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Jack up the 80’s – Not too sexy for this party!

Organisers of the family friendly festival which takes place on the 12th and 13th August are excited to announce Right Said Fred to join their best line-up ever!

“They’ve had Number 1’s all over the world and are another of those acts we’ve been after for several years now” said event organisers.

All the way from Putney it’s brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass – yes it’s Right Said Fred and these boys know how to party!

Their show is all about having fun in the sun. They offer an infectious sound with a string of recognisable hits. You’ll hear Don’t Talk Just Kiss, Stick It Out, Deeply Dippy, I’m Too Sexy and many other upbeat fun-loving tunes so come and let your hair down with The Freds this August.”

Fred said: “We love the Isle of Wight, we first came here in 1991 as guests of the Radio 1 Roadshow. We’ve heard so many great things about Jack Up The 80s from bands in the business and can’t wait to be part of this fabulous weekend of family entertainment.

We can promise a blistering party set on Saturday 12 August with all the classics and a couple of new songs like our current single Sweet Treats.”

Jack Up The 80s is a two-day retro pop festival held on the Isle of Wight in its fifth year and provides a family weekend of musical entertainment from household chart names, food, attractions, kids arts and crafts and stalls.

The event is fast making a name for itself as the most fun festival on the South Coast.

It offers an unbeatable atmosphere and is completely safe, inclusive and affordable for all. In excess of £20,000 has been raised in the past 2 years for local charities and good causes.

Other confirmed artists include Aussie heart-throb Jason Donovan, Soul sensation Alexander O’Neal, super talented singer songwriter Nik Kershaw as well as 1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz, From The Jam and The Real Thing with yet more names still to be announced.

The event will be at its new easy-to-get-to location Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde. Also new for 2017 a Friday Night Opening Party hosted by Wave 105’s Steve Power and Number One Abba tribute band Abba Chique, with tickets priced at just £10 for the evening it’s the ideal extension to what’s gearing up to be the most memorable weekend of the Summer season.

Shuttle buses will be provided from Ryde Esplanade and there will be a designated taxi depot on site.

Weekend tickets are priced at just £48 until the end of April. Kids aged 12 and under go FREE!

Tickets can be purchased by visiting Tickets are also available at a number of outlets around the Isle of Wight.

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  1. For further information please contact Sarah Moss, Event Manager


Telephone: 07876 631456

  1. Image attached shows brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred


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.

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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



Yarmouth and the West Wight are celebrating following the news that the crowd pleasing Old Gaffers Festival is returning in June 2017.

Taking place over the 2nd to 4th of June 2017, the Old Gaffers Festival celebrates colourful gaff-rigged and traditional sailing boats, which race in the Solent over the weekend.

On shore activities include an eclectic mix of street entertainment, music, food and crafts with a great community spirit at its heart.  Old Gaffers is widely recognised as one of the Island’s most fun-filled festivals for all the family.

Following a year off in 2016, Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink have stepped in to work with the organisers as they believe it has the potential to attract new day trip and overnight visitors from the mainland and nearby European markets.

Old Gaffers Chairperson, Debbie Cotton, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the financial support we have received from Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink which has without doubt secured the 2017 event. People from around the country visit Old Gaffers. The organising committee are committed to doing all we can to encourage people to visit and stay in the area and explore more of the West Wight when they are here”.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The organisers of the 2017 Old Gaffers Festival presented us with a compelling and convincing case for supporting the event for the wider West Wight tourism economy. The event attracts thousands of mainland visitors who spend money in our local shops, restaurants, attractions and stay overnight in local accommodation.

It’s going to be an amazing weekend for West Wight as the brand new Isle of Wight Festival of Running is also taking place in Freshwater at the same time, making this a real West Wight showcase for the south of England”.

Wightlink Commercial Director, Clive Tilley, said: “The Old Gaffers Festival is a much-loved event on the Isle of Wight and marks the start of the summer season. We are delighted to link up with our colleagues at Visit IOW to support the organisers and make sure the three-day programme of sailing and entertainment goes ahead next year.”

