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The 2016 Acoustic Isle music festival: sounds like a great time to book a short break on the Isle of Wight (February 24 to March 6)

Every short break deserves its own soundtrack.  And from Wednesday February 24 to Sunday March 6 (Mother’s Day), the Isle of Wight will be providing just that, with its Acoustic Isle music festival, aimed at anyone wanting to combine an out-of-season coastal escape with some top quality live music in a wide variety of intimate settings.

The festival itself will feature a host of live performances in a wide variety of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants right across the Island – as a lively local music scene and a vibrant arts community come together under the Acoustic Isle banner to produce an infectious mix of harmonies and rhythmic guitars.

The Island boasts two of the biggest events on the summer calendar in The Isle of Wight Festival which takes place from June 9th-12th in 2016, and Bestival scheduled for September 8th-11th in 2016.  Other music events scheduled for the Isle of Wight in 2016 include Newport Jazz Weekend, a Ukulele Festival and V-Dub Island.

Acoustic Isle gives those festival-goers and many others the chance to come back and enjoy the “unplugged” ambience of the Isle of Wight from the relaxed comfort of a bar stool.  The Island has some fabulous places to stay: a night in Keats Cottage in Shanklin throughout Acoustic Isle, for example, costs £85 per room (if booked directly).  Return car ferry crossing, meanwhile, starts from £64.50 (for two passengers): check out theRed Funnel and Wight Link websites for full details.

For full details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle.

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

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672

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

Top 10 reasons for visiting The Isle of Wight in 2016

1. Listen with Mother

This year’s Acoustic Isle takes place from February 24 to March 6 – which also happens to coincide with Mothering Sunday.  The Isle of Wight’s Acoustic Isle music festival now takes place each year and builds on the Island’s strong musical heritage and festival scene.  This “unplugged” music event features hundreds of musicians coming together to perform a series of relaxed gigs in Isle of Wight pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants…and even on board selected ferries.

2. Anchors aweigh

The Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea will once again be staged in 2016, from June 18th to July 3rd.  The Festival will coincide with the Round Island Yacht Race on July 2nd – an even bigger race than those held in Cowes Week which will be held from August 6th to 13th.  2016, meanwhile also marks the arrival of another major sailing spectacle on the Isle of Wight in late June – La Solitaire du Figaro .

3. Winston’s walk

An Isle of Wight “Churchill Trail” is scheduled to be launched this Easter.  Winston’s parents, Randolf and Jenny Jerome, met at a party on a yacht moored off of Cowes.  Randolf proposed to her two days later in the garden of an Island cottage on the seafront.  Local author Anthony Churchill has written an impressive coffee table book on the connections between the Churchill family and the Isle of Wight.  Based on that, the new trail visits the locations that have a connection to the family across the Island.

4. Squirrel away an E-bike

The Isle of Wight will launch an entirely new electric bike scheme from this Spring.  Red Squirrel Electric Bikes will feature 25 former French postal service bicycles, which can be hired online, or in person, and then picked-up on arrival at the Island from Visit Isle of Wight’s Visitor Centre at The Guildhall in Newport.  Hire cost is £35 per day (over 14s only), and will includes a map listing charge points at island pubs and cafes, plus cycle helmet and high-vis jacket.  The scheme will be rolled out to include other parts of the island in the near future.  For more information go to visitisleofwight.co.uk, or follow on Twitter @RedSquirrelBike.

5. A new moo-seum for the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is set to welcome a new all-weather family attraction, in Spring 2016.  Tapnell Farm Park (the full website will go live in March), near Yarmouth, will offer a range of new activities including animal encounters, an immersive “moo-seum”, a fun-packed indoor soft play barn, outdoor play areas with pedal go karts and a “Jumping Pillow”, farm tours, café and refreshment area, and gift shop.  Central to the new offering will be a host of interactive animal encounters allowing visitors to get up close and personal with a range of farm animals, as well as a friendly mob of wallabies.  The farm park will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about cows with an interactive “moo-seum”, set in the working farm’s former milking parlour. The attraction will stand alongside the award winning Tom’s Eco Lodge and the popular Cow Co restaurant.

