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ISLE OF WIGHT TOPS HOLIDAY POLLS AHEAD OF ANTICIPATED BUSY SUMMER SEASON

The Isle of Wight is firmly in the hearts and minds of the nation with the garden isle once again featuring highly in a number of travel polls.

With the country about to be unlocked and travel restrictions expected to be listed by the end of March, the Isle of Wight is gearing up for what could be one of the busiest summer seasons ever.

Ahead of the arrival of an influx of much-needed tourists, Shanklin Beach has been voted as 1 of the top 20 beaches in the UK in a survey carried out by WWF-UK and Sky Ocean Rescue. The beach on the east coast of the Isle of Wight is popular with local residents and with visitors.

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Sally Beston, chairman of Shanklin Hotel and Accommodation Association, has said:

“I am delighted to read that Shanklin Beach has been voted in the top 20 of the UK’s best beaches.  Shanklin really is a beautiful place to live and visit. My members will be delighted to welcome visitors when the time is right”.

When it comes to stunning vistas, picturesque Freshwater Bay reached the top 30 of the UK’s most beautiful views according to a separate poll by railway company LNER.

Historically, Freshwater Bay has always been a favourite and was home to the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron at Dimbola and the Poet Laureate of the time, Alfred, Lord Tennyson at Farringford House.

At the weekend, Island Echo reported that the Isle of Wight was named 6th in a poll of popular UK destinations by global travel firm Big 7 Travel.

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Edward Yardley
Edward Yardley
7 months ago

More traffic, less parking, crowded beaches and beauty spots, only welcomed by ‘those’ who gain financially from such such as top c o u n c i l l o r s who own beachside venues.

It is not the people that are welcome, but their wallet contents. Don’t ever imagine it is anything else, as ‘why would it be’?

Steve
Steve
7 months ago

What!!!!!! No East Cowes in the top 10 beaches in the UK surely an oversight

Fedup
Fedup
7 months ago

All travelling to the Isle of Wight will arrive at port not less than 1 hour before ferry departure and will be subject to Covid 19 fast test (30 minutes for result). All who test positive, along with anyone who refuses to be tested, will be refused embarkation and instructed to leave port area.

Level Phil
Level Phil
Reply to  Fedup
7 months ago

Presumably, you will want to see their passport, driving licence and a recent utility bill as well.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
Reply to  Fedup
7 months ago

You can’t stop people travelling because they refuse to partake in your nonsense tests, may I also add travel that will be accepted by the government (which isn’t you!) no one in this world should be forced to put anything in their body of they do not wish to! Why don’t you have a little check up on our human rights act!

Gorob
Gorob
7 months ago

Better clean up all the rubbish from around the Island road side then.
Do something about the state of the dirty rotting dilapidated shops in the Towns.
Unpainted poor state of the Hotels.
Shop very early if you live here as the supermarket car parks will be full of people looking for somewhere to park for half an hour free to look around the non existent shops.
If we are top of the Holiday polls

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
Reply to  Gorob
7 months ago

And without tourists and tourism those places will NEVER be open again! Clearly we cannot rely on islanders to shop in island shops!

Lady Dunstanding
Lady Dunstanding
7 months ago

‘Garden Isle…’ Really? Tell that to the people of Ryde and Brading in the certain knowledge our masters have agreed for nearly all countryside in between to be built on and concreted over. Nay, begged for it from developing cronies with the assurance of huge financial gain for the very few.

Mrs T
Mrs T
7 months ago

This Island needs smartening up and investment to attract visitors and keep us Islanders happy. I have lived here for 15 years and the deterioration is awful. It is not attractive at all, like it once was.

Kev
Kev
Reply to  Mrs T
7 months ago

The Island has a with a mass of natural beauty, very sadly the Island towns have been allowed to fall into a state of ruin now for many years and that includes many hotels, there needs to be substantial rejuvenation as a matter of urgency, there is far to much emphasis on mass housing developments that are aimed above the average Island wage scale.

The Island needs a Council with a plan to encourage development in the interest of the Island, both for the Island population and 21st Century tourism.

Quite simply develop this Naturally beautiful Island to the benefit of Islanders and Tourists alike, before it’s too late.

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