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The 2016 Acoustic Isle music festival: sounds like a great time to book a short break on the Isle of Wight (February 24 to March 6)

Every short break deserves its own soundtrack.  And from Wednesday February 24 to Sunday March 6 (Mother’s Day), the Isle of Wight will be providing just that, with its Acoustic Isle music festival, aimed at anyone wanting to combine an out-of-season coastal escape with some top quality live music in a wide variety of intimate settings.

The festival itself will feature a host of live performances in a wide variety of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants right across the Island – as a lively local music scene and a vibrant arts community come together under the Acoustic Isle banner to produce an infectious mix of harmonies and rhythmic guitars.

The Island boasts two of the biggest events on the summer calendar in The Isle of Wight Festival which takes place from June 9th-12th in 2016, and Bestival scheduled for September 8th-11th in 2016.  Other music events scheduled for the Isle of Wight in 2016 include Newport Jazz Weekend, a Ukulele Festival and V-Dub Island.

Acoustic Isle gives those festival-goers and many others the chance to come back and enjoy the “unplugged” ambience of the Isle of Wight from the relaxed comfort of a bar stool.  The Island has some fabulous places to stay: a night in Keats Cottage in Shanklin throughout Acoustic Isle, for example, costs £85 per room (if booked directly).  Return car ferry crossing, meanwhile, starts from £64.50 (for two passengers): check out theRed Funnel and Wight Link websites for full details.

For full details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle.


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

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672


Notes to Editors

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Enjoy Matris Diem on the Isle of Wight this year

Mums can be treated to a Roman holiday, a rare plant, a steam train ride, hand-made jewellery, and an afternoon combined with pottery making on the Isle of Wight this Mother’s Day.

An ideal destination for a short-break or a long-day away from the mainland, the Island has lined-up a host of special treats for March 30th – including a Roman Mothering Sunday, Matris Diem, at Brading Roman Villa.  The entrance cost of £15 per adult and £7.50 for children includes entrance to the Roman Villa and the current exhibition which is being run there in tandem with the British Museum.  So, as well as being able to enjoy a special three-course meal menu, visitors will also be able to see the world famous Warren Cup which featured recently on BBC TV’s “History of the World in 100 Objects”.  For full details, visit http://www.bradingromanvilla.org.uk.

Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight, meanwhile, has one of the most unusual gifts of all for mums, this Mother’s Day – a rare plant that has been carefully propagated at the world famous gardens.  All mums who dine at Ventnor Botanic Garden on March 30th will be eligible for the rare gift following a lunch, prepared by new head chef, Graham Walker.  Since starting at Ventnor Botanic Gardens in January, Graham has been creating menus using only the freshest, local (including Ventnor Botanic Garden’s own) ingredients.  His Mother’s Day menu includes Island smoked salmon, roast saddle of lamb, locally caught cod, Isle of Wight cheese, and baked lemon tart.  Two courses are £23.50 per person, and three courses are £27.50 per person, and with complimentary entry, the whole family can stroll around the Garden before sitting down to enjoy their meal.  Booking is essential, and details can be found at http://www.botanic.co.uk.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is also planning a special day out for Sunday, March 30th – a steam train journey through the countryside, followed by lunch in the railway’s vintage refreshment rooms.  To make her journey even more memorable, every mum will receive a free bunch of spring flowers.  Tickets, which include Steam Train Fares can be bought on the gate [Adults £12.00, Children (5-15) £6.00, Infants (0-4) free, Families £30.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children)].  Discounts are available by buying in advance, online at http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk.

Other, creative options on Mother’s Day on the Isle of Wight include a Sunday afternoon tea, for just £12.50 per person, at Chessell Pottery where mums accompanied by their children will not be charged a studio fee to paint a piece of pottery as a memento of a special day.  Booking is essential.  Visit http://www.chessellpotterybarns.co.uk for further details.

Quay Arts Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight, meanwhile, has come-up with another bright idea – by hosting a jewellery-making course on the weekend prior to Mother’s Day, when Melanie Swan will be teaching participants how to make delicate silver beads for pendants or earrings, with precious Metal Clay.  The course runs from 10am to 4pm and cost £56 per person.  For full details, visit http://www.quayarts.org.

Many of the Island’s leading hotels and restaurants are also offering Mother’s Day lunches and dinners.   Why not stay over in a cosy B&B, a premier hotel or one of the Island’s superb self-catering properties, such as Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park near Ventnor?  Surrounded by beautiful open countryside and just minutes by car from the superb beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor, the holiday park was originally part of the grounds of the nearby historic Appuldurcombe House. http://www.appuldurcombegardens.co.uk/

Anyone wanting further details of where to stay and how to reach the Island should visit http://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