For more information about Yarmouth Old Gaffers festival, go to


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For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd 01983 521555 (ext 29),

Rod Stewart to headline The Isle of Wight Festival 2017 Sunday 11th June


Today the Isle of Wight Festival 2017 have announced Rod Stewart to headline on Sunday 11th June in his only UK festival appearance next year. He has been delighting fans at sold out concerts up and down the UK as part of his ‘From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits’ arena tour.

Rod Stewart will bring his spectacular live show to the festival for the first time, performing a set of both classics and new hits in his dazzling signature style. As one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with over 200 million records sold worldwide his performance will include show-stopping classics spanning five decades including ‘Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Baby Jane, the First Cut is the Deepest and I Don’t Want to Talk About It’. Festival-goers will also be treated to tracks from his recently released critically acclaimed platinum album ‘Another Country’, which debuted at Number Two last year.

Rod Stewart said: ‘I have been very lucky to have played many of the world’s finest venues and festivals – but never played the legendary IOW Festival. I am so excited to put that right. June can’t come round soon enough.’

Isle of Wight Festival Promoter, John Giddings said: ‘I’ve wanted Rod Stewart to play at the festival for a number of years – he’s an incredible icon with a career that’s spanned over five decades so it’s impossible to not be a fan. On Sunday night he’ll bring an incredible energy to create an unforgettable moment.’

Topping the bill on Sunday night, Rod Stewart joins the previously announced Saturday headliners Arcade Fire at the festival which takes place from 8th-11th June at Seaclose Park, Newport. Early bird tickets are currently on sale as well as day tickets for the festival –

For a VIP festival experience, exclusive glamping options are also on sale. Camp Kerala Mademoiselle provide Luxury Glamping backstage with room service and VIP transport.

Eve’s Tipis offer a luxury stay with a cocktail bar and hot breakfast options to kickstart your day. The much loved colourful Podpads will also be returning which include a power point to keep your phone charged throughout the weekend. Love Your Tent, Tangerine Fields and Pink Moon Camping also offer unique camping experiences for a weekend in style.

2017 will be the 16th Isle of Wight Festival since it was successfully relaunched in 2002 to become one of the most exciting weekends of the summer, and Sir Rod will take his place alongside a proud heritage of show-stopping headliners such as Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.

A full range of ticket, travel and camping / accommodation options are available for The Isle of Wight Festival from

Early Bird Tickets* (for a limited period only):

  • Weekend with / without Camping – £175
  • Day Ticket: Friday – £60 / Saturday and Sunday – £80
  • Student – £155
  • Teen – £125
  • Children Under 12: Free
  • *Prices subject to a booking fee

Disabled Access – must be purchased via the Ticketmaster Special Access Number 0800 998 440

Camping options:

  • Camp Kerala Mademoiselle provide Luxury Glamping backstage with room service and VIP transport
  • Eve’s Tipis – Try something different and stay in a tipi, plus enjoy cocktails or champagne from the bar or some hot breakfast options to start your day right
  • Podpads – Bunk down in the colourful Podpads with solid wood or canvas options
  • Love Your Tent – enjoy an ethical camping experience plus hot showers and a Poodle Parlour!
  • Pink Moon Camping – Choose from a colourful collection of accommodation and enjoy your weekend with a unique camping experience
  • Tangerine Fields – is every festival-goer’s dream for a hassle free camping experience. All you need to do is book a pitch and the rest is done for you.


A variety of travel options including ferry, speed boats, Big Green Coach Company and National Rail can be viewed on the festival’s website.

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Inspiration to pitch-up on the Isle of Wight

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 ( 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 (, 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 ( 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

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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 (, 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 (


It was anchors away last weekend (18/19 June) as Shipwreck Isle sailed into port and the golden sands of Ryde became a pirates’ paradise for two glorious days.

