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IN TIME for National Grandparents Day (Sunday 01 October 2017) Parkdean Resorts has enlisted the support of five regional tourist boards to celebrate why the UK is great for multigenerational breaks.

‘3G’ groups were amongst the 500,000 holidaymakers the UK’s largest holiday park operator welcomed last year, giving families the chance to spend quality time together – the most common reason for multigenerational holidays according to a recent survey by Saga Travel Insurance*.

Parkdean Resorts has identified Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Northumberland and Essex as increasingly popular regions for grandparents, parents and grandchildren to seek adventure during a break, away from the distractions of school, work and everyday routines.

Self-catering staycations can be a cost-effective option bookable all-year-round, with holiday parks home to spacious accommodation fitted with essentials, as well as a variety of facilities and activities all ages can appreciate – especially as grandparents are often enjoying more active retirements.

John Waterworth, chief executive of Parkdean Resorts, said: “Some of my best memories of my grandparents are from holidays altogether in Cornwall, as well as at the caravan they owned in the North East. We explored the local areas, spent endless days at the beach and played board games on the rare occasion it rained. It still makes me feel a great sense of happiness when I think of those fond memories to this day.

“Caravan holidays have changed a lot since then, but their appeal for multigenerational breaks remains the same. We’re keen to encourage families to holiday together and enjoy uninterrupted moments, and are pleased to have partnered with a number of the UK’s tourist boards who share the same values, highlighting some of the best regions for ‘3G’ breaks.”

Surrounding areas also have plenty to discover as highlighted by the five tourist boards, encouraging children and teens to ditch tech and engage in exciting experiences, making life-long memories with loved ones, from crabbing in Looe Harbour to paddle boarding on the Isle of Wight.

Visit Cornwall recommends families walk across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, go to Pendennis Castle and play knights and kings, explore the streets and alleyways of St Ives, take a ferry trip out of Falmouth and tuck into some Cornish pasties.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “Cornwall is a unique destination as it attracts the senior market, families and is loved by children, making it an ideal place for a holiday with three generations in tow.

“There’s nothing better than families holidaying altogether at the place where grandad and grandma used to take their children, seeing their grandkids play on the same beach. It is the ultimate nostalgia trip.”

Visit Isle of Wight recommends cycling along the family-friendly Red Squirrel Trail, trying out water sports from sailing to waterskiing, getting aboard the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and meeting dinosaurs at Dinosaur Isle.

David Thornton, chief executive of Visit Isle of Wight, said: “The Isle of Wight is packed with history and adventure from dinosaurs to pirates, making it a destination full of discovery that will excite thrill-seeking teenagers as much as mini explorers, parents and grandparents.

“The Island’s exciting natural environment is the perfect holiday playground, and is just four miles from the mainland. There really is something to keep the whole family happy come rain or shine.”

Visit Norfolk recommends going under the sea at Sea Life Great Yarmouth, animal spotting at Banham Zoo, going on a boat cruise on the Broads, playing hide and seek in Thetford Forest and heading out on a steam train on The Poppy Line.

 Pete Waters, manager of Visit Norfolk, said: “Norfolk is a great region for 3G breaks as its natural and built capital are ideal for all ages to enjoy, with accommodation providers increasingly catering for multiple generations holidaying together. Not only do 3G breaks help to spread the cost, but also provide an opportunity for quality time, sometimes not always easy to do with busy schedules or families living far apart.

“Regardless of the season, Norfolk’s 93 miles of coastline are always great to explore, as well as the variety of visitor attractions which have invested in weather-proofing their facilities in recent years to ensure a great day out irrespective of the weather.”

Northumberland Tourism recommends exploring nature and history at Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens, learning about the county’s Roman heritage at the Roman Army Museum next to one of the most complete sections of Hadrian’s Wall, and heading to Bamburgh Beach to build sandcastles or marvel in the beauty of Bamburgh Castle.

