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Isle of Wight invites holidaymakers to “Return to Adventure Island”

The Isle of Wight is being promoted as one, big holiday island attraction in a summer-long campaign that’s being dubbed “Return to Adventure Island”.

Just launched, and based squarely on the fact that visitors and families have been coming on holiday to the Island for almost two centuries, the campaign is designed to help illustrate that fact that there are now more reasons than ever before to book a visit the Isle of Wight.

Visitors over the decades have discovered there are so many places to see and things to do on an Island the size of Inner London.  So many of them are natural, some are man-made, but all combine to offer a host of holiday memories that last a lifetime…and also keep generations of families coming back for more.

It’s a timeless, magical Island, that can only be reached from the mainland across a small strip of water – giving trippers, tourists and travellers that true holiday feeling.

And in 2017 The Island will welcome several new attractions and experiences, including the Tiny Homes Holidays concept; Modulogs at Tom’s Eco Lodge; a magical Underwater Kingdom at Blackgang Chine; Jurassic Golf on Shanklin Seafront; and even the appearance of the little Squirrel Monkey which has just been rescued by Monkey Haven.

The Island as a whole is perfect for families who want to enjoy themselves together at the likes of Needles Landmark Attraction, or follow in the footsteps of Dinosaurs along the beaches; and the Return to Adventure Island campaign captures the essence of it all – from the glorious beaches to thrilling adventures, and the great range of accommodation to fabulous festivals.

Stay in a treehouse.  Search for red squirrels.  And learn bushcraft on the beach.  Then, after lobster on chips, take an exhilarating ride to a Victorian fort.  Or, travel back in time with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and visit a National Museum of Poo!  As visitors over the centuries have discovered, every day can be a fresh adventure.

Betters still, it’s all just two hours hours away from London, followed by a 10 minute Hovercraft ride to the Island – with car and passenger ferries connecting the Island from Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

The ferry companies and Hovertravel run regular promotions, including day returns from £5, and it’s also possible to also book great value tickets that combine transport with entrance into the leading attractions

Full details can be found at https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/escape-to-adventure-island.

Visitors who book their holiday to Isle of Wight through Visit Isle of Wight, meanwhile, will be invited to download a free app for their iPhone or Android smartphone.  The Adventure Island App, which launches on April 1, is packed with insider’s tips and trails to help holidaymakers make the most of their stay.

It also gives all visitors the chance to take part in a virtual treasure hunt with lots of prizes on offer including, for one lucky family, the chance to win back the entire cost of their holiday.

The Return to Adventure Island website will also feature all of the latest special offers for deals on accommodation: when searching to find the perfect place to stay, just look out for the blue suitcase featured on selected accommodation for special deals with ferry inclusive prices.

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

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COMPTON BAY, ISLE OF WIGHT, NAMED AS TOP UK BEACH

Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight is one of the best beaches in the UK according to the travel experts at Rough Guides.

 

The leading publisher of travel guides and travel content, the Rough Guides editorial team have chosen 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”.

 

Also known as a great place for fossil hunting and paragliding, 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 at Freshwater in the distance.

 

It is one 15 of UK’s beaches listed in “The UK’s Best Beaches” category, which includes Porthcurno in Cornwall, Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland, Rhossili Beach in Wales and Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire.

 

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight welcomed the news and said: “Island beaches are a big draw for visitors and we are therefore thrilled to be listed by this highly respected publisher of travel guides.

 

“Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for excitement or a parent planning a short break, Compton, like so many of the Island’s beaches, provides plenty of inspiration.”

 

There are currently 17 award-winning beaches on the Isle of Wight, including the four Blue Flag beaches at Sandown, Ventnor, Yaverland and Colwell. 

 

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for economy and tourism at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “It is fantastic that an Island beach has been recognised as one of the UK’s best beaches by such an internationally renowned travel guide. We have so many wonderful beaches to choose from, visitors are spoilt for choice.”

 

Compton was recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters in 2012 and has now been named as one of the UK’s top beaches by travel experts Rough Guides.   Read more:   http://www.roughguides.com/gallery/the-best-british-beaches/#/6

 

For all tourist information, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

 

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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 of Compton Bay attached, please credit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

 

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

 

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

 

Rough Guides

 

For further information on Rough Guides please contact: Duncan Campbell, Press Officer, Tel: 020 7010 3591, E-mail: Duncan.campbell@uk.roughguides.com

 

Isle of Wight beaches and their ratings, according to the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual Good beach Guide Survey, are below. Those listed as ‘not maintained by council’ are owned/maintained by other organisations.

