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What to look forward to in 2016: Episode 45

What to look forward to in 2016 on the Isle of Wight
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In this weeks' episode we preview a flavour of the main events on the Isle of Wight in 2016 and what you can look forward to if you live on the Island or are planning to visit.

A review of the Isle of Wight Brewery's Wight Christmas Ale

 In our last episode of the Podcast we reviewed a number of Isle of Wight Ale's but completely missed one of the main breweries, the Isle of Wight Brewery, which just happens to make the award winning Wight Christmas. So in the spirit of balance we review the Wight Christmas Ale in today's episode. 

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • The Pickle Wars - 24th & 25th January 2016
  • Acoustic Isle - 24th February - 6th March 2016
  • Walking Festival - April 2016
  • Wolverton manor Folk festival - May 2016
  • Walk the Wight - May 2016
  • Riverfest
  • Randonee 
  • Isle of Wight Festival 
  • Newport Jazz Festival 
  • Isle of Wight County Show or Ag Show as it is known to the locals
  • Shipwreck Isle - June 
  • V-dub Festival - July 
  • Round the Island Race - July  
  • Highland Gathering
  • Cowes Week 
  • Ventnor Fringe Festival 
  • Jack up the 80's
  • Garlic Festival 
  • Rhythm Tree Festival 
  • Isle of Wight Steam Show
  • Scooter Rally 
  • Fort Walk 
  • Bestival 
  • Sweetcorn festival 
  • Classic Isle 
  • Wight Challenge 
  • So much to do on the Island in 2016 

 Please note that there is no Yarmouth Gaffers in 2016 and no Isle of Arts 2016

 Links you may find helpful 

Things to do in January on the Isle of Wight 

www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk

Buy your tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 here - Tickets cost £200 with the booking fee

 

The Ultimate Guide to the Isle of Wight  

Is available to listen online on this website now click here or on iTunes click here.

 


 Our Sponsor for this show is The Wight Choice Card

The Wight Choice is a local loyalty card scheme for the Isle of Wight that rewards you for shopping locally. Show your Wight Choice card when using one of the 50 participating businesses on the Island and receive a discount.

Like us the guys at The Wight Choice believe in supporting local, independent businesses.

The way it works is that you purchase your card online and you will receive a card in the post. Then you show it at one of the participating businesses and you’ll receive discounts from 10 to 50%.

No vouchers, no hassle, and only one yearly fee. If you use our affiliate link to purchase your Card you will get an additional 10% off making the card even better value at £13.50. Considering you could save hundreds of pounds on your day-to-day living cost, we think that’s great value for money.

What are you waiting for! 

It’s easy! Simply click here, follow the 2 or 3 steps and you’ll soon have your personalised Wight Choice card pop through your letterbox!

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*Please note we will receive a commission for any cards that are purchased using the link in our website. It will not cost you any extra, in fact it actually costs you less if you use our links.

Direct download: Episode_45.mp3
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Real Ale : A Taste of the Isle of Wight
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In this weeks' super fun Christmas episode we bring you a review of some of the finest real Ale's produced on the Isle of Wight.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • 7 different Craft beers and ales brewed on the Isle of Wight
  • Taste, smell and strength
  • The different brewers found on the Island
  • Information on Yates and Goddards brewery
  • Where you can buy these different Ales
  • Which one ends up our favourite

 

 

Links you may find helpful 

Goddards Brewery

Yates Brewery

Quarr abbey

The Garlic Farm

Buy your tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 here - Tickets cost £200 with the booking fee

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The Ultimate Guide to the Isle of Wight  

Is available to listen online on this website now click here or on iTunes click here.

 


 Our Sponsor for this show is The Wight Choice Card

The Wight Choice is a local loyalty card scheme for the Isle of Wight that rewards you for shopping locally. Show your Wight Choice card when using one of the 50 participating businesses on the Island and receive a discount.

Like us the guys at The Wight Choice believe in supporting local, independent businesses.

The way it works is that you purchase your card online and you will receive a card in the post. Then you show it at one of the participating businesses and you’ll receive discounts from 10 to 50%.

No vouchers, no hassle, and only one yearly fee. If you use our affiliate link to purchase your Card you will get an additional 10% off making the card even better value at £13.50. Considering you could save hundreds of pounds on your day-to-day living cost, we think that’s great value for money.

What are you waiting for! 

It’s easy! Simply click here, follow the 2 or 3 steps and you’ll soon have your personalised Wight Choice card pop through your letterbox!

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*Please note we will receive a commission for any cards that are purchased using the link in our website. It will not cost you any extra, in fact it actually costs you less if you use our links.

Direct download: Episode_44.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

The Needles Pleasure Park: Episode 43

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In this weeks' episode we bring you a review of the Needles Pleasure Park which we have visited in the summer and for one of their Christmas special weekends.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Why the Pleasure Park has built up here
  • All about the beautiful views of the Needles
  • The chair lift
  • What rides they have on offer
  • Jurassic Golf
  • Shopping and eating at the Needles
  • Unusual gifts
  • Coloured Sand and the perfect Isle of Wight souvenir
  • Glass blowing
  • Sweet making demonstration
  • 4D Cinema

In the News

Ali's News is about success for local businesses at the Beautiful South Awards.

Tony has news about a derelict holiday camp with planning permission for redevelopment, Southern Vectis scoop an award and a charity fund raising attempt to stay awake for 36 hours.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the End of the Line Cafe, Freshwater a lovely cafe with scenic walks and a garden centre near by.

Links you may find helpful 

Needles Pleasure Park

Beautiful South Awards

End of the Line Cafe

Buy your tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 here - Tickets cost £200 with the booking fee

 

Direct download: Episode_43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Christmas Shopping on the Isle of Wight: Episode 42

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In this weeks' episode it is all about shopping with a difference and supporting local independent traders. We bring you a guide to where to shop for those extra special unique Christmas gifts on the of Isle of Wight.

You will be surprised about the variety of places and types of gifts you can find when Christmas shopping on the Island.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Why we love shopping locally
  • Where to shop on the Isle of Wight
  • Gifts with a difference for your relatives on and off the Island
  • Gift voucher ideas for those last minute gifts
  • Why the Wight Choice card is the perfect gift for a friend or relative who loves the Island too
  • Hurst - The Islands Independent Department Store with branches in Newport, Cowes, Freshwater, Ventnor and Shanklin!
  • Oasis near Brading
  • Busy Bees, Ryde
  • The Garlic Farm, Newchurch for some foodie gifts
  • The House of Chilli, Arreton for some HOT foodie gifts
  • Rectory Mansion, Brading
  • Made on the Isle of Wight, Ryde
  • Shanklin Old Village
  • Godshill
  • Free Parking across long stay car parks on the Isle of Wight on Small Business Saturday - 5th December 2015 (check signs carefully!)

