Smooth sailing Jazz Divas with Red Funnel

14-08-2002 Red Funnel, the original Isle of Wight ferry operator, is sponsoring the inaugural Ventnor Jazz Divas Festival on the Island which takes place from 13 – 15 September at various locations in Ventnor. Red Funnel has put together special inclusive day trip packages and short breaks packages that include entrance to the event and ferry crossings.


The Jazz Divas Festival launches with some great jazz vocalists including former BBC Jazz Vocalist of the Year Norma Winstone, Jacqui Dankworth, Wendy Foam Jesus, Andra Sparks, and the Marion Montgomery Awards finalists, together with the Nick Weldon trio.

Olive Glass said “We wish the Festival well and look forward to building this into a national must-see event.”

A two-night stay at the Ventnor Towers Hotel on a half board basis costs from £160 per person (based on two sharing) and includes a stroller ticket to the Jazz Divas Festival on the Saturday and return car ferry crossings from Southampton to Cowes. For reservations and further details please telephone Red Funnel on 0870 444 8890 or visit

The Jazz Divas day trip package includes a one day pass for the festival, a return hi-speed crossing from Southampton to Cowes (22 mins) and a Southern Vectis bus pass from Cowes to Ventnor via Newport. The inclusive package costs just £25 per person. For reservations and further details please telephone Red Funnel on 0870 444 8898 or visit


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