6. Oriental spirits set to rise in electric woods

A stunning spectacle of Oriental themed light, sound and entertainment will mark the Chinese New Year at Robin Hill’s award-winning electric woods during February half term.  From Saturday 13 to 21, visitors can experience the park’s mystical woodland illuminated with a Far Eastern twist to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations.  As dusk falls, the oriental theme will truly take effect as a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features bring the ancient woodland to life.  Visitors can enjoy a series of new sound and light displays dispersed around the woodland – each display taking on a different elemental theme of ‘earth’, ‘wind’ and ‘water’ with ‘fire’.  There will also be new lighting effects never seen before in the electric woods.  Chinese themed entertainment, refreshments based around an authentic oriental menu, and a traditional tea ceremony will complete the experience.  Open every evening from 5pm to 9pm during, tickets will cost £10.95 per person (aged 4+) and are available to purchase in advance from the website.

7. Isle of Wight hits the right note in 2016

The Island boasts two of the biggest events on the summer calendar in The Isle of Wight Festival which takes place from June 9th-12th in 2016, and Bestival scheduled for September 8th-11th in 2016.  Other music events scheduled for the Isle of Wight in 2016 include Newport Jazz Weekend and V-Dub Island.

8. The Year of the English Garden

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’?  Highlights of our horticultural year will once again spring up across the Island throughout the year.

9. Time for bed

North House – a country town house – set in the heart of Cowes old town is set to offer an ultimate getaway on the Isle of Wight.  In addition to 16 bedrooms North House will have a restaurant, bar, library, country garden and swimming pool.  Rooms will boast king-sized beds, well stocked in-room pantries, coffee machines, spacious bathrooms with roll top baths and walk in showers, fluffy bathrobes and slippers!  North House is scheduled to open late April 2016.  Another newcomer for 2016 is VIP Cottages.

10. Be arty on the Isle

The Ventnor Fringe is a celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight.  The Fringe will take place from August 9 to 14 in 2016.  Other arts events on the Island this year include Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios throughout July; The Isle of Wight Literary Festival from October 14 to 18; and Quay Arts throughout the year.

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, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672

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

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT SEEKS ACOUSTIC ISLE EVENTS

Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) is now promoting the 3rd annual Acoustic Isle music festival, taking place February 24th to March 6th 2016.

Venues who have planned live entertainment during the promotional period are now invited to let VIOW know so that the Tourist Board can publicise locations and artists.   There is no cost to be featured in the promotion.

The Acoustic Isle campaign was founded by Visit Isle of Wight to grow the early-season visitor economy.    The festival focuses on places to stay and eat, the unique peaceful atmosphere of the Island at that time and its thriving live music scene.

Since it started in 2014, Acoustic Isle has featured hundreds of performances given by Island musicians who come together under the Acoustic Isle banner with a series of intimate gigs in Island pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels and attractions.

From folk to funk, blues to jazz, the Acoustic Isle line-up features a blend of emerging artists and current performers with a mix of free and ticketed shows all over the Island for a twelve day festival experience.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “There’s so much to see and do on the Island at this time of the year, from wonderful walks and cycle rides to great attractions and eating out at fabulous restaurants and pubs – and then in the evening enjoy fantastic live acoustic acts and artists who come together and perform in our Acoustic Isle season.”

The campaign to encourage visitors to travel to the Isle of Wight and enjoy a tranquil break in early spring will be promoted on VIOW’s award-winning website, in a social media campaign and in a gig guide listing all the venues and artists performing.

Submissions are accepted online http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/event-submission-form  from venues hosting ‘Acoustic Isle’ music events of all types.  VIOW are also by keen to know about any accommodation offers and special deals running at this time.   Please e-mail jill@visitisleofwight.org

An Acoustic Isle industry toolkit providing a range of resources to support the campaign is available www.visitwight.org

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For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 521555 ext 29, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org 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

ISLE OF WIGHT TOURISM CONFERENCE A SUCCESS

A conference to discuss the future of tourism on the Isle of Wight has been hailed a success.

Organised by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) and the IW Chamber of Commerce, the full-day event was held on Tuesday 24th February at Park Resorts, Thorness Bay, near Cowes, Isle of Wight. The conference attracted more than 200 attendants, including representatives from tourist organisations and those involved in local hospitality businesses.