In the News

Ali's News is about a Christmas Event with a difference. Instead of meeting Father Christmas you can head along to Ventnor and meet the Grinch when Ventnor becomes 'Whoville' for the day. On Saturday 12th December 2015 you can head to Ventnor to meet the Grinch at St Francis School from 10am. There are various events throughout the town during the day.

Tony has three lots of news this week including how to get hold of a free 20ft Christmas Tree, a long queue for a new shop 'Pandora' in Newport, and the discovery and blowing up of a World War 2 bomb in the Solent.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the Hare and Hounds, near Arreton a chain pub providing consistently good food.

Links you may find helpful 

Made on the Isle of Wight

Hurst & Sons

For the free Christmas Tree contact Gillian & Martin on 01983 862881

Isle of Wight Toy Appeal

Busy Bees - for more on Busy Bees check out the Ultimate Guide Podcast

 

Buy your tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 here - Tickets cost £200 with the booking fee

Direct download: Episode_42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31am EDT

The Top Places to see Santa this Christmas

In this weeks' episode we are getting all christmasy and bring you the best places to see Santa this year on the Isle of Wight.

You will be surprised about the variety of places that you can meet Father Christmas this year.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • See Santa for free at the Newport light switch on & carnival Saturday 28th November 2015
  • The Blonde Bombshell Band
  • Will Benedict Cumberbatch be switching on Newport's lights?
  • Busy Bees Santa's grotto
  • Havenstreet Steam Railway for a trip on the train and a visit to Santa
  • The Needles Pleasure Park, by far the best value this December
  • The Victorian Christmas at Osborne Houses

In the News

This week in the news Tony tells us about a visit to the Island from a World Champion! The World Champion at the Half Penny Shove!

Ali brings news of the start of this years toy appeal for children on the Isle of Wight.

If you would like to donate a toy for a child aged up to 16 you can drop off at the following places, before the 11th December 2015;

Newport:

Isle of Wight Radio HQ
Isle of Wight County Press HQ
The Entertainer
Mothercare
Argos
Morrisons
Shanklin: Toymaster

Ryde:

Tesco Extra
Toymaster
Freshwater:

West Wight Sports Centre
Co-op, Freshwater

Cowes:

Charlotte’s Academy
Aldi

Lake:

Morrisons

All ISLAND WightLink and Red Funnel Ferry Terminals

Branches of Watson Bull & Porter

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the Blue Door Cafe in Newport, a small cafe in the centre of town.

Links you may find helpful 

Isle of Wight Toy Appeal

Shove Half Penny on the Isle of Wight

Shove Half Penny Rules

The Blue Door Cafe

Needles Pleasure Park

Havenstreet Steam Railway

Busy Bees

Newport Carnival and Light switch on

Blond Bombshell Band

Buy your tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 here - Tickets cost £200 with the booking fee

 


The Ultimate Guide to the Isle of Wight  

Is available to listen online on this website now click here or on iTunes click here.

 


Our Sponsor for this show is The Wight Choice Card

The Wight Choice is a local loyalty card scheme for the Isle of Wight that rewards you for shopping locally. Show your Wight Choice card when using one of the 50 participating businesses on the Island and receive a discount.

Like us the guys at The Wight Choice believe in supporting local, independent businesses.

The way it works is that you purchase your card online and you will receive a card in the post. Then you show it at one of the participating businesses and you’ll receive discounts from 10 to 50%.

No vouchers, no hassle, and only one yearly fee. If you use our affiliate link to purchase your Card you will get an additional 10% off making the card even better value at £13.50. Considering you could save hundreds of pounds on your day-to-day living cost, we think that’s great value for money.

What are you waiting for! 

It’s easy! Simply click here, follow the 2 or 3 steps and you’ll soon have your personalised Wight Choice card pop through your letterbox!

Direct download: Episode_41.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

A Focus on Newport : Episode 40

Focus on Newport

This weeks' episode is a town focus and  we are focusing on the County Town of the Isle of Wight, Newport.

Whether you live on the Isle of Wight or are visiting you will be surprised by what you can find and do in Newport.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • How many people reside in Newport
  • What Newport is all about
  • Some surprising things about Newport
  • Where to Walk around Newport
  • Where to find independent shops
  • All about the Mills in Newport
  • Why you should visit Newport
  • Famous and not so famous Newport residents past and present

In the News

This week in the news Tony is showing his inner grumpy old man with his response to the Sunday Headliner for the Isle of Wight Festival, Queen! Ali also tells you about a new accommodation, the Snooze Box, at the Festival, a bargain at £699 for two.

Tony is excited about the loo of the year awards.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the Bargeman's Rest in Newport, a cozy pub on the River.

Links you may find helpful 

Bargemans Rest

Queen at the Festival

Loo of the year awards

Buy your tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 here - Tickets cost £200 with the booking fee

 


The Ultimate Guide to the Isle of Wight  

Is available to listen online on this website now click here or on iTunes click here.

Direct download: Episode_40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

Tourism on the Isle of Wight: Episode 39

Visit Isle of Wight

This weeks' episode is a bit different to the normal episodes in that we are focusing on Visit Isle of Wight the Islands tourism organisation providing a central strategic approach to promoting the Isle of Wight.

With the withdrawal of funding from the Isle of Wight Council, Visit Isle of Wight is under threat and they are making a bid for Destination Business Improvement District status.

If agreed by the majority of tourist based businesses it could be the answer to funding the great work of Visit Isle of Wight in the future.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Some background to the start of 'Visit Isle of Wight'
  • What it does and what it means to the Island's economy
  • Some of the initiatives undertaken by 'Visit Isle of Wight'
  • What is happening.

In the News

This week in the news Tony brings a Christmas Story to November with the Long Lane Christmas Lights.

Ali is excited about a new way to cross the Solent from Cowes to Portsmouth with Scoot.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the coffee and cakes at The Isle of Wight Pearl an Island attraction with a difference.

Links you may find helpful 

Visit Isle of Wight

Destination Business Improvement Districts

Long Lane Christmas Lights

Scoot Ferries 

Isle of Fright

Direct download: Episode_39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Beer & Buses and other fun: Episode 38

October Fun on the Isle of Wight

We are BACK!! and as it's Guy Fawkes night this week we are back with a bang.

During the last month we have not been lazing around though, far from it. Here at the real Isle of Wight we have been busy developing new ideas and great content for the podcasts. So what better way than to start with what is going on this week and what we have been doing during the month of October.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Beer and Buses. The second year this has been on and it had really grown in popularity since the inaugural event. This is something that everyone can enjoy! Brilliant for children and bus enthusiasts as well as an amazing way to visit a number of local Isle of Wight’s pubs and enjoy a real ale pub crawl.
  • Dolphins in Ventnor
  • Isle of Fright Ghost Trail
  • Robin Hill Festival of Light
  • Arreton Barns Fireworks 5th November 2015
  • Yarmouth Fireworks
  • Sandown Fireworks and Parade

In the News

This week in the news Tony discusses the clock time changes and its effect on the Island along with the sad closure of Seaview wildlife encounter. Ali brings you some exciting news about a top Island athlete completing the famous Great South Run in style!

