Make it a Wight Christmas with Red Funnel
24-11-2015 There’s still time to escape to the amazing Isle of Wight this Christmas or New Year.
From late availability cottages surrounded by beautiful countryside to sumptuous hotels, there are places to stay to suit all tastes and budgets. Both IslandCottageHolidays.co.uk and WightLocations.co.uk have a selection of late availability cottages for Christmas and New Year bookings.
Events taking place on the Island this Christmas include a ‘Victorian Christmas at Osborne House’ on the 5th and 6th December along with festive guided tours of the House throughout the rest of November and December. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is hosting ‘Santa and New Year Specials’ on selected dates in December and January and the ‘Shanklin Christmas Festival’ takes place on 5th and 6th December, featuring a synthetic ice rink sponsored by Red Funnel. Red Funnel’s ‘Cowes Christmas Festival’ returns on 19th and 20th December at Cowes Yacht Haven and features the very best Island food, drink, arts and crafts; perfect for finding those final Christmas presents.
For those planning ahead to work off the inevitable Christmas over-indulgences, there’s still time to sign up for the Abominable Snowman 10K, set in the spectacularly rugged ground of Cheverton Farm on 28th December. Advance entry is £10 – see www.snowman10k.co.uk for details. Participants can also take advantage of discounted Red Funnel ferry travel to help get to the event.
For customers crossing the Solent over the festive period, Red Funnel is operating extra Christmas vehicle ferry sailings between 24th December to 3rd January, including two sailings on Christmas Day (25th December) between Southampton and East Cowes. The Hi-Speed Red Jet foot passenger service also runs every day, with the exception of Christmas Day.
Jonathan Green, Red Funnel’s marketing and communications director commented “The Isle of Wight is a beautiful place to spend Christmas or New Year with friends or family. There is still time to book an idyllic rural hideaway or a cosy hotel and we’ve made travelling even easier by adding 20% more sailings to our festive timetable between Southampton and East Cowes.
Onboard, customers will encounter a range of Christmas touches on the vehicle ferries to get them in the festive spirit. There’s a Christmas shop, offering Garlic Farm gift packs, Isle of Wight ales, gift wrapped teddy bears and lots more. Travellers can also sample the new winter food menu with festive specials, including a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. On Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th December there are carol singers onboard from 10.30 hrs and Santa is expected to visit on Christmas Eve.
As per previous years, Red Funnel is supporting Wave 105’s Mission Christmas toy appeal with collection points in place at Southampton Terminals 1 and 2.
Red Funnel also has some great online gift offers in the run-up to Christmas. Customers ordering tickets to next year’s Isle of Wight Festival by 20 December can opt to add free gift wrapping, with order confirmations posted out in a special festival branded gift pack in time for Christmas.
Also on offer as a great Christmas present for anyone interested in the maritime world is the ‘Red Funnel 150’ book. The 175 page hardback book celebrates 150 years of the Original Isle of Wight Ferry Company and contains many previously unseen photographs. It is available at a special offer price of £19.95, with free gift wrapping and free postage available on orders placed by 20 December 2015.