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The Isle of Wight is a Finalist in the Family Traveller Awards 2017

The Isle of Wight has been announced as a finalist in this year’s annual Family Traveller Awards in the “Best UK region for Families” category.

The public will have until 20th October 2017 to vote for the Island and every vote will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday for a family of four to Malta, worth £4,000. The winners for each category will be decided on by the expert judging panel and the responses from the public, with the winners being announced by a celebrity host at a glamourous celebration in London this November.

Now in its third year, The Family Traveller Awards are dedicated to finding the best of the best in family travel and celebrating brands that work hard to make family holidays special.

New for the 2017 Awards is the Reader’s Choice Awards – where the winners will be selected based solely on the majority public vote, with no input from the judging panel. Kids will call the shots in the ‘Best UK Days Out for Families category’, while mum and dad can have their say on what they think is the ‘Best UK Region’ and the ‘Best UK City Break’ for families.

Vist Isle of Wight is the Destination Management Organisation for the Isle of Wight and work in partnership with Visit England, Visit Britain, Tourism South East and other tourism bodies to promote the Island to UK mainland and overseas audiences. Their top-ranking website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) receives over 2.4million visitors a year.

In 2015, the Isle of Wight was Highly Commended for “Best Domestic Destination for Families” while Wightlink were Highly Commended in the “Best Family Ferry Operator” category.   Last year, the Isle of Wight Festival won in the “Best Family Festival” category.

Included in the Family Traveller Awards finals this year are the Isle of Wight in the Best UK region for Families category, Wigwam (which has a location at Tapnell Farm) in the Best Holiday Rental category, Carisbrooke Castle (English Heritage) in the Best UK Day Out category, Kingswood Family Adventure, (which has a location in Bembridge) in the Best Activity Specialist category and the Isle of Wight Festival in the Best Family Festival category.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Family Traveller Awards give consumers the opportunity to reward travel and tourism enterprises for outstanding performance and it’s wonderful to see the Island and so many of its tourism businesses in the running for these prestigious awards.

“We’re up against some big industry names, so please do spread the word and encourage everyone you know to vote for the Isle of Wight and circulate the message “Pure Island Happiness” is what the whole world needs right now”.

Last year, the awards were met with huge support from the travel industry and public, with over 27,000 public votes received. This year there are 21 different categories, up from 18 in 2016, ranging from Best European Hotel for Families, to Best Family Festival and Best Activity Specialist for Families.

This year, the panel of judges will consist of a range of travel experts, including: Jane Anderson, editor of Family Traveller magazine; Simon Reeve, BBC presenter; Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4 presenter; Sue Ward Davies, travel director of ELLE and Jane Knight, travel editor of The Times.

To vote, go to  www.familytraveller.com/awards      

Everyone who votes will be automatically entered into a competition to in a £4,000 family holiday to Malta https://familytraveller.com/travel-competitions/family-traveller-awards-2017-malta/


Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk


About Family Traveller:

Family Traveller is the UK’s premier media brand focusing on all things related to family centric travel. Family Traveller has a monthly reach of over 500,000 affluent UK families with a specific target audience of 30-50-year-old mothers with an ABC1 demographic. Family Traveller magazine is available at Waitrose stores nationwide and selected independent retailers. Our social media following is 100,000+ and the website has over 350,000 monthly unique visitors. The Family Traveller awards received 2,600 nominations in 2016 with a public vote recorded at 27,000.

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


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An episode of a brand new television series in which Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge, Len Goodman, takes a well-loved famous face back in time to recreate their own childhood holiday has been filmed on the Isle of Wight.

“Holiday of my Lifetime” is a new BBC One daytime series which focuses on holidays from yesteryear, reminding us of the beauty and fun of classic trips such as rambling, camping, bus tours, caravan parks and river cruises. Viewers will be taken back in time to an era before air-con and sat-navs, when journeys were made using a Seventies banger with hot car seats or a campervan with a cassette player and when in-car entertainment was more ‘I spy’ than iPad!

