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THE GRAND ESCAPE – WHY GRANDPARENTS SHOULD CHOOSE UK BREAKS TO MAKE LASTING MEMORIES WITH GRANDCHILDREN

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.

*https://www.saga.co.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2017/may/multi-generational-holidays-bring-families-together

For further information on Parkdean Resorts visit www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk or call 0330 123 4850.

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For all media enquiries, photography requests or more information please contact Kayleigh Hepburn or Sally Crossley by emailing kayleigh@opr.co.uk / sally@opr.co.uk 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.

 

Cowes, Isle of Wight to commemorate wartime anniversary with four days of Polish-themed events

The Isle of Wight, and Cowes is planning a series of very special events to commemorate one of the most remarkable days in the Island’s recent history.

The four days of events, between May 4 and 7, will mark the 75th anniversary of a ferocious overnight aerial attack on Cowes and East Cowes by the German Luftwaffe.

The attack consisted of around 160 fighter-bombers, sent in in two sorties, between May 4 and 5, 1942.

Fortunately for Cowes, the Polish Destroyer ORP Blyskawica was in the harbour at that time and also happened to be heavily armed.  Despite some 70 deaths, Cowes was saved and, to this day, the Cowes and the Isle of Wight remains extremely grateful to the Polish Navy and the crew of the Blyskawica.

Coincidentally, the ORP Blyskawica was built by leading shipyard JS White in Cowes in 1935 and launched in 1936.

ORP Blyskawica meaning “Lightning”, and pronounced Bweeska-veetzah, along with sister ship ORP Grom meaning “Thunder” were originally commissioned by the Polish Navy, which, in the post-First World War era had recognised their comparative maritime weakness to adjacent Germany.

Originally intended for Baltic service, the pair were then the fastest destroyers in the world and exceeded expectations during sea trials in the Solent.

The destroyers’ service in the Polish navy however was short-lived and, in August 1939, both destroyers, along with the small destroyer ORP Burza, left their home port of Gdynia in Poland to join forces with and come under the command of the British Navy.  Grom and Blyskawica returned “home” to Cowes, where their crews were billeted around the town.  There remain to this day many descendants of those who wedded and raised families on the Island.

The ORP Blyskawica regularly returned to her home port of Cowes for refits and it was on one of those occasions, while under the command of her captain, Wojciech Francki PN DSC, that the Luftwaffe carried out their attack.

Despite a refusal by the Admiralty to allow ships to remain armed whilst docked, the Blyskawica acquired additional ordnance from Portsmouth and was well armed.  That night, Francki and the Blyskawica crew put up an impressive defence of the town and their ship throughout the raids.  The intensity of her gunfire, coupled with a smokescreen laid across the town, dramatically reduced the effectiveness of the raid.

Some 70 people lost their lives as the result of the attack, but Blyskawica and Francki were acknowledged as “the saviours of Cowes”.

The commander’s private war that night received little acknowledgement from the Admiralty – Francki received a despatch on July 20, 1942, from the Commander in Chief, Portsmouth, referring to “the good work done by Commander Francki” and offering “an expression of Their Lordship’s appreciation of their good service on that occasion”.

But there are memorial plaques on the Parade in Cowes and also in the Town Square.  And between May 4 and 7, Cowes will be staging a high profile series of events aimed at fully marking both the bravery of the Polish navy, and the gratitude of the town.

Visitors to the Isle of Wight for the occasion will find everything from photographic and painting exhibitions, to shop window displays and bunting; and from a Polish food and craft market, to the dramatic appearance of both a Polish warship ORP Krakow and British type 45 destroyer.  The Polish Ambassador will attend the events, and there are hopes that a sailing race around the Island will be organised by the Polish Yacht Club in London.

