On Saturday August 16th, the Island was featured in The Times newspaper following a press trip arranged by Visit Isle of Wight for the journalist, Christopher Somerville. ‘A good walk – Bembridge Down, Isle of Wight’ covered 2/3 of a page in the paper, and carries and estimated publicity value of £54,390.

Gillian Thornton, a freelance journalist for People’s Friend magazine will be visiting the Island next week to gather research for a full travel feature. The magazine has a circulation of 250,000 and a readership of over 1 million. Gillian also writes for magazines such as Woman’s Weekly.

Matt Kendrick, a journalist for the Birmingham Evening Mail, is visiting the Island this week to write a family centred holiday review. He and his family are staying at Appuldurcombe Gardens and visiting a variety of the Island’s family friendly attractions, including IW Steam Railway, Blackgang Chine, Osborne and The Needles Park.

The press team are currently organising a press trip which came to the office via VisitBritain. French journalist, Jerome Blin, writes for Pleine Vie magazine and is in the U.K. gathering information for a travel feature on Southeast England. The feature also includes Leeds, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Eastbourne, Brighton, Winchester, Salisbury and has a distribution of 900,000.

VIOW’s Press Office have been assisting a TV production company shooting a Porsche 911 for a brand new series of “The Classic Car Show” presented by Quentin Willson & Jodie Kidd. We have helped in sourcing accommodation and finding the very best locations to shoot the programme which will be aired next year – watch this space!

Content Call-Out – Can you Help?

VisitEngland are looking for foodie news for autumn which includes review opportunities for the VisitEngland blog. They are looking in particular for news of restaurant openings, new foodie festivals, new foodie tours, new cookery schools, or new interesting classes, new foraging experiences, new afternoon teas etc. for their What’s New For England in 2014 and Beyond document. Please send any information you may have to including any URLs and one high resolution image (where appropriate).