4 days out with toddlers in the depths of winter

Guest blog by Isle of Wight Guru If you stand on the high point of St Boniface Down in early November you can just about hear the collective sigh of relief as the majority of the Island’s tourism attractions close for the winter. Ice cream sellers pack up their sprinkles, ride operators give their final Read more

How to waste time on an Isle of Wight car journey

Guest blog by Isle of Wight Guru  Let’s be honest, Isle of Wight roads are not great. If I were an estate agent I’d describe them as ‘oozing character’ but if I was being more honest I’d say they were wiggly, windy and occasionally nauseating. A trip on the top deck of an open top bus Read more

5 Best Bits from Bestival 2016

Bestival is just the BEST, isn’t it? Jokes aside, we thoroughly enjoyed ending an epic festival season in true momentous spirit right here on our beautiful island. The Isle of Wight was catapulted into the future thanks to this year’s funky, metallic hi-tec ‘the future is here’ theme with so many mesmerising performances and dazzling Read more

Wightbay’s new opening hours! (APRIL FOOLS!)

We have a very big announcement for all you Wightbay users today – we are implementing opening hours on the website. For a trial period, we have decided to only let you use the website between the hours of 9am – 5pm on weekdays, with it being closed completely on weekends. Why are we doing this? Well, it’s Read more

How to use the new Wightbay

Finding your perfect items on the new Wightbay Desktop Search There are several ways to easily find a particular item: Using the main menu – Simply click on the section in the top menu to go to straight to that part of the site. From there you can scroll down to find the relevant subsection. Read more

A guide to adult learning courses on the Isle of Wight

Adult learning courses – an introduction: If you are living on the Isle of Wight and are in need of a change of career then why not consider going back to school? Well, not school. But, there are a wide variety of brilliant options for adult learning courses. Whether you need a change of job, or Read more

Beat those January blues with these amazing upcycling ideas!

Beat those January blues with these amazing and practical upcycling ideas!   Most of us tend to throw things away when we don’t need them – furniture, burned out candles, bottles, cutlery, and so forth. But would you still do that if you could convert them into something of use? Of course you wouldn’t! This is called Read more

Fun fitness at The Fitness Factory in Newport!

The Fitness Factory, which opened in 1984, is located in Newport, Isle of Wight.  It has a dance studio for classes and three gym areas with traditional equipment and a definite retro feel – no flashing lights or computer/TV screens! The first gym is a fitness area with concept rowing machines, step climbers, bikes, treadmills Read more

5th & 6th February – See “Development Hell” at Quay Arts, Newport!

“Development Hell” is an original play by William Perkins and Jess Norton focusing on two friends, Tim and Michelle. A non-profit production, all proceeds go to the Jack Frost Appeal, who provide the poorest and most vulnerable households on the Island with ability to heat at least one room throughout the winter months…   The performance takes place Read more

What’s on this Christmas

Christmas is upon us and Islanders don’t need to look far for local events to get them in a festive mood. The Isle of Wight is packed with markets, grottos and more so check out our top picks below and be sure to take a look at our seasonal events section for events happening near Read more