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the Horse and Groom pub in Ningwood. A great place to go with children due to its huge garden and amazing food that enticed us to return the next day.

Links you may find helpful 

Beer and Buses

Great South Run

Seaview wildlife encounter

Horse and Groom Public House

Arreton fireworks

Yarmouth fireworks

Sandown fireworks

Isle of Fright Ghost Trail - get your app here

Robin Hill Festival of Light

 

The Ultimate Guide to the Isle of Wight launches this Thursday 

Remember, Remember the 5th of November!!!

 


Our Sponsor for this show is The Wight Choice Card  

The Wight Choice is a local loyalty card scheme for the Isle of Wight that rewards you for shopping locally. Show your Wight Choice card when using one of the 50 participating businesses on the Island and receive a discount.

Like us the guys at The Wight Choice believe in supporting local, independent businesses.

The way it works is that you purchase your card online and you will receive a card in the post. Then you show it at one of the participating businesses and you’ll receive discounts from 10 to 50%.

No vouchers, no hassle, and only one yearly fee of £15. Considering you could save hundreds of pounds on your day-to-day living cost, we think that’s great value for money.

What are you waiting for! 

It’s easy! Simply click here, follow the 2 or 3 steps and you’ll soon have your personalised Wight Choice card pop through your letterbox!

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Direct download: Episode_38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

Roots & Country and Sweetcorn Festival

Country Music on the Isle of Wight & a Celebration of Sweetcorn

Despite the Indian summer that we are currently experiencing there are many autumnal celebrations taking place on the Isle of Wight and this week we experienced two of them. 

What you will learn in this podcast

  • Where else in the world you will find the Isle of Wight
  • What the Roots & Country Festival is
  • Which country and Americana bands played in Arreton
  • What the best things were about the event & why we hope there will be another one
  • What the Sweetcorn festival was all about
  • What we like and what we disliked about the Sweetcorn festival this year

In the News

This week in the News there is excitement as world class art comes to the Island from Banksy and Pablo Picasso.

Ali tells us about Northwood House and the Chamber of Secrets.

Also news this week is that we are taking a short podcast break and will return again on Tuesday 3rd November 2015.

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features the Fishbourne Inn (in surprisingly, Fishbourne) and why you should pay a visit.

Links you may find helpful 

Northwood House

Art Exhibition at Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Roots and Country

Luke & Mel

Claydon Connor & The Big Sky

The Damien Paul Band

Lauran Hibberd

JC and Angelina

Arreton Barns

The Sweetcorn Festival

The Fishbourne Inn

Direct download: Episode_37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Bestival 2015 & UK Podcast Awards : Episode 36

 

Round up of the Bestival 2015& Podcast Awards

In this weeks episode Ali gives an update on the results of the UK Podcast awards 2015 which were held in Manchester. Tony gives a slightly gruff review of this years Bestival. The high and low points and reasons not to miss out on next year's event. 

What you will learn in this podcast

  • What Ferret legging is!
  • Weird and wacky world records on the Island
  • Why Bestival is Best of All!!!
  • Who won the UK Podcast Award for Places and Travel
  • Why we need your support to win next year!!!
  • Smart ways to ensure you get a ticket and the best deal for Bestival 2016

In the News

This week in the News Tony is talking record breaking Islanders, Ferret Legging and Pirates in a Pub.

Ali discusses some delays expected along Fairlee road and the sad sad closure of Colemans Farm.

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features a cafe with a fantastic view, which deserves a little care and attention, Appley Beach Cafe.

Links you may find helpful 

Bestival 2015

Bestival 2016 early Bird

Plastic Mermaids

Jurassic 5

Tame Impala

Podcast award results 2015

Ferret Legging , Edward Simpkins and Frank Bartlett.

Spyglass Inn; Most Pirates in a Pub

Appley Beach Cafe

Direct download: Episode_36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2015

 The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

& Wolverton Garden Fair

In this weeks episode we give you a double header.  Firstly we talk about an unexpected summer treat in Wolverton Manor Garden Fair. Secondly we give you all the details of what is looking to be a fantastic month of cycling activities with the launch of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2015.

What we cover this episode:

  • Wolverton Manor
  • Fundraising for Age Concern
  • Tailbacks to Carisbrooke
  • The number 1 place to go cycling in the world (according to us & The Lonely Planet)
  • The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Highlights
  • Some useless tips from Tony
  • Why Tony thinks you will need to bring your own Vaseline
  • Fundraising Fireman - 100 Here, 100 There fundraiser taking place. Two routes – either 100 kilometres or 100 miles – will be on offer for cyclists to tackle, all in aid of local charities.

In the News

This week in the News Tony is talking cakes and a foodie visit from Baking Royalty! - Mary Berry.

Ali is excited to tell you about the grand opening of the sea wall between Totland and Colwell Bay.

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features a modern and popular dining experience found in the heart of Cowes, The Coast Bar.

Links you may find helpful 

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Isle  of Wight Cycling Festival 2015

The Coast Bar

Mary Berry visits the Island

Totland sea wall

100 Here 100 There 2015

Direct download: Episode_35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Bestival Preview 2015

Bestival 2015

The last Festival in the UK calendar comes to the Isle of Wight and arguably the best!  In this weeks episode we give a run down of what to expect in this years extravaganza of music and entertainment!!!

Bestival Areas Around the Site

Ambient Forest - Theatre, cinema and music in an amazing forest setting, as well as the start of the festival train!

Slow Motion - Yoga, meditation, and hot tubs!!!

The Port - HMS Bestival washed up in a storm and brings you some great dance music and entertainment.

Bollywood - The gloriously colourful hand-stitched tent serving the finest cocktails in the land is the venue that DJs request to play in year on year.

Stardust - The main stage and big top featuring all the headline acts.

Magic Meadow - Invaders of the Future with the best bands of the Isle of Wight performing.

Temple Island - 25 stages make up this rave universe.

Grassy Hill - Caravanserai and the Grand Palace of Entertainment.

Wishing Tree Field - This year Wishing Tree dwellers will be rocked by the sounds of the the very best Tree Js who will swing you through into the wee hours.

 

In the News

This week in the News both Ali and Tony are excited about upcoming music events on the Isle of Wight. Ali brings you news about  Classic Isle on the 4th - 6th September 2015 at Northwood House and Tony talks about a Country Music extravaganza at the Dairymans Daughter in Arreton

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features a 600 year old pub with fantastic views and great food, The Sun Inn at Hulverstone.

Links you may find helpful 

Classical Isle

Roots and Country Festival

Vanessa Mae

Nigel Kennedy

Bestival

Sun Inn

Direct download: Episode_34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

What's on August Bank Holiday Weekend 2015: Episode 33

 

Plenty of Fun to be had around the Island this August Bank Holiday 2015

If you are stuck on what to do over this bank holiday do not panic. We have come up with some fantastic ideas for you to enjoy your weekend.

POSTFEST

The 41st Isle of Wight Steam Show Havenstreet (28th – 31st  August 2015)

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally (28th-31st August 2015)

Joe Pasquale Sunday Shanklin theatre (Sunday 30th Suguts 2015)

Lucid Roylestone Gardens (Monday 31st August 2015 3-5pm)

Isle of Wight Zoo Outside Movies, Lion King (29th August 2015 8pm), Jungle book (30th August 2015 8pm) 

Jazz and Blues Picnic 

Gates for the event will open at 12 noon, with music from 1pm to 4pm.

Adult tickets cost £12 (£15 at the gate), tickets for 12 to 16 year olds are £6 and under 12s are free (but need a ticket). Tickets are on sale at St Catherine’s Charity Shop in Newport.

In the News

This week in the News Ali has news which made her chuckle about DJ Alex Dyke and Tony brings you three stories, the Frank James Hospital an abandoned building up for sale, Craig David joining the Bestival line up and Sand Pooling in Ryde.

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features a cafe which Ali ventured out to on her own, accompanied by our two year old, Bebe-ccino. A fantastic venue for families.

Links you may find helpful 

Craig David 

Frank James hospital

Alex Dyke

Sand Pooling

Bebe-ccino

Twins Gluten Free - yummy gluten free cakes

 

Podcast Awards 2015

New Media Europe Conference  - as an exclusive offer for our listeners if you use the code REAL you will receive £100 off the ticket price for this unmissable conference.

Listen to Ali being interviewed on the New Media Conference here 

Please vote for us at the UK Podcasters Awards by clicking this link

Direct download: Episode_33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

An interview with Postfest Curator Rob Carr: Episode 32

Postfest: A boutique music festival 

A Real Isle of Wight first this week with an exclusive interview with the creator of Postfest, a boutique Island festival featuring local bands and entertainment. In this interview Rob discusses the origins of the festival, what makes it unique and what you can expect at this years' festival. We also talk to Rob about his love for the Island and his hidden gems to visit and top tips.

Postfest poster 2015

Rob's Tips for Bands not to be missed

Lucid

Cardinal Richlieu 

Sennen - a band with special links to Tony (you will have to listen to find out more!)

Signals

BigTopp v's Ohmz

In the News

This week in the News Ali has news of some teething troubles at new ferry company Scoot, and Tony brings you an exciting opportunity to live like a king by purchasing Norris Castle

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features a cafe with great views of the needles but questionable customer service at The Needles View Pitch and Putt

Links you may find helpful 

Needles view pitch and putt

Postfest

Scoot ferry company

Norris Castle

New Media Europe Conference  - as an exclusive offer for our listeners if you use the code REAL you will receive £100 off the ticket price for this unmissable conference.

Listen to Ali being interviewed on the New Media Conference here 

Please vote for us at the UK Podcasters Awards by clicking this link

Direct download: Episode_32mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

The best beaches on the Isle of Wight

Beaches for every taste! 

With 57 miles of public beaches there is something for everyone on the Isle of Wight! They are so good they have won a multitude of awards! This week we discuss the most popular beaches on the Isle of Wight with a few hidden gems thrown in for good measure.

In the News

This week in the News Ali has news of a serious accident on the floating bridge and Tony celebrates some award winning Isle of Wight produce!

Beaches

Ryde-Appley - Wall to wall sand with a tide that goes out for miles (literally), great amenities and plenty of space for a game of rounders.

Yaverland, Sandown and Shanklin - Best place to have a dip, again loads of space, safe and clean plenty of places to grab an ice cream or two.

Ventnor- Set against the fantastic backdrop of Ventnor this is a smaller beach which is mainly shingle (& some sand) popular with people who just want to sit back and relax.

The Jurassic Coast - Stretching from Blackgang to Compton this beach runs parallel to the military road. Difficult to get to in places this is untouched and quiet! Great views with the chance to find a link to the past.

Cowes - Stoney and not really recommended for swimming, the beach is great for the fantastic sunsets, night fishing and sparkling wine whilst watching the very busy waterway.

Priory Bay - Although a walk is required to reach this beach (via Seaview or St Helens Duver) this secluded beach feels like you are in another country.

Whitecliff  Bay - Access to this beach is via the holiday park a great stretch of sandy beach with limited amenities.

Newtown Creek - Controversial in this list but if you have a kayak and some time explore the coast you will find a beach all to yourself.

 

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features BlueBells cafe at Briddlesford Farm. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner coffee and cake all made with local ingredients. As an added treat you can see the baby (& grown up) cows afterwards!!

Links you may find helpful 

Briddlesford Farm

Accident on the floating Bridge

Great taste Awards

New Media Europe Conference  - as an exclusive offer for our listeners if you use the code REAL you will receive £100 off the ticket price for this unmissable conference.

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Direct download: Episode_31.mp3
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Cowes Week 2015 Preview: Episode 30

All you need to know about visiting Cowes Week 2015 

Starting in 1826 Cowes Week is the longest running continuous regatta which now involves 100 boats and 8000 competitors. In this weeks' episode we give you a run down on what's on and what not to miss!

In the News

This week in the News a discovery which has attracted national (and potential international) attention, a bronze age knife found on Sandown Beach. Tony is astounded by a 'not so' impossible charity swim across the Solent.

Cowes Week Run Down

Shepards Wharf - Next to the chain ferry this smaller venue has acoustic music and cocktails along with the 151 club from Chelsea. 

Cowes Yacht Haven - The main arena with the largest beer tent, main music stage and a range of great eateries.

The Parade - Next to the water and now called 'the village' it has two waterfront bars alongside places to grab a bite to eat.

Northwood House - Above the town of Cowes, and impossible to miss due to the Red Funnel Big Wheel. Boasting a great outdoor bar with fantastic views this is a place not to be missed

Dates for your diary

Sunday 9th of August - Family day including cardboard boat race at 3pm, kids entertainment and outdoor cinema at Northwood house

Tuesday 11th of August - Ladies day with best dressed competition and music from Ray Quin in the Yacht Haven. 

Wednesday 12th of August - Electric 80's dance party in The Anchor.

Thursday 13th of August - Bruno Mars Tribute at 9pm on the parade and the World Famous Red Arrows at 6.50pm

Friday 14th - Fireworks at 9.30pm

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features coffee and cake in a Bus! The Victory Tea Room is a fantastic 50's themed Cafe in the car park of the House of Chilli

Links you may find helpful 

Bronze age find 

Charity Swim across the Solent

Cowes Week

Outdoor cinema voting

Victory Tea Room

Direct download: Episode_30.mp3
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Wet Weather Activities on the Isle of Wight: Episode 29

Wet Weather Activities for all the Family 

That time of year has come round already. The kids are on school holidays and you have some precious time away from work. All you want to do is sit and relax in the sun. You unpack your car plan the day on the beach and the sky's open.....the story of a typical British summer. Well do not despair, there are plenty of wet weather activities on the Isle of Wight. In today's episode we give 5 activities that are perfect for when it is raining outside.

