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Visit Isle of Wight, along with its industry partners, created an award-winning display showcasing examples of the stunning flora from the ‘Garden Isle’ at the BBC Good Food & Gardeners World Exhibition from 12 – 15 June.

The BBC Good Food & Gardeners World Exhibition, which has been running for over 22 years, attracts an average of 100,000 plus visitors over four days. This year for the first time, trade-stands were assessed on their level of presentation and stands displaying an exceptional level of creativity were presented with an award. Visit Isle of Wight’s ‘Gardens of the Isle of Wight’ stand was awarded the prestigious Four Star trade-stand award by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The stand featured an eye-catching array of plants from Osborne House, the garden of which was designed by a young Prince Albert, as well as examples of the rare plants which grow at Ventnor Botanic Gardens thanks to the Undercliff’s warm microclimate. Placed between the two was a taste of the flora growing at the Garlic Farm, the UK’s largest specialist garlic grower.

Chris Kidd, curator of Ventnor Botanic Gardens, arranged the attractive garden area, which was set beside stands filled with Isle of Wight literature and a picnic hamper filled with Garlic Farm produce.

Liz Walker, VIOW Exhibitions Promoter, who attended the show, said: “Winning the award was just the icing on the cake. The BBC Gardeners World exhibition is a perfect platform from which to promote the Island and having this beautiful garden backdrop really gave us something with which to engage visitors to our stand. Significantly well over 4000 pieces of Isle of Wight print were distributed during the show proving that the Isle of Wight continues to be of great interest as a destination.”

Visit Isle of Wight will be representing the Island at future shows, including The 50+ Show at Kensington Olympia from 10 – 12 July and The New Forest Show from 29 – 31 July. Any tourism-related business interested in becoming part of the 2015 exhibitions programme should contact Liz Walker on 01983 201048.


Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer

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


From tree climbing, to Elton John – Visit Isle of Wight at The 50+ Show

Visit Isle of Wight is aiming to position itself as one of the UK’s top holiday destinations for O50s at London Olympia this July.

The 50+ Show gives Visit Isle of Wight and its partners the chance to promote the Island to around 20,000 potential visitors over three-days.

And one of the things it will be keenest to stress is the incredible range of events and activities which are especially well-suited to this particular market – from Tree Climbing and Vintage Vacations, to Bestival and Elton John.

Goodleaf Tree Climbing, in particular, will be highlighting the special memories which can be created with family and friends by taking a short break that somehow manages to combine camping in the American Airstream trailers operated by Vintage Vacations, with climbing into the canopy of a 200 year old Oak tree (ropes and harness provided!).  Prices for the two-nights break range from £100 to £275 per person for up to 4 people, tree climbing costs from £37 per person (group discounts available).

Bestival, meanwhile, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a UK festival exclusive from Sir Elton and his band on the closing night.  The star is celebrating his own anniversary in 2013, as he marks 40 years since the release of the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, and he’s promised: “You can expect to hear several tracks from that album.”

Organiser of the Bestival festival, Rob da Bank, added: “After partying at the original IOW Festival as a young musician in 1969, we’re very proud that Elton finally gets to perform on the Isle of Wight at Bestival 2013.  With more than 30 albums and over 60 UK chart hit singles to his name, Sunday night is guaranteed to be full-on sing-along good times.  We’ve already started stockpiling the platform boots, feather boas and glitter.  It’s going to be a proper party – for all ages.”

An ideal destination for youthful and active O50s, The Isle of Wight will be bringing many other reasons for would-be visitors to book a short-break on the Island.

The Walking Festival Weekend, for example, offers the prefect excuse for couples and – with its ‘Speed Dating Walk’ on Sunday, October 27th – singles to book a visit this Autumn.

And other top activities for 2013 include the chance to tour the Island in VW Campervans; watch Punch & Judy at Osborne House; ride a steam railway or vintage bus; have a cup of tea in the new Mad Hatters Café at Dimbola Lodge; or simply enjoy a good old-fashioned seaside holiday filled with ice creams, beach huts, deck chairs and saucy postcards.

All of this, of course, comes on top of the Isle of Wight’s “Year of the Dinosaur”, which is currently grabbing the headlines world-wide thanks, largely, to a new App which allow visitors to the Island to be photographed walking with dinosaurs at six separate locations around the Island – all of which are connected by a new bus service along the south coast of the Island.

For full details of all events and activities on the Island, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information, and images, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer

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