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Marina Cowes - Cowes Week

Cowes Week 2016
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Cowes week 2016 has started with a BANG! The longest running  (and one of the biggest) regattas in the world has set up in Cowes for this years fun.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • Whats on during Cowes Week
  • The different areas in the Town
  • What bands will be headlining the main stages
  • When you can see the Red Arrows
  • What is the best way to view the Fireworks, the culmination of Cowes Week

In the News

Tony tells us about Hollywood moving to the Island to film a new blockbuster, and Ali discusses the recent comments made by David Hoare.

Food and Drink

In this weeks food and drink with enjoy a sandwich and chips (well sort of chips) at the Astoria resturant in Sandown

Links you may find helpful 

Cowes Week

Astoria Cafe

David Hoare

Film at Osbourne House

 


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.

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Direct download: episode_66.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am EDT

Marina Cowes - Cowes Week

Events on the Isle of Wight During August
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We are back after our holidays, and super excited!! August (in Tonys opinion) is the the best month of the year for spending time on the Isle of Wight, with tnnes of events scheduled throughout the month. In this weeks episode we look at the very best of what is happening during the summer holidays.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • Whats on during the month of August
  • What not to miss
  • Our favourite events on the Island
  • All the dates for the key festivals and events
  • Top tips in where and how to get the best vantage point.

In the News

Due to it being our returning episode the New is a bit of a cheat and we discuss the wedding of the year which took place on the Island in July.

Food and Drink

In this weeks food and drink with enjoy a coffee and cake with some unusual creatures at West Wight Alpacas

Links you may find helpful 

West Wight Alpacas 

Cowes Week

Garlic Festival

Chale Show

V-Dub Festival

Ventnor Fringe

Jack up the80's

Classic Isle Festival

IOW Scooter Rally

Island Steam Show

Shanklin Carnival

Sandown Carnival

Ryde Carnival

Ventnor Carnival

Healing Festival

Yaverland Sandcastle Competition

 


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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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_65.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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The Isle of Wight Festival 2016

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It's that time again where we give you the low down of the first (and arguably) one of the best festivals of the calender year, the Isle of Wight Festival 2016

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • the best band to see at this years festival
  • What are the areas at this years festival
  • Added extras for staying at the festival
  • Food and drink purchases in and around the festival site

In the News

Tony talks about an Island resident who took the council to court and won in relation to taking his children out of school for a family holiday, and a former resident who has qualified for the Olympics in Rio. Ali discusses the most recent landslip in Yaverland.

Links you may find helpful 

Isle of Wight Festival

Jon Platt - School holidays verdict

Jess Andrews - Rio Olympics

Yaverland land slip

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

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


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_64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57am EDT

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May Bank Holiday 2016

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In this weeks episode discuss all the great thinks that are happening on the Isle of Wight during this years May Bank Holiday.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • what events are happening
  • Where is the best place to enjoy your extra day off
  • Our top tips for a fabulous bank holiday

In the News

Tony talks about a former Island resident who helped Leicester win the premier league, and an article written by the super famous Anneka Rice. Ali discusses the emergence of a sink hole on a Ryde Street.

 

Food and Drink

In this weeks episode we discuss a small but excellent cafe above Skin Trade in Newport

 

Links you may find helpful 

Isle of Wight Lambretta Day

Mottistone Manor

Barton Manor

Needles Half Marathon

Victoria's Fabulous Fete

Osbourne House

Bembridge Street Fair

Festival of Heros Brading Roman Villa

Carisbrooke Castle

Skintrade

 

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

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


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_63.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

 

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Robin Hill Country Park

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In this weeks episode we take you on a journey through Robin Hill country park and all that it has to offer

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • What you will find in the park
  • Hidden Gems to keep your eye out for
  • Our Top Tips for a fantastic day
  • Our highlights of the park
  • what's new in the park
  • the best way to get around Robin Hill

In the News

This week in the news Tony talks "Bin Gate 2" with the revelation that the new bins are not compatible with the rubbish trucks. Ali talks about the potential sad closure of Priory Bay Hotel and the exciting news of the up coming Pod Cast Awards!!

