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Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) is delighted to announce the Fresh Start Walking Weekend, a two-day event, which the tourism organisation hopes will encourage visitors to kick-start their New Year’s resolutions to get active and healthy.

The new walking programme consists of 10 guided walks over the weekend of 7th and 8th January 2017.

Walks include Fortify Yourself (7th Jan/5miles), the Barnsley Trail (7th Jan/4miles), an attractive circular walk through open countryside and along the shoreline, skirting the areas of Seaview, Seagrove Bay and Nettlestone and North to South (8th Jan/18 miles), a walk-through Parkhurst Forest.

The Jail Trail (7th & 8th January/5.3 miles) is an exciting adventure through historic Newport to Carisbrooke to discover some of the island’s most famous prisoners – plus an opportunity to have a sneak peek into The Guildhall Cells.

January is a time of new beginnings and VIOW believes the combination of stunning coastal and countryside scenery coupled with a range of motivational winter hikes – and walking in the company of like-minded people with knowledgeable local leaders at the helm – will entice visitors to the Island this New Year.

Zoe Stroud, VIOW’s Visitor Experience Manager, said: “The Isle of Wight is a perfect place for being active whatever the time of year. The Fresh Start Walking Weekend is a great way for visitors to burn off some seasonal calories whilst also enjoying some of our spectacular scenery and coastline.”

The announcement to stage the Fresh Start Walking Weekend in January comes hot on the heels of the news that VIOW has revived the Island’s discontinued walking festival. IsleWalk17 will take place from 29th April to 14th May 2017.

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

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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.

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It’s time to pull on your walking boots and enjoy the Island’s rich and varied landscape at the Autumn Walking Weekend which starts on Friday 21 October.

Experienced walkers will be leading 50 walks, suitable for all ages and abilities, ranging from gentle ambles to challenging rambles.

Highlights of the Autumn Walking Weekend include the ‘Tassles and Torches’ night walk starting at 9pm from Sandown Bay Academy which is raising money for Breast Cancer Research and the ‘Live on honour walk’ in aid of the Poppy Appeal, which will take walkers along the scenic Warrior Trail which was created to commemorate one of the Island’s most prominent First World War stories.

There are walks for children including special fossil walks running daily throughout the weekend at Brook Chine, giving people the chance to discover dinosaur footprints and fossil trees. Have fun in the park at Lily-May’s Duck Feeding Walk, taking place at Big Meade in Shanklin on Saturday 22 October. Or why not make some furry friends and take some Llamas and alpacas for a walk around their farm at Wellow. It’s a fabulous chance to find out all about these beautiful creatures. Walks are taking place daily throughout the weekend.

For those with loud voices and a love of music, Sing Along With Den is the perfect walk – you are welcome to bring along your musical instruments and help Den to sing his way along the three mile route from Merstone on Saturday 22 October, starting at 2pm.

For lovers of history there are many walks to exercise both body and brain. The Robert Hooke Trail takes in the fields and footpaths which may have been trodden by the influential 17th century scientist who was born in Freshwater in 1635 (21 October at 11am). There are two special walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The Isle of Wight Garden Trust is offering expert guided tours of the gardens and inner park at Appuldurcombe which were designed by Capability Brown. The walks take place on 21 and 23 October with donations going towards the conservation work of the Isle of Wight Garden Trust.

Our four-legged friends are not forgotten, with the special RSPCA Big Walkies dog walk, starting at Seaclose Park in Newport at 10.30am on Sunday 23 October. This is a sponsored walk raising money for the RSPCA Isle of Wight Branch (Godshill Animal Centre), with a choice of three or five kilometre routes.

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Helen Wheller, Media Team Leader



10 of the best walks during the 2016 Isle of Wight Walking Festival April 30-May 15

With over 200 walks to choose from, this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival between April 30th and May 15th features a very topical Capability Brown Walk at Appuldurcombe (in the 300th anniversary year of the great man himself), as well as the Festival’s famous Speed Dating Walk.

A pdf of the full programme of walks can be downloaded from the Festival website, but here’s our “10 of the Best” to get you started…


Enjoy stretching your body and learning some yoga moves in preparation for your walk along the beach. Refreshments along the way and a relaxation session to rest and rejuvenate yourself after a gentle nature walk.  Duration: 2½ hours, 2 miles.  Cost: £5.


A scenic walk around our farm with your own llama or alpaca.  Learn all things alpaca and llama whilst walking with our beautiful friendly and endearing creatures.  Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile.  Cost: £15 per person walking a llama or alpaca (£3 for extra walker – up to a maximum of two).


