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Isle of Wight Flavours – Isle of Wight Mushrooms

So, what is a mushroom? We have all probably heard them categorized as a fungus, but is that a plant? Actually, it’s closer to an animal but mushrooms are in ‘their own kingdom’. How strange is that, an organism which is neither a plant nor animal? It seems that the mystery doesn’t stop there. There is a lot we still don’t know about mushrooms, there are thought to be over 15,000 varieties in the UK. We know them mostly as a food and the edible mushroom is referred to as the fruit body of a macrofungi. They can also be used

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Isle of Wight Staycations Expected This Summer

More good news for Isle of Wight tourism this week, as we’re coming up prominently in searches on holiday websites. Searches for holiday destinations have shot up since the government published the proposed steps out of lockdown, with many people favouring a ‘staycation’ rather than attempting to travel abroad this summer. Devon-based holiday company Cofton Holidays found that the island featured fifth on their list of most searched holiday destinations, with southerners in cities like Brighton and Southampton being most tempted by an Island-break. Interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, no cities made the list of top locations searched for breaks this summer. Website

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Isle of Wight Attractions To Enjoy In The Spring

The Isle of Wight is known for being a brilliant destination for a ‘staycation’ and instead of getting on a plane and travelling thousands of miles to somewhere exotic, many are choosing to simply book a ferry to the island instead. One of the main things that makes the Isle of Wight such a popular family holiday destination is the many well-known tourist attractions that it boasts and there really is something for everyone on the island.   With spring just around the corner, you may be wondering what the Isle of Wight has to offer attraction-wise at this time of year

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Awards Flying in for the Island

The Isle of Wight has been voted as one of the top 25 ‘Bucket List’ staycation destinations to visit this summer by Big 7 Travel. Added to this Shanklin Beach was voted one of the UK’s top 20 beaches in a survey by WWF-UK and Sky Ocean Rescue and Freshwater Bay reached the top 30 of the UK’s most beautiful views in a poll by LNER.   With all of these recommendations for the Isle of Wight coming in, it seems likely that we will be a top destination this summer, especially as people are wanting to spend their holidays in the

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Isle of Wight Flavours – Isle of Wight Cheese Co

            I first met Richard about 10 years ago when I was working at The Hambrough in Ventnor. We went up to the dairy for the day and Richard kindly gave us a tour and explained how the cheese is made. At the time the equipment was limited and everything was very manual. Richard was working pretty much every day and he had just three cheeses in the range but the business was growing at a good rate. You could see the passion in Richard and his Mum Julie was also working alongside him. It was lovely to see this small

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Why Is The Isle Of Wight Great For Shopping?

When you’re planning a shopping trip with your friends, it is likely that you will think of heading to London or another big city like Manchester, but many don’t realise that the Isle of Wight is actually a brilliant place for shopping. Simply get yourself a ferry ticket and book a hotel for a couple of nights and you can easily have an amazing few days on the island making the most of not just the Isle of Wight shopping centres, but everything else it has to offer too.   If you have never been to the island before and you’re intrigued

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Incarcerated Isle – Isle of Wight Prisons

  We all feel a little like prisoners at the moment, unable to go out of our houses, except to exercise and shop. But did you know that the island has one of the most notorious prisons in the country, HMP Isle of Wight, which over its history has housed a number of famous prisoners?   The prison was originally three prisons, Parkhurst, Albany and Camp Hill prisons. Camp Hill was a category C low security prison, but the others were both high security prisons holding the most dangerous criminals.   Parkhurst began in 1778 as a military hospital and children's asylum and by 1838,

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The Best Family Dining Experiences On The Isle Of Wight

When booking a family holiday in the UK, the Isle of Wight is by far one of the most popular destinations and every year, families from all over will spend a week or two exploring the island. Often, when visiting the Isle of Wight, many of these families will choose to book self-catering accommodation and it gives them the freedom to do as they please at mealtimes, without the constraints of set time frames and menus.   When opting for this type of accommodation, in order to be prepared, many parents will search for local eating establishments in advance and it goes

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Queen Victoria’s Island

Queen Victoria visited the island on various occasions before becoming queen. As a young girl she stayed at Norris Castle in East Cowes in 1831, when she was 12, and again in 1933, aged 14, with her mother. Mother and daughter visited attractions of the day around the island, including the Sand Rock Spring Hotel in Niton to take the reputed health-giving waters from the nearby chalybeate spring. Later it was renamed the Royal Sandrock Hotel for her visit, but it sadly burned down in the 1980s. The Buddle Inn Is close to the site of this former hotel. The Isle of

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Choosing The Best Bed And Breakfast On The Isle Of Wight

When visiting the Isle of Wight, you will have a number of brilliant accommodation options to choose from, yet one of the most popular has to be a bed and breakfast. This traditionally British type of accommodation has been the first-choice for many visiting the island for decades now and there are a number of benefits to opting for a B&B over any of the other types of accommodation available.   These days, due to their popularity, there are so many different bed and breakfasts on the Isle of Wight and there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. No matter

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