 

Food and Drink

In this weeks food and drink with enjoy a coffee and cake in a Cafe with an amazing view! Aptly named the view cafe in St Helens

 

Links you may find helpful 

Robin Hill

Priory Bay Hotel

View Cafe St Helens

 

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

 

 


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_62_v1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51am EDT

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Information for DogOwners on the Isle of Wight
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In this weeks episode we answer a listeners question about whereis the best place to enjoy the Isle of Wight whilst walking yourdog .

What we will tell youabout in this episode:

  • How to bring your dog to the Isle of Wight
  • What beaches are open to dogs all year
  • Where you can stay with your dog
  • What attractions allow dogs in

Inthe News

This week in the news Tony talks about the latest IslandRandonee and the clothing choices of two specific participants. Alidiscusses a new crowd funding scheme set up by Bebe'cinno inNewport to raise funds for a new soft play area.

 

Foodand Drink

In this weeks food and drink with enjoy a coffee and cake in aVictorian setting, in Ryde's Royal Esplanade hotel

 

Linksyou may find helpful 

Randonee

Bebe'cinno

Esplanade Hotel

Accommodation for Dogs

Open Beeches for Dogs

Attractions open to Dogs

 

 

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

 


Our Sponsorfor this show is The Wight Choice Card

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

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

The way it works is that you purchase your card online and youwill receive a card in the post. Then you show it at one of theparticipating businesses and you’ll receive discounts from 10 to50%.

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

What are you waitingfor! 

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

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

Direct download: Episode_61.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23am EDT

An Interview with the co-founder of the Wight Choice Card
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This week we interview Will Darling, an Isle of Wight entrepreneur and co-founder of the Wight Choice card, a loyalty card promoting local Island Businesses.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • What is the Wight Choice Card;
  • How did it start and what is the purpose of the card;
  • How you can purchase your own card;
  • Some of the businesses where you can receive a discount;
  • Exciting news with the upcoming one year anniversary;
  • Whats next for the Wight Choice Card;
  • Will's top tip for Coffee and Cake;
  • Will's tips for new visitors including his best beach.

In the News

This week in the news Tony brings two exciting stories regarding a new helicopter landing pad in Arreton and the announcement of the first official Isle of Wight day. Ali brings you news on "Marathon Man", Mike Russell and his epic 36 hour podcasting event.

Links you may find helpful 

Wight choice card

French Franks

Caffe Isola

Blackman power bikes

The Fighting Cocks, Arreton

Mike Russel's 36 hour podcast

Official Isle of Wight day

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

Direct download: episode_60mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Whitecliff Bay: Episode 59

Another Hidden Gem on the Isle of Wight

This week we visit one of the hidden beaches on the Isle of Wight which really takes some effort to find but is well worth it.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • How to find the beach.
  • Why you should make the effort to head down to Whitecliff Bay.
  • What facilities you will find there.
  • Where to park.

In the News

This week in the news Tony brings two very different decisions from the planning department about the Ferry Companies on the Isle of Wight and on a (some would say) more interesting note the Isle of Wight features in the Rough Guide's Top 30 places to visit in the world with children.

Ali has some news of a public art project in East Cowes with the development of an archway made with chains from the floating bridge. You can see for yourself at the official opening on the 23rd April at the East Cowes Business Association Free Family Fun Day.

Upcoming Events

East Cowes Business Association Family Fun Day to celebrate St George's Day 23rd April 2016 - 11am - 3:30pm. 12 Noon children's fancy dress parade and competition with great prizes, and at 1pm a shield decorating competition for the kids, as well as coconut shy, swing boats and other entertainment.

