The nominations for Red Funnel’s myisleofwight Awards have been revealed, following the announcement that a record 33,832 votes were cast.
The awards, which are now in their third year, aim to showcase the best of the Island’s tourism industry and were voted for by people who visited the Isle of Wight throughout 2014.
The nominations for 26 awards cover each tourism sector, including accommodation, attractions and food and drink.
Jonathan Green, marketing and communications director for Red Funnel, said:
“It’s a pleasure to reveal the nominations for the awards, as each one is a fantastic Island business. It’s a real testament to hard work put in by the local companies who deliver excellent experiences, and we’re very proud to recognise this by supporting the awards.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Northwood House in Cowes on 19th March, where Kevin George, CEO of Red Funnel, will present them with a handmade Glory Art Glass trophy.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Best Shop to Pick Up That Something Special: Live Like This; Made on the Wight; Oasis
Best Event to Lie Back and Soak Up the Sounds: Bestival; Isle of Wight Festival; V-Dub Island
Best Event to Burn Off the Calories: Walk the Wight; Bestival; Cowes Week
Best Event to be Immersed in Culture: Ventnor Fringe; Quay Arts; Isle of Wight Literary Festival
Best Place for Something for the Family: Robin Hill; Blackgang Chine; Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Best Place to Make a Furry Friend: Seaview Wildlife; Isle of Wight Zoo; Donkey Sanctuary
Best Place to Go Back in Time: Osborne House; Carisbrooke; Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Best Place to Explore Gardens: Ventnor Botanic; Osborne House; Mottistone Manor
Best Place to Get Crafty: Chessell Pottery; Arreton Barns; Quay Arts
Best Water-Based Activity Provider: UKSA; IWAA; Wight Water
Best Land-Based Activity Provider: Island Gems; IWAA; Goodleaf Tree Climbing
Best Fish and Chips in your Hand: Corries Cabin; Ventnor Haven Fishery; Jolly Fryer
Best Epicurean Spot to Blow the Budget: The Royal; Little Gloster; Boathouse Steephill Cove
Best Eaterie with a Sea View: Steephill Cove Crab Shed; Beach Hut Café; Little Gloster
Best Homemade Burger: Union Inn; Mess Canteen; Smokehouse Burger Co
Best Oldy Worlde Pub with Island Ales: The Spyglass Inn; The Buddle; The Taverners
Best Afternoon/Cream Tea: Chessell Pottery; The Royal Hotel; Quarr Abbey
Best Place to Fill Your Boots (Full of Local Produce): Garlic Farm; Briddlesford Farm; Farmer Jacks
Favourite Local Produce to Gorge On: Minghella; Isle of Wight Garlic; Isle of Wight Cheese
Best Place to Hook Up (Caravanning & Touring): Ninham; Whitecliff Bay; Orchards Holiday Park
The Ultimate Classic Hotel Experience: The Royal Hotel; Priory Bay Hotel; George Hotel
Cosiest Cottage Hideaway: VV Shack; National Trust Needles Coastguard Cottages; Nettlecombe Farm
Best Rustic Camping Experience: Ninham; Compton Farm; Grange Farm
Best Place to Go Glamping; VV Airstream Trailers; Tom’s Eco Lodges; Isle of Wight Camper Van
Best Place for a Shindig (Self-Catering): Garlic Farm; Tapnell Manor; VV The Mission
Most Comfy Bed and Hearty Breakfast: Union Inn; Ocean View House; Little Gloster
For more information on Red Funnel’s services, visit www.redfunnel.co.uk.