Reasons to visit the Isle of Wight in 2010

12-01-2010 For significant savings book now for summer 2010

With the staycation trend set to continue in 2010, UK holidays are expected to be popular again, and those looking to tie-in a stay on the Isle of Wight with one of the Island’s great events should book early to avoid disappointment.  Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight specialist, has tickets to all the top events as soon as they are released and can also act as a one stop shop to book ferry crossings, accommodation and discounted tickets to attractions.

With over 120 properties to choose from, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets on the Red Funnel website, from boutique hotels and rural cottages to cosy guest houses and family friendly holiday parks. Plus, when you book accommodation with Red Funnel you can save up to 50% off ferry travel.

Those just looking to travel during peak times will also save money by booking early.  Return ferry travel for summer 2010 currently costs from just £32 return for a car and up to six passengers.

Isle of Wight Walking Festival – 8 to 23 May 2010
The Island has over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths, around 30 miles of Heritage Coastline and more than half of the Island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  All of this helps to make the UK’s largest annual walking festival, which celebrates its 12th year in 2010, an unmissable event for lovers of the outdoors.  With over 300 organised walks to choose from including traditional heritage walks, nature rambles and pub walks to family friendly dinosaur fossil expeditions, speed-dating strolls and evening ghost walks, this event has something for everyone.

Isle of Wight Festival – 11 to 13 June 2010
Kicking off the summer music festival season, this legendary festival at Seaclose Park, Newport, returns with an awesome line up including Jay-Z, The Strokes, Blondie, Pink, Orbital, Doves, Calvin Harris, Friendly Fires, Ocean Colour Scene, James and Squeeze. Tickets to the Isle of Wight Festival are already on sale through Red Funnel, with adult tickets for £163.50 including camping.

Cowes Week – 31 July to 7 August
Cowes is the place to be and be seen in the first week of August as it plays host to a range of lively sailing events and celebrations.  An unmissable fixture in the summer sailing and social calendar since 1826, this celebrated regatta attracts up to one thousand boats ranging from hi-tech yachts to classic day-boats, not to mention tens of thousands of spectators keen to watch the epic races and enjoy the lively Cowes Week parties.

Garlic Festival – 14 & 15 August 2010
The Isle of Wight is the place to be for garlic lovers in August with the annual Garlic Festival taking place at the showground in the tiny village of Newchurch. First organised in 1983, this quirky two-day festival has since grown to become one of the largest foodie events on the Island. Around 25,000 people attend each year to sample a range of garlicky treats including garlic sausages, garlic prawns, garlic coffee, garlic beer and even garlic ice cream.

Bestival – 9 to 12 September 2010
Signaling the end of the summer festival season, Bestival always goes out with a bang and has quickly become one of the hottest music festivals worldwide.  The line up is always eclectic, it is renowned for the having the friendliest atmosphere and fancy dress is an absolute must.  Red Funnel will be selling tickets when they become available – keep an eye on the website.

Travelling to the Isle of Wight is easy with Red Funnel. Vehicle Ferries run regularly around the clock from Southampton, which is within easy reach of the M3 and M27 and return ferry travel for a car and up to six passengers starts from just £32. Return crossings for foot passengers cost from only £12.60.