In the News

This week in the News Tony kicks things off with not one but four stories!!! An update from the very successful Ryde slide, news on the Shanklin lift re-opening, the date for your diaries for a period TV drama set on the Island which will be aired on the BBC, and if that was not enough excitement for you there was a real life bomb disposal on an Isle of Wight beach.  In typical Ali style she climbs back onto her soap box and talks about the up coming floating bridge charges for foot passengers.

 

5  wet weather activities for all the family during the school holidays

 1. Sandown Pier

Mini golf, soft play zone, glow in the dark bowling and some classic fruit machines. As they advertise it really is a whole day's of fun in one!

2. Brading Roman Villa

A really interesting historic attraction with a fantastic cafe!

3. Ten pin Bowling and Ryde Ice Rink

Top tip - check out the link at the bottom of this page for special offers and best times to visit.

4. Chessell Pottery

Paint everything from plates to tea pots then enjoy a sweet or savoury scone.

5. Dinosaur Isle

Learn about the creatures that ruled the earth (and the Isle of Wight) and how you can find your own fossils on the beach  when the sun comes out.

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features lunch with a superb view which is always changing with loads to see at the Culver Haven Inn, where a warm welcome is guaranteed, whatever the weather!

Links you may find helpful 

Floating Bridge Charges

Ryde Slide

Shanklin Lift

Beach grenade 

Ryde Superbowl

Ryde Ice Rink

Sandown Pier

Chessell Pottery

Brading Roman Villa

Dinosaur Isle

Culver Haven Inn

 

New Media Europe Conference  - as an exclusive offer for our listeners if you use the code REAL you will receive £100 off the ticket price for this unmissable conference.

Please vote for us in the UK Podcast Awards 2015 - You can vote until the 31st July 2015 by clicking here. Don't forget to tell your friends. 

Direct download: Episode_29.mp3
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Summer Holidays on the Isle of Wight

Activities for all the family for the school holidays 

In this weeks' episode our feature is all about 5 extra activities that take place during the school holidays on the Isle of Wight.  Something different to entertain the whole family without breaking the bank. We even throw in a wet weather activity for those (few and far between) rainy days on the Island. 

In the News

This week in the News Tony kicks things off with a  congratulations and mention to the Wash the Wight team who have carried various household appliances around the island to raise money for charity. You can donate to the charity and support the effort of the Wash the Wight fundraiser by clicking here.

Ali's news is about a campaign to get an Isle of Wight historic resident, Julia Margaret Cameron, onto the new £20 notes. Please note that the nominations have now closed.

5  special activities for all the family for the school holidays

 1. Blackgang Chine

Special extended opening every Monday & Wednesday in the school holidays as well as live music, entertainment and fireworks.

2. Robin Hill

Extended opening hours and special activities taking place every Tuesday and Thursday.

3. Carnivals

Almost every major town on the Isle of Wight will be hosting a carnival throughout the school holidays. You will certainly see a carnival or two whilst you are here.

Sandown Main Carnival                   Saturday 25th July 2015                 www.sandowncarnival.com

Newport Main Carnival                    Saturday 1st August 2015

Shanklin Main Carnival                    Wednesday 5th August 2015

Cowes Main Carnival                         Thursday 6th August 2015

Shanklin Illuminated Carnival        Saturday 8th August 2015

Ventnor main Carnival                      Wednesday 12th August 2015

Ventnor Illuminated Carnival           Saturday 15th August 2015

Newport Illuminated Carnival        Wednesday 19th August 2015

Cowes Illuminated Carnival             Saturday 22nd August 2015

Sandown Illuminated Carnival       Wednesday 26th August 2015

Ryde Main Carnival,                         Thursday 27th August 2015

Ryde Illuminated Carnival              Saturday 5th September 2015          www.rydecarnival.org.uk

4. Circus

Jay Miller's Circus is back again for lots of family fun all under cover so a great wet weather activity on the Isle of Wight during the school holidays.

5. Needles Firework Party Nights

Every Thursday during the school holidays you can get into the party atmosphere with live music, entertainment and Fireworks.

Food & Drink 

This weeks' food and drink features brunch in a stunning location where you can sit back and relax whilst soaking up the views and truly enjoying the best the Island has to offer at the Lifeboat View Cafe.

 Links you may find helpful 

Blackgang Chine

Robin Hill

Jay Millers Circus

Needles Pleasure Park

Lifeboat View Cafe, Bembridge

New Media Europe Conference  - as an exclusive offer for our listeners if you use the code REAL you will receive £100 off the ticket price for this unmissable conference.

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Direct download: Episode_28.mp3
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Ryde Slide & UK Podcasters Meet-Up

In this weeks episode we update you on a meet up featuring some top new media entrepreneurs, and podcasters. Also this week the Ryde Slide actually happened and what fun it was for all involved and for spectators. Two perfect examples of why the Isle of Wight is a fabulous place to live and to visit.  

In the News

This week in the News Ali tells us all about an exciting new ferry company and a route which will help to ease commuters woes, and Tony sends out a plea to save the Islands last night club, the Balcony in Ryde.

Food & Drink 

A brief history of the building that is currently the Man in the Moon Weatherspoons pub/restaurant in Newport.

 Links you may find helpful 

Scoot Ferries

UK Podcasters Island Meet Up

Ryde Slide

Cliff Ravenscraft

Lord Tennyson

The Balcony Nightclub

Man in the Moon Newport

 

New Media Europe Conference  - as an exclusive offer for our listeners if you use the code REAL you will receive £100 off the ticket price for this unmissable conference.

Please vote for us in the UK Podcast Awards 2015 - You can vote from 1st July 2015 by clicking here. Don't forget to tell your friends. 

Direct download: Episode_27.mp3
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Top 10 places for a picnic on the Isle of Wight: Episode 26

Picnic on the Isle of Wight 

Top Ten Picnic Spots on the Isle of Wight

So, who doesn't love a bit of alfresco dining? There are so many lovely spots to grab some food and head outdoors on the Isle of Wight and in this weeks' episode we will give you our top 10 picnic destinations across the Island.

Our Top Ten

1) Culver Down

2) Ventnor Down

3) Tennyson Down

4) Blackgang chine viewpoint

5) Newtown Creek

6) Thorness Bay

7) Fort Victoria Country Park

8) Appuldurcombe House

9) St Helens Duver

10) Rylston Gardens Shanklin 

 

In the News

This week in the News Ali brings you an update of a Pod of dolphin's holidaying off the coast of the Island and Tony updates you on the Ryde slide as well as announcing the head-liner for the V-Dub festival.

