of acts that promise to be diverse, quirky and creative – headlined by internationally renowned, show stopping tribute bands – all set within the unique woodland setting of Robin Hill.  Expect the unexpected!

The Amphitheatre boasts the idea of turning quirky into an art form by showcasing all kinds of entertainment.  From circus to poetry, comedy to fine art, theatre to burlesque, we have a line-up that will flabbergast your artistic senses!     Acts include The Victorian Circus Duo, Professor Elemental, The Mime Guys, Vintage Comedy Duo, The FB Pocket Orchestra, Dave Sharp’s Speed Painting and The Ventnor Darlings to name but a few.

Set in the stunning heart of the Woodlands you’ll find the epicentre of electronic and dance music, featuring a programme of fresh, up-tempo sounds.    Saturday’s line-up promises a cut throat and current line up to include the Superb ‘Daft Club’ daft Punk tribute experience, plus south coast talent ‘Kry Wolf’ and friends.   Assuming a ‘dance classic’ posture, the Sunday line-up includes essential listening for cultured clubbers, including sounds from some of the UK’s champions of club classics.   Sunday’s line up to be announced soon.

And for those seeking a refuge from the madness elsewhere, Africa is the setting for an oasis of fun and frivolity!  Feast on a programme so diverse it merges homegrown Island talent, Mexicana and old school disco vibes!    A refuge from the madness – but only until it gets dark!     Get ready to mingle with mariachi kings ‘Vote Pedro’, Get your groove on to local talent from Platform One College of Music, plus time warp back to the old school with sets from The Xtreme 80’s.   More acts to be announced soon.

Performing on the Main Stage and celebrating the music of yesterday and today, experience amazing full show productions from our tribute band headliners :

Official UK Number One Winner of The National Tribute Music Awards 2016 : Ultimate Elton John and the Rocket Band will perform a truly wonderful celebration of the life and music of Elton John on Saturday night.  Close your eyes and you won’t believe your ears, open your eyes and you won’t believe them.  You simply won’t find a closer tribute to Sir Elton John.   Indeed, Elton’s former manager, John Reid, said “I defy anyone not to believe that Paul Bacon presents the Ultimate Elton Show”.    Performing at Elton John’s mother’s 90th birthday, Elton’s mum declared him “sensational”.

Sunday gives you a double whammy of headliners!  Be prepared to be blown away by Killer Queen, the only Queen tribute band to have sold out arenas all over the world, most recently, the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in America.  “Patrick Meyers recreation of Queen’s lead singer is simply uncanny” states Baz Bamignoye of the Daily Mail, whilst Duncan Kennedy of BBC1 said, “No detail is overlooked.  Killer Queen are kings of the musical impersonators, the highest of tributes”.

Then, to close Eklectica, relive the magic of Michael Jackson starring Ben.   With an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance show and the World’s Number One Michael Jackson soundalike, this show promises to create the most authentic, lively and powerful recreation of the iconic Superstar, that will leave even the most die-hard MJ fans crying out for more!

Supporting tribute bands on Saturday include The Killerz, Madness Tribute Band – Los Palmas 6, Mumma Mia Abba Tribute, the World’s original One Direction tribute band and Little Chix.   Whilst on Sunday, enjoy singing along with tribute bands Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran tribute band Duran 2 and Almost Olly, Olly Murs Tribute Show.

Rob Holgate, Managing Director, Vectis Ventures Limited, said “We are very excited about putting on Eklectica.   Over the last 12 years, the team at Robin Hill has gained considerable experience putting on major events including music festivals.  September is a key date on the calendar for many Islanders and for many visitors too, so we took the decision to fill the slot and put on a brand new boutique music event with a difference for all to enjoy!  Our aim is for Eklectica to be the party that ends the summer and we hope that this year’s event will be the first of many.”

Day and weekend tickets are available for Eklectica.  For full details about the event and to purchase tickets visit

Eklectica is being produced and managed by Vectis Ventures, the company which owns Robin Hill.


For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager at Vectis Ventures Limited on 07436 283 630 /


Isle of Wight invites holidaymakers to “Return to Adventure Island”

The Isle of Wight is being promoted as one, big holiday island attraction in a summer-long campaign that’s being dubbed “Return to Adventure Island”.

Just launched, and based squarely on the fact that visitors and families have been coming on holiday to the Island for almost two centuries, the campaign is designed to help illustrate that fact that there are now more reasons than ever before to book a visit the Isle of Wight.

Visitors over the decades have discovered there are so many places to see and things to do on an Island the size of Inner London.  So many of them are natural, some are man-made, but all combine to offer a host of holiday memories that last a lifetime…and also keep generations of families coming back for more.

It’s a timeless, magical Island, that can only be reached from the mainland across a small strip of water – giving trippers, tourists and travellers that true holiday feeling.

And in 2017 The Island will welcome several new attractions and experiences, including the Tiny Homes Holidays concept; Modulogs at Tom’s Eco Lodge; a magical Underwater Kingdom at Blackgang Chine; Jurassic Golf on Shanklin Seafront; and even the appearance of the little Squirrel Monkey which has just been rescued by Monkey Haven.

The Island as a whole is perfect for families who want to enjoy themselves together at the likes of Needles Landmark Attraction, or follow in the footsteps of Dinosaurs along the beaches; and the Return to Adventure Island campaign captures the essence of it all – from the glorious beaches to thrilling adventures, and the great range of accommodation to fabulous festivals.

Stay in a treehouse.  Search for red squirrels.  And learn bushcraft on the beach.  Then, after lobster on chips, take an exhilarating ride to a Victorian fort.  Or, travel back in time with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and visit a National Museum of Poo!  As visitors over the centuries have discovered, every day can be a fresh adventure.

Betters still, it’s all just two hours hours away from London, followed by a 10 minute Hovercraft ride to the Island – with car and passenger ferries connecting the Island from Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

The ferry companies and Hovertravel run regular promotions, including day returns from £5, and it’s also possible to also book great value tickets that combine transport with entrance into the leading attractions

Full details can be found at

Visitors who book their holiday to Isle of Wight through Visit Isle of Wight, meanwhile, will be invited to download a free app for their iPhone or Android smartphone.  The Adventure Island App, which launches on April 1, is packed with insider’s tips and trails to help holidaymakers make the most of their stay.

It also gives all visitors the chance to take part in a virtual treasure hunt with lots of prizes on offer including, for one lucky family, the chance to win back the entire cost of their holiday.

The Return to Adventure Island website will also feature all of the latest special offers for deals on accommodation: when searching to find the perfect place to stay, just look out for the blue suitcase featured on selected accommodation for special deals with ferry inclusive prices.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit


For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email:

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 the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to,,,,

V-Dub Island 2017 announces main stage line-up

The team at V-Dub Island is proud to announce that this year’s Air-Cooled Stage line-up will host a variety of top music for the whole family. Playing on the new outdoor stage this year will be The UK’s best tributes to Ed Sheeran, Madness, Bruno Mars, Olly Murs, Foo

Fighters, Madonna, Paloma Faith, Daft Punk and Taylor Swift with an abundance of top class bands and musicians to fill the three day festival.

“We’ve packed all four stages with top quality acts like Vote Pedro, The Isle of Wight Radio All stars, Blonde Bombshell and The Commonjets to name but a few. We are also really proud to say we have the ultimate Mix Master Jackey Chan back to host the Saturday night party,” commented festival promoter Airon Baker.

A full line of for the Air Cooled stage is now available online at the new V-Dub Island website which is being updated on a daily basis. This is the family friendly festival that you can feel safe at and have an amazing weekend for a small amount of money.

V-Dub Island takes place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August at South Fairlee farm near Newport on the Isle of Wight. There’s also the option to explore all that the Isle of Wight has to offer with ‘Carry on Camping’, an extended week of camping from Sunday 6th to Friday 11th August , before all the fun of the main festival kicks-off. Weekend ticket start from just £42.50 per adult and  £80.00 for a family Weekender. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting Also tickets are available at a number of outlets around the Isle of Wight.

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For further information please contact Damian Walshe, Assistant Promoter.  Email:  Telephone: 07763 282927

  1. Image attached shows a classic VW Campervan on the festival site.   Photo credit : Neil Southwell