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

Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2020

The call is being made for walk leaders to step forward for the popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival as momentum for the 2020 event builds. Visit Isle of Wight are hosting the Walking Festival between May 2 and May 17 next year, and are asking for walk leaders to get involved. A love of ... read more

Nominations open for the ‘Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards’

  Red Funnel Ferries have introduced the ‘Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards’. Celebrating all that is great about the Isle of Wight, the awards will recognise the diverse and wonderful places to go, stay and eat across the Island. For the last seven years, Red Funnel has celebrated the very best of the Island ... read more

Red Funnel CEO honoured with Merchant Navy Medal

Girlguiding always likes to hear of girls and women who succeed in their chosen careers. Here is a point in case: The Department for Transport today announced that Red Funnel Ferries’ CEO, Captain Fran Collins, has been awarded a 2019 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. Awarded to recipients who are serving or have served ... read more

Prestigious award nomination for Red Funnel Ferries.

  Red Funnel Ferries is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted for Maritime UK’s Maritime 2050 Award, in recognition of its work in supporting British shipbuilding. A proud British brand with a long maritime history, Red Funnel’s roots date back to 1861. Since then, Red Funnel has always taken pride in doing its ... read more


As already reported some members of Girlguiding IW joined in the activities for Cowes Week 2019. Here is a general round up of the regatta and other events held in Cowes during this special week in August. Following the bad weather on Saturday (10th August), sailing finally got underway on Sunday as did several activities ... read more


As Cowes Week ends with the traditional Fireworks, this year sponsored by Red Funnel, this ferry company has reason to celebrate with 50 years of a high-speed service. Red Funnel is celebrating 50 years of continuous high-speed service between Southampton and West Cowes this year. To mark the milestone, Red Funnel was proud to be ... read more


Although there is some entertainment for Cowes Week starting on Friday 9th August the week really starts on Saturday 10th when not only do the first yacht races start but Cowes is filled with entertainment for all. The Parade will see its usual ‘Village’ with eateries, bars, stalls and performances on stage. A full list ... read more


Over the next few weeks yacht berths in Cowes will be really filled to capacity with yachts of all sizes and descriptions. 29th July saw the first races in Cowes Classics Week. Four committee boat race areas, and one fixed shore- line, just in front of the Royal London Yacht Club on the Parade, will ... read more