Shortlist revealed for Red Funnel's 2015 My Isle of Wight Awards

13-01-2016 The Isle of Wight businesses who have been shortlisted for the 2015 Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Awards can now be revealed ahead of the awards ceremony which takes place at Northwood House in Cowes on 19th January.

The Awards, which were established by Red Funnel 4 years ago, give recognition to those tourism businesses that make an outstanding contribution to the Island's visitor offer. An all time record of 38,522 votes were cast in 2015 by visitors making it by far the biggest and most important competition of its kind on the Isle of Wight.

With over 30 award categories including the best 'Things to Do & See', 'Favourite Places to Eat' and 'Top Places to Stay', the 90 shortlisted businesses now have a nervous wait before the winners in each category are revealed on 19 January. The coveted My Isle of Wight trophies will be presented by Kevin George, Red Funnel's CEO.

Jonathan Green, Red Funnel's marketing and communications director said: "Red Funnel's My Isle of Wight Awards just get bigger every year and it is a real pleasure to reveal the top 3 businesses which have been shortlisted in each category. The number of votes cast has increased each year which shows the strong support to showcase those businesses, large and small who help make the Isle of Wight such a special place to visit."

Businesses shortlisted for a 2015 Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Award:

  • Best Shop to Pick Up That Something Special
    Nominees: Live Like This, Jurassic Jim, Oasis
  • Best Event to Lie Back and Soak Up the Sounds
    Nominees: Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival, V Dub Island
  • Best Event to Burn Off the Calories
    Nominees: Walk the Wight, Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Cowes Week
  • Best Event to be Immersed in Culture
    Nominees: Ventnor Fringe, Quay Arts, Osborne House
  • Best Place for Something for the Family
    Nominees: Robin Hill, Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight Steam Railway
  • Best Place to Make a Furry Friend
    Nominees: Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Isle of Wight Zoo, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
  • Best Place to Go Back in Time
    Nominees: Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight Steam Railway
  • Best Place to Explore Gardens
    Nominees: Ventnor Botanic, Osborne House, Mottistone Manor
  • Best Place to Get Crafty
    Nominees: Chessell Pottery Barns, Arreton Barns, Quay Arts
  • Best Water-Based Activity Provider
    Nominees: UKSA, IWAA, Wight Water
  • Best Land-Based Activity Provider
    Nominees: Island Gems, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, John Cattleā€™s Skate Club
  • Best Fish and Chips in your Hand
    Nominees: Corries Cabin, Ventnor Haven Fishery, Chipmunks Ryde
  • Best Gastronomic Experience
    Nominees: Little Gloster, Three Buoys, Fogg's of Ventnor
  • Best Eatery with a Sea View
    Nominees: Steephill Cove Crab Shed, The Spyglass Inn, Little Gloster
  • Best Homemade Burger
    Nominees: Union Inn, Mess Canteen, Smokehouse Burger co.
  • Best Oldy Worlde Pub with Island Ales
    Nominees: The Spyglass Inn, Union Inn, Buddle Inn
  • Best Cuppa & Slice of Something Nice
    Nominees: Chessell Pottery, Bluebells Cafe, Quarr Abbey
  • Best Place to Fill Your Boots (Full of Local Produce)
    Nominees: Garlic Farm, Briddlesford Lodge Farm, Farmer Jacks
  • Favourite Local Produce to Gorge On
    Nominees: Minghella Ice Cream, The Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight Cheese Co.
  • My Isle of Wight Homemade/Local Produce Champion
    Nominees: The Garlic Farm, Briddlesford Lodge Farm & Bluebells Cafe, Farmer Jacks
  • Best Place to Break your Fast
    Nominees: Little Gloster, Bluebells Cafe, Mess Canteen
  • Best Lunch Stop Whilst Out Adventuring
    Nominees: The Garlic Farm Cafe, Off the Rails, Red Lion Freshwater
  • Best Place to Hook Up (Caravanning & Touring)
    Nominees: Grange Farm, Whitecliff Bay, Orchards Holiday Park
  • The Ultimate Hotel Experience
    Nominees: The Royal Hotel, Priory Bay Hotel, The Seaview Hotel
  • Cosiest Hideaway (Self Catering)
    Nominees: Vintage Vacations Shack, National Trust Needles Coastguard Cottages, The Lighthouse Steephill Cove
  • Best Rustic Camping Experience
    Nominees: Ninham Country Holidays, Compton Farm, Grange Farm
  • Best Place to Go Glamping
    Nominees: Vintage Vacations Airstream Trailers, Tom's Eco Lodges, Whitecliff Bay
  • Best Place for a Shindig (Self Catering)
    Nominees: Mersley Farm Garlic Farm, Tapnell Manor, Vintage Vacations The Mission
  • Most Comfy Bed & Hearty Breakfast
    Nominees: Union Inn, Chale Bay Farm, Little Gloster
  • Most Original Place to Stay
  • Nominees: Tom's Eco Lodges, The Lighthouse Steephill Cove, Vintage Vacations The Mission

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