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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
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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
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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.

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_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

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.

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_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT