Isle of Wight announced as the UK’s Holiday Destination of the Year – and even sea eagles win an award

The Isle of Wight was up against stiff competition, but managed to clinch the top award and the project to reintroduce the white tailed sea eagles to the Island won too

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The Isle of Wight has clinched a top award in a national competition.

It has been crowned the BBC Countryfile Magazine Holiday Destination of the Year following a national vote.

The Island was able to hold off tough competition from Essex, Orkney, Anglesey and the Severn Valley to claim the top prize.

Myles: Something IW tourism businesses can be proud of
Will Myles, Managing Director at Visit Isle of Wight, says it is a great achievement,

“The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards is a prestigious competition and I would like to thank everybody who voted for the Isle of Wight.

“Winning Holiday Destination of the Year is something that all the businesses here on the Island who look after our visitors can be proud of. They help to create experiences and memories that last a lifetime.”

And it’s not the only win for the Island in the Countryfile Magazine Awards.

Wildlife Success Project of the Year
The reintroduction of the white tailed sea eagle was voted Wildlife Success Project of the Year.

Flared wing tips of the White Tailed Eagle by Ainsley Bennett
© Ainsley Bennett

Will is a supporter of the project,

“I’m so glad the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England have won this award, it’s a great way to recognise their dedication and passion.”

Previous awards
In 2019, the Isle of Wight claimed the UK’s Best Beach for Sandown Bay and the Best Village for Bembridge.

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© Jamie Russell / Island Visions Photography

Will adds,

“We know that the Isle of Wight has plenty to offer! In two years, we’ve been able to claim Best Beach, Best Village and now Best Holiday Destination in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.

“This will help us even further market the Island to the rest of the UK and beyond.

“These are tough times at the moment and marketing the Isle of Wight becomes even more important than ever before, so by continuing to work together we will be in a stronger position going forward.”

Collins: A terrific place to explore
BBC Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins says,

“Congratulations to the Isle of Wight for its strong performance in the 2020 awards.

“The Island is a terrific place to explore fascinating countryside and witness one of the more exciting conservation projects of the 21st century.”

Image: visitisleofwight under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 18th March, 2020 2:13pm



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Congratulations, Visit Isle of Wight and everyone involved in the Island’s tourist industry who has worked hard to achieve this excellent award. And congratulations to the Roy Dennis Foundation and those Islanders who have worked with them to reintroduce the white-tailed eagles. It’s great to receive such good news in these depressing times. Our thoughts are with our tourist businesses as they fight to keep afloat. A… Read more »