The Island’s MP has welcomed the Government’s new rail strategy that will consider reopening previously closed Island Line rail routes.
Bob Seely has said the strategy could help the case for extending the Island Line from Ryde to Newport and possibly even from Shanklin to Ventnor.
Speaking about this week’s news, Bob said:
“I am delighted at this announcement. This new rail strategy is very helpful. It makes clear lines closed in the 1960s could be opened again”.
Prior to the publication of the current South Western Railway consultation on the future of Island Line, Bob urged the operator to include questions about whether the line should be extended either to Newport or Ventnor.
“I am delighted that SWR accepted my suggestion and put in a question in the consultation about extending the line. I am talking now to transport and rail stakeholders on the Island about whether they would support extending the Island Line.
“I believe there is potentially a strong case to extend the railway to Newport, to link the Island’s two biggest towns and help ease traffic congestion, and also to link Ryde with Ventnor, supporting Ventnor’s regeneration. However, both possibilities are not without difficulty.
“The route to Newport would require greater integration with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and I recognise that their principal objective is to maintain a popular heritage route for visitors. However, the Steam Railway have long-term aspirations to extend both into Ryde St Johns and closer to Newport, so there is certainly the potential for closer working and the extension of existing lines, subject to the current services provided by both Island Line and the Steam Railway continuing, as a minimum.
“Regarding Ventnor, getting the train back into the town would help the town and help connect it better with the east of the Island. However, there will be issues about potential routes through or around Wroxall, as well as access to the tunnel.
“The important thing is that, if there is a desire to see the routes extended, we should look to secure a feasibility study to offer an up-to-date assessment of the potential costs and opportunities of either extension.
“I have already made my ambitions for Island Line clear to the operators, South Western Railway, and to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in several meetings and I have had with them.”
Bob is urging all residents who are interested to attend a public meeting on the future of Isle of Wight railways at Shanklin Theatre on the 14th December at 19:00.
Dig out your winter woollies and experience the magic of Christmas aboard an open top bus. The Christmas Lights Tour is back!
Running nightly between 11th and 23rd December, the annual Southern Vectis Christmas Lights Tour offers spectacular views of the Isle of Wight at night and visits some of the Island’s best Christmas light displays.
With the bus decked out in tinsel, Christmas tunes playing overhead and Santa behind the wheel, the Christmas Lights Tour is the perfect festive night out for families, friends, couples, adults and children alike – a truly unique way to enjoy the Island at Christmas.
Journeying between the Island’s best Christmas Lights displays, the tour lasts approximately three hours with a couple of festive stop offs along the way – including mince pies and hot drinks at Rectory Mansion in Brading, and other Christmassy surprises!
Our Christmas tour buses will run nightly at 1830 from either Ryde or Newport Bus station, seating up to 94 passengers per tour (two buses). The tour will start and finish at your chosen bus station.
The Christmas Lights Tour will run from Ryde Bus Station Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – 12th, 14th, 17th, 19th, 21st December.
The Christmas Lights Tour will run from Newport Bus Station on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd December.
Ryde Bus Station offers regular mainland connections via the Wightlink Fastcat and Hovertravel, while both Bus Stations connect with the Southern Vectis Island wide service. Click here for the full timetable.
Wherever you’re coming from, pack up your blankets and a flask of hot chocolate and join us for a magical Christmas Lights Tour this December.
Call 0330 053 9182 or pop into one of our Travel Shops to book your tickets.
Adult (17yrs+): £13
Children (4 to 16yrs): £6.50
Toddlers (3yrs and under): FREE
Family of five (up to two adults and three kids): £33
JACK UP THE 80s FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT CONFIRMED
British pop group T’Pau, who had a string of Top 40 hits in the late 1980s including the Number One ‘China in Your Hand’ are the first eagerly anticipated name out of the hat for next Summer’s Jack Up The 80s festival.
The band, led by flame haired 80s sensation Carol Decker will be transporting audiences back to their youth by performing tracks such as Heart and Soul, Secret Garden, Valentine and many more.
