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Seven reasons for visiting the Isle of Wight in 2018

Bed and breakfast – in a tree

Goodleaf on the Isle of Wight will be unveiling a new tree top experience in April/May, 2018.  Taking place in the grounds of historic Jacobean manor house Northcourt, in Shorwell, Goodleaf Tree Climbing will offer Tree Top Camping for the very first time on the Isle of Wight.  Sleeping in special ‘Tree Boats’ imported from the USA, climbers will learn the ropes with recreational tree climbing experts Goodleaf, before spending the night sleeping high in the canopy of a beautiful 15 metre beech tree in this beautiful location deep in the rural heart of the Island.  Supper can be taken at the local pub The Crown Inn in Shorwell before ascending into the canopy, relaxing and enjoying a bird’s eye view from your “bed for the night”.  Breakfast will be delivered to you in your hammock by the instructor.  The cost is £350 per person; £450 for two people; and £550 for three.  There will be a maximum of ten overnight camps a year. https://www.goodleaf.co.uk

Celebrating 175 years of magic

Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, the oldest theme park in the UK and one of the most iconic tourist destinations, will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2018. Numerous events will be taking place throughout the year that befits this magical, wacky, wonderful theme park. Blackgang Chine was founded by Alexander Dabell in 1843 when all that stood here was the Chine itself – a spectacular gorge that cut some 500-feet, deep into the cliff face. The Victorians travelled from far and wide to experience its breathtaking views; and the very first ‘attraction’ was the skeleton of a whale which had been washed up onto the beach – and is still on display at Blackgang Chine today. (Blackgang Chine received the royal seal of approval when Queen Victoria visited in August 1853 to see the whale skeleton). The park is still owned and run by the descendants of Alexander Dabell, (the current owner’s great, great, grand-father) and the magic has only grown over the years.  Blackgang Chine is now filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, theme worlds and rides – offering something for all the family and the generations of families who continue to visit year after year. https://blackgangchine.com

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Julia Margaret Cameron – one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, and a member of a Freshwater Circle of glittering literati on the Isle of Wight – was the subject of an exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2014, and featured in special exhibitions at the V&A in London to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2015. She will be in the headlines again in 2018 when Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography (is staged at the National Portrait Gallery in London, from March 1 to May 20.  This major new exhibition brings together the works of four giants of Victorian photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). Dimbola Lodge at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, was the home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, as well as a showcase for contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe. Dimbola Lodge has also been called the best kept secret on the Isle of Wight. http://www.dimbola.co.uk

50 years of a Music Festival on the Isle of Wight

2018 will mark 50 years of an Isle of Wight Festival on the Island.  It’s the 50th anniversary of the first Music Festival on the Isle of Wight. “The Great South Coast Bankholiday Pop Festivity” took place overnight on August 31 and September 1 at Hell Field, Ford Farm, near Godshill in 1968 attended by approximately 10,000 people;  and was followed in 1969 by the Wootton Festival with Bob Dylan, and in 1970 at the Afton Festival (at East Afton Farm and not far from what is now site of Dimbola Museum & Galleries) with Jimi Hendrix and The Doors amongst many others, attracting an incredible estimated 600,000 souls. http://isleofwightfestival.com

There are also plans being drawn up for a commemorative event in 2020 to celebrate this colossal and world-famous music event on the same site at East Afton.

Tiny Homes Holidays

Opened towards the end of 2017, Tiny Homes Holidays is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight. Tiny Homes are all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment adjacent to Parkhurst Forest with its walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore (including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels).  Another new trend being introduced here, thanks to the construction of a small studio is #studycations. http://www.tinyhomesholidays.com/

Isle of Wight Literary Heroes Trail

Following hard on the heels of the launch of its Victoria’s Island Trail to celebrate the appearance of the Victoria & Abdul movie in cinemas worldwide, Visit Isle of Wight has published a new Literary Heroes Trail which visitors to the Island can follow all-year-round. One of the highlights of the Literary Heroes Trail is the newly re-opened Farringford in Freshwater, where the renowned poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson once lived (https://farringford.co.uk).  The dramatic Gothic house has been the subject of a meticulous five-year restoration project, and is decorated in a late 19th Century style that reflects Tennyson’s tastes and interests. The grounds have also been returned to their authentic Tennyson-era appearance, complete with a walled kitchen garden. Other key locations on the Trail include the sailing village of Seaview, where author Enid Blyton was a regular visitor; and the traditional seaside resort of Ventnor, where Charles Dickens rented Winterbourne in Bonchurch – describing it to his wife as, “The prettiest place I ever saw in my life.” Author Lynne Truss – herself, a regular visitor to the Island – edited the new Literary Heroes Trail leaflet. “I’m not the first writer to be inspired by this jewel of an island,” she says. “Writers have breathed the air here, walked the cliffs and gazed at the glittering sea – and then dashed home to put pen to paper.” The trail also reveals some of its own, home-grown talent, including Oscar winning screenwriter Anthony Minghella who wrote The English Patient. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/literary-heroes-trail

Isle of Wight to host UK Pride in 2018

It has recently been announced that the Isle of Wight will host the next UK Pride, just one year after the Island’s first ever Pride event. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/isle-of-wight-pride-p1427001

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

Sue Emmerson                  Tel: 07766 705672           Email: 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.

