News from the West

If you’re interested in news from around the West of the Island, this is the place to find it. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news from your part of the Island that you’d like us to share with our readers, get in touch.

Yarmouth – Lymington ferry to come to a halt due to Coronavirus outbreak

Wight Sun ferry at Yarmouth

Fewer people have been travelling on the route in recent weeks and numbers have fallen heavily since Monday’s announcement by the Prime Minister urging everyone to stay at home, unless they are essential workers.

Friday, 27th March, 2020 3:03pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Dimbola Museum and Galleries closes ‘until further notice’ due to Coronavirus

closed sign in doorway

Dimbola will be using the time to finish work on a complete kitchen and tearoom overhaul and landscaping the gardens

Tuesday, 17th March, 2020 6:31pm

By Brian Hinton

Over 160 cyclists to take on Isle of Wight’s Seven Hills

Cyclists taking part in the 7 hills event

Over 160 cyclists are expected to take part in one of the Isle of Wight's toughest off-road cycle races this Sunday

Thursday, 12th March, 2020 11:05am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Government confirms £4.5m investment for Freshwater school

fifty pound notes

The Isle of Wight Council will now develop detailed plans for the new school ahead of a planning submission in the summer

Wednesday, 11th March, 2020 9:48am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Head to the Freshwater Skatepark Jam to share you views on future of the park

skateboarder in skatepark

Take part or watch and support, all ages and abilities welcome at the Freshwater Skatepark Jam for skateboarders and scooterists

Monday, 9th March, 2020 5:30pm

By Zoe Thompson

Yarmouth ‘institution’, Salty’s, has a new owner

Salty's on Google Streetview

The well-known Salty's in Yarmouth is changing hands and reopening later this month. Details within

Thursday, 5th March, 2020 2:18pm

By Melanie Panek with one comment

Hygiene inspector found same problems at one-star Isle of Wight pub two years on

the vine inn freshwater

A spokesperson for Fuller, Smith and Turner, said while they're disappointed with the low food score, the tenants had already addressed the issues raised

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 2:56pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ‘winter wander’ by Guardian travel writer a certain boost for tourism

ventnor cascade

Travel writer Sarah Baxter hoped to spot the White-Tailed Eagle when on the Isle of Wight, but she saw a whole lot more instead

Saturday, 29th February, 2020 2:19pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Call for Isle of Wight gospel choir to perform at Experience 1970

gospel choir

Island Choirs and a bus, coach or mini-bus service are sought for Experience 70, the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival

Monday, 24th February, 2020 12:27pm

By Bill Bradshaw

Cash boosts for Isle of Wight independent lifeboats a life saver

Freshwater Lifeboat crew and boat

The cash boost from the Rescue Boat Fund will help two of the Isle of Wight's independent lifeboat stations to continue their vital work keeping us safe in the water

Thursday, 20th February, 2020 8:02am

By Sally Perry

Exhibition celebrates unique, innovative and dazzling Isle of Wight

the wight book spread

Sixty photographs from The Wight Book will be on display at Dimbola Museum and Galleries from the end of this month

Monday, 10th February, 2020 1:24pm

By Elissa Blizzard

The Isle of Wight looks AMAZING in this brand new luxury car YouTube video

Auto Trader review video testing new McLaren GT against the new Bentley Continental GT

Take a look at this just-released video - Two staggering luxury GT cars, driving around the Isle of Wight, making it look absolutely and utterly beautiful - The cars don’t look bad either :) They must like it here, they called it the “sunny, exotic Isle of Wight”!

Friday, 31st January, 2020 7:20pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments