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NEW PUB TO BE SECOND-SMALLEST ON ISLE OF WIGHT

Real ale drinkers will soon have a new spot to visit on the Isle of Wight – the Cowes Ale House, reports iwcp.co.uk. Owners Mark and Debbie Ridett already run one ale-driven pub – Newport Ale House – and their second will have an unusual claim to fame; it will be the second-smallest pub on… Read more »

ISLE OF WIGHT WALKING FESTIVAL GETS NEW SPONSOR

Exodus Travels has been revealed as the new sponsor of this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival, dailyecho.co.uk reports. The company, which organises activity holidays, will offer participants a chance to win an eight-day walking holiday for two people in Italy as part of the sponsorship. Talking about the deal, Elaine Cesar, Isle of Wight… Read more »

PAUL WELLER AND LAWSON JOIN ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Paul Weller, Lawson and Ke$ha are amongst the acts announced to perform at this years Isle of Wight Festival, reports capitalfm.com. They join the remaining acts already confirmed for the festival, which takes place at the Island’s Seaclose Park. These include The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi. Former Jam frontman Weller will appear… Read more »

ISLAND GROUPS LINE UP CALENDAR OF WINTER EVENTS

A series of environmentally-minded events have been lined up for various locations around the Island this winter, iwcp.co.uk reports. Whilst this time of year is a typically quiet period as far as tourism is concerned, local groups have set about organising a number of events in the hope of entertaining local residents, whilst also encouraging… Read more »

ISLE OF WIGHT NAMED DINOSAUR CAPITAL

The Isle of Wight has been named the dinosaur capital of Britain following the publication of a new study, reports telegraph.co.uk. Dr Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum has compiled a Dinosaur Map of Britain that shows the island has more fossils than even the ‘Jurassic Coast’ in Dorset. Isle of Wight hotels may… Read more »

LOCALS LOBBY AGAINST WIGHTLINK CUTS

Over 100 people have lobbied Wightlink to reconsider its decision to cut its services across the Solent, iwradio.co.uk reports. The ferry operator has said it needs to cut loss-making sailings and make some 80 redundancies in order to make the business more viable and keep the service more sustainable. Local residents, however, have registered their… Read more »

HOVERTRAVEL CANVASSES OPINION ON PEAK-TIME CHANGES

Hovertravel is to hold consultations with residents and travellers to the Isle of Wight regarding potential service changes, justwight.com reports. The company, which runs the hovercraft service between Southsea and Ryde, has claimed that short turnarounds during peak operating hours have impacted its performance targets. Furthermore, slight delays as the crafts deal with huge volumes… Read more »

ANGLER CATCHES BIGGEST COD SEEN ON IOW IN YEARS

British angler Eric Binding has become the talk of the fishing world with his capture of a 37lb 8oz giant cod – taken south of the Nab area on the Isle of Wight. The fish is one of five 30lb plus fish to be caught in what gofishing.co.uk is calling a “golden seven-day period” for… Read more »

ROAD CLOSURES IN PLACE FOR A REASON, COUNCIL SAYS

Those taking Isle of Wight breaks this Christmas should take the road closures across the island very seriously, the local council has confirmed. This applies to local residents, too, who have reportedly been trying to drive down roads that were closed for health and safety reasons. This was namely due to the severe flooding around… Read more »