Hundreds of salty seadogs and buccaneers headed to Ryde for the free event, which is part of Visit Isle of Wight’s (VIOW) Festival of the Sea celebrations.

VIOW worked with Roger Crouch, the man behind the Hastings Pirate Day event – to make Shipwreck Isle even bigger and better than before.  Held for just one day in 2015, the hugely popular event was extended to two-days with events and activities that included a Pirates of the Caribbean Village, Blackbeard’s market, live stunt action and an evening of entertainment on the Saturday night.

Visit Isle of Wight believes Shipwreck Isle has a genuine potential to grow into a major, world-class event for the Island – and encourage more out of season visitors to its shores.

Katie Jones, Events Manager for Visit Isle of Wight, said: “This year’s Shipwreck Isle went extremely well and created a real buzz as local people and visitors interacted with pirates and the various pirate-themed events and activities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger and his team as well as Island businesses people like Airon Baker and Damien Walsh, who were involved in creating such a fabulous event”.

The Festival of the Sea runs from 18 June -3 July and during that period there are lots more sea-themed events and activities for visitors and local people to enjoy.

A new highlight this year, the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro comes to Cowes from June 22 to 26.

The Solitaire Race Village in Cowes will be free to visit during five full days of fun, and will include food markets, a drinks bar, live music, plus an opportunity for those who want to try their hands at sailing on the Solent – courtesy of the sailing academy UKSA.  Alongside the live entertainment, there will be a host of interactive family-friendly stands and activities.

Other major events include the Shakespeare Mardi Gras on 25th June and the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 2nd July.

For more information about these and other Festival of the Sea events, please go to

For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29/07766 705672,


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Image of Shipwreck Isle attached.

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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:

Father’s Day delights on the Isle of Wight

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19th so why not treat Dad to an overnight stay on the Isle of Wight where he can enjoy some great gift experiences?

He could learn about the restoration and maintenance of steam trains, relax and indulge in the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, pick up some tips on how to create the perfect coastal garden – and even become a pirate for the day at the Island’s annual Shipwreck Isle celebrations!

Shipwreck Isle

Shiver me timbers and man the riggings m’hearties for Shipwreck Isle 2016! The pirate extravaganza is returning to Appley Beach as part of the Festival of the Sea and will be even bigger and better than last year as Ryde seafront is transformed into ‘Shipwreck Isle’. Expect cannon demonstrations, sword fighting and lots more swashbuckling adventures as the Island celebrates its nautical past with a fun-filled weekend for Dads of all ages.

Where: Appley Beach, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
When: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June.
Cost: Free
More info:

Stay: The Royal Esplanade Hotel, pleasantly situated facing the Solent in the attractive seaside town of Ryde. Tel. 01983 562549,,

Father’s Day Workshop at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Steam trains… how do they keep going and how do we know how to repair them? Bring Dad along as the Island’s steam railway throws open its workshop doors and invites you to come and wander around and meet both the old hands and new apprentices who are being trained to do the work of a bygone era. Plus the chance to be transported by steam train through some of the Island’s countryside – and visit the Train Story Discovery Centre to see the impressive historic collection of locomotives, Victorian and Edwardian carriages and other rare rolling stock.

When: Sunday 19th June
Where: Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet, near Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS.
Cost: On the gate prices: adult £13.00, child (5-15) £6.50, infant (0-4) free, family ticket £32.50 (2 Adults and 2 Children). If booked online: adult £11.50, child (5-15) £6.00, infant (0-4) free, family ticket £29.00. The prices include train rides. Please note, there is an extra charge for admission to the railway’s new Birds of Prey Centre.
More info:

Stay: Hotel Ryde Castle, the Esplanade, Ryde. Tel. 0845 6086040,

Father’s Day Weekend at Chessell Pottery Barns

Bring out Dad’s inner artist with a fun morning or afternoon spent painting pottery at this small, family-friendly pottery on the Isle of Wight. Over Father’s Day Weekend if your Dad is spotted sporting one of the studio’s aprons, he can have his studio fee (worth £5.99) on them. Put the money towards a delicious Ploughman’s lunch and a glass of local ale in the pottery’s Courtyard Café.

