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Tipsy Wight

  Whilst I normally use fresh produce as the highlight ingredient for the isleofwight.com flavours blog, this time I’ve taken a slightly different route. My partner first discovered Medham Farm when she was searching for some local honey to improve her hay fever symptoms. We soon realised that the owners of the farm; Ruth and Michael not only produced Medham Farm Honey, but were also the creators of Tipsy Wight, specialising in a range of flavoured vodka and vodka liqueur.     Medham Farm estate is made up of acres of fields, woodlands and hedgerows, so naturally there is an abundance of produce, ranging from

Isle of Wight Festival 2021 – An interview with John Giddings

Going Live I loved your quote about cancelling the Isle of Wight Festival over your dead body.. “And I don't intend to die in the near future, fingers crossed.” Is this going to be the first concert you put on this year? “Um yes, because my wife has been doing the Covid testing at the event research programme at Sefton Park and Download, and she's at Latitude at the moment, but they are not run by me. The Isle of Wight festival team are helping the Government produce those events on the basis that we get the knowledge to be able to run the Isle

Katie Melua at the Woodland Sessions at Robin Hill

The valley at Robin Hill, home of the very first Bestival, was the perfect setting for the ‘socially distanced’ Woodland Sessions last weekend, the very weekend that would have been the IW Festival if it hadn’t been for the government’s Covid restrictions. And on the second night, Friday 17th July, Katie Melua chilled everyone out with a stunning selection from her extensive catalogue. Katie in front of the iconic marble arch at Robin Hill   Supporting artist, Simon Gough gave a haunting and atmospheric violin interlude to begin, with backdrop of coastal scenes in the twilight – were they of Island scenes? We

Jack Up’s all set to bring back the good times this summer!

With the lifting of all legal restrictions on19th July, the Island’s community retro festival is ready to re-open its gates this August enabling Islander’s to reunite with friends and family in a safe, outdoor environment. Centred around feel-good music from the 80’s and 90’s, there’s guaranteed fun for all the family! Now in its eighth year, Jack Up The Summer will feature live music from the likes of Heaven 17, Heather Small, From The Jam, Black Lace and Aswad, as well as Queen and Abba tribute groups, locally produced food and drink plus the world’s only inflatable circus including a 100ft

Can you Escape the Island’s ‘Lost Crypt’?

Aspire Ryde’s new ‘Lost Crypt’ Escape Room is the newest, most exciting and challenging entertainment experience on the Isle of Wight. The 60-minute timed game is the UK’s first live Escape Room set in a real Church Crypt and is one of only two Escape Rooms on the Island. As the time counts down, small groups will need to collaborate to solve real life puzzles, to uncover clues within the crypt and ultimately, make their escape. Those unable to complete the challenge risk being stuck inside

Why a farm stay should be your Isle of Wight accommodation choice

When you’re thinking of different places to stay on the Isle of Wight, it is fair to say that a farm probably isn’t the first option that springs to mind. Often, holidaymakers will think of staying in a beautiful hotel or a private holiday home and whilst there is no denying that these are both brilliant accommodation options, you shouldn’t overlook some of the more unique alternatives available, such as staying on a farm. If you’re planning a trip to the Isle of Wight this year and you’re still considering the different types of accommodation to book, below we have looked

What Isle of Wight attractions are great for active families?

The Isle of Wight is a very popular holiday destination for families and every year, people will travel from all over the UK and even further afield to stay on the island for a week or two. One thing that makes the Isle of Wight so appealing to families is the fact that there are so many amazing tourist attractions and you will never struggle to fill your days with fun activities wherever you choose to stay on the Island. If you’re quite an active family and instead of relaxing on one of the many Isle of Wight beaches you’d prefer

Shopping on the Island

Whether you’re on a self-catering holiday, or are staying in a hotel, you will need to do a little shopping at some time during your stay on the Isle of Wight. Even if it’s just for sun-tan lotion or a gift for your mum. Here is our guide to shopping on the Island. Supermarkets The Island has more than its fair share of supermarkets with most of the major chains: Morrisons in Newport and Lake; Sainsbury in Newport, Sandown and Freshwater; a large Tesco in Ryde, and Tesco Expresses in Wootton and Ventnor; Co-Ops in Freshwater, Ventnor, Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin; Aldi

Upcoming Isle Of Wight Events You Can’t Miss After Lockdown

The Isle of Wight is known for lots of things, from its 57 miles of breathtaking coastline to its tourist attractions like Osborne House and The Needles, and people visit the Island every year for lots of different reasons. The many events that are hosted here on the Isle of Wight also help to make it a very popular destination and throughout the year, there is something for absolutely everyone event-wise across the Island. As you will know, lots of popular Isle of Wight events had to be cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic but this summer is going

A short history of Blackgang Chine

  When Alexander Dabell acquired Blackgang Chine in 1842 it was a unique and picturesque chine leading down to the beach, and he knew that Victorians would love to visit this atmospheric coastal location. Amazingly, the amount to which his land extended was decided upon his ability to throw a stone, with the agreed the point at which it landed becoming the furthest reach of the lease. The sides of the chine were predominantly black, due to mineral deposits of iron in the soil, and this is what is thought to have led to the name Blackgang – with ‘gang’ probably meaning

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