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Limited edition ‘Gift of Pure Island Happiness’ available this Christmas

Romantic gift givers are invited to share some Isle of Wight love this Christmas with an exclusive limited edition gift package only available from Visit Isle of Wight, the destination management organisation for the UK’s holiday Island.

Featuring a unique collaboration with Liz Earle, the Gift of Pure Island Happiness gives the purchaser a beautiful gift for under the tree on Christmas Day as well as a voucher for a romantic short break on the Isle of Wight in 2017.

On Christmas Day, the lucky recipient of The Gift of Pure Island Happiness will receive a beautifully presented gift box with full details of their stay, an award winning Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth starter kit from Liz Earle and a set of specially commissioned postcards featuring stunning Isle of Wight scenes.  Also included is your hotel reservation for the perfect romantic spring break, a map of the Isle of Wight and codes for discounted travel to the Isle of Wight.

Prices range from £245 to £425 and the luxurious accommodation on offer includes stays at The Caledon Guest House in Cowes, The Leconfield on Bonchurch Downs, The Royal Hotel, Ventnor and The Liz Earle House at The Westbay Club and Spa in Yarmouth.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said “The Isle of Wight in spring is a fabulous place to take your other half and create some wonderful holiday memories. Wrap up warm and walking along one of our gorgeous beaches or to relax by a log fire, in a cosy countryside pub with a glass of wine in your hand; the Isle of Wight really is the perfect romantic destination.

The Gift of Pure Island Happiness promises the recipient an unforgettable short break to look forward to in the spring, staying at a wonderful hotel or resort and enjoying quality time together.”

Ordering is simple via the Visit Isle of Wight website. Helpful Visit Isle of Wight Travel Ambassadors will then handle the booking process and send the gift out via Royal Mail in good time for Christmas.

All that’s needed is for the purchaser to put the gift under the tree and enjoy the moment…and the thought of the romantic Isle of Wight spring break to come.

For more information and to purchase The Gift of Pure Island Happiness head to


For more information contact
Abi Fox, abi@visitwight.org, 01983 521555 ext. 22


Notes to Editors

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The Gift of Pure Island Happiness is a collaborative gift package created by Visit Isle of Wight and supported by Liz Earle and Isle of Wight accommodation providers. It is a pilot scheme for 2016.

There are 4 fantastic Pure Island Happiness gift boxes to choose from

  • The Silver package at £245 which includes 2-nights in a luxury B&B.
  • The Gold package at £295 which includes 2-nights in a high-quality hotel or B&B and dinner for two on one of the nights.
  • The Platinum package at £345 which includes 2-nights at one of the Island’s most luxurious hotels, a glass of champagne on arrival and dinner on one of the nights.
  • The Premium package includes 2-nights stay at West Bay in the House of Liz Earle Beauty, The Liz Earle Pure Radiance Facial for two people (exclusive to the Island Wellness Spa), complimentary Guest Membership of the Country Club, a selection of Liz Earle Naturally Active products to take home with you, free car ferry travel for two, a bottle of Prosecco plus few local groceries to get you started, including fresh Isle of Wight bread, eggs, milk, cheeses and tomatoes.

Once people have enquired about a particular package they will receive a call from a Visit Isle of Wight Travel Ambassador

The Gift of Pure Island Happiness could also be purchased for birthdays or anniversaries encouraging visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and explore the Island in the Spring.


Green-fingered Islanders came together at a ‘red carpet’ style awards ceremony, held at The Botanic Gardens in Ventnor today (Wednesday, August 19th), to find out how their horticultural and floral displays had been judged in this year’s Wight in Bloom campaign.

Managed by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) and co-funded by the DMO (Destination Marketing Organisation), Red Funnel Ferriesand a range of sponsors, Wight in Bloom 2015 is being developed as a curtain-raiser to VIOW’s Garden Isle campaign, which will coincide with Visit England’s Year of the Garden 2016.

Wight in Bloom is open to all Island residents and organisations with the aim to make the Island a brighter, greener place to live and visit.

The awards were presented by the celebrity gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh, who was revealed as Patron of the newly introduced horticultural competition at a “floating garden” launch event held on board Red Funnel’s Red Eagle car ferry in May.

The results come after judges visited Island gardens earlier this summer. Entries were shortlisted for one of the nine awards on offer and judged by a team of volunteers that included Island horticultural businesses, as well as Peggy Jarman, Honorary President of Wight in Bloom.

Winners in each category received gardening vouchers and tools, sponsored by local garden centres and tourism businesses, in recognition for the skill and pride they displayed in their gardens and neighbourhoods.