In the Isle of Wight show, Len Goodman takes broadcaster and campaigner Esther Rantzen back to the Island to relive her holiday as a 6-year old in 1946. Len will be seen helping Esther to retrace her steps by visiting the coastal village of Bembridge where she and Len do a spot of crabbing, just as she did all those years ago.

They enjoyed a trip to Carisbrooke Castle to watch the daily demonstration of the donkeys and a visit to The Needles Park where Len surprises Esther with a chairlift ride with stunning views of the Island’s coastline. Robin Hill’s magical new event attraction “Electric Woods” also features in the programme as well as Isle of Wight Adventure Activities. Along the way Esther reveals that her journalistic curiosity may have started during her time on the Isle of Wight.

The filming was facilitated by Visit Isle of Wight, the tourist board for the Island, who were able to provide support and act as a liaison between the television crew and relevant tourism providers.

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer for Visit Isle of Wight, said: “We were first approached by the programme makers back in June. They requested our assistance in finding suitable film locations and in tracking down people who had holidayed on the Island in the mid 1940s and we were delighted to help”.

The episode in which the Isle of Wight features is due to be broadcast BBC1 on Tuesday, 21st October at 15.45 and will be available for a short time afterwards on the BBC iPlayer. For more information, vist http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2014/42/holiday-of-my-lifetime


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

Notes to editors

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

War Horse Warrior remembered with a statue at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

English Heritage has announced that a statue of the ‘real War Horse’, Warrior, is to be installed at Carisbrooke Castle.

Commissioned by the Seely family from celebrated equine sculptor, Philip Blacker, the half-size bronze depicts General Jack Seely astride Warrior, whose newspaper obituary read “The horse the Germans could not kill”.

It has been loaned to English Heritage for the duration of the First World War centenary and accompanies the current Carisbrooke Castle Museum exhibition, ‘Men and Horses Go to War’.

Warrior was bred on the Isle of Wight, went to France with General Jack Seely on one of the first boats in August 1914 and survived four years on the Western Front leading the famous last cavalry charge at Moreuil Wood in March 1918.

He returned home safely and, four years to the day of the Moreuil Wood charge, won the Isle of Wight point to point.  He lived to the grand age of 33 – an almost unbelievable feat when eight million other horses and mules sadly became casualties of war.  A book about Warrior’s life was first published in 1934 – and again in 2011- with original Sir Alfred Munnings pictures of the horse.  It is the same famous Munnings picture of Jack Seely astride Warrior which has formed the basis for the Blacker Sculpture.

The Warrior statue will be located in the Princess Beatrice garden, adjacent to the Chapel of St. Nicholas which has served as the Isle of Wight’s war memorial since after the First World War.

Brough Scott, author and grandson of Jack Seely says: “It is both thrilling and appropriate that Warrior and my grand-father should now stand together in Carisbrooke Castle at the very centre of the Isle of Wight where they spent so many great times both before and after their war time adventures.  I hope all those who come to see them will be as uplifted as we have in the re-telling of their unbelievable story.”

English Heritage Senior Curator Rowena Willard Wright said: “The story of Warrior and General Jack Seely is remarkable.  It is both a love story and a thriller, and a hundred years on, is as resonant, as it ever was.  We are honoured to have been asked by the family to display this stunning work which we hope will engage visitors to Carisbrooke in a very unique and personal piece of England’s First World War history.”

The Chief Executive Officer for Visit Isle of Wight, David Thornton, meanwhile, added: ““The centenary of World War One this year means that the installation of a statue of Warrior at Carisbrooke Castle is an extremely fitting and timely tribute.  I’m sure that the work, which will be seen by thousands of visitors, will help to illustrate the Isle of Wight’s connections to the true story of the original Warhorse.   It’ll be become another reason for planning a visit to the Island in general, and Carisbrooke in particular.”

Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight is open daily from 10am to 6pm.  For more information www.english-heritage.org.uk/carisbrooke

And for all tourist information from the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk


Isobel Uden PR Manager, South East

Tel: 01304 209891

Email: Isobel.Uden@english-heritage.org.uk

Notes to editors:

English Heritage is the custodian of over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites through which we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.