The Isle of Wight is truly an Island for all seasons; the blossoming bluebells of spring making way for the warm haze over the sunny sandy beaches in summer, right through to the mellow beauty of autumn and the crisp, clear winter days.
The Isle of Wight is officially one of the sunniest places in the UK and one of the best places to enjoy a winter climate.
Welcoming tourists since Queen Victoria made Osborne House her winter home, the Island has had many other famous residents and visitors including Lord Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens and the famous photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Step in their footsteps as you explore the beautiful, tranquil countryside, over half of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This rural idyll is interspersed with picturesque villages and rolling hills sweeping down to the stunning Jurassic coastline where you might stumble across a dinosaur tooth!
For a small Island it packs a big punch in terms of the number and wide range of attractions; from the UK’s oldest amusement park to the castle which imprisoned a king, and from charming animal sanctuaries to the Victorian splendour of Osborne House. History and culture ranges from Roman Villas and sub-tropical gardens, to museums celebrating the Island as the “Dinosaur capital of Europe”.
Over recent years this scenic Island has become known as one of the foodie capitals of the South Coast. From quaint tea rooms boasting the best afternoon teas, through beachside cafes and country pubs to high end restaurants. With Island grown produce used to create many culinary delights, there is something to suit all tastes.
Whilst there is only 3 miles between the Island and the mainland, at its’ closest, the pace of life is that little bit slower so relax and cruise across the Solent in style with award winning Red Funnel. With over 155 years’ experience operating cross Solent Ferries, Red Funnel has extensive knowledge of what the Island has to offer groups of any size or specific interest. The group travel team is based on the Island, and ideally placed to answer any questions you may have. With discounted attraction tickets also available to purchase, the only question is what to see?
On board your group can enjoy a meal in the café restaurant serving a wide variety of hot and cold food, including the famous Red Funnel breakfast. In addition to separate well-stocked bars there are premium Steam coffee outlets, serving delicious freshly baked pastries and muffins. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the public areas.
Enjoy the premium experience of the Signature Lounge, offering enhanced Solent Views and complimentary hot and cold refreshments. Subject to availability, and for an additional supplement, the lounge is available for individual upgrades or can be pre-booked for a group’s exclusive use.
Highly trained and friendly staff are available throughout the ship to assist passengers and ensure your party has a great travel experience.
With cruise ships, harbours and coastal scenery from the moment you step on board the 55-minute journey from Southampton will fly by. Your first view of the island is of the world-famous yachting mecca of West Cowes. Disembarking in East Cowes a short drive takes you to the main Ryde/Newport road providing quick and easy access to the whole Island.
So why wait? With mid-week day return coach fares from £130 per leg, now is the time to contact Red Funnel’s specialist group travel team on 02380 724610 and plan your perfect Island trip.
Red Funnel is a CTA member
For more information visit www.redfunnel.co.uk