T’Pau played the Isle of Wight Festival in 2013 and packed out the big top with their energetic set. They can’t wait to make a return visit to the Island for their first ever Jack Up The 80s appearance in August 2018.
Back for a sixth year, this will be the retro pop festival’s second year at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde. Owing to the success of the event earlier this year which saw sell-out crowds, organisers have advised that 2018 tickets will be strictly limited.
Event organisers have said:
“We’ve listened to who you want back but have also booked a number of superb fresh names. We’re excited to be revealing details of next year’s line-up in the coming weeks and months, all great household names guaranteed to get you up on your feet reliving the good times.
Grammy Award-winning and international chart-topping British music legend Leo Sayer has been announced as the second artist to perform at next year’s Jack Up The 80s.
Leo and his band will be playing a set crammed full of his numerous Top 10 hits including ‘Thunder In My Heart’; ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’; ‘The Show Must Go On’; ‘More Than I Can Say’; ‘How Much Love’ and many, many more.
A larger than life personality, Leo says he’s thrilled to be performing at Jack Up The 80s;
“Stay tuned for a superb mix of upbeat party bands and feel-good favourites.”
Jack Up The 80s
Early Bird tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd January and will be available to purchase from www.jackupthe80s.co.uk. A limited number will also available at over the counter from outlets on the Isle of Wight.
If you need somewhere to stay there’s no better place than The Montpelier in Sandown. Your own key to come and go as you please and an all day breakfast, ideal for festival goers.
The origins of Red Funnel date back to 1820, when the Isle of Wight Royal Mail Steam Packet Company was established by Cowes interests to operate the first steamer service from there to Southampton. In 1826, the Isle of Wight Steam Packet Company was formed in Southampton, and by the following year the two companies had started co-ordinating their operations. In 1860, the Southampton, Isle of Wight & Portsmouth Improved Steamboat Company was created to compete with the two established operators, and the threat posed caused the two older companies to merge. They subsequently acquired the assets of the Improved Steamboat Company in 1865.
Formed in 1861, and called The Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited, the merged company’s name remains the longest for a registered company in the United Kingdom. The shortened name Red Funnel was adopted after 1935 when all the company’s ships had a black-topped red funnel. The longer name remains the company’s formal name.
The company originally operated a paddle steamerferry service between Cowes, Isle of Wight and Southampton. During its history the company has operated other routes connecting the Isle of Wight and the English mainland, together with a sizable excursion steamer business along the South Coast of England including day trips from the Isle of Wight to France, but today services are concentrated on two routes. In 1931 it introduced its first diesel ferry, the MV Medina. Ferries have steadily increased in size to the current Scottish-built Raptor class operated between East Cowes and Town Quay in Southampton. Between 1969 and the 1990, the company also ran Italian-built hydrofoils between Town Quay and Cowes. This route is now served by high-speed, passenger-only catamarans.
In 1867 Red Funnel instituted a service crossing the River Medina between Cowes and East Cowes. This service was operated by a series of small launches over the years. The service ceased on the outbreak of war in 1939 when the vessels involved were requisitioned by the Admiralty. In 1868 the company took over the Cowes Floating Bridge Company and operated the floating bridge until 1901.
FERRY INCLUSIVE & ROOM ONLY AT OUR BED ANDBREAKFAST ISLE OF WIGHT FROM SOUTHAMPTON
Redfunnel car ferry from Southampton up to the 15th December and the 3rd January to 8th February inclusive :
Travel Tues, Wed and Thurs anytime and between 1700 and 0800 Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday. Prices per person minimum of 2 travelling:
1 NIGHT £35.50, 2 NIGHTS £55.50, 3 NIGHTS £75.50
Travel Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon between 0830 and 1630
I Night £38.50, 2 Nights £58.50, 3Nights £78.50
For different combination of nights or times please email or phone.
Minimum of 2 people sharing.