Links you may find helpful 

Rough Guide Top 30 Places to go with Kids

The Wonky Cafe

Direct download: Episode_59.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

An Interview with Dee Becker: Episode 58

 Dee's 65 mile round the Island walking challenge

Reaching the age of 60 is a milestone and as Dee approaches her 60th Birthday she has decided to mark the occasion by walking a massive 65 miles round the Island in one go on the 30th April 2016.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • What the challenge is all about.
  • Why Dee has decided to undertake the challenge.
  • Dee's fundraising target of £6,000.
  • The charities Dee is supporting.
  • Dee's tips when out walking on the Island.
  • Why you should enjoy the pace of life on the Island and take your time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
  • Dee's top tip for visitors.

In the News

This week in the news Tony tells us about another returning festival in 2016, Riverfest on the 21st of May.

Ali has some more Bake Off News, hot on the heels of Mary Berry's visits to the Isle of Wight Great British Bake off winner Nadiya Hussain booked to attend this years Garlic Festival on the 20th August 2016.

Upcoming Events

East Cowes Business Association Family Fun Day to celebrate St George's Day - 11am - 3:30pm. 12 Noon children's fancy dress parade and competition with great prizes, and at 1pm a shield decorating competition for the kids, as well as coconut shy, swing boats and other entertainment.

Links you may find helpful 

Isle Walk for Miles Justgiving Page

Dee Becker Website

Isle Walk for Miles Facebook Page

Isle of Wight Ramblers

Level, Ryde 

Earl Mountbatten Hospice

My New Hair 

Look Good Feel Better

Hovertravel 

Garlic Festival

Riverfest

Direct download: Episode_58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59am EDT

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 A focus on No Mans Fort01-01

If you have ever wondered what the forts in the Solent are all about or what goes on out there then this is the episode for you.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • How many forts there are;
  • Who owns the forts;
  • What you can do on No Man's Fort;
  • The history of the Forts in the Solent;
  • Which fort was featured in an episode of Dr Who;
  • Why they stationed non swimming military personnel at the forts in the Second World War;
  • Whether you can canoe to No Mans Fort;
  • How to visit the forts.

In the News

This week in the news Tony's news is (as usual!) pretty rubbish...........he tells us all about changes to the bins! Bin austerity on the Isle of Wight.

Ali reports on two fantastic free family events taking place on the Island on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

East Cowes Business Association Family Fun Day to celebrate St George's Day - 11am - 3pm. 12 Noon children's fancy dress parade and competition with great prizes, and at 1pm a shield decorating competition for the kids, as well as coconut shy, swing boats and other entertainment.

Beach Ball at Brown's Family Golf & cafe from 5pm a family disco.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we bring you a review of lunch at Seabreeze in East Cowes, a great value family run place for breakfast, lunch or afternoon coffee.

Links you may find helpful 

Solent Forts 

Seabreeze Cafe, East Cowes

 

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

 

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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!

The-Wight-Choice-Card-Real1-600x600

*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_57.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Activities for the Easter Holidays 2016: Episode 56

Something different to do this Easter Holidays

If you are looking for something to do during the Easter Holidays in 2016 then this is the episode for you.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • Really Wild Photography Session at the Isle of Wight Zoo
  • Fun Dog Show at the Donkey Sanctuary 10th April 2016
  • Trail Centre Opening Weekend 2nd & 3rd April 2016
  • Royal Solent Jazz Weekend 2nd & 3rd April 2016
  • Isle of Wight Grand National & Scurry 13th April 2016
  • 80's Extravaganza at Coburgs on the 8th April 2016
  • April Fossil Walks at Yaverland and Brook
  • The Night Runner 16th April 2016
  • St Mildred's Church, Whippingham 
  • Charity Street Launches on the Isle of Wight 4th April 2016

In the News

In this weeks' news Tony brings details of a new festival, One Acre, celebrating Isle of Wight bands in August 2016.

Ali reports on more reasons for the Isle of Wight to celebrate great national publicity as Ventnor is featured in the Metro paper in the top 17 most picturesque seaside towns.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we bring you a review of lunch at the Bandstand in Sandown, fab food and a magnificent setting.