 

Food & Drink 

A family friendly cafe across the road from the beach with excellent service based in Ryde, Captains Table Family Restaurant and Bar.

 Links you may find helpful 

Festival of the Sea 2015

Ryde Slide

V-Dub Festival

Pod of Dolphins spotted

Lord Tennyson

Appuldurcombe house

Captains table family bar and restaurant

New Media Europe Conference

Please vote for us in the UK Podcast Awards 2015 - You can vote from 1st July 2015 by clicking here. Don't forget to tell your friends. 

Direct download: Episode_26.mp3
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A fun filled weekend on the Isle of Wight

Events on a weekend in June on the Isle of Wight

In this weeks' episode we will give you a flavour of a typical summer weekend on the Isle of Wight with lots of things to see and do around the Island.

What's Included? 

  • Shipwreck Isle, Appley Beach, Ryde
  • The Festival of the Sea
  • The Round the Island Race
  • St Helen's Village Summer Fayre
  • What is coming up in weekends to come
  • Why you should visit the Isle of Wight for a weekend
  • Hints and Tips about free parking

 

In the News

This week we have four news stories for you, including an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Solent from the mainland to Alum Bay, a podcast meet up with an international flavour in Ryde. Tony tells us about another dramatic animal rescue and the very successful Island Games which kicks off in Jersey next week.

Good luck Isle of Wight competitors.

Food & Drink 

A fantastic newish cafe in Seaview, Lillies, with a retro feel!

 Links you may find helpful 

Festival of the Sea 2015

Round the Island Yacht race

Shipwreck Isle

Island Games

UK podcast meet up

Lillies Coffee Shop Seaview

Steam Railway 1940's experience

Bonchurch open Gardens

American Themed Summer Fair

Please vote for us in the UK Podcast Awards 2015 - You can vote from 1st July 2015 by clicking here. Don't forget to tell your friends. 

Direct download: Episode_25.mp3
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Isle of Wight Festival Review 2015

The Isle of Wight Festival 2015 Review

In this weeks' episode we will give you a full review of the Isle of Wight Festival 2015, what it was like, the highlights and lowlights, including a toilet farce!!!

What's Included? 

  • Festival toilets
  • Bands
  • Staff
  • Theme park rides
  • The weather

 

 Links you may find helpful 

Early Bird Tickets for 2016

Direct download: Episode_23.mp3
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The Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea 2015

The Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea

In this weeks' episode we will give you a full review of the Isle of Wight Festival of The Sea what's on, seafaring activities, and top tips on how best to enjoy the Round the Island Yacht Race.

What's Included? 

  • When the festival is on
  • What's on during the festival
  • Round the Island Yacht Race top tips
  • Shipwreck Isle

 

In the News

It is update central in the news this week with a follow up by Ali on the Ryde slide, and Tony with the Shanklin lift.

Food & Drink 

Ali gets excited about the child friendly cafe at browns golf course in Sandown.

 Links you may find helpful 

Festival of the Sea 2015

Round the Island Yacht race

Browns Golf Club

Shanklin Lift

Ryde Slide

shipwreck isle

Direct download: Episode_24.mp3
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Isle of Wight Zoo: Episode 22

In this weeks' episode we will give you a full review of the Isle of Wight zoo, what you will encounter, and additional activities you can take part in on your visit.

What's Included? 

  • How to find the zoo
  • Cost of entry
  • What animals you may see
  • Addition activities available
  • Tips for visiting again

Not included in the show but what you may like to know is the difference between a Kangaroo and a Wallaby:

1) Size - a Kangaroo is generally much larger

2) Longer legs - a Kangaroo has a longer leg between ankles and knees

3) Kangaroos are designed to be fast on open terrain whilst wallabies legs are smaller for agility in the forest

4) Colour - A wallaby has a brighter coat with more colouring than a Kangaroo

In the News

This week Ali brings you news about another royal visit, and Tony talks about a stranded cow that freed itself

 

Food & Drink 

We talk about a chain pub (Marstons) which opened about a year or so ago in Lake (near Sandown) the Merrie Gardens.

Direct download: Episode_22.mp3
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Top Tips in the exciting lead up to the Isle of Wight Festival 2015

In this weeks' episode we will give you preview of what is new at this years festival and some tips on what you should check out away from the main stage.

What's Included? 

  • The exciting lead up to this years' Isle of Wight Festival
  • All the new areas for drinks and music
  • The Strongbow Tree
  • Jack Daniels Bar
  • Bulmers Colarena
  • Electro Love 80's
  • Cabaret Noir
  • Pimp your festival
  • Jolly Green Sherpas
  • Lift share
  • Sherpa (noun). – Someone who carries the load, so you can focus on the adventure. That's what we do with this podcast.

In the News

This week Tony brings you news about Jamie Oliver's students sampling the delights of the home grown produce from the Isle of Wight, including garlic and tomatoes.

Ali reveals the winner of this years' Chillerton and Gatcombe Festival Scarecrow Festival.

Food & Drink 

We talk about a stop off when you get off of the Ferry at East Cowes, Seabreeze where you can get tasty and reasonably priced food.

Buy your official Festival Ticket

 

If you buy your ticket using this link BUY NOW then we will receive rewards and possibly a free ticket, and we will be very grateful, meaning we will bring you lots more great content saving you time and money!

Direct download: Episode_21mp3.mp3
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Free Things to do during School Holidays on the Isle of Wight

In this weeks' episode we will give you information about what you can do on the Isle of Wight during the May half term which will not cost you a penny!!!

What's Included? 

  • Free activities on the Island
  • Free Festivals and events
  • Ideas that will not hurt your pocket

In the News

This week Tony brings you news of a new tv ratings winner planned for the IOW

Ali has some exciting news of a new festival taking place in Calbourne water mill

Food & Drink 

We talk about a small yet brilliant bar in Cowes

Direct download: Episode_20.mp3
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Pearl Izumi Cycle Tour Part 2: Episode 19

The Day of the Pearl Izumi Cycling Tour 

In this weeks' episode we will give you an update  about stage one of the 2015 Pearl Izumi cycle tour, what the event was actually like and who one.

What's Included? 

  • What the event was actually like
  • Description of the course
  • Race times and winners

In the News

This week Tony brings you a Shanklin lift update, news of oyster fishing and investment in wight link ferries

Ali has some camping news with an exciting opportunity to camp under the stars in a unique location

Food & Drink 

We talk about a coffee shop with a chemist feel!

Direct download: Episode_19.mp3
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The Pearl Izumi Cycle Tour: Episode 18

Famous cycling tour starts on the Isle of Wight

In this weeks' episode we tell you about stage one of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Bike tour 2015, with famous cyclists  competing in Ryde

What's Included? 

  • A background of the tour
  • Starting and finishing times
  • Transport to Ryde and the best place to park
  • Additional entertainment during the day

In the News

This week Tony brings you an informed discussion about the cost of fixing the Shanklin lift.

