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Isle of Wight News

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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ISLE OF WIGHT ATTRACTIONS UP FOR AWARDS

Two tourist hotspots on the Isle of Wight have been shortlisted for accolades at this year’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence. A recreational tree company and the Island’s much loved stream railway will aim to impress the judges at the 2013/13 ceremony, which awards exemplary attractions in the South East. Goodleaf Tree Climbing centre teaches… Read more »

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EIGHT IN 10 BOOK HOLIDAYS ONLINE, STUDY FINDS

Cited by travelweekly.co.uk, nine out of 10 surveyed by FairFX said they conducted their holiday research online, with eight out of 10 going on to make a booking over the internet. The research threw up further surprises, as despite VisitBritain’s efforts to drive tourism into London, FairFX readings show that relaxing beach holidays are currently… Read more »

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