The programme of presentations was delivered by speakers who all have experience in the tourism industry: James Berresford, Chief Executive Visit England, David Marsh, Chairman Greater Yarmouth Tourism, John Allen, Chairman Tourism Advisory Board, Ian Stephens, Chairman LGA Tourism, Culture and Sport Board, David Groocock, President IW Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Smith CEO, IW Chamber of Commerce, Simon Dabell, Chairman Visit Isle of Wight and David Thornton, CEO Visit Isle of Wight.

Visit Isle of Wight focused on developments since the DMO was set up just over two years ago and James Berresford provided a wider perspective on tourism trends from businesses and from the national organisation Visit England.

The importance of digital marketing was the theme of the presentation from Steve Keenan of Travel Perspective and Robin Hamman of Cybersoc talked about the importance of social media and how to avoid the pitfalls.

The 2015 tourism conference also featured interactive workshops, visiting exhibitors and networking sessions in order to allow tourism operators the chance to network and to maximise their business potential.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The importance of exchanging information and ideas, developing joint promotions, celebrating successes, discussing issues and seeking achievable solutions and working together in partnership to promote the Island as a high-quality visitor destination was a message all received loud and clear.

“VIOW welcomes the continued support of the IW Council and the Tourism Advisory Board, and looks forward to taking tourism on the Island to a whole new level.”

David Thornton brought the conference to a close with an upbeat presentation on the DMO’s campaigns, promotions and events coming up in 2015. These include Acoustic Isle, an initiative by VIOW to attract visitors during the off-peak period. Starting this Thursday, 26th February, the event will feature more than 100 live performances over 10 days under the Acoustic Isle banner. Full details of the other gigs on offer during Acoustic Isle can be found by visiting www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle

A report on the 2015 Tourism Conference is now available at www.visitwight.org

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For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to editors:

Image shows David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight and James Berresford, CEO VisitEngland, at the Isle of Wight Tourism Conference.

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 (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

THE ACOUSTIC ISLE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN

It’s nearly here – the Island’s Acoustic Isle takes place 26th February to 8th March and all across the Island, pubs and other venues will throw open their doors to welcome visitors and local people alike.

Acoustic Isle is an initiative by the Island’s official tourism body, Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW), to attract visitors during the off-peak period. For the second year running, VIOW has worked with local businesses to present a fantastic series of performances to bring extra visitors to the Island.
The festival itself will feature more than 100 live performances as a lively music scene and a vibrant arts community come together under the Acoustic Isle banner to produce an infectious mix of harmonies and rhythmic guitars.
Surprise guests and several top name acts will rub shoulders and share stage space with the Island’s own up-and-coming talented musicians, who have helped to establish the Island’s reputation as being a place where top quality live music can be found on most nights.

Among the many highlights, enjoy musical performances from such varied artists as the Cat Skellington jazz quartet, the crazed genius of John Otway, British Blues guitar hero, Marcus Bonfanti, London-based Indie Folk duo The Worry Dolls and many more.
Seen as an early season business driver for the Island’s tourism and hospitality industry, VIOW will run a two-week series of ads on commercial radio stations in London, Birmingham, the South Coast and the Thames Valley region. Newspaper competitions and feature articles with leading regional newspapers in these areas will further support the Acoustic Isle message and invite visitors to enjoy a relaxing, pre-Easter break on the Isle of Wight.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “Festivals can play a very important role in stimulating demand for short breaks and Acoustic Isle allows us the opportunity to promote the Island as a coastal escape very early in the season -somewhere visitors can walk, enjoy good food, comfortable accommodation and sample the Island’s rich and diverse musical talent.”
The Acoustic Isle experience begins the moment you step on board the ferry; on the first weekend there will be fourteen live performances on Red Funnel’s sailings in both directions on 28th February and 1st March, and on Wightlink’s car ferry service from Portsmouth on 28th February and 8th March.

Full details of these and the other gigs on offer during Acoustic Isle can be found by visiting www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle
An Acoustic Isle gig guide will be available from all Acoustic Isle venues, including attractions, cafes, pubs etc, selected shops, ferry terminals and Island tourist information points.
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For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org
Notes to editors
Photos from last year’s event and a few promo images for this year can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v3rycbmbp5ed4wf/AADHXU2sJ3hZnXdxROBy0Ai7a?dl=0
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

#wightlive leads to prestigious award nomination for Wightlink

An innovative social media campaign, aimed at raising the profile of the Isle of Wight’s diverse festival scene, has led to Wightlink, and its PR agency Flagship Consulting, being shortlisted in the prestigious Travel Marketing Awards.