Where: Chessell Pottery Barns, Brook Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0UE.

When: 18/19 June

Cost: Studio fee (including all materials) £5.99 per person, plus cost of pottery (from £7.50). Ploughman’s lunch (optional) £10. Pottery is ready a few days later to collect, or it can be posted to your home address.
More info: Please book by telephoning 01983 531248,,

Stay: Brook House, which offers luxury self-catering accommodation in the beautiful and unspoilt village of Brook in rural West Wight.

Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea

A great gift for gourmet Dads, this robust afternoon tea with a masculine slant includes Fish Finger Sandwich, Tartare Sauce, Quail Scotch Eggs, Roast Beef, Yorkie & Gravy, Pork & Apple Sausage Roll, Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel, Pancetta & Potato Scone and Chicken Butter, followed by Boozy Trifle, plus a pint of George’s Brew or two halves of your choice.

When: Book the experience by calling the hotel for availability and they will reserve a date that suits you – note, 24 hours’ notice is required. The ‘Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea’ is served daily from 3pm to 5pm.
Where: The George Hotel, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PE.
Cost: £26 per person, plus postage (free to e-mail voucher).
More Info: Email, tel. 01983 760331,

Stay: The George Hotel, a 17th Century townhouse enjoying a wonderful location nestling on the water’s edge between the castle and pier in the bustling harbour town of Yarmouth.

Design and inspiration with the Isle of Wight Coastal Gardener

Find out about which plants thrive in coastal conditions and learn how to create the best possible environment for your plants to flourish as the Coastal Gardener shares his ideas on designing and planting and offers advice about your own garden (please do bring along plans and or photographs of your garden). You will also visit his own coastal garden in Bembridge and take a short walk along the coast to see what’s thriving on the cliff edge and beach.

Where: This course will be run at the Nursery at Fakenham Farm, Eddington Road, St Helens, Isle of Wight PO33 1XS.
When: Saturday 18th June 2016.10.30am to 3.30pm
Cost: £45.00 which includes all materials, equipment and seeds – please bring your own gloves if you like to wear them.
More info: To reserve your place please call/text 07977 550050 or email

Stay: The Spinnaker, a beautifully restored Edwardian hotel, set in the heart of the chic village of Bembridge. Tel. 01983 873572,

For full details about visiting the Isle of Wight, go to

For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:
Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight
07766 705672,



Isle of Wight set to blossom as Visit Isle of Wight launches 2106 Wight in Bloom competition

Residents, community groups, tourism businesses and schools are being encouraged to enter the Island’s 2016 Wight in Bloom competition, which was officially launched at the National Trust’s Mottistone Gardens on Monday April 18th.

Wight in Bloom is an annual gardening and community competition that celebrates our fabulous Island and the efforts of our green-fingered community.

The free to enter competition, sponsored by Red Funnel and organised by Visit Isle of Wight since 2015, encourages and rewards those who take pride in their environment and make the Island a colourful and vibrant place to live and visit.

Wight in Bloom is part of Visit Isle of Wight’s Garden Isle marketing campaign, which this year coincides with Vist England’s Year of the Garden 2016 and the 300th anniversary of the birth of the 18th century garden designer, ‘Capability’ Brown.

Organisers of Wight in Bloom are keen to attract a bumper crop of entries from gardeners at all levels and in all 11 categories, especially from children – a sentiment expressed by Wight in Bloom’s patron and TV gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, who has said that he would like to see more kids in the garden this summer and beyond because he thinks it is vital children are connected to the earth.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said:  “Without question, Wight in Bloom brings communities together and everyone involved does such a great job in transforming towns and villages and creating a blaze of colour across the Island.