Direct download: Episode_56.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend 2016: Episode 55

We cannot quite believe that it is Easter Bank Holiday weekend all ready! Once again there are loads of things to do around the Island. and in this weeks' episode we give you a flavour of what is on.

What we will tell you about in this episode:

  • Eggcellent Easter Events for all the family
  • Duck Racing in Yarmouth Saturday 26th March 2016
  • Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - Bembridge Windmill - 25th - 28th March 10:30-4pm
  • Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - Mottistone Gardens - 27th March 10:30 - 4pm
  • Osborne House Easter Fun 25th - 28th March
  • Steam Railway Childrens' entertainment, colouring, crafts & Easter treasure hunt
  • Start of the Car Boot Sales - Chale on Monday 28th at 9:30am & Ryde Seafront on Sunday 27th March at 9am
  • Easter Market Saturday 26th March 10am - 4pm at Ristorante Michelangelo, Union Street, Ryde
  • Duck Racing at Winkle Street
  • Adult fun at Tapnell Farm - Tap 'n' Ale
  • The Annual IOW Steam Up - Easter Monday
  • Open Gardens Clatterford House, Carisbrooke - Sunday 27th March 2pm-4:30pm
  • The March of the Mods in Ryde
  • IOW Donkey Sanctuary Easter Fun
  • Robin Hill Mad Easter Dash - Easter Sunday and Monday starting at 1pm

In the News

In this weeks' news Tony is far too excited about the First Poo Museum which is opening at the Isle of Wight Zoo.

Ali's has more civilised news about the Steam Railway rescuing the passengers stranded on the Island Line when the power failed.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we bring you a review of Frozen (no not the movie) the gelato cafe in Newport.

Links you may find helpful 

The Poo Museum, Isle of Wight Zoo

Mottistone Garden

Bembridge Windmill

Tapnell Farm

Yarmouth Duck Race

Osborne House Easter Events

Steam Railway Easter Fun

Ristorante Michelangelo

The Steam Up Review Episode 13

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

Direct download: Episode_55.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

 

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Does the Isle of Wight need a fixed link?01-01

This week we discuss a very emotive subject amongst Isle of Wight residents, it is an issue that has been brought to the forefront again by a local pro-link group.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • The history of the fixed link debate
  • Why the fixed link debate has come up now
  • What the proposals are for the fixed link
  • What the pros are for the fixed link
  • What the cons are for the fixed link
  • Our opinion on the subject

In the News

In this weeks' news Tony is excited about the possibility of walking the Wight with an alpaca. Great news for Island residents, you can get a free car parking permit for the season and experience the attractions for free for the day at the Needles Pleasure Park, available on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we bring you a review of the Prince of Wales in East Cowes.

Links you may find helpful 

Walk the Wight

Needles Pleasure Park

Episode 43: Needles Pleasure Park

Isle of Wight Fixed Link Group

Anti-Fixed Link Group

Episode 10: Travel to the Island

Fixed Link Feasibility Study 1998

The Prince of Wales Public House, East Cowes

 

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!

The-Wight-Choice-Card-Real1-600x600

Direct download: Episode_54.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

The Isle of Wight Tourism Conference 2016
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This week Ali discusses the recent conference she attended in Gurnard Pines and what the future for tourism is looking like.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • What are the current plans for increasing tourism on the Island
  • What speakers attended
  • Themes of the day
  • what its important to get behind the Visit Island Bid

In the News

In this weeks' news Tony discusses an "A lister" spotted in Ryde and Ali gives us an update of a famous Island residents attempt to be named champion of champions of come dine with mw.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we bring you a review of the Lifeboat Inn in East Cowes.

Links you may find helpful 

Robin Hill

Jude Law

Derek Sandy

Real Isle of Wight episode 39

IOW Tourism conference

Gurnard Pines

Garlic Farm

Tweeting policeman

Isle of sheppey

Shipwreck Isle

IOW walking festival 2016

The Lifeboat 

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_53.mp3
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Special Event at Robin Hill: Spirit of the Orient
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This week we review the latest Electric Woods event at Robin Hill, a special event for February half term on the Isle of Wight.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • What it is all about
  • Why it was really busy when we went
  • What you will see
  • How much it costs
  • What goes on at Robin Hill
  • When you can go back for another special event
  • Why you should not look into the lights!

In the News

In this weeks' news Tony discusses the lucky winners of the post code lottery here on the Island in the PO30 post code area. Also some more good news for the Island with the opening of a new attraction at Havenstreet.

Ali talks about a dinosaur prank in Godshill which made National and International news.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we tell you about Sunday lunch at the New Holmwood Hotel in Cowes.

Links you may find helpful 

Robin Hill

Post Code Lottery

Haven Falconry

Dinosaur in Godshill

The New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes

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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Direct download: episode_52.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

A Great Train Journey on the Isle of Wight: Episode 51

When the journey itself is an attraction.

A trip from Ryde to Shanklin

In this episode we take a journey from Ryde to Shanklin by train! We experience all the highs and lows of this picturesque railway ride. A fun way for all the family to see the beautiful sites of the Isle of Wight.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Where you can get the train from
  • Which towns on the Isle of Wight have a train station
  • Accessibility of the stations
  • What you are likely to see on the journey
  • How much our journey cost
  • Information about the trains themselves

In the News

In this weeks' news Tony discusses another world record attempt by an Island resident, Melissa Leach, who is  part of a 300 strong burlesque troop. Ali talks about the reopening of Ryde Arena Ice Rink in time for the half term crowds.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment its coffee and cake with a difference, Ale's and ice cream sundaes at the Crab Inn Shanklin old village.

Links you may find helpful 

Isle of Wight trains

Ryde Arena 

The Crab Inn

World record Burlesque attempt

The Real Isle of Wight Episode 50 things to do in half term

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

Direct download: Episode_51.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Half-Term on the Isle of Wight: Episode 50

What's on during half term on the Isle of Wight
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In our 50th episode we talk through all the great things happening on the Isle of Wight during the first school holiday of the year. We discuss special events along side the best way to enjoy the Isle of Wight at a low cost.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Events on during half term
  • Ways to save money on attraction entry
  • Robin Hill's latest light extravaganza
  • Victorian fun and frolics at Osborne House
  • Snowman building on Shanklin beach
  • Animals a plenty with pony camps and new tigers

In the News

In this weeks' news Tony has the chance to talk first and gives a summary, and some controversy on the results of this years Pickle Wars. Ali gives an update on all things female with news of the up coming inaugural Venus awards, and a Facebook group for influential women, GO GIRLS!!!

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment Ali, a self proclaimed coffee snob talks through her latest visit to Love coffee in Newport

Direct download: Episode_50.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Famous People who are associated with the Isle of Wight
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We tell you every week about why we love the Isle of Wight and why you should visit and we are not alone, throughout the years there have been a number of famous people who have been born here, lived here or famously visited.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Famous people born on the Isle of Wight including;
    • Bear Grylls
    • Jeremy Irons
    • Phil Jupitus
    • Anthony Minghella 
  • Famous people who live here now & in the past;
    • Melvyn Hayes
    • Alan Titchmarsh
    • Ellen McArthur
    • Queen Victoria
  • Famous people in history who have visited the Isle of Wight
    • Winston Churchill
    • Oliver Cromwell
    • Lord Nelson 
    • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Infamous people detained on the Isle of Wight
  • Famous Star Spotting including;
    • Robert Pattinson
    • Kirsten Stewart
    • Benedict Cumberbatch
    • Martin Freeman

In the News

Ali's news covers a topic which may or may not have been covered before! A brand new attraction coming to East Cowes, Random Rooms - Escape Rooms. Get padlocked into a room with a handful of your closest friends and try to find your way out.

In a rather slow news week Tony brings Gull Proof recycling bag news.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we were really impressed by the service at Dimbola Lodge in Freshwater Bay. Also a great selection of cakes and very good coffee.

Links you may find helpful 

Islebuy.co.uk

Dimbola Lodge 

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

 

Direct download: Episode_49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Bonus & Wages & Money

Lots of ways to save money as a resident or visitor to the Isle of Wight.
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In this weeks' episode we tell you about how planning ahead can save you money when you visit or live on the Isle of Wight.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • How you can save money by purchasing attraction tickets when booking your Ferry travel with Red Funnel or Wightlink
  • Wight Choice Card (buy yours below)
  • Southern Vectis Key Card
  • Isle of Wight Tourist Card
  • Annual Pass for English Heritage
  • Annual Pass for National Trust
  • Annual Pass for the Isle of Wight Zoo
  • Amazon World Annual Pass
  • Blackgang Chine Annual Pass
  • Robin Hill Annual Pass
  • Wightbay for discounts and offers
  • Price is Wight for short time discounts
  • Groupon
  • Wowcher
  • My Voucher Codes .co.uk
  • Top tip - Tesco Clubcard Voucher exchange

In the News

Ali's news covers the sad news of a major fire in the industrial area in Cowes.

Tony has four news items this week;

  1. The Military Road gets national recognition
  2. The Butter-Vikings move to the Isle of Wight to make butter
  3. World record attempt at The Griffin, 7th February 2016 at 7:30pm
  4. Walk the Wight Registration is open

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the Waterfront Inn, Shanklin a lovely restaurant/bar with a fabulous view whatever the season.

Links you may find helpful 

Episode 2.6 dedicated to the Military Road

English Heritage

National Trust

Wight Choice Card

The Price is Wight

The Isle of Wight Tourist Card

Key Card

Isle of Wight Zoo

Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill

Wightbay

Wowcher

Groupon

The Waterfront Inn, Shanklin

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.


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Direct download: Episode_48_real_isle_of_wight.mp3
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A Taste of the Isle of Wight: Episode 47

Great Produce made on the Isle of Wight.
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In this weeks' episode we follow on from our way to start the year fit and health (episode 46) by talking through some of the great produce grown and made on the Isle of Wight.

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Different produce sourced on and around the Island
  • Companies based on the Island who make award winning food and drink products
  • Why it is important to buy from the Island
  • Where you can purchase Island grown and made produce
  • Our favourite Island based produce

In the News

Ali's news is about an event held at Cowes Yacht Haven promoting health and well being, "Inspired for Life"

Tony wishes Gladys Hooper a very happy 113th Birthday, making her the oldest person in the UK.

Food & Drink 

In the food and drink segment we review the Harbour Kitchen in Cowes, a great place to grab a Burger and a glass of fine bourbon after!!!

Links you may find helpful 

Inspired for life event  23rd and 24th January 2016

Gladys Hooper

Garlic Farm

The Tomato Stall

Isle of Wight espresso company

Seafood Corner Newport - High St, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1SR

Briddlesford Farm

Island Foods Ryde

Isle of wight cheese

Minghella ice cream

Brownrigg Poultry

Sharon Orchard

Calbourne Mill

 

Direct download: Episode_47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

How to Get fit, healthy and stay happy on the Isle of Wight in 2016
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In this weeks' episode we talk about ways to stay fit, healthy and happy on the Isle of Wight in 2016. The best places to exercise and some different ways to stay healthy on the Island.

 

What we will tell you about in this episode

  • Ways to get fit on the Isle of Wight
  • Local Gyms
  • The council's one card
  • fun exercise classes with a difference
  • A new get fir class at Tapnell Farm
  • Sports which can help you lose weight
  • Healthy eating on the Island

In the News

Ali's News is about the Island featuring on a list published by the metro on the best places to visit in the UK

Tony has news about an extra terrestrial encounter over Ryde

Links you may find helpful 

Gyms on the Isle of Wight

The one card

Dance Atomic

Melanie Griffith (actress)

Tapnell Farm

living larder

aliens over Ryde

Metro best places to visit guide

can you fit the population of the world on the Isle of Wight

 

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!

The-Wight-Choice-Card-Real1-600x600

*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: Real_IOW_Episode_46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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