Jude Leitch, director at Northumberland Tourism, said: “We prefer the slower pace of life in Northumberland, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable multigenerational holiday – whatever the time of year. From the gardens of our stately homes and castles bursting into bloom in spring, to the darkest skies in Europe twinkling with thousands of stars in the winter, there’s something for all interests and ages.

“Generations have lived as part of the Northumberland landscape for centuries, creating a rich heritage and protecting a way of life together. We hope visitors to the county will discover the warmth of our welcome, and return time and time again to holiday together as a family unit.”

 Visit Essex recommends spending the day at Colchester Zoo, taking a trip to Osea Island to appreciate scenery that rivals overseas landscapes, exploring Dedham Vale – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and tucking into fish and chips and ice creams on a traditional day at the seaside at Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea or Mersea Island.

Carol Jolly, tourism marketing & PR manager at Visit Essex, said: “In Essex we are extremely lucky to have a bit of everything – an amazing coastline, wonderful rolling countryside, quaint villages and inspiring towns, as well as over 450 visitor attractions ranging from beautiful historic houses to galleries, museums and theme parks.

“I believe visitors to Essex will be pleasantly surprised by what we have to offer and will enjoy the many different facets of our wonderful county whatever their age, making us a go-to destination for families enjoying holidays together.”

In line with National Grandparents Day, Parkdean Resorts is offering grandparents and families looking to book a multigenerational break a 10% saving on selected spring and early summer 2018 holidays at any of its holiday parks. The discount is available on bookings made between 01 October and 22 October 2017, by using code 3GHOL when booking online. Minimum price after offer is applied is £99 on breaks and £149 on seven night stays. Cannot be used with any other discount.


For further information on Parkdean Resorts visit or call 0330 123 4850.


For all media enquiries, photography requests or more information please contact Kayleigh Hepburn or Sally Crossley by emailing / or call 0191 232 5690.

Notes to editors:

Parkdean Resorts formed in November 2015 following the merger of Parkdean Holidays and Park Resorts. As a result the company is the largest holiday park operator in the UK with a combined total of 73 holiday parks stretching across the country. Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth was acquired by Parkdean Resorts as part of the first major acquisition since the company merged.

Holidaymakers have an unrivalled choice from one operator of holidays and short breaks across the UK with parks in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Anglia and Lincolnshire, Essex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex, Lake District, Lancashire, Northumberland and County Durham, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales.

A varied range of accommodation options are available on a break with Parkdean Resorts, including static caravans, lodges and glamping, as well as taking a touring or camping pitch. There’s also the option to own a caravan or lodge holiday home at 68 of the parks, meaning UK breaks can be enjoyed more frequently.

In December 2016, Parkdean Resorts was named Best UK Holiday Parks Operator, Best Camping & Mobile Holiday Company and Best Large Holiday Company for Customer Service at the British Travel Awards.



A new scheme to raise awareness of sustainable transport options among the Island’s accommodation providers has been launched by Visit Isle of Wight in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council, thanks to a £40,000 grant from the council’s sustainable travel transition year programme which is funded by the Department for Transport.

The new Travel Ambassador Green Star Scheme was launched at an event at Shanklin Theatre this week (Tuesday 1 November) to an audience of around 200 accommodation providers.

The new scheme aims to provide accommodation providers with the tools they need to promote sustainable travel to their guests. Through the scheme one to one training sessions will be provided to up to 500 accommodation providers, plus resources including of hundreds of inspirational days out and activities, as well as information how to access the Island’s major towns from mainland train stations.

The scheme ensures accommodation providers are better placed to advise guests on how to enjoy the Island by foot, bicycle, public transport or the newly introduced car club.

Participating accommodation providers will be able to display a green star window sticker and logo which they can use in their own advertising and promotion.

Zoe Stroud from Visit Isle of Wight, said: “At Visit Isle of Wight we are committed to helping visitors see the Island in a greener way. We actively promote, under our Drive Less See More brand, cycling, walking, bus travel, train travel and other ways to see our beautiful island without a car. This scheme will ensure we all work together to ensure visitors love the Island as much as we do.”