The ferry operator invested in its #wightlive campaign, spearheaded by Flagship, as a way of publicising the host of festivals and events on the Island and boosting tourism during last year’s summer months. The campaign, run in collaboration with Visit Isle of Wight, was aimed at promoting all cultural and sporting events by encouraging people to upload pictures of their activities to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via www.wightlive.co.uk The promotion also included more than £3,000 worth of prizes, with winners chosen through an online public vote.

The initiative resulted in over 2000 competition entries and a 155% increase in social followers during the campaign, meaning Wightlink now has the largest number of followers across the Island’s tourism sector. The success of the campaign means it is planned to run again during this summer.

Wightlink’s #wightlive campaign has now been shortlisted in the Travel Marketing Awards, which recognise marketing excellence in the travel industry. The event is being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Thursday 19 March 2015.

Mark Persad, Head of Marketing at Wightlink, said: “We are thrilled that the #wightlive campaign has been shortlisted, yet again putting the Island’s tourism industry on the national map. Social media is an excellent way of promoting everything the Isle of Wight has to offer and it’s great that the Flagship and Wightlink’s innovative use of these communication tools has been recognised.”

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Acoustic Isle offers musical interludes to the Isle of Wight

Enjoy a coastal escape and a musical interlude on the Isle of Wight this month, as the popular Acoustic Isle returns (26 February – 8 March, 2015) with around a hundred gigs being performed in a winter-blues-beating music event across the Island.

The festival, featuring the best ‘unplugged’ local talent and other artists, offers visitors a great excuse for a perfect break to the beautiful, culture-rich Isle of Wight.

Already home to two of the biggest music festivals on the summer calendar, the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival, Acoustic Isle offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a coastal spring break, combining the captivating landscape with fantastic dining options and accommodation, alongside the very best local musical talent that the island has to offer. With such a diverse range of gigs across so many venues, including pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and even a few more unusual locations, there is sure to be something for everyone.

The Acoustic Isle experience begins the moment you step on board the ferry; local musicians will be performing on Red Funnel car ferries for the first weekend of the event (Saturday 28 February – Sunday 1 March, 2015). Meanwhile, Wightlink Ferries host live music on board their Fishbourne (Isle of Wight) to Portsmouth route on Saturday 28 February.

Among the many highlights of this ten day festival, enjoy an afternoon of gypsy jazz with the Cat Skellington jazz quartet in the cosy atmosphere of the Allium Cafe at the Garlic Farm, or for an alternative experience, Wight Karting presents an unusual combination of up and coming Island talent alongside the excitement of the race track. Alternative country/soft rock soloist Sam Sheasby makes an appearance in the Pearl Cafe at Isle of Wight Pearl situated on the stunning coastal location of Military Road. London-based Indie Folk duo The Worry Dolls, who played 2013’s Glastonbury, feature at the All Dayer Folk Art and Craft Event at East Cowes Town Hall, and Opera in Space – in partnership with Vaguely Sunny – bring a blend of music and movement in a unique re-imagining of Stabat Mater by Pergolesi to Ryde Aspire. Phil Beer, the multi-instrumental half of the west country’s award winning acoustic duo Show of Hands, is to play an already sold-out gig at Quay Arts, Newport. Dimbola Lodge is also getting into the spirit of Acoustic Isle with the very entertaining and energetic stage performance of John Otway. Full details of the many gigs on offer during Acoustic Isle can be found by visiting www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle

Those looking for accommodation during Acoustic Isle will benefit from a wide range of stylish retreats from hotels, traditional bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages and apartments. Search and book somewhere to stay by visiting www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation.

Travellers to the Island are set to benefit from a South West Trains flat fare offer, meaning all off-peak day return tickets every Tuesday to Saturday (24 February – 4 April, 2015) will cost £15 for adults and £7 for children. “All in one” tickets can also now be booked from National Express destinations straight through to Ryde, Sandown, Ventnor, East Cowes and Newport via cross-Solent operator Hovertravel and bus company Southern Vectis.

Acoustic Isle, which is now in its second year, is an initiative by the Island’s official tourism body, Visit Isle of Wight. Chief Executive David Thornton said: “If you’ve not yet had chance to get away this year, Acoustic Isle offers the perfect opportunity. Not only will you get to experience a coastal escape to the enchanting Isle of Wight, with its awe-inspiring landscape, comfortable accommodation and delicious cuisine, but you’ll also get to sample the Island’s rich and diverse musical talent.”

