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TWO ISLE OF WIGHT ATTRACTIONS GAIN EDUCATIONAL AWARDS

Two Isle of Wight attractions have been named as ideal places for children to learn. Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House, which are both English Heritage sites, were awarded as part of a new incentive to honour attractions which offer great learning facilities for the children who visit. The new ‘Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge’… Read more »

NEW TOURISM BOSS APPOINTED FOR THE ISLAND

David Thornton has been appointed the new as chief executive of a new tourist board whose aim is to promote the Isle of Wight as a world-class holiday destination, redfunnel.co.uk reports. Mr Thornton has taken on the position of chief executive at Visit Isle of Wight after 25 years in the industry, which saw positions… Read more »

FIRST EVER FERRY CATWALK SHOW TAKES PLACE ON HOVERCRAFT

Holidaymakers off on their Isle of Wight breaks were surprised to find themselves witnessing a fashion show when they travelled by hovercraft this Tuesday (4th September). Hovertravel staff changed out of their normal clothes to model local eco-fashion brand Rapanui’s new season collection ahead of London Fashion Week, which takes place from 14-18 September. Staff… Read more »

DRIVE IS ON TO MAKE ISLE OF WIGHT FIRST SUSTAINABLE REGION

Three new green initiatives were launched last week in the hope of making the Isle of Wight the first sustainable region in Britain, reports iwcp.co.uk. The initiatives were launched by community interest company, Ecoisland, which has teamed up with Toyota GB to offer low-carbon transport, meaning people taking Isle of Wight breaks can relax when… Read more »

WORLD’S LARGEST UNION JACK RESTORED

The world’s largest Union Jack, which is painted on the hangar doors at Venture Quays, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, has now been fully restored, iwradio.co.uk reports. The painting was restored to its former glory to mark a historic British year which included the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics. Local residents, sailing… Read more »

BESTIVAL SELLS OUT

Camping tickets for this year’s Bestival have sold out, although a number of non-camping weekend tickets are still available, iwcp.co.uk reports. The Isle of Wight bash, which takes place at Robin Hill Country Park in September, has sold out of camping tickets for the eighth year in a row, albeit with just one week to… Read more »

WIGHTLINK TO BRING WINTER TIMETABLE IN EARLY

Wightlink has warned all tourists gearing up for their Isle of Wight holidays to be aware of an early change to the timetable, bbc.co.uk reports. Blaming the summer washout for a downturn in passengers, Wightlink explained it is bringing in the winter timetable two months earlier than normal. Typically, the winter timetable would come into… Read more »

OLYMPIANS AND TV PERSONALITIES FOR COWES WEEK CHARITY SAIL

Celebrities and Olympic Royalty are to descend on the Isle of Wight today (Thursday) for the Cowes Week Artemis Challenge, sail-world.com reports. Zara Phillips, who took silver at the London Olympics, will be in attendance, riding around the island on motor yacht Rum Jungle. So too will Olympic silver medal winning windsurfer Nick Dempsey. Team… Read more »

ISLE OF WIGHT HAS BECOME AN APRICOT-GROWING HOTSPOT

The Isle of Wight is proving to be one of the most successful places in the UK to grow apricots, thanks to its warm weather. According to guardian.co.uk consumer affairs correspondent, Rebecca Smithers, the fruit is a predominantly French product, but changing weather patterns have made Britain a more suitable place to cultivate apricots –… Read more »