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Support Wight Friday - Black Friday on the Isle of Wight

It’s easy peasy to flick your mouse across the internet and buy all of your Christmas gifts in one fell swoop from a big retailer on Black Friday. But stop for a minute and have a think about all of the great producers and artisans that we have on the Isle of Wight and revisit your gift list with a Wight Friday. You won’t regret it!

Make up a hamper with some of the wonderful produce that the Island has to offer. Try Briddlesford Lodge Farm shop or Farmer Jacks for cheeses, chutneys, jams, wines, beers and gin and make your loved ones up a real Isle of Wight hamper that they’ll savour. Save your boxes and baskets and swerve the cellophane and you won’t just be supporting local businesses, but you’ll be helping with the green sustainability drive too. Many local Island village shops also sell goods made on the island so it’s worth checking those out too or there’s always Rosalies of Cowes if you want to add a little ohh la la to your hamper with their French foods.

There’s a huge range or arts, crafts, pottery, jewellery and cards on sale at Quay Arts. With over sixty artist’s work on sale which include textiles, metal works and ceramics, there’s sure to be a stocking filler or really unique present for everyone. And with the café right next door, you can nip in for a delicious lunch or coffee and cake after you shop.

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There’s always that difficult person to choose for and so what better than a voucher for something that they’d really like to do. Thompson’s in Newport has cooking demonstration days that you can buy vouchers for. Learn how to cook like a professional and then eat the fruits of Robert’s labours for lunch. Or just buy a voucher for a lovely lunch or evening out. For crafty folks, Whistle and Hound in Freshwater run courses on everything from bullet journaling to candle making. Buy a voucher and give someone the gift of craft. Or challenge someone to a little tree climbing with Goodleaf so they can view the Island from a truly unique vantage point.

Pick one of the Island’s towns and do a little high street shopping. From Ventnor to Ryde and back again via Newport and Yarmouth there are independent shops and makers selling wonderful gifts. There are jewellers, artists producing Island themed works and crafts and everything to choose from for gifts to use, eat and drink and, if you can’t quite decide what the loved ones in your life would like, then no one will refuse a gift card for a present to choose later or for a day or evening out. Robin Hill, Blackgang Chine, Tapnell Farm Park all sell park passes and there’s nothing better to give a parent with energetic kids for Christmas than something to wear them out! Or you could buy an English Heritage pass and enjoy the delights of Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle year-round.

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If gin is their tipple, then buy it from where it’s distilled at the Isle of Wight Distillery. No one could refuse this beautiful Murano glass bottle or its contents! And it’s all completely recyclable. The Garlic Farm is also a destination of choice for many to do their Christmas shopping. With an enormous range of garlic related products to choose from, there’ll be no fear of vampires for years to come and you can also pop into the café for a garlic related lunch or a small glass of something festive. For something completely unique, you could also pick a pearl and have it made into something wonderful at the Isle of Wight Pearl and a enjoy a lovely afternoon tea after you browse the fabulous pearl shop. Do also keep your eyes peeled too for local Christmas markets which always yield great present goodies.

Coffee, cake, mince pies and lunch are all paramount ingredients for a days’ shopping for Christmas and here on the Isle of Wight, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to award winning restaurants, tip top pubs and cosy cafes. When you choose your town to do your shopping, make sure that you’ve factored in at least one for lunch and once for an afternoon pick me up. Man and woman cannot shop on bread alone!

It’s really important for us to shop locally. Local makers, artisans and producers are the lifeblood of the Island and its only if we support them that they will thrive. So, have yourself a merry Wight Friday and pick some unique gifts whilst shopping small, shopping mindfully and enjoying a grand day out!

Getting Here

Whatever you decide to do and however you’re travelling, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton, Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service.