Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Park Resorts late offers from £111 for four nights

Park Resorts have a number of late caravan holiday offers available at their four parks on the Island - Languard, Thorness Bay, Nodes Point and Lower Hyde - starting from £111 for four nights (Monday to Friday).

Click here for more information or to make an instant booking online.

The Isle of Wight Marathon - 4th October 2009

Now in it's 53rd year, the Isle of Wight Marathon is the oldest marathon in the United Kingdom.

Registration is at Ryde Rowing Club, and the run begins on the south side of Ryde Boating Lake at 11.00 am. The course consists of a single lap incorporating Ryde, Binstead, Wootton, Newport, Rookley, Arreton, Sandown, Barding - and then back to Ryde. There are eight drinks stations available at approximately three miles apart.

Concessionary travel on ferries is being offered by Wightlink, details available upon entry.

Arreton Barns Craft Village

Arreton Barns is a wonderfully traditional craft village near the centre of the Island that boasts a whole range of shops and attractions.

It's free to visit - just drive in, leave your vehicle in the ample car park and take a look around the gift shops, try your hand at pottery, feed the fish in the carp pond or enjoy a pint of real ale (the Fuggle-Dee-Dum, by Goddards, is particularly appealing) or some of the excellent food on offer at the Dairyman's Daughter public house, where entertainment is also on offer in the evenings.

The shops collectively stock a particularly wide variety of Island produce including season gifts, wines, ciders, beers, liquers and organic farm produce.

There are even a few antique slot machines, specially adapted to take 5p pieces. They're there for a bit of fun, don't expect to get rich on them!

The village is on the main road in Arreton (Sat Nav PO30 3AA). If you are approaching from the Newport direction be careful you don't drive past, it is just on the left after the sharp bend.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

"Dormice in Briddlesford Woods" - walk this weekend

The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) will be hosting a walk this Saturday, 19th September near Wootton Bridge.

Briddlesford Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is owned by the charity. It is home to a number of rare species including dormice, red squirrels and bats.

This weekend visitors will have the opportunity to check some of the 400 nest boxes in the woods.

The event will take place in the morning and will be repeated again in the afternoon. Please click here to book a place.

Gurnard Pines anyone?

We've just booked up through The Sun for the weekend before Christmas and this time we've been allocated Gurnard Pines, on the north coast of the Island.

This will be the first time well have been there, although it does look rather nice on the website - all pine lodges and bungalows. Not sure about the weather at that time of year though - more on this latest expedition anon.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Park Resorts New ABI Summer Supreme

This year Park Resorts has put its years of experience to good use by teaming up with one of the UK's leading caravan manufacturers and producing a model which is stylish, modern and thoroughly appealing - the ABI Summer Supreme.

Comfortable, spacious and built to last, the ABI is available for between £40,000 to £45,000, depending on location.

For more information, simply click here to visit the Park Resorts website and arrange a no obligation VIP tour.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Shanklin Chine - historic gorge with subtle illuminations

Shanklin Chine is a historic gorge of natural beauty and a splendid haven of woodland, wildlife, unusual plants and a strangely enchanting waterfall.

One of two famous chines on the Island (along with Blackgang which boasts a popular theme park), as well as many that are lesser known, the deep ravine at Shanklin is believed to have formed over 10,000 years and plays host to a glorious collection of flora and fauna. In spite of the tranquility which is itself an attraction to thousands of visitors there is much to see and do. Shops, nature trails, a Children's Nature Hide (red squirrels are frequently to be seen), a fisherman's cottage, gift shop and heritage centre make this a must for nature lovers everywhere.

Located at the heart of the thatched village of Shanklin, visitors will often combine a stroll around the Chine with a tour of the historic attractions and teashops of the old town.

Opening time is 10am. From July 3rd the Chine stages open evenings until 10pm with subtle illuminations. From April until July, and again from September until November, the venue closes at 5pm. Entrance prices are inexpensive, with concessions, families and school groups catered for.

There is no parking on site, however visitors may use the Vernon Meadow car park (Sat Nav PO37 6QT) or Shanklin Esplanade.