NEWLYWEDS WIN ISLE OF WIGHT HOLIDAY

A couple from Northamptonshire have just spent their honeymoon on the Island after winning a holiday, organised by Visit Isle of Wight in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Helen Spencer from Wollaston was awarded the prize package after being chosen at random from the thousands who had entered the competition timed to celebrate the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition at the V&A, which ran from November 28 to February 21 2016.

Helen and David booked their stay at the West Bay Country Club in Yarmouth for the 12th to 15th June after getting married in Northampton on the 11th – and the newlyweds used the prize as their honeymoon.

Last year, Visit Isle of Wight worked with the V&A to promote the bicentenary year of Julia Margaret Cameron, and as a result Dimbola Museum & Galleries – and the wider Island – enjoyed some outstanding press coverage in the Telegraph, the Independent and the Mail on Sunday.

The competition which was hosted on the V&A website under the theme “Follow in the footsteps of Julia Margaret Cameron” was seen by Visit Isle of Wight as an opportunity to further promote the Island.  The V&A website gets around 14 million page views annually. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/julia-margaret-cameron/

The Beddalls (Helen’s new married name) won a 3-night break for two at The West Bay Country Club in Yarmouth, dinner at The George Hotel in Yarmouth, tea and cake at The Piano Bar in Freshwater Bay, ferry crossings courtesy of Red Funnel IOW Ferries and entrance tickets to Osborne, Shanklin Chine and Dimbola, the home and workplace of the celebrated Victorian photographer.  A copy of the exhibition book Julia Margaret Cameron was also part of the prize package.

Helen Beddall said: “The holiday was fantastic.  We loved it!  The accommodation was lovely, the meal at The George Hotel was delicious – and a real treat.  Dimbola was really interesting and John Evans, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable.

“We are very thankful to Visit Isle of Wight for organising everything and the Victoria and Albert Museum for putting on the competition. It really made our honeymoon wonderful and we can’t wait to come back – maybe to celebrate our first anniversary”.

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For further information please contact Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd 01983 521555 (ext 29), sue@visitwight.org.

Notes to editors:

2 x “Selfies” of Helen and David at Dimbola Museum & Galleries and Osborne attached.

Follow in the footsteps of Julia Margaret Cameron 

Holiday prizes supplied by:

  • The West Bay Country Club (3 nights’ accommodation, plus use of their Island Wellness Spa, including a 60-minute spa treatment per person)
  • Red Funnel IOW Ferries (car ferry crossings
  • The Piano Bar, Freshwater Bay (lunch for 2)
  • Dimbola Museum & Galleries (entrance tickets)
  • English Heritage/Osborne (entrance tickets)
  • Shanklin Chine (entrance tickets)
  • The George Hotel in Yarmouth (dinner for 2)
  • The V&A (Julia Margaret Cameron book)

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

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A exhibition ‘Julia Margaret Cameron’ has toured internationally, including Ghent Museum of Fine Arts and the Sydney Art Gallery of New South Wales.   After returning to the V&A Museum in London from November 2015, to February 2016, it then went on show at the Madrid Fundacion Mapfre from March 8th to May 8th. The exhibition will open at the Tokyo Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum from June 29th to July 2nd, running until September 25th 2016.

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

 

The bicentenary of Julia Margaret Cameron

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron…..

A sample itinerary for any media visiting The Isle of Wight who might like to “follow in the footsteps” of this famous Victorian pioneer photographer who lived and worked at Dimbola Lodge,

Freshwater became ‘home’ to a host of artists, writers, and intellectuals who regularly visited the Tennyson and the Cameron residences on the Isle of Wight.  The photographer Reginald Southey visited in 1857, followed by Charles Dodson (Lewis Carroll) in 1862, and Oscar Rejlander in 1863, who photographed both families and probably also worked on compositions with Cameron.

In her 15 years of work after the acquisition of her own camera, she would discuss practical and artistic matters pertaining to her photographic career with her friends from these circles – including the painter/photographer David Wynfield Wilkie, the sculptor and painter G.F. Watts, Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, Herschel, Taylor and Cole.

Other famous Victorians who lived nearby or made visits to Dimbola or Farringford include the Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt and the English stage actress and wife of Watts, Ellen Terry.

Pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron made figure studies of Pre-Raphaelite types – girls in flowing dresses with long hair, looking melancholy.  Her photographs of Ellen Terry can be viewed at Dimbola Lodge photographic museum at Freshwater Bay.

Today’s visitors to the Isle of Wight can also see some of the works and influences of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood at churches and other buildings across the Island.