“This year we want the Island to look even more fantastic and I very much hope that we get lots of new entrants, especially from younger people and those involved in the Island’s tourist industry.”

This year sees 11 categories in the competition, including Best Small Front Garden, Best Large Front Garden, Best Young People Initiative, Best Commercial Garden, Best Senior Citizen Complex, Best Community Floral Project, Best Small Tourist Attraction, Best Large Tourist Attraction, Best Creative use of a Small Space, Best Coastal Garden and Best Edible Garden.

The closing date for entry into Wight in Bloom is 30th May.  Judging will take place from 27th June to 25th July when local horticultural experts will tour the Island to assess the variety of floral displays, community projects and school gardens.  There is a limited amount of funding available to support parish and town councils purchase plants.  For more information, contact

Entry forms and the list of 11 categories will be on-line at from 18th April.   Forms can also be picked up at Island tourist information points, including the Guildhall in Newport, and selected Island garden centres.

Kevin George, Red Funnel’s CEO, said: “As 2016 is the Year of the English Garden and the 300th anniversary of the birth of 18th century garden designer ‘Capability’ Brown, we are hoping Wight in Bloom 2016 will be one of the biggest yet. Gardeners of all ages are encouraged to enter one of the 11 categories to help ensure the Island is looking its best this summer.”

The awards will be presented by Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL at a ceremony at Osborne in September.

For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29/07766 705672,


Notes to Editors

In the foreground:  David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, and Jo Hampson,

Customer Greeter, Red Funnel Ferries.

Behind (in no particular order):  Winners’ from last year’s Wight in Bloom competition:

Heath Morgan from Aspire (Overall Winner and winner of Best Community Floral

Project 2015), Guy Eades, Healing Arts, IOW NHS Trust (Best Senior Citizen Complex 2015),

Ann Bunney, the Havelock Hotel (Best Accommodation Garden 2015), David Mansfield (Best

Small Front Garden 2015), Mandy O’Reilly from the Buddle Inn, Niton (Best Public House

Garden 2015), Robert Moore, Head Gardener, Mottistone Gardens (Best Tourist Attraction

Garden – Large 2015) and some of the children and their teacher from Bembridge CE Primary

School (Best Young People Initiative 2015). 

Categories for the competition are

1.         BEST SMALL FRONT GARDEN (Under 5 metre frontage)

2.         BEST LARGE FRONT GARDEN (Over 5 metre frontage)

3.         BEST COMMERCIAL GARDEN (Public House, Restaurant, Shops, Café, Business, Hotel/Guest Accommodation/Self Catering/ Caravan sites)

4.         BEST SENIOR CITIZEN COMPLEX (Private and Public Sector, Healing and Meditative gardens)

5.         BEST YOUNG PEOPLE PROJECT (Schools/youth groups)

6.         BEST COMMUNITY FLORAL PROJECT (Community Groups, Parish or town councils, High Streets, Church Grounds)

7.         BEST SMALL TOURIST ATTRACTION GARDEN (free to enter and paid admission tourist attractions are eligible)

8.         BEST LARGE TOURIST ATTRACTION GARDEN (free to enter and paid admission tourist attractions are eligible)

  1. BEST CREATIVE USE OF A SMALL SPACE (window box, balcony, hanging basket, recycled objects for containers, vertical planting)

10.       BEST COASTAL GARDEN (best use of the environment, use of plants tolerant to seaside location, recycling of coastal finds)

  1. BEST EDIBLE GARDEN (mix of flowers, vegetables and herbs, can be a source of food and a Decorative display).

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

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.

In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.

The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Bestival, Cowes Week, Isle of Arts, IW Literary Festival, IW Newport Jazz Festival, IW Walking Festival, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Wolverton Manor Garden Show as well as a range of community and niche interest events.

Red Funnel’s 2016 Charity of the Year is Isle of Wight charity, Ability Dogs for Young People.

