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TOURISM CHIEFS BACK £350,000 INVESTMENT AT THE NEEDLES

Tourism chiefs on the Isle of Wight have unveiled a new Carousel and Taste of the Wight retail outlet at The Needles Landmark Attraction.

It’s part of a £350,000 investment by the site’s owners Heritage Great Britain plc and is being hailed as a significant boost to the Island’s tourism offer.

Improvements at the iconic landmark, which has more than half a million visitors every year, also include a refurbished Marconi monument, a new 4D film and improved signage.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive Member Economy and Tourism, Isle of Wight Council, said:

“We welcome this investment as a sign of confidence by the site’s owners as we look forward to welcoming a record number of visitors to the Island.

“This certainly adds to the offer and there is no doubt that the Isle of Wight is a must visit destination for tourists.”

David Thornton, Chief Executive, Visit Isle of Wight, said:

“The Needles is the most popular landmark for visitors to the Island but with many other high quality attractions, including award-winning beaches and a first class shopping offer, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Marino Zanti, General Manager, The Needles Landmark Attraction, said:

“It’s been an encouraging start to the new season with some positive feedback already about all of the improvements at The Needles Landmark Attraction.

“We’re delighted to unveil the new Carousel which we hope will bring back memories of the traditional fairground and people will enjoy for many, many years to come.”

For more information about The Needles Landmark Attraction visit www.theneedles.co.uk, follow on Twitter @VisitTheNeedles or facebook.com/visittheneedles

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10 OF THE WORLD’S BEST ICE CLIMBERS SCALE 115M CHALK CLIFFS ON ISLE OF WIGHT AT RED BULL WHITE CLIFFS COMPETITION

Isle of Wight, Sunday 19th October: 10 of the world’s best ice climbers took on the challenge of ascending sheer cliffs of chalk – one of the most difficult materials to climb – as the first ever Red Bull White Cliffs competition came to the Isle of Wight last weekend.

Overlooking the iconic Needles rocks on the Isle of Wight, the 115m overhanging cliff at Scratchell’s Bay pushed the climbers to their limits, really testing their skills ahead of the winter climbing season. The UK is the only place where chalk cliffs can be climbed and the unique competition format and environment challenged their stamina, endurance and skills in a complete new way.

Climber Gordon McArthur said of the location: “It’s wild. Every aspect of this climb and this venue is completely different and unknown, which makes it very exciting. I’ve never climbed anything like this before, with crashing waves right behind you. We’re used to climbing on limestone, but on chalk you are more on the edge of whether your tools will hold.”

Typically a World Cup ice climbing course is held over 15-25m pitches, but the Red Bull White Cliffs format challenged the climbers to ascend the full 115m cliff face as fast as they could.

Russia’s Aleksei Tomilov took first place ascending the cliff face in just 16 minutes 46 seconds. Jeff Mercier of France was second with a time of 19 minutes and 8 seconds and USA’s Will Mayo took third place in 21 minutes and 40 seconds.

As the person responsible for attracting and growing major events on the Island, Katie Jones of VIOW said: “We were delighted to have been a part of bringing this exciting, world-class event to the Isle of Wight.

“This spectacular competition highlights the Island’s position as one of the UK’s premier locations for outdoor adventure activities – and a place that is able to support and host unique and one-off global events.

“Our thanks to The Needles Park and The National Trust and all transport providers for making this happen, especially Wightlink who’s close proximity to The Needles made it even easier.”

Scratchell’s Bay is a bay on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight, England just to the south east of The Needles. The bay is best viewed from either the lookout point near the rocket launching facility or the Needles Old Battery National Trust property on the cliff top.

For more information about the Island’s exciting range of outdoor and adventure sports, including paragliding, mountain boarding, powerbiking, kitesurfing and climbing, go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/outdoor-and-adventure-activities

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

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Further still and moving images of the event can be downloaded at www.redbullcontentpool.com
https://www.redbullcontentpool.com/content/international/products/perm/1413792308280-1696819036

Results:
1st Aleksei Tomilov (Russia) – 16.46
2nd Jeff Mericer (France) – 19.08
3rd Will Mayo (USA) – 21.40
4th Israel Blanco (Spain) – 23.08
5th Calum Muskett (UK) – 23.57
6th Dennis Van Hoek (The Netherlands) – 26.25
7th Markus Bendler (Austria)- 26.28
8th Gordon McArthur (Canada) – 27.16
9th Greg Boswell (UK) – 27.26
10th Yves Heuberger (Switzerland) – 32.30
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

NEW TELEVISION SERIES SHOT ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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

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

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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