Itinerary:

Day 1

Travel from Lymington to Yarmouth (or from Southampton/Portsmouth).  Return car ferry provided by either Wightlink or Red Funnel.

Arrive Isle of Wight.

Visit Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater Bay.

The former home of the pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron now houses the largest public collection in the UK of Cameron’s photographs and an historic camera collection.  As well as hosting a programme of regularly changing contemporary photography and art exhibitions Dimbola is also home to a permanent display on the history of the Isle of Wight Festival.

Light lunch offers at Sam’s Piano Bar, Freshwater Bay.

Walk part of Tennyson Trail, a 15-mile walk from Carisbrooke Castle to The Needles, http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dbimgs/10.Tennyson%20Trail.pdf

Overnight stay and evening meal in Ventnor, provided by Visit Isle of Wight.

Day 2

Explore the Victorian culture around St Lawrence, Ventnor and Bonchurch – a small village to the east of Ventnor.

Algernon Charles Swinburne grew up at Bonchurch, and said in a letter that he had climbed Culver Cliff at 17.[1] He is buried at Bonchurch Church.  Charles Dickens rented a house for the summer of 1845 at what is now the Winterbourne Country House in Bonchurch. He adored the views from St Boniface Downs, northwest of Bonchurch itself. It is believed that one of his most famous novels, ‘David Copperfield’, was written during his stay on the Island.

Visit Osborne, East Cowes.

The Beloved’ (1898) a painting of Christ by William Holman Hunt is on public display at Osborne House, East Cowes.  After seeing his work, Queen Victoria commissioned the painting for the Royal Collection.  Using vivid colours, Hunt depicts Christ staring skyward holding a scroll.  Inscribed on the frame is a biblical text:  “Lo, I come, in the volume of the Book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O God.”.

Lunch at the Terrace Restaurant, Osborne.

Depart Isle of Wight.

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For further information, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672      E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Image:    Julia Margaret Cameron, © Julia Margaret Cameron Trust

Editor’s Notes to Julia Margaret Cameron links with the Island

West Wight

Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater Bay, http://www.dimbola.co.uk/

The Tennyson Trail, a 15-mile walk from Carisbrooke Castle to The Needles,

http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dbimgs/10.Tennyson%20Trail.pdf

George Frederick Watts had a home on the Island, just outside Freshwater where he lived and worked for a number of years with his pupil the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Val Princep, whose family Watts had been close friends with in London.  There is a stained glass window in St Mary’s Church, Freshwater, depicting Sir Galahad based on a painting by Watts of his then wife, the actress Ellen Terry.

Farringford, home of Alfred Lord Tennyson http://farringford.co.uk/    (The house is private but there are 10 self-catering properties in the grounds and a licensed café in the grounds.   http://farringford.co.uk/tennyson)

South Wight

Explore the Victorian culture around St Lawrence, Ventnor and Bonchurch – a small village to the east of Ventnor.

Algernon Charles Swinburne grew up at Bonchurch, and said in a letter that he had climbed Culver Cliff at 17.[1] He is buried at Bonchurch Church.

Charles Dickens rented a house for the summer of 1845 at what is now the Winterbourne Country House in Bonchurch. He adored the views from St Boniface Downs, northwest of Bonchurch itself. It is believed that one of his most famous novels, ‘David Copperfield’, was written during his stay on the Island.

Central Wight

The stained glass windows at St Olave’s Church, Gatcombe, near Newport, are the work of William Morris and his Pre-Raphaelite Group dating from 1865 and 1866.

North Wight

The Beloved’ (1898) a painting of Christ by William Holman Hunt is on public display at Osborne House, East Cowes.  After seeing his work, Queen Victoria commissioned the painting for the Royal Collection.  Using vivid colours, Hunt depicts Christ staring skyward holding a scroll.  Inscribed on the frame is a biblical text:  “Lo, I come, in the volume of the Book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O God.”.

East Wight

Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, Queen Victoria’s daughter and a talented artist was a student of Richard Burchett, a British artist and educator on the fringes of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.   His View across Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight (1855) at the Victoria & Albert Museum is seen by modern historians as his best work.      Another Pre-Raphaelite artist, John Brett (1831-1902) also visited the Island where he painted landscapes.

Information on Dimbola Museum and Galleries

The former home of the pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron now houses the largest public collection in the UK of Cameron’s photographs and an historic camera collection.  As well as hosting a programme of regularly changing contemporary photography and art exhibitions Dimbola is also home to a permanent display on the history of the Isle of Wight Festival.

For further information, please contact the Exhibitions & Collections Coordinator Dr Rachel Flynn on: 01983 756 814 / rachel.flynn@dimbola.co.uk / www.dimbola.co.uk

Galleries, Museum and Tearooms Open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm, October to March, and 7 Days a week from 10am-5pm, April to September.

Adults £5; Concessions (Seniors, Students) £4.50; Families (2 Adults, 2 Children) £12; Under 18s £2; Under 5s Free; Art Fund, Friends of the JMCT, Museums Association Free.