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for public transport, tourism, recreation and heritage at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “The Island’s accommodation providers are great ambassadors for our Island are well placed to advise visitors about the great range of things to see and do on the Isle of Wight. The Travel Ambassador Green Star Scheme will give the training and information they need to ensure their guests are able to get the most out of the Island by using sustainable transport, helping to make our Island even cleaner and greener.”

As with all of the council’s sustainable transport programme projects, the scheme is designed to support economic growth and reduce the Island’s carbon footprint, particularly by encouraging more people to participate in walking or cycling.

Those that are keen to get involved or find out more about the Travel Ambassador Green Star Scheme can go to Visit Wight’s industry website or contact Zoe Stroud by emailing or calling (01983) 521555.


Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact Anna Price, media officer, Isle of Wight Council.
(01983) 821000 ext 6250

A Travel Ambassador Green Star Scheme promotional film can be found on YouTube:

The Department for Transport’s Sustainable Travel Transition Year funding supports sustainable transport initiatives which can improve access to jobs, skills, training and education.

About 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 Destination Management Organisation (DMO) also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities:

Our Wightpress site brings people all the latest news and views from the Isle of Wight:

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Helen Wheller, Media Team Leader

Red squirrels with wheels? It’s enough to make you go Twizy…

Already famous for being one of the few places in the UK where it’s possible to catch glimpse of a red squirrel, the Isle of Wight can promise a lot more sightings from Spring, 2016.

The only difference is that this particular colony has wheels, rather than big fluffy tails…and will have much more in common with the French postal service, than a cute species of squirrel.

New, “Red Squirrel Electric Bikes” are already available for hire on the Isle of Wight.

The same make and model of electric bike as used by the French postal service, they are fitted with a small battery-powered motor, giving a subtle power boost which makes riding into wind feel like a gentle breeze, and hills like a gentle slope.

In a nut shell, they will allow visitors to “Bicycle Island” the opportunity to cover much more ground and have more time exploring the hidden corners of the Isle of Wight than they would on a conventional bicycle.

The bikes offer a range of up to 60 miles on a single charge, and the front wheel motor provides three levels of assistance on speeds up to 15.5 mph, as well as a ‘walk assist’ mode which is useful for pushing the bike up steeper inclines.

With a lightweight aluminum frame and front suspension fork, the Red Squirrel Electric Bike comes fully equipped with a sprung comfort saddle, full mudguards to prevent clothes being affected by oil, lights, a useful rear pannier, and even a handlebar mounted USB charging point handy to boost your mobile phone or music player!  Braking is taken care of by powerful alloy V-brakes with a battery cut off for efficient stopping in all conditions.  There are charging locations across the Island.

The new colony of Red Squirrels are based at the Guildhall Visitor Information Centre in Newport, on the Isle of Wight, where a friendly team of Travel Ambassadors will always be on hand to offer ideas on places to go, and things to see.

Alternatively, details of several well-marked bicycle trails around the Island can be found at  And everyone hiring a bike will receive a Bicycle Island Isle of Wight Cycle Map, featuring 12 routes from a gentle 5-miles route to Sandown, to a 16-miles run out to Cowes.  A separate 66-miles ‘Taste the Island’ route is one of the other trails available to keener cyclists.

Once named in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 World Cycling Destinations, the Isle of Wight is a year round cyclist’s paradise – with over 500 miles of cycle and bridleways weaving their way through dramatic and contrasting Island landscapes.

The Peugeot EC03 200 bikes make light work of some of the Isle of Wight’s hilly terrain, and offer visitors a great new way of exploring the Island.  As the new website address says: you’d be “nuts not to”.

For further details, visit

Hire charges range from £20 per bike for one person for half a day, to the value-for-money £120 full day hire for four bikes.

