Dimbola, Freshwater is staging two new exhibitions starting in October and running through until the end of the year. One-“A FASHION RETROSPECTIVE”- shows work by American pioneering female photographer Marilyn Stafford who was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925. Marilyn’s early dreams were for a theatrical career. Her photographic career was launched in 1948 in New ... read more

Isle of Wight Wins Top Award.

Holding off tough competition from Essex, Orkney, Anglesey and the Severn Valley, the Isle of Wight has clinched a top award in a national competition. It has been crowned the BBC Countryfile Magazine Holiday Destination of the Year following a national vote. Will Myles, Managing Director at Visit Isle of Wight, says it is a ... read more

International Women’s Day- 8th March.

Sunday, 8th March, celebrates International Women’s Day as a focal point in the movement for women’s rights to help forge a gender-equal world and celebrate women’s achievements. As part of its commitment to the ongoing support of women in the maritime industry, Red Funnel has signed the Women in Maritime pledge and intends to achieve ... read more

IW Festival announces more artists joining the line-up for the 2020 event.

The Isle of Wight Festival has announced more artists joining the line-up for the 2020 event which takes place at Seaclose Park, Newport over the weekend of 11th-14th June. They are: THURSDAY: FooR, Natasha Bedingfield, Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix tribute) FRIDAY (Main Stage): You Me At Six, LONA FRIDAY (Big Top): Joy Crookes, The ... read more


Red Funnel has announced that Isle of Wight Independent Lifeboats, a collaboration of Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and Ryde Inshore Rescue, has been elected as its Charity of the Year (COTY), 2020. This announcement follows the results of a vote by Red Funnel staff and customers. The lifeboat groups joined forces ... read more


At a special event hosted by travel broadcaster and travel editor of the Independent newspaper Simon Calder and held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, Isle of Wight tourism businesses have been recognised for their excellence at The Beautiful South Awards. Will Myles, Managing Director at Visit Isle of Wight collected a bronze award for ... read more


  The Isle of Wight Festival makes its return for 2020 with a huge line-up of music icons marking the first major festival of the summer over 11th – 14th June. First held in 1968 -The UK’s oldest festival –  celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1970 festival next year. In 1970, the Festival ... read more

Public vote opens for ‘Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards

Voting from members of the public for the ‘Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards’ is now open. These revamped awards will recognise the diverse and wonderful places to go, stay and eat across the Island with 20 categories covering accommodation, food & drink, things to do and with several new categories, including ‘Best Place for ... read more