New Tourist Tourist Information Point Opens in Freshwater Bay

Visitors to the West Wight now have further opportunity to keep updated with information about the historic area and the Island thanks to a new Tourist Information Point at Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Freshwater Bay. The TP was opened on Thursday 3rd July by Cllr Shirley Smart, Executive Member for Economy and Tourism Dr Rachel Flynn, Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator at Dimbola and Cllr Clive Fleury, Chairman of Freshwater Parish Council.

The Tourist Information Point is located in the museum shop. As well as enjoying wide ranging exhibitions, discovering more about Julia Margaret Cameron and enjoying a cup of tea in an award winning cafe, visitors will now have access to free, friendly advice and information to help them make the most of their visit to the West Wight and the Isle of Wight.

Updated signage has been created to attract visitors to the Tourist Information Point and staff will be on hand to offer guidance on attractions, entertainment, events and eating out. Visitors and locals alike will be able to pick-up promotional material, including maps, guides and gifts.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for tourism, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Dimbola has become the latest in our network of tourist information points to open on the Isle of Wight. Dimbola attracts many people to the West Wight thanks to its renowned status in the world of photography so it is a great base for the new point which will provide a wide variety of information for visitors.”

This new visitor centre is the latest in a series of investments made by Visit Isle of Wight, thanks to financial support from the Isle of Wight Council, aimed at improving visitor information across the Island. Since July 2013, new tourist information points have opened in Shanklin, Ryde, Brighstone, Ventnor, Brading, Godshill, Sandown, Newport, Yarmouth and East Cowes. More will be opening this summer including one at Havenstreet.

For a full list of information points go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tourist-information-points 

For more information contact: Holly Kirby PR and Marketing Assistant Visit Isle of Wight Ltd holly@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors:

Photo attached from L – R

Brenda Lynn, Emmylou Morey-Clark, John Medland, Cllr Shirley Smart, Cllr Clive Fleury, David Thornton CE Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, Dr Rachel Flynn, Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator at Dimbola

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: http://www.visitwight.org

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