(7 January 2020) At the beginning of what is sure to be another wonderful year for the Island, ferry provider Wightlink has compiled a guide on how to start the year right on the Isle of Wight. Catering to all tastes and interests, the Island has something for everyone. With the close of the festive season, families, friends, couples and the “self-partnered” can step into 2020 with their best foot forward with a getaway on the Isle of Wight.
To unwind after the excitement of Christmas
While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas can also be one of the most stressful. For those who need a holiday from the holidays, the Island’s selection of wellness offerings will bring peace and tranquillity to even the most festive-frazzled. Ryde’s Union Street boasts the Liz Earle flagship store. Massages and facials are available to book, while walk-in guests can enjoy complimentary skincare consultations. For a more in-depth journey of deep relaxation, healing and self-discovery, book into the Royal Wellbeing Experience at the Royal Hotel. Offering gourmet cuisine, mindful meditation, and insightful expertise, this weekend of wellbeing is sure to soothe the nerves and leave guests feeling refreshed. Alternatively, relax by getting back to nature with West Wight Alpacas, where visitors can take an alpaca for a walk through the stunning woodland landscape.
To walk off that second (or third or fourth) helping
Wintery weather might tempt us all to stay snug indoors, but the views on some of the Isle of Wight’s famous walks are so breath-taking that visitors will soon forget all about the cold. With half of the Island protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the whole Island recently designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, walkers won’t find many better places to take in the stunning natural beauty of the UK.
To make 2020 the most adventurous year yet
Surrounded by water and covered in woodland, the Island is the ideal destination for anyone looking for adventure. Goodleaf Tree climbing is within walking distance of Wightlink’s FastCat ferry terminal and promises an exhilarating journey to the treetops of Appley Park. Additionally, Adventure Activities Isle of Wight offers a range of land and water experiences. From axe throwing to kayaking and paddleboarding, there’s something to suit all types of adventure seekers and get the adrenaline pumping.
For a turkey-free gastronomy adventure
Those looking to expand their culinary horizons this New Year need look no further than the Isle of Wight for a wonderful foodie scene. January boasts a whole host of food-themed events on the Island, from Tapnell Farm’s Ultimate Burger Night, to The Garlic Farm’s Fermentation Workshop. Meanwhile, for opulence, head to The Royal Hotel’s dining room– one of the few venues to be listed in the famous Michelin Guide since its inception. The restaurant’s sensational dishes use the freshest seasonal produce, including crab and lobster from Ventnor Bay, foraged sea herbs, and lamb and beef from Island-based Cheverton Farm.
To replace those unwanted Christmas gifts
Anyone who didn’t get their wish list fully ticked off can find everything they could wish for on the Isle of Wight. The Island has retail options to suit every taste and interest, from quirky gift stores selling one-of-a-kind items to farm shops selling fresh and local produce. Some of the most loved independent shops on the Island include Jurassic Jim, Chocolate Apothecary, Alum Bay Glass, Whistle and Hound, and Quarr Abbey Farm Shop. Wightlink passengers don’t even have to wait to arrive on the Island to begin their shopping, as Wight Taste stores– offering local fayre from a wide range of unique, independent providers- can be found on board St Clare, St Faith, Wight Sun, Wight Light and Wight Sky ferries.
Whether it’s a chance to reconnect with friends and family or to start afresh this New Year, the Isle of Wight has choices for everyone- and with Wightlink, the adventure starts as soon as you set sail. Visitors should head to www.wightlink.co.uk to book their crossings, with sailings priced from just £71 return for a car (based on crossings travelling out at 09:00 on 13th January and returning at 19:00 on 16th January 2020). Foot passenger crossings start at just £17.60 per person or £15 per person for groups of 10-40. More information on group discounts is available here: https://www.wightlink.co.uk/go/tickets-prices/group-bookings/