The Isle of Wight
Situated off England’s South Coast and less than 2 hours from London, the Isle of Wight is renowned as an area of outstanding, natural beauty. With an array of award-winning beaches and a stunning coastline, it is the perfect location for those wanting to explore, relax and make memories.
The Island is home to a variety of prestigious ‘AA Rosette’ restaurants, contemporary bistros, modern bars and traditional pubs serving a wide range of locally sourced produce against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery.
It is also the perfect place for action packed, family excursions with all-year-round attractions including; fascinating museums, insightful galleries, wildlife sanctuaries, traditional markets and many beautiful parks and gardens.
Voted one of the best places in the world for cycling, thrill-seekers are able to take advantage of a huge selection of outdoor adventure activities. In addition to the two-wheeled variety, the island also boasts; watersports (sailing, surfing, kayaking and bodyboarding), horse riding, theme parks and even hover travel!
The Isle of Wight is renowned for its ground-breaking festivals staged throughout the year, including; literature, cycling, running and live music. One such event is Cowes Week, famed as the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World and a truly iconic feature of the British sporting calendar.
Cowes is the island’s main port with a natural harbour at the mouth of the Medina River. It has a rich maritime heritage and remains a centre for the development of high-end, innovative marine technologies and sustainable energy. Cowes Enterprise College’s curriculum reflects the town’s proud history as an industrial hub, which has specialised in both the boat building and aviation industries. As well as Cowes Week, the town’s six yacht/sailing clubs host a series of national and international sailing events each year and from April to September, the town is packed with visiting yachtsmen.
There is a choice of three car-ferry routes to the Island and three passenger services, including high-speed catamarans and the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft service. Southampton airport is 40 minutes from Cowes and offers flights to many UK and European destinations. There are direct trains from Southampton to London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and beyond.
For more information about this beautiful island please visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
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