Want a breakfast add £4pppn
More nights please contact for price.
The price is cheaper if 3 or more share a car, contact for price.
HOVERTRAVEL PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED
A fantastic £408 has been raised by Hovertravel as a result of their BBC Children In Need fundraising efforts for 2017.
The cross-Solent operator held a row-a-thon in their Ryde terminal yesterday (Thursday), which saw staff and the occasional customer row a grand total of 110 miles. The funds raised from the row have been added to the collections made in both terminals over 2 days to create a total donation of £408. Loretta Lale, head of commercial at Hovertravel, explains: “We wanted maximum impact and maximum staff involvement for our fundraising efforts this year and, thanks to our friends at The Evolution Gym in Ryde, a rowing machine was in our Ryde terminal from the start of our operation at 0615 until the engines were shut down after our last service.” “Staff from across the company have joined in; from pilots to engineers, cashiers to crew and even our MD, Neil Chapman! The most surprising rower during the morning was one of our regular commuters who stayed to row with us and took a later crossing.” Hovertravel is a long-term supporter of Children In Need.
PENGUIN PLUNGE IS BACK FOR 2017
Age UK Isle of Wight is once again inviting all Islanders to ‘take the plunge’ at Appley Beach, to raise much-needed funds for the charity’s ‘No One Should Have No One at Christmas’ Campaign. The Penguin Plunge is a sponsored Christmas dip in the sea and this year will take place on Sunday 17th December. Crowds are set to gather outside the Dell Café at Appley (near Puckpool) at 11:00. It’s just £10 to enter, which includes a foam penguin mask to wear for the dip and a hot drink & foil blanket to warm up with afterwards. Small Additional sponsorship is appreciated and Teams, families and group entrys are welcomed. Elisha Leachman, Fundraising Manager at Age UKIW, said: “We’re really excited for the return of the plunge this year! Last year there was a great crowd turn out to support our brave penguins, we hope that many will join us to celebrate this festive season and help raise vital funds for their local island charity. “All of the profits raised in December will stay on the Island to support the most vulnerable older people in our communities. We, as a local, independent charity are incredibly grateful to everyone that shows us support at Christmas and are looking forward to seeing everyone there” You can sign up today through the Age UKIW website at http://bit.ly/Penguin17 or by contacting the fundraising department on 01983 301343. You can also email email@example.com.
Last week’s near-record heatwave now feels like a distant memory with cooler winds and grey skies the theme over the coming days.
Southern Britain will struggle to get much above 21C (69.8F) or 22C (71.6F) before the start of July while the north could sink to low single figures overnight
However all is not lost with the next blast of extreme heat shaping up to send the mercury rocketing around the second week of July.
Thermometers will soar back into the 30Cs in parts putting the record-breaking summer back on course, experts say.
Temperatures will remain above-average across swathes of England until September with just Scotland and the far north missing out
It will feel warmer than usual through much of July and across the southern half of the country in August, according to the Weather Company.
Its forecasters say this summer could still rival the scorcher of 2003 which brought killer heatwave conditions across Europe that August.
The UK was hit by weeks of extreme heat and water shortages leading to hosepipe bans with a monthly record of 38.5C (101.3F) set in Brogdale, Kent.
Weather Company forecaster Dr Todd Crawford said: “The magnitude of the warmth so far in June has been impressive across much of mainland Europe
“The odds are increasing that this locks in and becomes the dominant summer pattern going forward; this idea is supported by most of the dynamical and statistical forecast guidance.
“Clearly the early heat and dryness and the expectations of its persistence brings to mind the summer of 2003, and some similarity to that summer is certainly not out of the question this year.”
Sun-hungry Britons will have to grit their teeth for the next two weeks with temperatures forecast to stay around average for the time of year.
The Met Office said there are early signs of some warmth returning at the end of next week with drier, sunnier weather on the cards for mid-July.
Forecaster Emma Sharples said: “We will see some bursts of warmth towards the end of next week across the south but we are not talking sunshine and blue skies but rather duller, more humid conditions.
“There are signs of a return to more settled, drier conditions from the middle of July, again mainly in the south
“Drier and warmer spells are likely to become more prevalent in the south and these may spread further north as we head into the second half of July.”
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said extreme heat will return by the middle of next month.
He said: “The remainder of this month will see more of a switch to somewhat cooler temperatures of late, particularly for the northern half of the country.
“However, it will still feel pleasant in the sunshine, southern parts of the country will still remain warm with temperatures staying in the low to mid 20Cs.
“As we head into July a more mixed and cooler pattern of weather is likely for most in comparison to June
“However, there is the potential for a number of heat surges during the second week of the month and during the latter part.
“It is of high confidence that we can expect a warm August on current indications and to end the meteorological summer on a high note.”
In the past month Britain has sweltered in the longest June heatwave since 1976 before temperatures peaked at 34.5C (94.1F) in London on June 21 – the hottest summer solstice on record.
The hot weather was largely thanks to high pressure wedged over the UK helping a thrust of air from the Continent engulf the country.
A change this week will see colder air from the north flood into Britain driven by the jet stream as it dips southwards.
Piers Corbyn, forecaster for Weather Action, said July will kick off to a gloomy start before the heatwaves return full throttle by August.
He said: “We expect to see a lot more hot weather to arrive in August with a return to heatwave conditions through the month.
“These will hold out until the end of the summer, with numerous Spanish plume type events and surges of hot air from Africa.
“Again this is partly due to the wildly swinging jet stream and a blocking high over Scandinavia allowing warmer air up from the south. wild swings in the jet – which largely governs whether air will arrive from the southern Continent and Africa or the north – over the next six weeks will drive the upcoming hot weather.
The Isle of Wight is carnival crazy and the Sandown carnival one the best! With well over 20 different public events each summer and several more throughout the year, hundreds of locals and groups from further afield gather to entertain thousands of residents and visitors alike.
With 4 significant public events of our own, each year we aim to make our shows bigger, brighter and better than those that have gone before! Our unique Carnival Development Fund helps local groups participate by supporting them with the cost of costumes, materials etc.
All Sandown Carnival events are FREE to attend, staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers who fundraise throughout the year. Many people congratulate us on being the Island’s friendliest carnival!
With the summer heat wave set to last until the end of August now is the time to book a holiday in Sandown and our Isle of Wight bed and breakfast is the ideal place to spend it, just across the road from the pier and beach. The main carnival goes right across the top of our road and you can hear it long before it reaches you, get there early and grab a front row space and don’t forget to bring your camera.
The children carnival is the day before come and see the entries. It’s a great day out for the family with quizzes and treasure hunts, it’s an exciting week in Sandown.
There usually something on most days, especially in the summer months, making the Isle of Wight the ideal holiday location for all ages.
Come and celebrate 128 years of Sandown Carnival by attending one of the below events:
Are you finally ready to take that long awaited summer break with your partner? Great, it’s about time you did! If you’re looking for a low-key, mellow summer break infused with a hand full of fun activities to do with your partner, Isle of Wight’s Bed and Breakfast is the place for you.
An island, England takes most pride in, Isle of Wight is a beautiful, luscious country located just off coast of Hampshire. Bursting with scenic beauty, grassy landscapes, coastal charisma and a mild, enjoyable climate, Isle of Wight’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect destination for your summer sweetness!
The Isle of Wight Bed and breakfast is a manifestation of the countless days of hard work and effort invested by the dynamic duo; Steve and Jan who have made sure that this B&B would be as comfortable and welcoming as the leisure of your own home.
If you’re looking for a royal treatment on a luxurious getaway, seek refuge under the warm wings of Isle of Wight’s Bed and Breakfast. It worth every penny of yours because this Bed and Breakfast is nothing short of extravagance. Boasting seven to eight letting rooms, the Isle of with Bed and Breakfast takes you by surprise with an ensuite bathroom in every room.
