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An invitation to visit the Isle of Wight on a new PURE WIGHT experience (subject to availability)

Visit Isle of Wight has joined forces with several outdoor activity providers to create an adventure-packed “Pure Wight” experience for 2015.

To help promote this we would like to challenge you to experience four of the key “Pure Wight” activities on a short break to the Isle of Wight.

Create your own weekend of adventure from the following:

  • Kayaking around Freshwater Bay
  • Mountain Boarding on Tennyson Down
  • A Segway ride around St Helens
  • Tree Climbing Experience at Appley Park
  • A Rib Ride out to The Needles Rocks
  • An “Arrive and Drive” race session at Wight Karting’s circuit
  • Half-day mountain bike excursion on a route of your choosing
  • Coasteering experience along the cliffs at Freshwater and into the caves at Watcombe Bay
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga session at Bembridge Harbour

You will then travel to the Isle of Wight on a Friday evening (ferry crossing included) to a meet and greet with Visit Isle of Wight, who will give you your weekend itinerary.

  • Friday you will stay overnight at a B&B/hotel close to your first activity
  • Saturday you will complete 3 activities
  • Saturday evening meal arranged by Visit Isle of Wight
  • Overnight stay at a B&B/hotel close to your final activity
  • Sunday you will complete your final activity

If you are planning on visiting without a car transfers will be arranged between activities and accommodation – alternatively bike hire will be made available, and activity locations can be moved to suit.

Later in 2015 a “Pure Wight” challenge will be launched, inviting outdoor pursuit enthusiasts to tackle 10 adrenaline activities in just three days (Friday to Sunday.)  These activities will be a Rib Ride, Kayaking, Go Karting, Tree Climbing, Coasteering, Mountain Boarding, a Segway Ride, Mountain Biking, Zorbing and Paragliding.  Visit Isle of Wight can arrange an exclusive preview of this challenge on request (subject to availability.)

To book your visit

Please contact Ian Weightman at ian.iwms@virgin.net


The Easter break arrives earlier this year, and whilst the forward-forecast heatwave may see you rushing for our award-winning beaches – just in case it doesn’t materialise we have a huge range of family-friendly events, activities and attractions to keep you entertained.

Yarmouth Duck Race (Saturday 4th April)

Easily one of the biggest competitor sports events on the Island outside of Cowes Week is the Yarmouth Duck Race. However in sharp contrast to the world’s best known sailing regatta in August, the 1200 competitors are all bright yellow, and approximately 10cm tall.

Nevertheless spectators will still enjoy a great day of racing at this traditional Easter Saturday event, which starts at 3pm on the river by the Yar Bridge. You can even put your name to a racing duck for a £1 – you will be hard pressed to sponsor a competing vessel in Cowes Week at those prices.  http://www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk/

Snail Mail (30th March to 2nd April)

Kicking off a busy first season at the recently transformed Ventnor Exchange is “Snail Mail” – an immersive theatre production for families which will transform the arts venue into a unique world for the audience to explore

The Exchange is operated under the watchful eyes of the creative team behind Ventnor Fringe, and combines an intimate theatre with a record store, and a craft beer bar. In addition to “Snail Mail”, which takes place from 30th March to 2nd April, they have also confirmed many other great events well worth checking out in the forthcoming months.    For more info go to www.ventnorexchange.co.uk

World of the Clown at Piano Café (10th April)

Having once reigned supreme at the heart of circuses and the world of entertainment, the image of the clown has taken a few knocks over the years – largely thanks to Stephen King scaring the bejeebers out of everybody in his 80s horror novel “IT”.

Dispelling the negative image on the 10th April will be “Vercoe” the clown – a traditional performer who has appeared on stage with the likes of the great Buster Keaton. His one-man “World of the Clown” show at the charming Piano Café, in Freshwater Bay, will feature fascinating talks and demonstrations from his years in the business, from “man to clown” and back again. http://www.thepianocafe.co.uk/

Design your own egg cup at Chessell Pottery (3rd to 6th April)

Get creative at Chessell Pottery this Easter and produce your own egg cup memento to take away and cherish with boiled egg and soldiers for years to come. A great activity for the whole family to get involved in, plus a chance to produce a last-minute personalised gift.

It only costs £6.95, with your egg cup included, and decorating sponges (which include rabbits, chicks, lambs and of course eggs) are all provided. http://www.chessellpotterybarns.co.uk/

Easter Egg Trail

One of the biggest draws of Easter for many of us is the opportunity to feast on chocolate eggs, and a well-earned egg tastes better than any other. Many of our family-friendly attractions will be running their own takes on a traditional egg hunt over Easter weekend, with the “Mad Easter Egg Dash” at Robin Hill Country Park on the 5th & 6th April, and “Cadbury Easter Egg Trails” at Mottistone Gardens on 5th April and Newtown Nature Reserve on the 6th April.

Easter Fun Event

With so many things to do on the Isle of Wight you might be spoilt for choice. So why not keep in the seasonal mood by heading to one of our great attractions that will be running Easter Fun events over Easter and the school holidays?

There is Easter Family Fun at The Needles Landmark Attraction, from 28th March to 19th April, with their brand new film experience – The Lost World – showing in the 4D cinema. Queen Victoria’s seaside palace at Osborne will be running their own “Easter Fun” over Easter weekend, where you can follow in the footsteps of her Royal Children, from 3rd to 6th April. Then over the same weekend the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Easter Fun will see “kids go free”, and will be also be inviting them to take part in their daily Easter bonnet parades.

Anyone wanting further information about where to stay and how to reach the Island should visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


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

Image of Yarmouth Duck Race attached.

About 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

Award-winning beaches

Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe. With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island yields a fantastic array of beaches, which were awarded a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in 2014 – more than any other destination in England http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/attractions/beaches






A new Chinese name for The Needles has been revealed following ten weeks of voting in China.

National tourism agency VisitBritain has revealed the new Mandarin name for the landmark attraction as part of its ‘GREAT Chinese Names for GREAT Britain’ campaign.

Out of three possible naming suggestions chosen by the Chinese public, The Needles has decided to adopt the new Mandarin name Hai Huang Ji, translated in English as Poseidon’s Trident. This was the most popular receiving almost a thousand votes.

Now that the winning names have been revealed, VisitBritain has been working together with 101 attractions across the country to decide how they might use these results and the publicity that the campaign has generated.
The Needles has chosen to embrace its new Mandarin name and is briefing staff on the new name and adding it to the attraction’s website and using on social media.

Marino Zanti, general manager of The Needles landmark attraction commented:

“As the most visited landmark and attraction on the Isle of Wight, we’re thrilled to have been featured in this high profile campaign. We’ve seen the Chinese market grow dramatically over the past two years and we hope to welcome many more Chinese visitors to the Needles in coming seasons. ‘Poseidon’s Trident’ is a fitting alternative name for the Needles rocks as an association with the ‘God of the Sea’ befits a national coastal landmark of our stature.”

Joss Croft, Marketing Director at VisitBritain said:

“The campaign has given The Needles huge exposure across China and the opportunity to create a unique affinity with potential Chinese tourists. We hope the attraction’s new Mandarin name raises its profile and enables it to compete effectively for the world’s biggest outbound market, which will deliver local growth and jobs across the south of England.”

China is now the world’s largest outbound market, with visitors to Britain already spending £500 million. VisitBritain has ambitious plans to double the value of that market by 2020 and to ensure that growth is spread across the nations and regions.

For more information about The Needles landmark attraction visit www.theneedles.co.uk or follow on Twitter @VisitTheNeedles

For further information please contact Richard Clein on 0151 362 0023 or 07803 729133.

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