Ali has some news about a family in Cowes who's Sunday afternoon video has gone viral!

Food & Drink 

We talk about a brand new eatery in Sandown the Bandstand!

Direct download: Episode_18.mp3
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The Isle of Wight Walking Festival: Episode 17

Interesting and fun walks for all the family 

In this weeks' episode we tell you about the Isle of Wight Walking Festival taking place all across the Island from the 2nd - 17th May 2015. There really is something for everyone.

What's Included? 

  • Why the Island is great for walking
  • The variety of walks you can do
  • Where they are held
  • What you can see
  • How much it costs
  • and much more

In the News

This week Tony brings you an update on the 'Patch' news and the result of the Isle of Wight Gold Club.

Ali has some news about a picture from the Isle of Wight being featured in National News! 

Food & Drink 

We talk about the cafe at the Roman Villa in Brading, a real treat. 

Direct download: Episode_17_-_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Isle of Arts Festival: Episode 16

May Bank Holiday Fun in Ventnor 

In this weeks' episode we tell you about the Isle of Arts Festival taking place at various venues in Ventnor from Friday 1st - Monday 4th May 2015.

What's Included? 

  • Background to the festival and how it started
  • Why the Isle of Arts Festival was started
  • Where it is held
  • What you can see
  • Interactive activities for all the family
  • Barry Cryer - Twitter Titters
  • Champs
  • and many more

In the News

This week Tony brings you some celebrity news with Benedict Cumberbatch and a plethora of popstars in the Isle of Wight Festival Dragon Boat Race.

Ali has some news about a giant slide coming to Ryde.

Food & Drink 

We talk about the cafe at Puckpool Park.

Direct download: Episode_16.mp3
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The walk from Sandown to Shanklin: Episode 15

A Circular Walk for all the Family 

In this weeks' episode we tell you about a great walk which can be circular (if you don't mind a couple of hills) or flat return.

What's Included? 

  • Where to start the walk
  • Why we like the walk
  • Where to park
  • Who it is suitable for
  • How long it will take 
  • What you will see
  • Where to get refreshments 
  • What facilities there are

In the News

This week Tony brings you an update on the visit from a top Paris model agency, and the future of the Ice Rink. Plus Robin Cousins is coming to the Island as part of the Isle of Arts Festival AND beware of former public toilets in Ventnor. 

Ali has some news about a St Georges Day dragon boat race at Island Harbour, which includes a visit from a famous weather person.  

Food & Drink 

We talk about Tradewinds a cafe with a view between Sandown and Shanklin.

Direct download: Episode_15mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Seagrove Bay & Priory Bay: Episode 14

Two Beautiful Beaches to Discover 

In this weeks' episode we tell you about two of the lesser known and therefore less visited beaches on the Island, but these are not to be missed.

What's Included? 

  • Where the beaches are located
  • How to get to the beaches
  • Where to find free parking
  • What you will find there
  • What facilities there are
  • Why you should visit

In the News

This week Tony brings you news from a top Paris model agency.

Ali has some news about a dinosaur find on the Island and you will also find out what Dave the Dinosaur is all about!

Food & Drink 

We talk about Oasis, a cafe within a shop near Brading.

Direct download: REALIOWEpisode_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16am EDT

The Isle of Wight Steam Up

A real bank holiday taste of the country 

In this weeks' episode we bring you a traditional country event held at Mottistone Manor Farm. Perfect for a bank holiday and a great way to experience some real British traditions.

What's Included? 

  • What it was all about
  • Why this is like many brilliant things that happen on the Isle of Wight
  • What we saw there
  • Why you should visit a local village event

In the News

This week Tony brings you three lots of news this week, and some very interesting facts about ploughing!

Ali has some Royal news which once again brings the Isle of Wight into the National News.

Food & Drink 

We talk about The Fighting Cocks, Arreton, a traditional English pub.

Direct download: Episode_13.mp3
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Easter holidays on the Isle of Wight: Episode 12

What to do during the Easter Holidays on the Isle of Wight

In this weeks' episode we bring you a run down of the variety of things to do during Easter Holidays on the Isle of Wight. There really is something for everyone.

What's On? 

Boot Fayres 

  • Newport FC - Sunday 5th April 8am
  • Brickfields - Monday 6th April at 5pm
  • Chale Green - Monday 6th April at 9:30am
  • Arreton Barns - Sunday 7:30am
  • Ryde next to the Bowling Alley - Sunday at 11am
  • Tesco, Ryde - Sunday at 4pm

Craft Fayres

  • Masonic Hall, John Street, Ryde - Saturday 4th April 10am - 4pm

Easter Egg Hunts

  • Mottistone Gardens - Sunday 5th April 10:30am - 4pm
  • Newtown Nature Reserve - Monday 6th April 11am - 4pm
  • Ventnor Botanic Garden - Monday 30th March - Monday 13th April
  • Arreton Barns - Sunday 5th April 9:30am - 12 Noon

Other Events

  • Steam up and Vintage Tractor Ploughing Match at Mottistone Manor Farm - Monday 6th April 10am - 4pm
  • Treasure Hunt at the Donkey Sanctuary - Friday 3rd April
  • Easter Bonnet Competition at the Donkey Sanctuary - Sunday 5th April
  • Kids go free at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in the Easter Holidays

Events for Adults

  • Rock the Cowes Bars, Cowes - Thursday 2nd April
  • Beer Festival at the Railway Inn, Ryde - Thursday 2nd April - Monday 6th April

In the News

Another accolade for the Isle of Wight, this time international recognition for an Island Beach.

Tony lowers the tone with his yucky news feature this week.

Food & Drink 

We talk about the luscious cakes at The Old Smithy, Godshill, one of many eateries in the village.

Direct download: Episode_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Bonchurch to Ventnor: Episode 11

Walking on the Isle of Wight: Bonchurch to Ventnor 

In this weeks' episode we bring you another lovely sea walk from the pretty village of Bonchurch to Ventnor with a plethora of places to stop and grab a drink and a bite to eat.

What's Included? 

  • Where to park and start your walk
  • What you will see along the way
  • Who it is suitable for
  • How long the walk is
  • Why it is great for refreshments

In the News

This week Tony brings you some news which frankly you probably already know!

And also an innovative use of an old phone box by a local village.

Food & Drink 

We talk about our favourite place for coffee on the Island, The Met Bar, Ventnor.

Direct download: Episode_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Travel to the Island: Episode 10

Why travel to our Island is an adventure & part of your holiday

In this weeks' episode we discuss the reasons why travel to the Isle of Wight is part of the holiday in the same way as going to the airport, your holiday begins when you get on the ferry or hovercraft. This is what makes our Island unique and stand out from other resorts around the UK.

What's Included? 

  • Why it is special
  • What to enjoy and savour about the travel
  • Modes of transport
  • What to do when you are on the Ferry
  • Why you should take a moment to relax and enjoy the crossing

In the News

This week we bring you more news about Ryde Ice Rink and the race to stop the concrete from cracking up.