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Notes to Editor:

For media outlets interested in running promotional activities for Visit Isle of Wight’s Acoustic Isle event, we are able to offer a limited supply of car and passenger Wightlink car ferry tickets, as well as Wightlink Fast Cat foot passenger tickets. For more information, including conditions of availability, please contact Glyn Taylor, WeDoPR, on 01983 241895 or email news@wedopr.co.uk

Images attached of Shanklin Chine in moonlight and Acoustic guitar on Yarmouth Pier

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT URGES ISLAND BUSINESSES TO SIGN-UP FOR ACOUSTIC ISLE

This February, Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) will be aiming to drive up visitor numbers and tourism spend by hosting Acoustic Isle – a festival of gigs, performances and showcases that will take place across the Island between February 26th and 8th March.

Acoustic Isle will see around 100 events held over 10 nights creating a giant sound system for visitors and local people alike. With an eclectic mix of styles drawing from blues, jazz, folk and funk, the event aims to showcase the Island’s fantastic acoustic acts and artists who will come together to perform under the Acoustic Isle music festival banner.

Worth an estimated £350K to the Island economy when held for the first time in 2014, VIOW hopes the event will attract visitors to take an early holiday break and enjoy “music with soul” in cosy pubs and intimate cafes and restaurants – as well as in quirky, unexpected venues.

Seen as a great opportunity for Island businesses to benefit and increase sales at a traditionally quiet time of the year, Acoustic Isle will also provide an efficient platform for local musicians to increase and maximise connection and interaction.

“David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “Visit Isle of Wight remains committed to increasing out-of-season visitors by investing in event marketing and will be producing a wide range of print and digital marketing materials to sell Acoustic Isle off-Island.

“Content is core and I would urge Island musicians and businesses to get involved as quickly as possible if they are to take advantage of this fantastic, free promotional opportunity.

“We are particularly interested in extra-special live music experiences and venues in the unlikeliest of places as these make the best stories and are more likely to grab media attention.”

Any venue owner wishing to get involved and take advantage of this great, free marketing vehicle and drive visitors to their pub, restaurant, café etc should register their interest at www.visitwight.org Accommodation providers wishing to promote special offers and discounts are also asked to contact Visit Isle of Wight.

Acoustic Isle events will be promoted on the website (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle) and a digital tool kit providing a range of resources to underpin and support the campaign will shortly be available on the VIOW industry website, www.visitwight.org.

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For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Photos attached from last year’s Acoustic Isle music event. More photos from Acoustic Isle 2014 – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lzafs1nglh3ag6a/AADBiy6n2uDm070mJ-j4ppzza?dl=0

Acoustic Isle (February 26th and 8th March)

Every short break deserves its own soundtrack. And from February 26th and 8th March, the Isle of Wight will be providing just that, with Acoustic Isle – aimed at anyone wanting to combine a coastal escape with some top quality live music in a wide variety of intimate settings.

It is expected that surprise guests and several top name acts will rub shoulders and share stage space with Island musicians, who have helped to establish the Island’s reputation as being a place where top-quality live music can be found on most nights.

The first Acoustic Isle event was held in March 2014. During the 11-day event, hundreds of performances were given by Island musicians, who came together under the Acoustic Isle banner with a series of intimate gigs in Island pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

For full details about Acoustic Isle, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle.
Photos from Acoustic Isle 2014 – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lzafs1nglh3ag6a/AADBiy6n2uDm070mJ-j4ppzza?dl=0

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 (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

New Garden – New You: Liz Earle to create Horticultural Oasis on Isle of Wight

Skincare guru Liz Earle is set to create a tranquil, relaxing garden on her native Isle of Wight in 2015 – highlighting, once again, a growing “island vibe” which makes this one of the best places in the UK kick all of those New Year resolutions into gear.

“New Year, New You” is the current catchphrase these days for anyone resolving to kick-back, relax, and put themselves into a better frame of mind to cope with all of the stresses and strains of the modern world.

And The Isle of Wight – these days, offering everything from residential yoga retreats to a host of holistic spa treatments – is the near prefect destination for anyone who has resolved to make a fresh start, or simply try something different, in the New Year.