Not satisfied with already introducing this eco-friendly means of touring the Island, the Isle of Wight also plans to launch a similar opportunity from the seat of an electric powered Renault Twizy, from March 15th.  Further details will be announced shortly.

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

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29/07766 705672


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 New Grant Funding Opportunity

Projects which promote sustainable transport are set for a boost from a new £47,000 grant fund.

Visit Isle of Wight is seeking innovative expressions of interest from tourism businesses to deliver projects which encourage visitors to embrace sustainable transport.

The grant fund is one in a series of projects being delivered through funding from the Isle of Wight Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiative during 15/16, which aims to reduce the impact of private cars by encouraging the use of sustainable transport.  Working in partnership with Community Action Isle of Wight, grants will be available for projects that can be delivered by early 2016.

Projects should be described in no more than 500 words initially, setting out the scope of the project, what it will achieve and how much funding is required. The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 7 October 2015.

Zoe Stroud, LSTF Project Manager at Visit Isle of Wight said “We are looking for innovative and exciting ideas that will encourage visitors to travel sustainably.  The fund is a unique opportunity for local tourism businesses to inspire a new generation of sustainable travellers!”

For more information contact Philippa Daley at Community Action Isle of Wight

Tel: 01983 524058


For full guidance on the application process visit

Drive Less, See More 2 – New Grant Fund



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

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

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



A new Visitor Project Manager who is being 100% funded by the Local Sustainable Transport (LSTF) project has been appointed by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) to undertake the next stage of the Government-funded campaign, designed to encourage travel behavioural change.


Zoe Stroud, ‎who previously worked for the IW Chamber of Commerce as their Group Marketing Manager, has joined the DMO (Destination Marketing Organisation) on a one-year contract to ensure co-ordination across the Visitor LSTF projects.


Specifically in relation to the “Drive Less See More” campaign, Zoe is developing a team of eco savvy travel ambassadors, who will be helping holiday-makers to enjoy the Island without the need to use their cars.


The ambassadors will visit key tourist sites and will provide free information and special offers on some of the Island’s great car-free experiences, from riding an open-top “breezer” bus to hiring bicycles, or taking great countryside walks.


Working alongside Tom Ransom, VIOW’S “Bicycle Island” champion, Zoe’s other duties will include growing the walking and cycling festival economy and managing the other elements of Access to Visitor experiences.


Zoe said: “I am delighted to join Visit Isle of Wight in this new exciting role. I look forward to continuing working with businesses across the island and developing new partnerships.”


VIOW has worked with the Isle of Wight Council to successfully secure £230,000, a third year of LSTF funding – part of which was used to bring the Pearl Izumi event to the Isle of Wight earlier this month.


Some of this funding is also being used to employ Zoe who with her previous experience in the UK’s tourism industry, will bring much to the benefit of the scheme and the Island.


David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “Zoe has shown great strengths in her different roles and is ready to apply her great enthusiasm and passion for the Island in her new role.


“The success of last Thursday’s (14th May) Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race in Ryde further reinforces the roll-out of Bicycle Island and we welcome her support in building on existing sustainable travel projects as well as supporting new initiatives”.




For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail:


Notes to Editors


•             The attached image was taken at the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race on Thursday, 14th May and shows (left to right) Zoe Stroud, Visitor Project Manager, David Thornton, CEO and Tom Ransom, Sustainable Transport Marketing Executive – Visit Isle of Wight Ltd.


Drive Less See More (DLSM) is the primary public facing brand developed by Visit Isle of Wight for the Isle of Wight Council (IWC) “Sustainable Transport Access to Tourism” project.


This project has been funded by IWC after securing £3.95 Million from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). The project started on the 12 November 2012 and runs until October 2015.


VIOW has been engaged to deliver the “hearts and minds” marketing/promotion element of the overall bid. This strands primary brand is Drive Less See More. A secondary brand/work stream also carried out under the LSTF funding is Bicycle Island. This is a dedicated campaign to promote and develop the islands Cycle Tourism industry and increase the numbers of visitors on bikes.


