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NEW GUIDE AIMS TO BOOST IOW’S ANTIQUE APPEAL

A new fold out map has been produced with the aim of boosting the Isle of Wight’s reputation as a top ‘antiquing’ destination.

In an attempt to build on the momentum created by TV shows recently visiting the Island, Anthea Payne, the owner of vintage home decor store Anthea’s Emporium, has spent winter creating a fold-out guide of the IOW’s most popular antique exhibitions and places of interest.

According to onthewight.com, the Island’s very first ‘Antiques Trail’ contains a calender packed with collectors’ fairs, book fairs and auctions, with local antique retailers also receiving a mention.

While the calender will give locals the chance to catch more vintage-themed happenings around their area, the provision of dates and times will make it a lot easier for vintage enthusiasts to book their Isle of Wight breaks to coincide with key events.

In words that are likely to resonate well with local tourism bosses, talking to iwcp.co.uk, Ms Payne said her new guide gave people all they needed to know to plan a trip to the Island with antiques in mind.

“I realised there was a need for a guide to the antiques network on the Island and wanted to create a map-style leaflet to make it simpler for visitors to plan their visits and find their way to our doors,” she added.

A launch for the guide comes in light of a grand opening for Ms Payne’s very first permanent shop, Number Twenty, in Yarmouth High Street.