The 'International' (really) Alpaca success from West Wight Alpaca's. Bikini section?

Food & Drink 

We talk about a new business which has opened up in Ryde, Blaze, bringing something new to the seafront.

Direct download: Episode_10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Footpath Seaclose Park to Island Harbour: Episode 2.9

A new footpath to explore the beautiful Isle of Wight 

In this weeks' episode we tell you all about a new investment into an existing footpath between Newport and Island Harbour on the Isle of Wight opening up and making a stretch of river path accessible to walkers all year round as well as cyclists.

What's Included? 

  • What has changed
  • Free things to do when it is dry
  • Why you should walk
  • What you will see
  • Where to stop for refreshments 
  • Who can use the path 
  • What the parking is like

In the News

This week we bring you news about Bear Grylls Academy! 

Some may say less exciting news (not Ali) changes to the bus timetables on the Isle of Wight.

Food & Drink 

We talk about a traditional old pub on the Island with good food, plenty of history and amazing views (when it is not cloudy!).

Direct download: Episode_2.9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Ryde Seafront: Episode 2.8

Loads of things to see & do in Ryde

In this weeks' episode we tell you all about a short stretch of beach in Ryde on the Isle of Wight which is jam packed with fun things to do.

What's Included? 

  • What there is to do
  • Wet weather activities
  • Free things to do when it is sunny
  • Why you should visit
  • How long you can visit for
  • What you will see when you are there
  • What the parking is like

In the News

This week we finalise the floating bridge story and draw a line under it (we promise).

On a really positive note the Isle of Wight has been voted the 2nd best place to visit in the UK by Mums Net!

Food & Drink 

We talk about a different take on a local cafe, with great coffee, at Missy J's, Ryde.

Direct download: Episode_2.8_-_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Amazon World : Episode 2.7

Amazon World

In this weeks' episode we tell you all about one of the Island's animal attractions, Amazon World, Nr Arreton on the Isle of Wight.

What's Included? 

  • How much it costs
  • When you should visit
  • If its a good wet weather activity
  • How long you can visit for
  • What you will see when you are there

In the News

This week we bring you the second instalment of the celebrity wedding of the year on the Isle of Wight, the Cumberbatch wedding.

We also tell you about the possible closure of one of the Islands attractions, Planet Ice, Ryde.

Food & Drink 

We talk vintage scones by the sea at Lady Scarletts Tea Parlour in Ventnor, a lovely treat for you.

Direct download: Episode_2.7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

The Military Road : Episode 2.6

The Picturesque Military Road & Fabulous Beaches

In this weeks' episode we tell you all about the Military Road on the Isle of Wight, which runs  from Freshwater in the West to Chale in the East.

What's Included? 

  • What is so special about a road?
  • What you can see along the road
  • Why you should take a scenic drive or bus ride along the road
  • The amazing beaches along road
  • Facilities along the beaches
  • Why you are guaranteed to find a nice clear spot on the beach even in the middle of summer

In the News

This week we bring you details of a celebrity wedding which took place on Valentines Day at Mottistone Manor. Celeb spotting, with the likes of Benedict CumberPATCH or is it BATCH? Tim from the office and Kiera Knightley. International News for the Isle of Wight!

Also more news on Acoustic Isle taking place on the Island at various venues between the 26th February and 8th March 2015.

Food & Drink 

We talk a packed out White Mouse Inn, in Chale and special offers to be found in the Weekender supplement of the County Press newspaper.

 

Direct download: Episode_2.6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary : Episode 2.5

Donkeys In Wroxall on the Isle of Wight 

In this weeks' episode we tell you all about the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, a charitable attraction, what you can see there and why you should visit.

What's Included? 

  • The purpose of the sanctuary
  • What goes on there 
  • Why you should pop along to visit the donkeys
  • Which members of your family would like to visit
  • How much time you will need
  • What to see when you are visiting

In the News

This week we bring you details of the Isle of Wight Challenge 2015, an ultra walking/running endurance event taking place on the 2nd and 3rd May 2015. 

Also some rather crazy news that, despite 70% of responders being against the idea, the IOW council will be introducing charges for foot passengers on the floating bridge between Cowes and East Cowes. Rumours are that it will cost 70p for a return trip or 40p if you pay using a smart card. Pensioners and children will be exempt. Watch this space for further future developments. 

Food & Drink 

We talk Hunters Chicken, Lasagne and dancing on the tables at the riverside pub, The Folly.

Direct download: Episode_2.5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Quarr Abbey : Episode 2.4

Historic Abbey : Religion, Fresh Produce & Pigs 

In this weeks' episode we tell you all about Quarr Abbey, the history of the Abbey, what you can see there now and why you should visit.

What's Included? 

  • How the Abbey came about
  • What goes on there these days
  • Why you should visit Quarr Abbey
  • How much time you will need
  • What to see when you are visiting

In the News

This week we bring you the King of the Pickle Wars.

A great new event on the Island announced this week, The Pearl Izumi Tour Series, coming to Ryde on the Thursday 14th May 2015.

Food & Drink 

We talk spicy tea and hummingbird cake at Quarr Abbey Tea Room.

Direct download: Episode_2.4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

Shanklin Theatre : Episode 2.3

A Fabulous Entertainment Venue on the Isle of Wight 

In this weeks' episode we tell you all about Shanklin Theatre, the great work done by volunteers, what you can expect to see and why you should use the Theatre.

What's Included? 

In the News

This week we have the UK's oldest person who lives on the Isle of Wight.

Red Funnel deploy their launch to help a stricken yacht or dingy!

Food & Drink 

We talk trendy chip baskets and presentation styles at The Reef, Sandown

Direct download: Episode_2.3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

 

Walk from Cowes to Gurnard

It is January and the middle of winter on the Isle of Wight so what do you do when it seems everyone has shut shop, you are off the booze and on a diet?

In this weeks' episode we tell you about a healthy flat walk with great scenery and a cafe or pub at each end (for those not dieting or abstaining for January).

What's Included?

In this episode you will find out:

  • Why the walk is good for all ages and abilities
  • Why you won't need your wellies on this walk
  • How far it is to walk in full
  • Why we like this walk
  • What you may see along the way

In the News

More interesting (& rather absurd) news from the Floating Bridge

Why the Isle of Wight will be playing host to Hollywood and Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer in the near future.

Direct download: Episode2.1-_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

Welcome back to the new look Podcast version 2. 

In this episode 2.0 of our revival we bring you an introduction to the podcast, inlcuding who we are and why we do this! We also tell you all about what is going to be forthcoming on the podcast. 

We are looking forward to 2015 and all of the great events on the Isle of Wight. 

The new look show will include:

  • Reviews
  • News 
  • Interviews

This Weeks News

The news on the Isle of Wight includes Sally Taylor and the Hoegh Osaka.

Direct download: Episode_2.0_-_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

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