What’s been happening so far?


In 2013/14 a number of marketing campaigns were developed by VIOW to support the LSTF bid targets. These included:


Branding and marketing for the LSTF funded coaster Dinosaur bus and promotional materials off island- Meridian TV adverts, leaflets and posters on SW Trains network-+£120K

Spring poster and landmark billboard “your next stop “campaign featuring how close the Island is from London on the train -£39K

Adverts in national magazines such as radio Times, Metro, Times Magazine, BBC Countryfile etc. +£100K

Development of Bicycle Island brand for Cycle Tourism including adverts and promotions EG 6 page feature in the Guardians “Cycling Breaks” magazine supplement-£10K and London tube coving adverts-£26K.


The next major element of the Visitor LSTF project will be the opening of a travel ambassador centre at a high-profile location on the Isle of Wight – to be announced shortly.


The 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series Rides into Ryde

Thousands of people turned out for one of the Island’s most memorable ever sporting occasions as Ryde town centre was transformed into an incredible 1.3km cycling circuit for the day (14 May 2015).

Community races involving amateur racers and professional team time trials took place throughout the afternoon before the spectacular, main event – The Pearl Izumi Tour Series at 7.30pm.

Paul Herbert, Service Director, Island Roads said: “We are delighted to have played a major role in bringing such a prestigious event to the Island.  As our roads are improved through the highways PFI, it would be nice to think that the Island could host even more top quality cycling events in the future.”

Cllr Ian Ward, Chairman IW Council, said: “I think this is the kind of terrific event that the Isle of Wight needs and we should work together to attract more events of this calibre.”

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “Visit Isle of Wight is extremely proud to bring this event to the Island.   A huge audience of visitors and local residents turned out to give ‘Bicycle Island’ a tremendous start to the season – well done to everyone involved.”

Don’t forget to look out for the TV coverage on ITV4 tomorrow evening (15th May) at 8pm!


For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail:




An invitation to visit the Isle of Wight on a new PURE WIGHT experience (subject to availability)

Visit Isle of Wight has joined forces with several outdoor activity providers to create an adventure-packed “Pure Wight” experience for 2015.

To help promote this we would like to challenge you to experience four of the key “Pure Wight” activities on a short break to the Isle of Wight.

Create your own weekend of adventure from the following:

  • Kayaking around Freshwater Bay
  • Mountain Boarding on Tennyson Down
  • A Segway ride around St Helens
  • Tree Climbing Experience at Appley Park
  • A Rib Ride out to The Needles Rocks
  • An “Arrive and Drive” race session at Wight Karting’s circuit
  • Half-day mountain bike excursion on a route of your choosing
  • Coasteering experience along the cliffs at Freshwater and into the caves at Watcombe Bay
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga session at Bembridge Harbour

You will then travel to the Isle of Wight on a Friday evening (ferry crossing included) to a meet and greet with Visit Isle of Wight, who will give you your weekend itinerary.

  • Friday you will stay overnight at a B&B/hotel close to your first activity
  • Saturday you will complete 3 activities
  • Saturday evening meal arranged by Visit Isle of Wight
  • Overnight stay at a B&B/hotel close to your final activity
  • Sunday you will complete your final activity

If you are planning on visiting without a car transfers will be arranged between activities and accommodation – alternatively bike hire will be made available, and activity locations can be moved to suit.

Later in 2015 a “Pure Wight” challenge will be launched, inviting outdoor pursuit enthusiasts to tackle 10 adrenaline activities in just three days (Friday to Sunday.)  These activities will be a Rib Ride, Kayaking, Go Karting, Tree Climbing, Coasteering, Mountain Boarding, a Segway Ride, Mountain Biking, Zorbing and Paragliding.  Visit Isle of Wight can arrange an exclusive preview of this challenge on request (subject to availability.)

