8 top reasons for visiting The Isle of Wight in 2017

Liz Earle, and the Isle of Wight

The West Bay Club & Spaon the Isle of Wight this year also introduced the “House of Liz Earle Beauty”.  A Country Club and Island Wellness Spa, it also features a West Bay Kids programme and gives visitors a great base from which to explore the whole of the Island.  A great addition to the health, beauty, spa and wellness “offer” on the Isle of Wight, it’s also a place to head to in order to fulfill all of those New Year resolutions.  Over the last 21 years thousands of Liz Earle Naturally Active customers have been coming to the Island to visit the original store in Ryde.  From 2016, for the first time, it has also been possible to come and stay in the new House of Liz Earle Beauty and even book a Mini, One Day or Two Day Naturally Active Retreat.


Underwater Kingdom at Blackgang Chine

A new magical theme world, Underwater Kingdom, will be opening at Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight next Spring.  Visitors will be able to experience the most amazing array of colourful, larger than life, sea creatures whilst discovering magical underwater caves, a vibrant luminescent coral reef, an abandoned sunken shipwreck and a hidden kingdom.


Tiny Homes

Opening in 2017, Tiny Homes is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight.  Scheduled to open in the Spring, Tiny Homes is all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment adjacent to Parkhurst Forest with its walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore (including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels).


Shanklin Chine is 200!

The Island’s longest-established tourist attraction, Shanklin Chine, celebrates its bicentenary in 2017.  A number of special events to mark the occasion are planned throughout the season including an official 200th anniversary party, which includes the launch of new book that documents the long history of the attraction, which was famed for its many regular high profile visitors in Victorian times – Jane Austen, John Keats and Charles Dickens and many others.  A new photographic exhibition as well as a sculpture trail are also planned for 2017, with magical evening lighting events known as the Chine Lumière featuring in summer and late October.


Mardi Gras 2017: Reflections of India (Saturday, 1st July)

Aligned with UK-INDIA: Year of Culture, which is being led by the British Council to commemorate 70 years of Independence.  The Island’s New Carnival Company is working with Osborne House to connect with Queen Victoria, Empress of India…and will present some of these themes through the 2017 Mardi Gras on the Isle of Wight.


The Isle of Wight Distillery launches new limited edition oak aged HMS Victory ‘navy strength’ gin

The Isle of Wight Distillery has recently launched the first of four batches of its limited edition oak aged HMS Victory ‘navy strength’ gin at a special event held on board the HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  They also produce Wight Mermaids Gin, Rock Sea Vodka, Apple Pie Moonshine and coming soon, Isle of Wight Whisky.  Visitors can sample it at pubs and farm shops across the Island as well as from two or three mainland stockists and also online.   They are based in Ryde, where it’s possible to visit their vineyard home.  Admission is free and there is a café and shop on site too.


Dame Judi Dench to star in a new film about Queen Victoria

Osborne on the Isle of Wight, the seaside residence of Queen Victoria, is a location for a major feature film due to be released in 2017 directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dame Judi Dench entitled “Victoria and Abdul”.


I Love Wight

A very special Romantic Breaks on the Isle of Wight campaign is set to run from January to March in 2017.  Featuring stunning sunsets, smugglers’ inns, coastal walks, boutique hideaways and seafood & champagne.  Watch the Visit Isle of Wight website for further details and special offers.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672


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Notes to Editors

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