Walk along a section of the Eastern Yar discussing the history of the river, the challenges it faces and possible remedies…while collecting twigs en-route for a major tournament!  Duration: 2½ hours, 3 miles.  Cost: Suggested donation of £2 to Gift to Nature.


The first of two walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  The Isle of Wight Gardens Trust is offering an expert guided tour of the gardens and inner park to discover Brown’s only Isle of Wight designed landscape at Appuldurcombe, commissioned in the 18th century by the influential Worsley family.  The house is now in ruins and managed by English Heritage.  Duration: 1½ hours, 1½ miles.  Cost: £5 donation appreciated for conservation work of Isle of Wight Gardens Trusts.


Anecdotal guided walk to the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, returning to Dimbola to see the Festival Exhibition (and ‘experience’ the award-winning tea room!).  Duration: 2½ hours, 4 miles.  Cost: Voluntary donation to Dimbola Lodge Museum.


Join Lily-May at the duck pond at Big Meade Shanklin, to feed the ducks before having great fun in the park.  Bring lots of friends (and an adult).  And don’t forget bread for the ducks.  Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile. Cost: Free.


This Tai Chi and Qi Gong walk is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.  Ideal for co-ordination and balance, promoting control of both body and mind.  Duration: 1½ hours, 2 miles. Cost: £2 donation to Lifeboats.


Meet the person of your dreams on a speed dating walk along Sandown Bay.  Walk starts and finishes at the Fisherman’s Cottage Shanklin stopping for coffee at the Beach Café, Sandown.  Optional lunch at the Fisherman’s Cottage.  Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles. Cost: £12 to include lunch.


Let Taste of the Wight take you on a tour to delight your tastebuds.  Starting at Ventnor Haven Fishery, you will take-in Steephill Cove, Ventnor Botanic Gardens up St. Lawrence to the top of the Undercliff finishing at Whitwell.  All walkers are invited to finish with a meal of local produce back at The White Horse in Whitwell (at walkers’ cost).  Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles.  Cost: Free.


Walk the Wight is a 26½ mile cross-Island sponsored walk in aid of patient care at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.  The walk has some steps and stiles. Duration: 26½ miles.  Cost: Sponsorship or donation to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

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Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

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Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities

10 of the best events on the Isle of Wight this year

The UK’s holiday Island offers a year full of fun and variety and if you have never been before, you don’t know what you are missing!

Isle of Wight Walking Festival – April 30th-May 15th

With more than 200 organised walks, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  A great way to explore its spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage, all walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island

Festival of the Sea June – 18th– July 3rd

From the swashbuckling swagger of Shipwreck Isle in Ryde to the arrival of the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro in Cowes – plus lots of nautically-themed entertainment and activity for the whole family – the Festival of the Sea is one of the most eye-catching coastal events anywhere around the UK coastline this summer

The Isle of Wight Festival – June 9th-12th

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival will once again be staged at Seaclose Park, in Newport on the Isle of Wight with headline performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, the Stereophonics and Faithless

Ventnor Fringe – August 9th-14th

A celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight as well as artists from around the world.  This year it will be expanding with the International Festival

Cowes Week – August 6th-13th

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 6th to 13th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene including Ladies Day – and the famous fireworks that take place on the final Friday of the event

The Garlic Festival – August 15th&16th

A vast array of eats, sights and sounds, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival has become one of the Island’s most iconic events and is a superb family day out. Alongside the celebration of garlic (including in ice cream and beer form) there is live entertainment and music as well as hundreds of local arts and craft stalls

Ryde Carnival – September 1st

The oldest carnival in Britain dating back to 1886, Ryde Carnival is the largest community celebratory event of its kind on the Island. A spectacular fusion of carnival costumes, dance and performance

Bestival – September 8th-11th

Another of the UK’s leading music festivals, Bestival will this year be staged in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight between September 8th to 11thth.  The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chiip and Fat Boy Slim are amongst those to have already confirmed they will be playing this year

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival – October 12th-16th

See and hear a cornucopia of literary talent at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival held at Northwood House in Cowes.  In addition to talks there will be walks, workshops, competitions, debates, children’s story telling, lots of music and a chance to sharpen your wits at a pub quiz

Isle of Fright (October half-term)

Take an enchanted steam train trip, wander through the magical Electric Woods, visit the former haunts of smugglers and have the fright of your life at Spooky Castle as you visit the Isle of Fright this October half-term

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Image attached: ‘Film in the Woods’ held during Ventnor Fringe, please credit Jon Ritchie.




Located just a few miles off the mainland and only two hours from the centre of London, the Isle of Wight is truly a walker’s dream, offering over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths meandering through spectacular breath-taking scenery and terrain making it the perfect place for a walking holiday or break. With footpaths that wind through fields and forests, and it’s 64 miles of coast paths adjacent to some of the Isle of Wight’s most dramatic coastline and beaches.  The Autumn Walking Weekend signifies the end of a wonderful summer season, and gives you the opportunity to breathe in the beautiful scenery, autumnal colours and fresh crisp air which the Island has to offer.

Our walks are for all ages and abilities, all led by our friendly and knowledgeable Leaders and Ramblers, who will take you on a journey of mystery, intrigue and exploration as you traverse our countryside, woodland, pastures, meadows and footpaths of the Island.

Being one the world’s best sites for fossils, there is a guided fossil hunting tour, and there is a dedicated event which takes you along some of the Island’s lesser known paths. If you ever fancied yourself as a Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes, there is a murder mystery walk taking place.

With over 50 walks to choose from, or simply step out on our Children’s walks, Alpaca walks, Walks from Rails, Ramblers, walks, Exploration walks, History walks, Nature walks, Speed Dating, Foodie walks, Fossil walks Nordic walking and Adventures and more …..

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Five weddings and a baby!!

Have you tried our Speed Dating walk? It’s really great fun! A fantastic relaxed way to meet new friends.

This friendly walk gives you the chance to meet the perfect person of your dreams or just have a lot of fun with like-minded people, and create platonic friendships, for walking partners, or a trip to the cinema or country pub. Why not give it a try?  Make a date and join us!

Registration forms are available on

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Walk around the Coastal Path with David Yates …

Friday 23rd                   East Cowes to Ventnor              –           27 miles

Saturday 24th        Ventnor to Totland Pier              –           25 miles

Sunday 25th      Totland Pier to West Cowes       –           21 miles

The Round the Island walk may present some fairly tough physical and mental challenges for those of you who are not used to regularly walking long distances.

Walkers are free to make their own accommodation arrangements, but in order to stay in a group, are urged not to carry excessive camping gear. A suggested kit list will be issued.  Please call David for full details. (07718 685936)

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Elaine Cesar | Senior Events Officer | Events

Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | Isle of Wight PO30 1UD |

Tel : (01983) 821000 Ext 6297 | Fax : (01983) 823109

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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.


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Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight has been named as one of the world’s top beaches by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.


Listed in the latest issue (April 2015) of this highly respected travel magazine, Compton Bay is included in the “top 50 best beaches in the world” alongside the likes of Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Waikiiki in Honolulu and Bondi in Sydney.


Located in West Wight, Compton offers a two mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas, tumbling multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater in the distance.   Popular with surfers and fossil hunters, Compton is ideal for games and sandcastle making. 


In September last year, Compton Bay was named as one of the best beaches in the UK by travel experts, Rough Guides.  The leading publisher of travel guides and travel content, the Rough Guides editorial team chose Compton as the “much-loved haunt of the Isle of Wight’s surf (kite and board) dudes and the place “where the Tennyson Trail laces its way along the coastline”.  Compton was also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters in 2012.


Following these accolades, the writer of the Sunday Times feature, journalist Emma Broomfield, contacted Visit Isle of Wight’s press officer, Sue Emmerson, for more information. 


Sue said: “When Emma contacted me earlier this year, she wanted ‘insider tips’ that she could use in the piece to entice readers.


“I am therefore delighted that she has used the content I supplied – not only the activities that can be enjoyed at Compton like searching for dinosaur footprints and surfing, but also information about the 22km Tennyson Trail from Carisbrooke Castle to The Needles, and our free downloadable Dinosaur Island app which allows visitors to take pictures of family and friends walking alongside the dinosaurs that roamed the Isle of Wight 130 million years ago.”


For more information about the feature, go to:




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


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Image of Compton Bay attached, please credit


Attached is a pdf of the 50 best beaches in the world feature which is in the latest issue of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. You can find Compton amongst them on the 7th spread.


Compton was recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters in 2012 and was named as one of the UK’s top beaches by travel experts Rough Guides. In 2014. Read more:


The Isle of Wight’s ‘dinosaur coast’ stretches from Yaverland in the East to Compton Bay and beyond in the West and since 2013 has been marked with a series of interactive meteorite exhibits.  Simply download an App for your smartphone or tablet and see dinosaurs in the present day environment with this brilliant augmented reality experience.





Treat Your Mum with a Mother’s Day Weekend Getaway on The Isle of Wight

Return Wightlink car ferry travel and two night’s stay with breakfast at Eversley Hotel for £99.50 per person

Wightlink Ferries, the ferry company of choice for those travelling to and from the Isle of Wight, is offering all those yet to make Mother’s Day plans the perfect opportunity to surprise their mums with an indulgent weekend on the Isle of Wight.