Other events have also been arranged, and full details can be found at https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/blog/read/2017/03/story-of-the-hero-polish-warship-75-years-since-the-bombing-of-cowes-b165

For further tourist information, and accommodation details, visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

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 www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

 

Seven Things You Never Knew About The Garden Isle

Taking the tercentenary of Capability Brown as a starting point, VisitEngland has named 2016 The Year of the English Garden.  So what better time than now to promote The Isle of Wight as ‘The Garden Isle’?  Here’s “seven things you never knew” – from the seasonal, to places with gardens where you can stay, or eat…

1. The Woman in Red and Capability Brown

The 18th century home of Worsley family, Appuldurcombe House – made famous recently by the BBC TV drama Woman in Red – is the only known Cabability Brown site on the Island.  A Study Day is set to take place here in October, and will feature talks, lunch, and tour of the grounds.

2. Blooming July

The flowers of the famous Giant Waterlily at Ventnor Botanic Garden Ventnor Botanic Garden will come into bloom this July.  With leaves up to 3-metres in diameter, this rare lily usually flowers after midnight.  Special evening openings will be arranged – although they are not easy to predict, as the Waterlily decides when it will flower only on the afternoon immediately before!

3. By Royal Appointment

Sovereign’s Gate Osborne are two holiday cottages that have been developed in this iconic building. The holiday cottages have their own private garden where guests can relax and soak up the grandeur of Osborne; and once the public have left, guests have Osborne’s extensive grounds and private beach to themselves.

4. A garden on the beach

Appley Park in Ryde forms a component of the grounds of St John’s House which was believed to have been landscaped by Humphry Repton – the man widely regarded as Capability Brown’s successor – in around 1798.  Enough remains of the ancient coastal woodland and original features to give the site a fascinating historic perspective.  A garden on the beach, there are plenty of places to eat and activities for all the family.

5. A model garden tearoom

An unexpected place to find such an ornate garden, Godshill Model Village features 3,000 specimens of conifers and shrubs, many of which have been carefully pruned using the ‘niwaki approach’.  The gardens at Godshill Model Village are in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Partner Garden Scheme for 2016.  On fine days, Nammet Hut opens for refreshments.

Step onto the Island to see bluebells in April

Borthwood Copse, in Sandown is a remarkable area of ancient woodland, which was once a medieval hunting ground.  Mottistone Manor’s pathway on the walk to the Longstones is also covered in bluebells, which sometimes flower from April due to the Island’s favourable climate.   Mottistone Gardens itself – considered by some to be the finest of all the gardens on island – will be hosting a highly original murder mystery set in the 1920s within its grounds on July 2nd and 30th this year.

7. Botanic splendour in historic setting

The 15-acre Northcourt Gardens are nationally recognised by Historic England and placed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, developed over the last 400 years around one of the Island’s oldest manor houses.  The garden includes a serpentine mount and walks, spring-fed stream, woodland and ornamental borders.  The special microclimate and soil conditions support over 4,000 different plant varieties from around the world.  The gardens are privately owned but open for charity on the afternoons of May 8 and June 18.  There will also be a tour of the gardens on May 18 at 14.00.

For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29, 07766 705672, sue@visitwight.org

Image of the gardens at Osborne attached:  please credit English Heritage

Enjoy a Celeb Style Wedding on the Isle of Wight with Wightlink Ferries

– Special fares available for all wedding parties –

Wightlink Ferries, the ferry company of choice for those travelling to and from the Isle of Wight, enables all engaged couples the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood heart-throb Benedict Cumberbatch, and enjoy a lavish wedding on the Isle of Wight.

Wightlink Ferries offers bridal parties, groomsmen and guests heading over to the Isle of Wight for the special day a 20% discount on Standard and Economy Wightlink Fares throughout the year*.

In order to secure these fantastic rates, all enquiries must be directed to:
sales@wightlink.co.uk

Whilst Cumberbatch and his girlfriend Sophie Hunter decided to marry in the stunning 20th century house, Mottistone Manor, there are many other Isle of Wight locations that offer the perfect wedding venue.

From private stately homes, to quirky retro locations and seaside pubs, there is a wide selection of places available that cater to the varying needs of couples looking to mark the special occasion on the Island. For more inspiration, check out: http://www.wightlink.co.uk/stay/

With the Isle of Wight only set to increase in popularity as one of the UK’s most attractive wedding destinations, there is no better time for couples to book up ferry travel in preparation for the Isle of Wight wedding rush that is set to come this year.

*Offer only available on standard and economy fares and excludes certain dates and times throughout the year. Minimum of 10 cars travelling. Valid until 31st December 2015.

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More information can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk

For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:
Sophy Norris 01392 248 934 sophy.norris@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Belinda Hallworth 0207 886 8456 belinda.hallworth@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Nadia Fidler 0207 886 8457 nadia.fidler@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Wightlink – Part of Island Life

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Nine ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

You can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island in just 22 minutes, the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington and sailings between Portsmouth and Fishbourne run 24 hours a day. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

The opening of the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey has cut journey times to Portsmouth from Greater London. By contrast, Wightlink’s port at Lymington is reached by an attractive drive through the scenic New Forest.

Wightlink has a long and proud history of supporting holidaymakers and local people alike. It works closely with the tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight to promote the Island as one of the UK’s top visitor attractions. Closer to home, the company backs Island charities, arts groups and sports teams to the tune of £350,000 a year.

Prices:

Mainland
Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £39.90*
Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.50*
*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 17:01 – 19:00

Island
Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £39.00*
Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.50*
*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 17:01 – 19:00

Book Early, Be Flexible, Save Money

More information can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk

For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:
Sophy Norris 01392 248 934 sophy.norris@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Belinda Hallworth 0207 886 8456 belinda.hallworth@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Nadia Fidler 0207 886 8457 nadia.fidler@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

TOP ACCOLADE FOR ISLE OF WIGHT PARK

Historic Ventnor Park on the Isle of Wight has been awarded the Park of the Year Award at the South and South East England in Bloom Awards.

It is the first time one of the Isle of Wight Council’s parks has been named park of the year at the prestigious awards, which this year were staged in Brighton.

Ventnor Park is one of four Isle of Wight Council parks recognised at the awards.

In the large park category, Appley Park, Ryde was awarded a silver gilt medal certificate, and Puckpool Park, Ryde was awarded a silver medal certificate. In the small park category, the Cascades, Ventnor was awarded a silver medal certificate.

As well as being park of the year, Ventnor Park also received a gold medal certificate.

The council’s parks manager, Nigel Leppard, together with the Island manager for the council’s grounds maintenance contractor John O’Conner Ltd, Stan Hayden, received the awards on behalf of the council. The park is maintained by John O’Conner Ltd via its partnership contract with the council.

The awards at the event were presented by South and South East England in Bloom chairman, Peter Holman, Jim Buttress from the BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, and Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins.

This year was one step better for Ventnor Park, which last year was awarded a gold medal for the first time at the awards.

The judges this year described Ventnor Park’s summer bedding borders and raised planters as “superb”. They also noted that “horticultural maintenance was of a high standard”, and described the park as “the quintessential Victorian park and the jewel in the crown of the Island’s parks”.

Executive member with responsibility for the public realm, Councillor Luisa Hillard, said: “This is a magnificent accolade for Ventnor Park and the council’s parks in general.

“It is the first time one of our parks has been recognised in this way and is deserved acknowledgment for the excellent efforts of all those who contribute to the upkeep of the park, and who take such pride in their work.”
Local member, Councillor Steve Stubbings, said: “We are so proud that Ventnor Park has achieved this top award for the south and south east. This is a real feather in the cap for Ventnor and the Island, and for the park to be described as the jewel in the crown of the Island’s parks is especially pleasing.

“I would like to join in the thanks and congratulations to all those who contribute to making it such a pleasurable place for us all to enjoy.”

Ventnor Park dates from the 19th century and covers an area of about seven acres. It features landscaped grounds over a range of different levels, with mature trees, shrubs, herbaceous and bedding borders, a bandstand, a stream with gentle falls and water fowl, a putting green (under concession), and an adult outdoor exercise equipment area.

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MORE ANCIENT WOODLANDS CONFIRMED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

New research has shown the Isle of Wight has a lot more areas of ancient woodland than previously thought.

Ancient woodland is defined as dating to 1600AD or before and is an irreplaceable resource. A recent survey – the first to be carried out since 1987 – has discovered 110 new ancient woodlands on the Island.

The research, carried out on behalf of the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Partnership, used detailed maps, surveys and estate records that were not all available in 1987.

Types of plants and animals in the woodlands were also closely analysed. This is because a key indicator if woodland is ancient is the type of plants and animals that live there as these are established over many centuries and are not simply replaced should new trees be planted.

Matthew Chatfield, Isle of Wight Council parks and countryside manager and chairman of the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Partnership, was involved in the survey. He said: “The survey was carried out over the last year and has revealed nearly 250 extra hectares (over 600 acres) of ancient woodland.

“Much of this was because of the new resources and techniques available.”

Councillor Luisa Hillard, Executive member for sustainability, added: “Knowing the locations of ancient woodlands across the Island is very important. They add to the Island’s unique character and area of outstanding natural beauty.

“One of the main reasons people visit the Isle of Wight is to see the countryside and it is important these areas are protected for their social and economic benefits. “Also, Natural England considers that ancient woodlands should be protected and this is key to any future policy or planning decisions.”

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Notes to Editors:

 

Issued by: Simon Butler, Media Relations Officer Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6254 Mob: 07976 347636 Email: simon.butler@iow.gov.uk

Tourism Briefings for the Isle of Wight

Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) announces five days of ‘Tourism Briefings’ across the Island

 

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd Team

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the new Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for the Isle of Wight has today announced that it will run a week-long programme of tourism briefings across the Island, starting on Monday, November 19th at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport.

All tourism businesses are invited to drop-in to one of the five venues throughout the week to meet the Visit Isle of Wight operations team and to discuss plans to attract more visitors over the coming years.

David Thornton, the recently appointed Chief Executive of the newly formed DMO hopes that such events will become a regular feature of VIOW’s work.

“These events allow us an opportunity to hold one-to-one conversations with tourism operators where the flow of information and ideas can run in both directions. We are keen to share our thoughts for future themes and advertising campaigns whilst explaining how our islandbreaks website – www.islandbreaks.co.uk – and other selling tools are going to be developed,” he says.

“We are hoping to meet as many tourism providers as possible over the five days. Drop in at any time during the day, tell us your key concerns and hear how we are planning to develop the Island’s tourism economy”.

The VIOW operational team will be joined by representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, who will be able to offer advice on a range of additional tourism services and by Mark Buckett of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), who will be on hand to discuss the “Our Land” initiative designed to help tourism businesses use the landscape to enhance their own appeal.

Tourism providers are invited to drop-in at any time between 10am and 4pm at the following venues, to meet the team and to discuss any tourism issue in a relaxed and informal settingQuay Arts Centrein Newport, on Monday November 19th; Yelf’s Hotelin Ryde, November 20th; Wednesday 21st November Freshwater Bay House Hotelin Freshwater Bay, on November 21st; Brading Roman Villain Brading, on November 22nd; and the Royal Hotel,in Ventnor, on November 23rd.

#myfavouriteplaceontheiow

We recently asked our Twitter followers to tell us their favourite Isle of Wight spots and after an overwhelming response we have printed a selection below:

The Royal Hotel IOW ‏@Royalhoteliow

@IWTourism countless but Newtown, Appuldurcombe House, Tennyson Down, Rocken End, St Catherines, @needlesbattery the Hoy

Newtown Creek

alan sheath ‏@alsbikes

@IWTourism cycling on the sea wall between sandown and shanklin, looking out to sea thinking i cant think of a better place to live.