Ventnor Botanic Gardens were the venue sponsor, while Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare provided gift bags containing beauty products for all of the main winners.  The live music performances were kindly supplied by Classic Isle.  There was also a prize for the overall winner who was presented with a glass trophy, courtesy of The Needles Landmark Attraction.

With more than 100 entrants this year, including small and large front gardens, schools, community groups, towns and villages, the results announced at the prestigious awards ceremony were “blooming” marvellous in each of the nine categories.


Category 1 – Best Small Front Garden

Sponsored by Care in the Garden, Wootton

1st                                 David Mansfield, Binstead

2nd                                Carol Pryke, Binstead

Highly Commended     Pamela Toms, Northwood


Category 2 – Best Large Front Garden

Sponsored by Thompson Plant & Garden Centre

1st                                Hilary Wellsted, Bembridge

2nd                               Mr & Mrs Denness, Sandown

Highly Commended    Mrs J Hinton, Niton


Category 3 – Best Public House Garden

Sponsored by Medina Garden Centre

1st                                The Buddle Inn, Niton

2nd                               The Dairyman’s Daughter, Arreton

Highly Commended    Vernon Cottage Tearoom, Tavern and Restaurant


Category 4 – Best Accommodation Garden

Sponsored by Busy Bee Garden Centre

1st                                The Havelock

2nd                                Bembridge Coast Hotel

Highly Commended     Heatherleigh Guest House


Category 5 – Best Senior Citizen Complex, Nursing Home, Care Home

Sponsored by Jubilee Garden Centre

1st                                 Chemotherapy Garden, NHS Trust, St Marys Hospital

2nd                                 Knights Court, Ventnor

Highly Commended      The Briars, Sandown


Category 6 – Best Young People Initiative

Sponsored by Honnor & Jeffrey Garden Centre

1st                                  Bembridge C of E Primary

2nd                                 The Children’s House Montessori

Highly Commended      Northwood Primary School


Category 7 – Best Community Floral Project

Sponsored by Ager Farm Nursery

1st                                   Aspire, Trinity Building, Ryde

2nd                                   East Cowes Floating Bridge and Carosal

– Care in the Garden, Wootton

Highly Commended        War Memorial Gardens Bembridge

–      Bembridge Weeders


Category 8 – Best Tourist Attraction Garden – Large  

Sponsored by Forest View Nursery                                

1st                                   Mottistone Gardens – National Trust

2nd       Joint                    Osborne House – English Heritage

2nd       Joint                    Ventnor Botanic Gardens


Best Tourist Attraction Garden – Small 

Sponsored by Forest View Nursery

 1st                                     Rylstone Crazy Golf & Tea Gardens 

 2nd                                     The Old Smithy, Godshill

Highly Commended          Model Village, Godshill


Overall Winner             

Sponsored by The Needles Landmark Attraction

Aspire, Trinity Building, Ryde


Alan Titchmarsh MBE, VMH (Victoria Medal of Honour RHS), said:  “Today it is my pleasure and privilege to present these awards to such worthy winners. You have produced such stunning plant and floral displays which delight so many people on a daily basis.

“All our winners would, I am sure, have put their skills to good use without this competition but, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to publicly reward our green- fingered Islanders and say thank you.”

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “Alan’s involvement played a huge part in the promotion and success of the campaign and has meant that entries increased by more than 30% this year.  This is a stunning result and I would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who made a special effort to make the Island look its best.”

Simon Dabell, Chairman of Visit Isle of Wight, who welcomed guests to the awards ceremony, said: “Each individual garden plays its part in making the Island an even lovelier place, both for people who live here and for visitors.

“This year’s competition is particularly special as Visit Isle of Wight will be continuing to put the Garden Isle landscape at the heart of its marketing message in 2016”.

Kevin George, Chief Executive of Red Funnel, said: “Red Funnel is delighted to be sponsoring Wight in Bloom for a second year. The competition has brought vibrancy and colour to the visitor experience and we would like to congratulate the winners and runners-up as well as thank all those who entered”.


Notes to Editors

Images attached:

L to R – Kevin George, Chief Executive of Red Funnel Ferries, with the team from Aspire, receiving their award from Alan Titchmarsh.

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

Judging criteria for the competition is based on a points system and marked on:

Overall impression

  • General design and layout
  • Range and use of plants displayed
  • Use of flower and foliage; colour in design
  • Presentation and maintenance
  • Innovation, creativity in design, colours etc


The Overall Winner was selected from the 9 winners of each category, and was the garden with the highest points scored.

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.


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