To book your visit

Please contact Ian Weightman at

An invitation to visit the Isle of Wight on a new “Bike & Sail” experience (Subject to availability)

Visit Isle of Wight and Universal Yacht Charter have joined forces to create a new  “Bike & Sail” experience for 2015.  To help promote this, we would like to invite you to experience this new ‘short break’ during a press visit to the Isle of Wight.

Your tailor-made visit can be made at a time of your own choosing, featuring an itinerary along the following lines:

-Join your yacht in Hamble (a few miles to the south of Southampton) on Friday afternoon for an evening sailing to Cowes.

-Meet-and-greet by Visit Isle of Wight, with the handing-over of a bicycle.

-Overnight on board the yacht on the Isle of Wight.

-A full day of biking around the Isle of Wight (dubbed “Bicycle Island”) following road or off-road routes and finishing in Yarmouth for a second night, or rejoining the yacht to sail back to Cowes.

-Evening meal arranged by Visit Isle of Wight.

-Overnight on the Isle of Wight.

-A full day of sailing back to Hamble.

Other stuff worth knowing

As well as using hire bikes, it is also possible to have your own bikes transferred by ferry for the duration of your visit.

The yachts mainly in use for this experience are Dufour 385 & Beneteau Oceanis 37 – 37/38ft with 3 cabins & saloon area.  The Skipper has own cabin, therefore 6 people share the other 2 double cabins & the saloon berths.

A one night option is also available – sailing from Lymington in the morning to Yarmouth, to arrive lunchtime with a picnic lunch onboard.  Bike provided for the afternoon and then a ferry crossing back to Lymington.

A very special opportunity exists for the 2015 Round the Island Race 2015 (Practice Day Friday 26 June, and  Race Day Saturday 27 June): “We are entering a Skippered Beneteau Oceanis 50 for the Round the Island Race this year.  We already have 8 people booked who are all staying on board, but we do have a couple of spaces for people wanting to join for the days only (overnight accommodation in this instance would be arranged on the Island by Visit Isle of Wight).  We would be happy to give a place to a journalist for these days”.  You can see more details about this at

The story

This new short active break is expected to attract interest amongst groups of friends, families and perhaps businesses looking for something slightly different.  For further details, visit the “Bike & Sail” page at:

To book your visit

Please contact Ian Weightman at


This May, the Isle of Wight will become the UK’s outdoor playground as walkers, cyclists and runners are put through their paces at a range of “Pure Wight”, adrenalin-fuelled events including The Isle of Wight Challenge (2/3 May), The Isle of Wight Randonee (3 May), Walk the Wight (10 May) – and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race (14th May).


The Island’s landscape is incredibly diverse.   It ranges from steep chalk downs and ancient woodland to lush green fields and dramatic coastline offering many recreation facilities for walking, cycling, horse riding, golfing, sailing, surfing and windsurfing.    Cycling and walking are particularly popular due to the miles of cycle routes along former railway lines and well-maintained footpaths.


But the Island also offers a range of adrenaline-fuelled experiences like stand-up paddle-boarding, kite-surfing and rock climbing which provide a fantastic chance to see parts of the coastline and landscape that are not accessible by more pedestrian means.


This May is a particularly massive month for outdoor events on the Island and VIOW is using the new Pure Wight brand – and mainstream events like the Pearl Izumi Tour Series – to highlight the Island’s suitability as an exciting, outdoor adventure holiday destination.


David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “The outdoor activity sector accounts for 20% of the total visitors in the Isle of Wight , and with the potential to stay longer, and get involved in more activities, these travellers are a priority audience for Visit Isle of Wight.


“The Pure Wight brand will help us to appeal to extreme sport devotees and those looking for an action-packed holiday experience”.


For more information about what there is to see and do on the Isle of Wight, go to




For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail:


Image attached of people enjoying Stand-up paddleboarding at The Needles, 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: