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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!

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

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!

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_45.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EST

 

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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!

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_44.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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!

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 if you use our links.


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

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 EST