Nestled within the picturesque Ventnor Park, The Eversley Hotel is the ideal accommodation option for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of mainland life this Mother’s Day. Two nights stay (14th-15th March) and breakfast for just £99.50 per person.

To book this deal, please call 01983 852244 or email

Whilst on the Isle of Wight, there are plenty of different activities to choose from that will cater to the preferences of all mums.

For the adventurous mum…

The Isle of Wight offers an abundance of exhilarating activities. There are many cycling and walking paths sprawling across 500 miles of stunning coastline and scenic countryside. For mums after an adrenalin fuelled adventure, there is the opportunity to give kite surfing a try at Windstalker Island Kite Sports, or for those who love to complete a challenge, Goodleaf Tree Climbing presents the perfect opportunity to take on a new obstacle.

For the cultural mum…

From exploring Osborne house, the estate that was once home to Queen Victoria and her family, or Carisbrooke Castle, the fortress that resisted a siege by the French and Spanish Armada, there are many historic spots to enjoy. A stroll around Ventnor Botanic Gardens or the Island’s culture hub, Ventnor, is also ideal for those visitors looking to add a dose of culture to their getaway.

For the pampered mum…

Mums in need of some well-deserved relaxation can head to one of the Island’s many spas to indulge in a variety of beauty treatments. From delighting in a massage at the Lakeside Park Hotel, to enjoying the hot tub and sauna at Utopia spa, there are many tranquil havens to choose from that would make mum’s feel well and truly pampered.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, there is no better time to book this getaway and show appreciation to mums in need of a weekend full of indulgence. And with Wightlink’s frequent car ferry service taking car passengers from Portsmouth or Lymington to the Isle of Wight in just over 40 minutes, families don’t have to travel far to feel miles away this Mother’s Day.


More information can be found at

For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:
Sophy Norris 01392 248 934
Belinda Hallworth 0207 886 8456
Nadia Fidler 0207 886 8457

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.


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

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

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For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:
Sophy Norris 01392 248 934
Belinda Hallworth 0207 886 8456
Nadia Fidler 0207 886 8457


A new grant funding opportunity dedicated to supporting sustainable transport projects on the Island has been announced by Visit Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight Council.

In 2015, Island businesses, organisations and community groups will be able to apply to the “Drive Less, See More” grant scheme, which will be administered by Community Action IW. They can seek financial support of up to £10,000 for projects which help visitors to travel around the Island by bus, train, bike, on foot or electric vehicle and help to grow the value of the visitor economy.

The grant funding has grown from Isle of Wight Council’s previously successful applications to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). A whole new series of green transport initiatives supported by a second central government funding bid will be announced this year.

The news of the new grant funding scheme is being welcomed by the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive member for sustainability, environment and public realm, Councillor Luisa Hillard, who said: “The LSTF funding is already making a real difference to how visitors travel around the Island, including the popular Coaster Bus Service and the many improvements made to cycling and walking routes. It is hoped these innovative projects will inspire even more Island businesses to apply to the Drive Less, See More Grant Scheme to make their project a reality”.

This new grant scheme is hot on the heels of last year’s successful “Bicycle Island” Development Grants Scheme that saw a number of new cycle tourism services developed across the Island. The Drive Less See More scheme expands this idea, to allow applications not just about cycling but from ANY form of sustainable transport. Essentially, any organisation with a great idea that helps get visitors to experience the Island in a more sustainable way can apply for funding.

Drive Less See More has been used by Visit Isle of Wight in 2014 to brand promotions that attract more car free tourists to enjoy an Island holiday. It encourages them to leave the car behind and enjoy the real Isle of Wight on a variety of transport modes.

Tom Ransom from Visit Isle of Wight said: -“Adverts and promotions on the London Underground and in the national press in 2014 have focused on the Isle of Wight being an easy and fun place to take a car-free break. We already have an enviable range of car-free holiday options but see the sector expanding significantly in 2015.”

For further information, and to download the full Drive Less, See More Grant Scheme guidance and application form, please visit or contact Community Action Isle of Wight: email or telephone 01983 524058.


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

Notes to editors:

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) was launched in September 2010. The Fund allows local transport authorities outside London to “build on their plans for sustainable travel measures that support economic growth and reduce carbon”. In December 2013 the Government announced that a further £78.5 million of revenue funding was to be available across the country for more LSTF projects in 2015/16. Councils have to go through a competitive bidding process to be granted any funds.