Businesses shortlisted for 2016 My Isle of Wight Award

17-01-2017  Proud businesses are eagerly awaiting the results of tomorrow night’s 2016 Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Awards.

A total of 34,164 votes were cast for Isle of Wight businesses over 24 categories - with the winners set to be announced at The Cow Co in Tapnell tomorrow. Red Funnel CEO Kevin George will announce the winners with David Thornton, of View Isle of Wight (VIOW), reading out the nominees.

The awards, established by Red Funnel five years ago, is the only visitor-voted competition on the Island and recognises tourist businesses that make an outstanding contribution. 

The awards feature a range of categories, including Best Rustic Camping Experience, Most Luxurious B&B and Best Place for a Shin Dig.

In total, 54 businesses have been shortlisted for the Danish-themed awards “Get Hygge” – translating as meaning celebrating together in a cosy environment with candles, furs, warming hearty food, wine and good company.

Kevin George, Red Funnel CEO, said: “Red Funnel's My Isle of Wight Awards has an exciting range of businesses that have been shortlisted for this year’s event. These businesses help make the Isle of Wight such a special place to visit and provide tourists with unforgettable memories.

It is great to recognise them for the excellent work they have done throughout the year. I look forward to announcing the winners at what promises to be an amazing event.”

Alix Robinson, editor of MyIsleofWight, said: “The 2016 Awards see us welcome some new and exciting nominees – who the public have voted for due to their excellence and outstanding contributions they make to the visitor experience on the Island each year.

“We’re going for a stripped back ‘hygge’ theme at this year’s event as we want all the businesses to get together to celebrate their achievements.”

Businesses shortlisted for a 2016 Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Award:

Best Rustic Camping Experience
Nominees: Ninham Country Holidays, Compton Farm, Grange Farm

Most Luxurious B&B
Nominees: Little Gloster, The Hambrough, Arreton Manor

Best Place for a Shin Dig
Nominees: The Lighthouse Steephill Cove, Vintage Vacations (The Mission & Scout Hut), Tapnell Manor.

Best Place to go Glamping
Nominees: Whitecliff Bay, Tom's Eco Lodges- Eco Pods, Vintage Vacations Airstreams

Best Place to Hook Up (Caravanning & Touring)
Nominees: The Orchards Holiday Park, Ninham Country Holidays, Whitecliff Bay

Most Unique Place to Stay
Nominees: Osborne House (Pavillion/Carisbrooke), The Lighthouse Steephill Cove, Tom’s Eco Lodges

The Ultimate Hotel Experience
Nominees: The Royal Hotel, The Seaview Hotel, The Priory Hotel

Best Shop to Pick Up that Something Special
Nominees: Jurassic Jim, Oasis, Quay Arts

Best Event to Lie Back & Soak Up the Sounds
Nominees: Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival, Jack Up the 80's

Best Pace for Arts, Heritage & Culture
Nominees: Ventnor Fringe, Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle

Best Place to make a Furry Friend
Nominees: Tapnell Farm Park, Monkey Haven, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Best Place for Family Fun
Nominees: Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill, Taapnell Farm Park

Best Way to Explore Outdoors
Nominees: Walk the Wight, Osborne House, Robin Hill

Best Land-Based Activity Provider
Nominees: Island Gems Fossil Hunts, John Cattle's Skate Club, Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Best Water-Based Activity Provider
Nominees: UKSA, Tackt-Isle, Adventure Activities IoW

Best Pit Stop Whilst Out Adventuring
Nominees: Garlic Farm, Piano Bar, Off the Rails

Best Fish & Chips in Your Hand
Nominees: Corrie's Cabin, Ventnor Haven Fishery, Rainbow

Best Gastronomic Experience
Nominees: Thompson's, Taverners, Pointer Inn

Best Eaterie With a Sea View
Nominees: Steephill Cove Crab Shed, The Wonky Café, The Spyglass

The Best Homemade Burger
Nominees: Smokehouse Burger Company, Briddlesford Farm Shop & Bluebells Café, The Pointer Inn

Best Oldy-Worldy Pub with Island Ale
Nominees: The Buddle Inn, The Spyglass, Taverners

Best Cuppa & Slice of Something Nice
Nominees: Chessell Pottery, Quarr Abbey, Briddlesford Farm Shop & Bluebells Café

My Isle of Wight Local Produce Champion
Nominees: Isle of Wight Ice Cream, Garlic Farm, Briddlesford Farm Shop & Bluebells Café


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