Hygiene is a priority at this Bed and Breakfast, which is why all the rooms are well-maintained and regularly cleaned to make sure the guests spend their holidays busy in pampering themselves instead of worrying about what’s going on in the world.
Each room here at the Isle of Wight Bed and Breakfast is equipped with a table and chairs, a fridge , free view TV alongside iPod and USB portals.
In addition to this, the rooms also boast a free Wi-Fi for all the guests staying here at the Isle of Wight Bed and Breakfast. Some of the other essentials but very significant amenities include tea and coffee making, an alarm clock radio set, a spacious wardrobe for the guests to store their clothes, abundantly roomy drawers to keep safe your important items and sockets with charging spots. With all these facilities in each room, don’t you think you should just run to this place with your significant other and spend a little, private holiday away from the world and in each other’s company, with absolute privacy?
Apart from all these reasons, if you are an outgoing, adventurous person, then the Isle of Wight definitely has a lot in store for you:
Constructed back in the late 1840’s, this was a private family home for the very much in love couple, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The splendor of this residence lies in the Italianate style of its architecture, projecting the perfectly panoramic views of the Isle of Wight and its shore.
If you’re one down to delve into the abyss of rich English history and prefer experiencing the culture from your own eyes, Osborne House should top your list of places to visit- something you can only find in the Isle of Wight. And since you’d need a place to stay, what’s more convenient than The Montpelier?
Another representation of English history and culture’s milestone, Carisbrooke Castle museum is a tourist attraction. Established by the Queen’s youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice in the memory of her loving husband, Prince Henry, this castle holds priceless sentimental value to the royals.
The museum itself speaks of the grandeur of the English past including the medieval history, costumes, military history, social history, portraits, paintings, documents, decorative art and photographs. So if you’re one with the thirst of enlightenment, quench it by visiting the Carisbrooke Castle here at Isle of Wight as you spend your holidays at The Montpelier.
Dinosaur Isle in the heart of Isle of Wight’s popular beach- the Sandown beach- lays Britain’s first dinosaur museum, built for the purpose of knowledge, education and awareness. If you’re hungry for knowledge, history and paleontology, the Dinosaur Isle was destined to be visited by you.
The fossils here speak of a timeless wealth and the rocks record the top exposures of dinosaur knowledge in Europe. On this part of the island, plants also preserve the history and explain the climate changes of the centuries.
The Isle of Wight Zoo is a nurturing habitat. It is popular for the special care provided to the tigers and lemurs over here. This is the perfect place for all animal lovers to visit and watch animals enjoy the freedom of life in a safe and fostering habitat. What used to be the ruins of a Victorian Fort today is renowned as the grounds for the Isle of Wight’s zoo. Although in the earlier times, tiger cubs were taken on walks, today the main focus lies on catering to the needs of older, endangered ones.
Keep the Isle of Wight Zoo in mind when planning your vacation at The Montpelier. You really do not want to miss it!
In operation by the family of Robin Thwaites since the 1960’s, this is a tinier version of what you see around in the Isle of Wight. Robin’s daughter, Penny and her husband, Stuart, are the current owners of this model village and continue to improve it every single day by adding and polishing its details. This model village gives you a refreshing break from the loud and busy world outside to spend some time in the similar-looking, yet quieter version of the real world.
So for a fun, refreshing and riveting Gulliver’s experience, don’t forget to head over to the Model Village Godshill while residing at the Isle of Wight Bed and Breakfast.
Another exciting place to relieve your stress in this piece of paradise is the Shanklin theatre where you can enjoy a firsthand experience of live plays and enjoy the traditions with a twist of modernism.
Trust us when we say that the Isle of Wight has a lot in store for you, waiting to be explored.
When you are planning a vacation, why shouldn’t you head over to a place that gives you exotic, cosmic natural views alongside tons of options for other activities?
Book a room at The Montpelier and make your trip of the Isle of Wight royal and exciting as you reside in this Bed and Breakfast aiming for excellence!
