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Isle of Wight invites holidaymakers to “Return to Adventure Island”

The Isle of Wight is being promoted as one, big holiday island attraction in a summer-long campaign that’s being dubbed “Return to Adventure Island”.

Just launched, and based squarely on the fact that visitors and families have been coming on holiday to the Island for almost two centuries, the campaign is designed to help illustrate that fact that there are now more reasons than ever before to book a visit the Isle of Wight.

Visitors over the decades have discovered there are so many places to see and things to do on an Island the size of Inner London.  So many of them are natural, some are man-made, but all combine to offer a host of holiday memories that last a lifetime…and also keep generations of families coming back for more.

It’s a timeless, magical Island, that can only be reached from the mainland across a small strip of water – giving trippers, tourists and travellers that true holiday feeling.

And in 2017 The Island will welcome several new attractions and experiences, including the Tiny Homes Holidays concept; Modulogs at Tom’s Eco Lodge; a magical Underwater Kingdom at Blackgang Chine; Jurassic Golf on Shanklin Seafront; and even the appearance of the little Squirrel Monkey which has just been rescued by Monkey Haven.

The Island as a whole is perfect for families who want to enjoy themselves together at the likes of Needles Landmark Attraction, or follow in the footsteps of Dinosaurs along the beaches; and the Return to Adventure Island campaign captures the essence of it all – from the glorious beaches to thrilling adventures, and the great range of accommodation to fabulous festivals.

Stay in a treehouse.  Search for red squirrels.  And learn bushcraft on the beach.  Then, after lobster on chips, take an exhilarating ride to a Victorian fort.  Or, travel back in time with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and visit a National Museum of Poo!  As visitors over the centuries have discovered, every day can be a fresh adventure.

Betters still, it’s all just two hours hours away from London, followed by a 10 minute Hovercraft ride to the Island – with car and passenger ferries connecting the Island from Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

The ferry companies and Hovertravel run regular promotions, including day returns from £5, and it’s also possible to also book great value tickets that combine transport with entrance into the leading attractions

Full details can be found at https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/escape-to-adventure-island.

Visitors who book their holiday to Isle of Wight through Visit Isle of Wight, meanwhile, will be invited to download a free app for their iPhone or Android smartphone.  The Adventure Island App, which launches on April 1, is packed with insider’s tips and trails to help holidaymakers make the most of their stay.

It also gives all visitors the chance to take part in a virtual treasure hunt with lots of prizes on offer including, for one lucky family, the chance to win back the entire cost of their holiday.

The Return to Adventure Island website will also feature all of the latest special offers for deals on accommodation: when searching to find the perfect place to stay, just look out for the blue suitcase featured on selected accommodation for special deals with ferry inclusive prices.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


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

Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

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

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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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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


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

Notes to editors:

Further still and moving images of the event can be downloaded at www.redbullcontentpool.com

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