 

Totland Bay – Recommended

Colwell Bay – Recommended

Gurnard – Recommended

Cowes – Recommended

Ryde – Recommended

Seagrove – Recommended

St Helens – Recommended

Bembridge (not maintained by council) – Mandatory Whitecliff Bay (not maintained by council) – Recommended Yaverland – Recommended Sandown – Recommended Shanklin – Guideline Ventnor – Recommended Compton Bay (not maintained by council) – Recommended

 

 

 

ISLE OF WIGHT IS KING OF THE (SAND) CASTLE AGAIN FOR TOP BEACHES

The Isle of Wight is once again top in the country for the amount of award winning Blue Flag and Seaside Award beaches.

The Island has retained the same four Blue Flags and 13 Seaside Awards it received in 2013, giving a total of 17 awards.

The prestigious Blue Flag scheme and Seaside Awards – which were previously known as Quality Coast Awards – are run by the Keep Britain Tidy Group. On the Blue Flag website, it describes itself as a prestigious, international award scheme which acts as a guarantee to tourists that a beach or marina they are visiting is one of the best in the world.

Sandown, Ventnor, Yaverland and Colwell beaches have all retained their Blue Flags as well as being given Seaside Awards. Other beaches to be given Seaside Awards are Cowes, East Cowes, Springvale, Seagrove, Gurnard, Ryde East, St Helens, Totland and Shanklin.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for tourism said; “Yet again the Isle of Wight comes out top in the prestigious Blue Flags and Seaside Awards scheme which is excellent news.

“With the increase in tourists we have seen over the last year, this can only further enhance the Island’s reputation as a top holiday destination.

David Thornton, the chief executive officer of Visit Isle of Wight said: “It is great to see that the Island’s beaches have once again achieved these seaside awards.

“Tourists pay special attention to Blue Flag beaches and Seaside Awards and this sends out a clear message that we’ve got some of the UK’s best beaches and is a great start to the summer season.”

Notes for editors

Members of the media are invited to Ventnor Esplanade at 11am on Tuesday 20 May for photo and interview opportunities.

The list of winning beaches is below:

BLUE FLAG:

Sandown

Ventnor

Yaverland

Colwell

SEASIDE AWARD:

Sandown

Ventnor

Yaverland

Cowes

East Cowes

Springvale

Seagrove

Gurnard

Ryde East

St Helens

Totland

Shanklin

Colwell

Issued by:

Simon Butler, Media Relations Officer

Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6254

Mob: 07976 347636

Email: simon.butler@iow.gov.uk

 

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ISLE OF WIGHT BEACHES GIVEN TOP WATER QUALITY RATINGS

The Isle of Wight Council has welcomed the results of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual Good Beach Guide survey.

The survey reports on the standard of bathing water at UK beaches, with each beach given one of four ratings for water quality. The quality of bathing water is measured against standards set by the European Bathing Water Directive.

The MCS top rating is ‘recommended’ where water quality is described as excellent, followed by ‘guideline’ then ‘mandatory,’ which means the water meets the minimum quality required, with the lowest rating being ‘fail’ with water quality not meeting minimum standards.

On the Isle of Wight, 14 beaches, 11 of which are maintained by the council, were rated, with 12 achieving the top ‘recommended’ rating.

Shanklin received a ‘guideline’ rating, which is up from ‘mandatory’ in 2013, with Bembridge given a ‘mandatory’ rating, one below what it achieved last year. No beaches were given a fail.

Gurnard and St Helens improved their ratings from ‘guideline’, while Ryde beach was rated as ‘mandatory’ last year. All three are now rated as ‘recommended’.

Shirley Smart, the Isle of Wight Council Executive member responsible for tourism said: “The Isle of Wight is well known for its fantastic beaches and it is very pleasing that 12 beaches have been given the top rating by the Marine Conservation Society, 11 of which are maintained by the council.

“This news is very timely ahead of the main tourism season and is a welcome boost.”

Under the separate but prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards scheme, the Isle of Wight currently has the highest amount of award winning beaches in the country. It has four Blue Flag beaches and 13 Seaside Awards, giving a total of 17 awards.

Notes for editors

The beaches and their ratings, according to the MCS, are below. Those listed as ‘not maintained by council’ are owned/maintained by other organisations.

Totland Bay – Recommended

Colwell Bay – Recommended

Gurnard – Recommended

Cowes – Recommended

Ryde – Recommended

Seagrove – Recommended

St Helens – Recommended

Bembridge (not maintained by council) – Mandatory Whitecliff Bay (not maintained by council) – Recommended Yaverland – Recommended Sandown – Recommended Shanklin – Guideline Ventnor – Recommended Compton Bay (not maintained by council) – Recommended