Do you like long walks with the sand between your toes and the sound of the sea lapping on the beach? Then Yaverland beach Sandown is for you.
I love it down on the beach at Yaverland when the tide is out, it stretches for miles, from the car at the bottom of Culver to the white cliffs at the tip and it’s very wide with a few rock pools on the way along and more once you get to the white cliffs. When the sun is shining it’s no different than being abroad with out the hassle of airports.
This magnificent bay is characterised by its craggy cliffs and clean, crisp waters. The appealing sand and stone beach runs between the imposing Culver Cliff at one end and Sandown at the other. With its own sailing club and windsurfing, canoeing, kite surfing and jet skiing all on offer, thrill-seekers will be in their element at this pleasant beach. Quieter than the other beaches between Sandown and Shanklin, Yaverland offers safe swimming and exciting fossil hunting by the cliffs. Take the kids there and crack open a rock, if you’re lucky you might find a fossil inside.
The beach is an ideal place to bring the kids and because it is so flat you can keep an eye them at all times. I love walking there with my dog, as do many other dog owners and have never seen anyone let their dogs out of control, it’s great to watch them all enjoying themselves. The beach is kept very clean as well.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay The Montpelier Bed and Breakfast is only a 10 to 15 minute walk away or under 5 minutes by car and there is a pay and display car park with easy access to the beach.
The Isle of Wight Music Festival 2017 — Schedule, tickets, news, line-up, and accommodation details
Hooray! The dates of the most awaited rock and pop music festival has been announced. Yes! The annual Isle of Wight music festival is going to take place at Newport’s Seaclose Park from 8th June (Thursday) to 11th June (Sunday) 2017. This amazing festival takes place every year and is one of the most impressively storied festivals amongst the best European festivals. Before discussing all the details we have gathered about this exciting event, we want to remind you that apart from enjoying awesome music at the festival, participants also get to enjoy several happening events like comedy, poetry, and cabaret. Camping is another exciting opportunity for the visitors of Isle of Wight. The island of Isle of Wight turns into a grand weekend party.
Let’s talk about headliners 2017! Amazingly, the Isle of Wight Music Festival 2017 music festival will include Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire along with David Guetta and Run DMC. Excited? I suggest you should book your tickets and hotel soon for better options.
Tickets can be bought online and you can also visit websites such as, Ticketmaster, Festicket and Viagogo to benefit from the sale and what they have to offer. The cost of the tickets is different to help you suit your preferences. The price of the Day Ticket is £60 for Friday and £80 for Saturday and Sunday. Also, note that the ticket does not include camping permission but will allow you to enjoy unlimited re-entry. Tickets for teens cost £145 per person. For adults, the charges are slightly higher, at £175 per person. Luckily, children under the age of 12 can enjoy absolutely free entry.
The Line-up Gossip
John Giddings, the promoter of Isle of Wight Festival happily reveals the confirmation of Arcade Fire as headliner for Saturday night and Sir Rod Stewart for Sunday night. The festival will come to an end by the rock legend, Rod Stewart. The list of Co-headliners is also very amazing. It includes French DJ David Guetta and hip-hop legends Run DMC.
Remarkably, Clean Bandit & Zara Larsson will also become the Big Top part of the Isle of Wight Music Festival 2017. They have recently made to UK Chart no. 1.
Bed & Breakfasts
If you are not interested in camping then Isle of Wight has variety of comfortable bed & breakfasts, hotels, inns, and several self-catering alternatives to offer. Visit TripAdvisor to know the accommodation details and reviews. You can select the accommodation on the basis of price or location according to your preferences. The Montpelier bed & breakfast offers some of the best facilities at a spectacular location that too at reasonable prices. TripAdvisor has rated us at 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Getting around from Newport is easy and there are buses available to take you at cheaper rates to remarkable spots including Sandown. Also, Isle of Wight is an amazing destination for cycling. That is why it is also known as Bicycle Island.