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Treasure island: the food and drink business to know

With its extra sunshine hours and maritime climate, the Isle of Wight offers perfect growing conditions and a great source of ingredients for the increasing number of food and drink businesses that have set up shop here, says Fiona Sims “On a good day I can do 30 miles,” says Sarah Tucker, peddling furiously. She’s […]

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Natural selection: the artists taking inspiration from the Isle of Wight

With its ancient woodland and sparkling bays, the Isle of Wight is a magnet for artists, both visiting and resident. Fiona Sims finds out what inspires them, from simple pebbles to shipwrecks It’s only 10 miles from Cowes to Southampton on a Red Funnel ferry, yet the Island feels much further away. Just 37 kilometres […]

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Horsing around: family fun at the Island Riding Centre

With its stunning beaches and ancient trails, the Isle of Wight is looking pretty good from a horse, says Jonathan Bell As we made our stately progress across Appley beach, the morning sun just peeping above the horizon, distant recollections of childhood horse-riding stirred muscle memory deep within and everything started to come together. Any […]

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Mark King: My Island

Level 42 front man and slap bass legend Mark King reveals what it was like growing up on the Isle of Wight, why he still loves it, and where you’ll find him on the Island when he’s not on stage.   My family has been on the Isle of Wight for over a century. My […]

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight

The Wight Road: Cycling in the Isle of Wight

With its breathtaking scenery and numerous corners to explore, the Isle of Wight is a cyclist’s dream. Guy Dimond takes to two wheels and finds pit stops worth savouring and a van in shining armour for when it rains. The joy of cycle touring is discovering the unexpected, punctuated by stops at teashops and caffs. […]

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The Shepherd’s Hut: A Different Island Perspective

The Shepherd’s Hut offers the ultimate rural retreat for city dwellers anxious to escape the millstone of high-speed Internet connectivity – and it allows visitors to see the Isle of Wight from a different perspective, says Fiona Sims. Blame Thomas Hardy. If it weren’t for Gabriel Oak in Hardy’s 1874 classic, Far from the Madding […]

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Wild Wood: The Craft of Woodturning

Woodturning is as old as the hills – and a craft that is still alive and kicking on the Isle Wight. Mark Baxter picks up a chisel and makes himself a bowl, with a little help from a master woodturner.   I’m a bit of a bodger. Not a person who makes things clumsily and […]

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Time for tea

Time for Tea: Isle of Wight’s Best Tearooms

Whether it’s a slice of honey and lavender cake in a 1940s themed parlour, or a chocolate florentine in an old piano shop, Island tearooms offer something for everyone. Joanna Macaulay singles out 10 of her favourites.   The Piano Café It’s the Piano Café’s provenance that is its most unique feature as over 100 […]

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A Surfer’s Nirvana

The Isle of Wight Beaches: A Surfer’s Nirvana

Stretching out into the English Channel, the Isle of Wight boasts some of the best beaches on the South Coast. Add to that a jaw-dropping setting, with dramatic white cliffs, rolling downs, wide sandy bays and wooded chines, and you have a little slice of surfer heaven for the novice and the more experienced surfer. […]

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Unique Park Destinations on the Isle of Wight

Whether its for the provided glamping experiences, the beautiful scenery or the spectacular amenities, here’s a rundown of our five favourite unexpected park resorts on the Isle of Wight. Vintage Vacations  Award-winning Vintage Vacations has 13 gleaming silver vintage caravans, plus a pair of classic British caravans sitting in a large field on a farm […]

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