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Tel: 023 8023 8001


Bestival 2016 – announce a corking array of artists for the Invaders of the Future stage











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Making Bestival the festival to discover new music is a big part of what keeps us buzzing. Finding an incredible new band that could change your life, or that one amazing unknown track that will blow everyone away is something that our intrepid curator Rob da Bank has made his life’s work. With his monumental musical knowledge helping him to sniff out a cornucopia of mysterious gems, Rob’s track record for discovering the next big thing is unparalleled, and the Invaders of the Future stage is Bestival’s cathedral of cutting edge sounds where you’ll find this year’s selection of bright young things who could just be your new favourite band in The Future.

Rob da Bank says: “Yup, we all love a stonking big headliner at Bestival, and huge DJs and bands that have sold millions of records smashing it on our stages, but mostly where you’ll find me across the weekend at Bestival is in our Invaders stage checking out the new bands. Once more we’ve gone mentally diverse from Radio 1 and SXSW darling’s Danny L Harle, Pup and Sunflower Bean through the amazing Eska and a takeover from the hottest label out there, PC Music, to local island talent Born Ina Barn and Xockha. See you down the front!”

Out on a mission to capture your heart and keep your feet moving at the UK’s official Best Major Festival, the Invaders of the Future stage will be bouncing all weekend long to sets from west London’s All This Noise, high-octane punks Asylums, atmospheric four-piece Black Honey, Island b-boys Born Ina Barn, and soulful pop types Clean Cut Kid, with appearance from Coco, Creeper and Saturday’s late night headliner Danny L Harle.

We’ll also have singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eska, beguiling trio Fatherson, pop outfit Fickle Friends, rock n rollers The Greasy Slicks, the darkly inventive HÆLOS, visceral Spanish indie quartet Hinds and the swirling sounds of The Japanese House.

Getting those in the know all hot under the collar there will be more Invaders of the Future action from the golden voiced JP Cooper, Illinois’s K.Flay, the folk musings of L.A. Salami, hotly-tipped Merseysider Louis Berry, emo four-piece Moose Blood, punk rockers Milk Teeth, hyperreal ultrapop label PC Music All Stars and Pinegrove.

Don’t miss the chance to check out Merthyr Tydfil’s Pretty Vicious, Toronto’s Pup, the hypnotic and pulsing Rationale, off-kilter R&B producer Royce Wood Junior, epic indie upstarts The Sherlocks, Mancunian powerhouse Spring King, mesmerising 12-piece Stompy’s Playground and incorrigible ravers Subgiant.

And make sure you catch amazing new music from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean, Smugglers co-founder Will Varley, purveyors of surf-doom The Wytches, alt rockers Vant, the Island’s own Xockha and indie three-piece Zibra.

Collecting all our top tips for the future in one mind-blowing stage, head to the Invaders of the Future and discover what fires up Bestival’s soul.

There are still plenty of treats to be revealed for our Future paradise, including our Sunday night main stage headliners and much more, so head to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram / Tumblr

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Adult Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £190

Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £299 (more info)

Student Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £180

(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)

Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £120

Teen (age 13-17) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £149.50 (more info)

Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Child (age 12 & under) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – Free (more info)

VIP Ticket (Standard Camping) – £295

VIP Ticket (Wild Copse Camping) – £390

Campervan Tickets – £90 (per vehicle) (more info)

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £100 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent, no exceptions – more info)

Advance Car Parking – £15

– All Tickets will incur a booking fee

– There are no Day Tickets

– All Tickets incur a £1 donation to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust* (see below for further info)


Bestival’s ground breaking weekly payment plan means you can get yourself a Bestival 2016 ticket for just £9 a week! Spreading the cost across 20 weeks, an initial £25 deposit payment (plus booking fees and p&p), followed by 19 weekly payments of around £9, gets you a ticket for the same price as paying in one go.

This offer is only available online from our official ticket partner Ticketline:


Once again this year we are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.