Some of the UK’s top bloggers from from britmums.com, london-unattached.com, bestbitsworldwide.com and vickyflipfloptravels.com, joined Director of Discover Ferries Bill Gibbons and CEO of Visit Isle of Wight David Thornton in the new Signature Lounge on board Red Osprey to celebrate National Ferry Fortnight (6-20 May) and launch the countdown to the Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea today (Friday 12 May).
The Bloggers were on the Island to learn about what’s great for families this year, and experience the Solent crossing during National Ferry Fortnight, a country-wide promotion taking place this month. The Bloggers were briefed about the Island’s main themes and campaigns and introduced to new festivals taking place this summer, including Isle of Wight Pride (15th July), and the Isle of Wight Festival of Running (2nd to 4th June).
The Isle of Wight’s annual Festival of the Sea this year sets sail on June 23, for a voyage that will last until July 9, and with the range of nautical festivities – including a pirate festival on golden sands, delicious seafood fresh off the boat, and spectacular yachting extravaganzas featuring thousands of boats.
Now in its 5th year, the Festival of the Sea was created by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) to celebrate the Island’s maritime history, heritage and holiday appeal.
Highlights for 2017 include:
Pirate Plunder at Blackgang Chine
24th and 25th June & 1st & 2nd July
They will be hoisting the Jolly Roger to give young scallywags the chance to join a Scurvy Crew at Blackgang Chine, where there will be opportunities to learn how to sword fight like a true Blackgang Buccaneer and take part in the smugglers’ next treasure hunt.
Challenge the Wight
A strenuous 26.5-mile hike/run across the Isle of Wight at night. It’s a chance to walk from the Needles Landmark Attraction to Yaverland to raise money for Challenge & Adventure a local charity that helps disadvantaged and challenging young people on the Isle of Wight. A ‘lite’ route (12 miles) or kids route (4 miles) is also available.
Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay New Zealand
This most famous of annual yacht races, and the largest of its kind in the world, regularly attracts entries exceeding 1,500 yachts and upwards of 12,000 sailors racing the 50 nautical miles westabout course around the Isle of Wight, starting and finishing in Cowes.
Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra present “Carnival at Sea”
A ‘Carnival at Sea’ by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra at Medina Theatre, from 7:15pm. This family friendly concert will celebrate the Islands strong links with the sea – with a programme that includes Rule Britannia and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Mardi Gras Parade in Ryde
A day-long carnival event by the sea. Take advantage of a free day of fun and celebration with a parade and festival featuring over 1000 children and young people in fabulous carnival costumes.
Shipwreck Isle 2017, Appley Beach, Ryde
Ahoy there! Join in a thrilling pirate festival set on a spectacular beach, on an enchanted isle. Expect live pirate music, cannon and firearms demonstrations, stunt action sword fights, young pirate’s entertainment and much, much more skullduggery.
Panerai British Classic Week 2017
6th – 13th July
The Classic Week, now in its 11th year takes place in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight. Since 2010, it is the only UK regatta forming part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge series, the leading international circuit for classic and vintage yachts. Social events included as part of the week include an Open Yachts Pontoon Party on the July 9; a Themed Crew Party – “Pirates of Penzance”- on July 10; a prize giving Gala Dinner on the July 12 and the famous Parade of Sail past the Royal Yacht Squadron on the final day, July 13.
The Edinburgh Cup and South Coast Championship, Cowes
9th – 15th July
A Regatta for the International Dragon fleet. Designed in 1929, the International Dragon combines classic elegance with grand prix performance, the world’s greatest sailing venues and some of the best sailors from around the globe. One of the Dragon fleet’s most prestigious trophies is the Edinburgh Cup which was presented to the class in 1949 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is awarded annually to the winner of the International Dragon British Open Championship.
For full details of these and other Festival of the Sea events, visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea.
Festival of the Sea leaflets will be available from Island tourist information points and ferry terminals from Monday 22nd May.
For further tourist information, and accommodation details, visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.
For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:
Tel: 07766 705672
Notes to Editors
The attached image shows David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight (far right) with bloggers from london-unattached.com, britmums.com, bestbitsworldwide.com and vickyflipfloptravels.com, joined by Bill Gibbons (third right) from National Ferry Fortnight at the launch of the Festival of the Sea brochure. The image was taken in the new Signature Lounge on board Red Funnel’s vessel, Red Falcon.
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