Editors Letter

Welcome to your 2021 edition of Island Visitor magazine! As you can see, this year we’ve gone totally digital – for obvious reasons (we’re looking at you, Covid 19). Another first, Island Visitor is celebrating 35 years! Yup, we’re officially the Isle of Wight’s longest running consumer tourism magazine offering readers the best the Isle of Wight has to offer. 

As well as opening a gateway to stories and inspiration from previous issues, this year we are celebrating businesses and characters that have stayed the course and made the Isle of Wight what it is today – in short, a thrilling, vibrant, magical destination that is so much more than a sum of its parts.  

At destinationisleofwight.com you will also be able to read about lots of new things going on too, as we roll out the stories as they happen over the year. Add to that a plethora of exciting ideas to help you make the most out of your visit to the Isle of Wight, and holiday nirvana will be achieved. 

Whether you want an action-packed time of it or a more chilled out experience, the Island offers the perfect holiday destination. It has it all, from rolling downs and tranquil estuaries, to soaring cliffs and pristine beaches and the country’s oldest amusement park – not forgetting more hours of sunshine than pretty much anywhere else in the country.

Want to know the best place to dine by the sea? We have the answer – /eat-by-the-sea-an-insiders-guide-to-the-best-island-restaurants/

If you just want to play in the sand, then we have the lowdown on the best Island beaches (and we have more than our fair share), with locals sharing their favourite spots – /beach-life/

Wondering what to do with the kids today? We have some ideas, from tree climbing to splash sessions (it’s a thing), to go-karting and walking with llamas. We’ve even come up with things to do with the nippers on a rainy day – /kids-day-out/

Anyway, we very much hope you enjoy reading this – and that we will see you all again soon!

Fiona Sims, Editor