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Shades of Wight – Reasons to visit the Isle of Wight this autumn

Shades of Wight is the name of a new publication produced by Visit Isle of Wight.  Filled with 20 pages of some of the Island’s finest hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering accommodation, this brochure, features a range of inspirational themes which invite the reader to make a break and explore this Island for all seasons.

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Amongst the ideas featured in the booklet are:

Take a walk on the wild side

Go in search of fungi in ancient oak woodlands, retrace old railway routes and visit legendary sites, returning to great pub food and real ale by a cosy fireside.  The Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival Weekend, October 24-27, provides the perfect reason to get out and about and kick piles of autumn leaves.  There are around 90 guided walks ranging from short scenic strolls to full day rambles.

Drive less, see more

Push your own bike on to a ferry for free or hire one (including electric assist bikes) from one of the many cycle hire/tour companies on the Island.  The Isle of Wight Cycling FestivalSeptember 13-28, features around 60 challenging and scenic bike rides through areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Among the well-known names appearing will be accomplished actors Simon Callow and Sheila Hancock – along with Brian Aldiss, the ‘elder statesman of Sci-Fi’, novelists Katie Fforde, Daisy Goodwin, Jonathan Meades and Alan Titchmarsh.  Tickets go on sale soon for the Isle of Wight Literary Festival in Cowes, which takes place from October 16 to 19.

Reach for the Stars on a Stargazing weekend

The Isle of Wight is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best places in the UK to see inky black skies.  During the autumn and winter, Stargazing Weekends at the Isle of Wight Planetarium are held close to the New Moon – promising an enjoyable and worthwhile weekend among the stars.  Courses costs £45 per person and the dates available are September 26, October 24 and November 21.

Electric Woods

Robin Hill’s electric woods presents the Festival of Light from October 4 to November 1 – a stunning spectacle of creatively themed lighting, colour, sound, and entertainment – will this year be inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali where light triumphs over darkness and good triumphs over evil.

Sweetcorn Fayre

With more sunshine hours than much of the UK, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to grow the freshest, ripest and tastiest produce from tomatoes and apples to the sweetest of sweetcorn.  The annual Sweetcorn Fayre at Arreton Barns September 27/28 celebrates the local harvest and the event offers live music, craft stalls  and of course lots of sweetcorn-inspired dishes and a barbeque.

Unseen, Untold Discover the secret life of Queen Victoria’s Osborne

Hear secret tales of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Osborne, view the royal rooms and to go upstairs to the private apartments, and see parts of Osborne not normally on view to the public.  Tours on selected weekends in November and in January and February, are available 10am to 2.30pm, and advance booking is essential.  Prices are Adults £10.30, Concessions £9.30, Child £6.20, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £26.80.

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For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672