Smugglers Cottage ‏@ClarksCottages

@IWTourism – Our favourite spot on the diamond isle – Ventnor Downs – our beautiful Island laid out at your feet.

Nick Baker ‏@bugboybaker

@IWTourism orchard bay below Niton – I used to go every year on my family summer holidays. It’s where I learnt to snorkel.

Chris Cowley ‏@chriscowley

@iwtourism Ventnor Botanic Gardens! @vbgcafe

Matthew Chatfield ‏@virtualranger

@IWTourism my favourite spot is the round crater in the down on top of Redcliff. Lie down, look up, all you can see is sky.

OakShed Media ‏@OakShedMedia

@IWTourism: Headon Warren @ Sunset is stunning!

lynn meacock ‏@lynnmeacock

@IWTourism definitely Steephill Cove! A real step back in time #perfect

Spence ‏@spencehh

@IWTourism priory bay – beautiful beach and no tat. Then a nice lunch at the sandwich bar opposite the seaview hotel. Used to stay in a very small cottage in Bembridge – loved it. Woke up to ducks at the door and horses in the fields. Yarmouth is a lovely town and the pier is fab. East Cowes during Cowes week… Hmmm – time to pop over again I think 🙂

EHH? ‏@Drummersmurf

@iwtourism #myfavouriteplaceontheiow Seaview for the beach, Sandown for the pier and Ryde for the shops! Oh, and Blackgang for the rides 😉

Tom Shannon ‏@tommos16

@IWTourism Never mind on the Island, Freshwater Bay is my favourite place on earth. Closely followed by Colwell Bay #loveabeach

Skimming Stones Freshwater Bay - ©VisitBritain Simon Kreitem

Emma Topping ‏@emmactopping

@IWTourism Newtown nature reserve – but the bit you can only reach by water along the creek or firing range the other side used to go on special camping trips there, recording bats, adder tongue fern, rare orchids etc. Incredible place not often seen!

Tom Shannon ‏@tommos16

@IWTourism I fully agree! For me the IoW is the most special place on earth.

Gunther ‏@OllieThomas_C

@IWTourism The Fort in Seaview is a fantastic restaurant/bar!

Vanessa ‏@AspieMum

@IWTourism My kids’ favourite is Dinosaur Isle along with a stony beach on the opposite half of Cowes to the car ferry. My boys like collecting unusual and to them interesting looking stones & ones that make them think of fossils. One of my twins wants to be a palaeoartist, Palaeontologist, or a marine biologist & has found a possible fossil there

Dinosaur Isle credit Britainonview and James McCormick

Katie Parker ‏@KatieParker__

@IWTourism #myfavouriteplaceontheiow a hearty meal at The Woodvale Hotel at Gurnard then a lovely walk into Cowes watching the sailing 🙂

Spotlight IOW ‏@spotlightiow

Hello @IWTourism #myfavouriteplaceontheiow is & always will be, Sandown Bay at the Beach Cafe. Crab cakes and a cheeky vino!

moomin ‏@moomin_kew

@IWTourism 4me – sitting outside The Spyglass with fish, chips & beer! hubby @rsjay1 says view from our flat in Ryde!

Manda Carter ‏@MandaCarter

@IWTourism #myfavouriteplaceontheiow is Tennyson Down, the views are truly amazing

Tennyson Down Family

theking lud ‏@loudliveludside

@IWTourism puckpool park, whatever the weather, compton bay for the surf and the beauty, tennyson trail and ryde for lazy beach days

NT Needles Battery ‏@needlesbattery

@IWTourism Freshwater Bay when the waves are crashing over the promenade.

Do you agree with these or have anything else to add? Come and join in the conversation with us at https://twitter.com/IWTourism