Liz Earle will be setting the example in 2015, by creating a “horticultural oasis” in tandem with her ethnobotanist – the BBC television presenter, author, and RHS ambassador James Wong.

The pair have teamed-up with Ventnor Botanic Garden to transform more than three acres of space into a tranquil haven featuring rare and exotic plants. Wong will be working with gardening experts to create the Liz Earle Garden, which will open early in the New Year, and is aimed at encouraging an entirely new generation of green fingered visitors to enjoy the contemplative space.

Accommodation is offered at “Signal Point” the self-catering cottage opened during 2014 this year. Offering views of the gardens, and the sea, Signal Point has room for six people – and prices range from £425 to £975 per week.

The nearby Crows Nest at the Cabin, meanwhile, continues Ventnor’s tradition as a spa resort by offering spa and holistic treatments to promote well-being and good health for both men and women. The Cabin has the perfect location, next to the sea on the Western end of Ventnor Esplanade. It offers two luxurious treatment rooms, one at beach level and another – The Crow’s Nest – which is an exclusive cedar wood cabin with stunning sea views. A full price list of treatments can be found at http://www.thecabin-ventnor.co.uk/pages/treatment-pricing.

Elsewhere, a Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Weekend Retreat is being offered by local yoga expert Carol Macartney (http://www.carolmacartneyyoga.co.uk/). The “Retreat from the Mind” is open to anyone looking to experience peace of mind for a few days of self-care, including learning how to breathe properly, look after the body and enjoy the beauty of nature. Based at the award-winning Nettlecombe Farm in Whitwell, the Retreat takes place on the weekends of March 6th-8th, and 13th-15th. The price of £295 includes accommodation in farm cottages, all food (home cooked and vegetarian) and all tuition.

The Island as a whole will also be hitting the right note during the 2015 Acoustic Isle music festival which is this year scheduled to take place between Feb 26th and March 8th. Building on the Island’s strong musical heritage and festival scene, this “unplugged” music event features hundreds of musicians coming together to perform a series of relaxed gigs in Isle of Wight pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. For full details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle.

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For further information, please contact:
Sue Emmerson
Tel: 07766 705672
E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Fifty Shades of Wight!

The Isle of Wight has launched a new campaign, to highlight some of the finest experiences now on offer in one of the most enduring holiday destinations in the UK.

Shades of Wight is aimed at aspirational and discerning travellers, who want to discover – or perhaps rediscover – the UK’s “holiday island”, and to experience some of the many pleasures to be found here either in terms of accommodation, fine food and drink, striking landscapes, or unusual activities.

All contained within one high quality 20-page brochure, the campaign itself helps to highlight some of the very best the hotels, guest houses, self-catering cottages and romantic tree-houses on the Island – from the welcoming Fishbourne Inn close to the harbour, to the 5 AA gold star Hambrough in Ventnor. And for something completely different, why not consider the Spitbank Napoleonic Fort off the coast of the Island?

Each page of the brochure reveals another secret waiting to be uncovered, including Steephill Cove – arguably the quaintest place on the whole of the Isle of Wight, where it’s possible to stay in the secluded Little Tamarisk, where guests can watch the sun set while sampling some delicious fresh seafood and c chilled glass of white wine.

And once the sun has gone down, how about experiencing a little bit of stargazing under the Wight Nights sky? Professor Bill Martin of the University of Hertfordshire Centre for Astrophysics and Atmospheric Instrumentation Research (no less!) has stated: “With the data we have from the Isle of Wight, you potentially have the best combination of dark skies and clear weather in the UK”.

The Island dances to a different beat in the towns and villages at night, when it comes alive to the sound of music. And while its new, annual Acoustic Isle festival is a testimony to the number of venues where visitors can find live music these days, its historic pubs and inns – such as the 15th century White Horse in Whitwell and 16th century Buddle Inn – is another feature of the Island being highlighted in the new Shades of Wight brochure.

One of the great pleasures of visiting The Isle of Wight is the chance to enjoy the great outdoors: to “drive less and see more” on one of its many cycle tracks, or to take a walk on the wild side…and go in search of the red squirrels which have made the Island their home.

The brochure also explains how to reach the Island, and full details are now featured online at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/shades-of-wight.

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For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson
Tel: 07766 705672 E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk