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Press Releases Archive 2017

Hovertravel’s extra services trial added to timetable19/12/2017

Hovertravel has announced that its trial of extra Monday services was successful, and these crossings will now be a permanent addition to the winter timetable. So, from January 2018 until 30th March 2018, there will be 0630 & 0700 from Ryde and 0645 & 0715 from Southsea on Mondays (excluding bank holidays).

“We are delighted to announce that these extra services are now included in our timetable. These additional crossings help our customers get through their morning commute more easily.”, explains Loretta Lale, head of commercial and marketing at Hovertravel, “This is an excellent example of Hovertravel’s commitment to keep listening to our passengers and shows we are always looking at how we can deliver an enhanced Hovertravel experience. Feedback for the early extension of services on a Monday has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Hovertravel is the fastest ferry operator across the Solent with a journey time of under ten minutes and the most frequent operator too, with departures every 15 minutes during both the morning and evening commuter peak travel periods.

Hovertravel returns to Gosport with full excursion programme for 201801/12/2017

Over 50 years ago hovercraft were a regular sight in Gosport and, today, Hovertravel returns with a comprehensive line-up of over 25 different excursions available from Lee-On-Solent.

“Hovertravel’s Ryde to Stokes Bay service ran for two years in the mid-1960s and we are so proud to be announcing a jam-packed programme of trips today, once again bringing a hovercraft experience to this area,” explains Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, “We are a both a transport business linking communities and a unique tourist attraction as the only commercial passenger hovercraft service in the world.”

Hovertravel has planned trips for the spring and summer holiday periods as well as the Hovershow Days at the Hovercraft Museum. There are opportunities for Gosport residents to visit the Isle of Wight and for Island residents to visit Gosport and beyond. For the Isle of Wight Pride festival in July, Hovertravel will offer access to a nationally recognised event from an additional departure point.

Neil adds: “Hovertravel is constantly looking for additional cross-Solent opportunities. We can implement excursions and charters extremely quickly and we are keen to explore new ways to bring our hovercraft experience to more people. By collaborating with local councils, we are opening up new avenues for reciprocal tourism and the associated benefits of increased visitor spend between Gosport and the Isle of Wight.”

Dates, times and prices for all excursions are available on the Hovertravel website.

Hovertravel wins bronze at The Beautiful South Tourism Awards 30/11/2017

Hovertravel has been awarded a coveted Bronze in the Access and Inclusivity category at the Beautiful South Awards 2017.

Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, adds: “This is a great honour and, coming so soon after the launch of our HoverCare initiative, has demonstrated the dedication and determination of the team at Hovertravel to make travel easy for all. We were alongside some amazing finalists and the standard of competition in all the award categories was exceptionally high. We are extremely proud to recognised for our work in this area and this award will add to our motivation to continue to evolve our offer to be even more inclusive.”

The cream of the South East’s tourism industry celebrated success last night at the Beautiful South Awards – the highlight of the 2017 tourism calendar. Presented by TV and radio celebrity Toby Anstis and hosted by, headline sponsor, the Grand Brighton, the Awards saw 71 prestigious gold, silver and bronze trophies handed out along and 20 highly commended awarded.

Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said: ‘Last night reminded me again of the sheer quality of tourism businesses in the South East. Never mind the UK, some easily stand up to comparison with the very best tourism businesses in the world. All of the finalists can be very proud of what they have achieved through a commitment to reinvestment, training and a relentless drive to be the best. I hope their example will inspire others. I want to thank headline sponsor The Grand Hotel Brighton and the rest of our sponsors who made the Awards possible and our volunteer independent judges who gave their time and expertise so readily. Making decisions when the entries are so diverse and of such high quality is an unenviable task. I am looking forward to our winners taking on England’s best at the Visit England Awards.’

Hovertravel flies into Portsmouth Harbour 24/11/2017

Hovertravel’s Island Flyer visited Portsmouth Harbour for the first time this morning. Hovertravel’s Solent and Island Flyers are normally to be found crossing the Solent between Southsea and Ryde, but today one of the 12000 craft flew into the harbour for an inaugural visit and trial.

“We wanted to see how the 12000 craft would operate in Portsmouth and capture some iconic images of Hovertravel against this famous waterfront, so we organised a trial and chose a day when we would be seen by the thousands of people visiting Gunwharf Quays for Black Friday,” explains Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel.

Earlier this morning, Island Flyer left Southsea and passed through the entrance to the harbour. After performing several manoeuvres and observing how the craft operates at the low speeds suitable for harbour traffic, Island Flyer returned to Ryde via Southsea.

Neil continued: “Our pilots, crew and engineers all agreed that this was a highly successful first visit to Portsmouth Harbour and the craft exceeded our expectations for this trial. Hovertravel is always interested in exploring new opportunities across the Solent and we aspire to further develop our offering in 2018.”

Brainy Bunch reveal support from Hovertravel 21/11/2017

Hovertravel has shown that it is fully behind The Wight Brainy Bunch by helping to promote the charity’s latest fund-raising initiative: the Hoses & Helmets Calendar for 2018.

Neil Chapman, managing director at Hovertravel, adds: “We are announcing our support of this fabulous and worthy local charity by helping promote their 2018 calendar, which we will be selling alongside their Christmas cards in both our terminals. Hovertravel is keen to help contribute to the health and wealth of the communities it links across the Solent and we look to provide meaningful assistance as and when we can to charitable causes.”

The Wight Brainy Bunch was set up by Mark Grimes and his wife Kathryn following Mark’s diagnosis of a brain tumour in February 2015. The charity supports the Brain Tumour Charity and The Fire Fighters Charity but for 2017 the focus is raising funds for the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton, where Mark underwent his craniotomy in 2015 and also to supply a support network and funding to assist families on the Isle of Wight who have been affected by brain tumours.

For more details on the Wight Brainy Bunch charity please visit their website at: http://www.thewightbrainybunch.org.uk/

Hovertravel pulls out all the stops for Children In Need 16/11/2017

For 2017 Hovertravel has stepped up their BBC Children In Need fundraising with a full day row-a-thon and collections on two days in both terminals, bringing their donation to a massive £408!

Loretta Lale, head of commercial at Hovertravel, explains: “We wanted maximum impact and maximum staff involvement for our fundraising efforts this year and, thanks to our friends at The Evolution Gym in Ryde, a rowing machine was in our Ryde terminal from the start of our operation at 0615 until the engines were shut down after our last service.”

Staff from across the company have joined in; from pilots to engineers, cashiers to crew and even our MD, Neil Chapman! The most surprising rower during the morning was one of our regular commuters who stayed to row with us and took a later crossing.”

The staff and occasional customer at Hovertravel rowed a grand total of 110 miles. Hovertravel is a long-term supporter of Children In Need and customers will also be able to donate in both the Ryde and Southsea terminals on Friday 16 November.

Hovertravel trials extra services due to popular demand 13/11/2017

Hovertravel has added four extra services to its early morning Monday timetable. There will be 0630 & 0700 from Ryde and 0645 & 0715 from Southsea.

“We always make a conscious effort to listen to our passengers”, explains Loretta Lale, head of commercial and marketing at Hovertravel, “and our early morning commuters have asked for more services at the start of the week. The speed of our craft allows us to add in additional crossings when demand is high, and we are introducing four new crossings for a trial period of 5 weeks. At the end of the trial, we will review all feedback and usage to determine their continuation in the timetable”

Hovertravel is the fastest ferry operator across the Solent with a journey time of under ten minutes and the most frequent operator too, with departures every 15 minutes during both the morning and evening commuter peak travel periods.

Hovertravel holds rescue meeting for Wessex Cancer Trust minibus service09/11/2017

Hovertravel has hosted a meeting to start a co-ordinated community effort to keep The Wessex Cancer Trust minibus service operating.

Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, explains: “With the funding from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group no longer available for this vital transport service, Hovertravel wanted to assist with the efforts to find a solution, and it was humbling to see the outpouring of support from the island community, including Bob Seely MP as well as the local Cancer Support groups and its workers.

Thankfully I am pleased to advise that following this very positive meeting, funding from anonymous donations has been secured to keep the minibus operating until Spring 2018. There are also several other options for longer-term funding including Hovertravel donating 10% of its current NHS fare. We have all agreed to meet again in the New Year to continue to progress how we can identify a sustainable source of funding for this most important service .”

The meeting was attended by Cait Allen:Wessex Cancer Trust, Sofie Bennett: Wessex Cancer Trust, Mike Seizer-Green: Wessex Cancer Trust, Neil Chapman: Hovertravel, Loretta Lale: Hovertravel, Gary Eldridge: Hovertravel, Dave Kiely: Prostate Cancer Support Group, Mary Seymour: Skin, Head and Neck Cancer Support Groups, Bob Seely MP, Martin Fuller: NHS Hospital Trust, Chris Jarman and June Ring.

Cait Allen, Chief Executive Wessex Cancer Trust, adds: “I know Neil has spoken to many of Hovertravel’s customers over the last week, including those who use this essential link, and that everyone at Hovertravel was keen to help bring the community together to find a solution.

As well as a big thanks to Hovertravel, I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who attended this meeting today and with the plans we have agreed today I am confident we can secure the future of The Wessex Cancer Trust minibus for several years to come.”

Background

Since 2014 patients travelling across to Portsmouth for cancer treatment having been using a dedicated bus service which runs between the Hovertravel terminal at Southsea and Portsmouth Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. Each year the bus provides over 8,000 passenger journeys for cancer patients from the island.

Originally three years funding was provided by The NHS (Primary Care Trust) however the CCG is no longer able to fund patient transport services outside of the national eligibility scheme.

Hovertravel announces winter timetable 30/10/2017

Hovertravel has published its new winter timetable which adds an extra service on Saturday afternoon for customers looking to go shopping or an early start to their Saturday night out. The extra departure for the winter 2017 and 2018 timetable will be the 1445 on Saturdays. Printed timetables can be collected from both Ryde and Southsea terminals.

Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial, adds: “Last winter we carefully monitored every service to see how busy they were, and we listened to all the feedback we received from our customers. For 2017/18 winter season, we only needed to introduce one additional Saturday service to ensure our winter service provides a frequent service at the most popular times. Our supervisors at both Ryde and Southsea can run extra services on the day if there is sufficient demand.”

As in previous winters, during the week, Hovertravel will operate an hourly service after the commuter morning peak, from the 0915 Ryde departure until the 1315 Ryde departure. There will then be a 1345 departure from Ryde, to help customers who wish to leave or return in the middle of a weekday. The service is then hourly until the commuter evening peak starts with the 1545 Ryde departure. The 15-minute frequency during both the morning and evening commuter peaks remains.

From 01 November the new winter 17/18 timetable will be available on Hovertravel’s free smartphone app which gives next service information and allows customers to track the hovercraft in real-time on a live map.

Hovertravel in the final for access and inclusivity award 27/10/2017

Hovertravel has been named as one of just four finalists for the Access and Inclusivity Award in The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2017/18, run by Tourism South East.

Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, said: “To achieve a place in this prestigious final shows that the team at Hovertravel is working hard to make travel easier for all and recognises our ambition to continue to enhance our access and inclusivity provision. We recently launched our HoverCare initiative at the start of our Accessibility Awareness month and everyone at Hovertravel is delighted to be acknowledged for our work in this area. We also would like to wish all of our fellow finalists good luck!”

Hovertravel joins three other Isle of Wight businesses recognised as finalists as well as one highly commended tourist attraction and other Portsmouth-based tourist attractions The Mary Rose Museum and Spinnaker Tower - all of which have been both recognised as finalists and as highly commended in several categories. The winners will be announced at the black-tie Awards Night at The Grand Brighton hotel on the 29th November.

Hovertravel present Hoverwalkers cheque to Earl Mountbatten Hospice04/10/2017

Hovertravel has presented a cheque for the money raised by their Hoverwalkers team at this year’s Walk the Wight to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Jax Jones, Major Events Fundraiser for Earl Mountbatten Hospice and Walk the Wight organiser said, ‘Walk the Wight is a huge team effort and wouldn’t happen without Island businesses, supporters, volunteers and walkers coming together to make it happen. Hovertravel really embody the spirit of this event by their sponsorship, logistical support and with the Hoverwalkers team itself taking part on the day and raising such a fantastic sum of money to help ensure Islanders and their families receive the very best care when facing death and bereavement. We are so very grateful for their continued support.’

Hovertravel’s Head of Commercial, Loretta Lale said “We are delighted to support the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The hospice is very close to our hearts as so many of our staff have friends and family who have been cared for by this highly regarded local charity. Our Hoverwalkers team consists of people from all areas of our business, from cashiers, crew, engineers and pilots plus we operate extra services on the day of the event to ensure everyone from the mainland can join in too.”

Hoverparcels targets businesses with fastest claim01/10/2017

Hoverparcels, the Cross-Solent parcel service operated by Hovertravel, is the fastest way of transporting small to medium items of freight and parcels to and from the Isle of Wight.

Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, explains: “All the advantages of Hovertravel including our frequency and the fact that we are the fastest ferry by some margin, make us a great choice for anyone sending freight across the Solent. We can also deliver and collect your parcels from anywhere on the Island. We offer a same day delivery service which guarantees delivery by the end of that working day.”

Operating seven days a week, Hoverparcels is available in the freight receptions at both the Southsea and Ryde terminals. Hoverparcels has also introduced a loyalty scheme which offers half-price on your sixth use and a totally free service on your tenth. Open to businesses looking to set up a credit account or ad hoc users paying as they go, you can apply for a HoverParcels Loyalty Card here: http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/freight-service.php

First ever accessibility training on hovercraft launches new accessibility initiative 21/09/2017

Hovertravel is announcing a major new initiative aiming at improving accessibility. Called HoverCare, this initiative starts with the world’s first accessibility training session on a passenger hovercraft. Hovertravel staff will undergo training from the Barclays Accessibility Team, which will include the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have limited mobility, sight issues and hearing problems by wearing a specially designed bodysuit and other simulation equipment.

Neil Chapman, Managing Director, Hovertravel, explains: “We are delighted to launch HoverCare with our Accessibility Month and to be able to start by collaborating with Barclays on this innovative training session. Hovertravel is a sharing, collaborative, helpful organisation that is working to make the communities it works in more accessible to all. We want to use all the knowledge and experience we can find to keep learning and Hovertravel is committed to developing and sharing best practice as this initiative evolves. “

The suit adds weight to simulate an age increase of 30-40 years on the wearer and through a variety of additional modules can cause trembling of the hands, common visual disorders, an unsteady gait, restricted movement of knees, loss of hearing and unilateral paralysis. By inducing physical restrictions such as head mobility, joint stiffness, loss of strength, reduced grip and less coordination, wearers will feel these restriction for themselves, increase their empathy and gain a greater understanding of how to provide the best possible Hovertravel experience.

Kathryn Townsend, Head of Customer & Client Accessibility, Barclays, adds: “The launch of HoverCare is a fantastic testament to the importance that Hovertravel is placing on supporting older and disabled customers and we are proud to work with them on this initiative. Barclays has firm aspirations to be the most accessible and inclusive FTSE 100 organisation, so for us it is about how we can make access to our business and workplace easier for everyone. The training and simulation experience, which was initially developed to educate Barclays branch colleagues, is yet another example of how we can better understand the needs of our customers.”

As well as the staff training, Hovertravel has also used the start of its Accessibility Month to announce the appointment of three Accessibility Champions: Andy Parnell, Gaz Bloomfield and Neil Chapman. The Accessibility Champions will be responsible for embedding accessibility into the company by assessing access provision and promoting equality and diversity. In turn, enhanced awareness and best practice will be further communicated throughout Hovertravel by the appointment of Accessibility Ambassadors in each team.

Hovertravel will be collaborating, as part of its Accessibility Month, with community interest group, Isle Access, and UK Charity, Tourism for All. Members of Isle Access will be offering assistance and working at Hovertravel on shifts during the next few weeks. Also, as they travel with Hovertravel they have offered to create short films of their experiences to provide invaluable insight from their different perspectives. Tourism for All has developed an online disability awareness training programme which will be mandatory for all Hovertravel employees.

Hovertravel running later than ever before for Victorious05/07/2017

Hovertravel's extra late services mean that Island residents can enjoy the full Victorious Festival experience and still be across the Solent in ten minutes.

Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, said “This is the latest we have ever operated and being able to give island residents the opportunity to stay through to the end of the Victorious Festival demonstrates how flexible Hovertravel can be in supporting local events. As this festival is on Southsea Common, Hovertravel is by far the closest ferry operator and as the fastest across the Solent, we expect a nice mix of people who enjoy the fantastic line-up at Victorious, but it’s also about giving people a better choice.

When we launched the services up to 1130 we had exceptional demand and some of these services are now almost full, so we knew people were choosing us as the most convenient option. By working closely with the local councils and our staff we can now extend our late services into the early morning of the next day and help the island community enjoy a great night out.”

All the additional services are on sale now; online at www.hovertravel.com, on Hovertravel’s free smartphone app and in both the terminals.

Friday

From Southsea: 2130, 2200, 2230, 2300*, 2330*

From Ryde: 2115, 2145, 2215, 2245, 2315

Saturday

From Southsea: 2130, 2200, 2230, 2300*, 2330*, (Sunday) 0000 and 0030

From Ryde: 2115, 2145, 2215, 2245, 2315, 2345 and (Sunday) 0015

Sunday

From Southsea: 2130, 2200, 2230, 2300*, 2330*, (Sunday) 0000 and 0030

From Ryde: 2115, 2145, 2215, 2245, 2315, 2345 and (Sunday) 0015

*these services only have a few seats left

Great time to travel off-Island05/06/2017

Hovertravel is encouraging Islanders to enjoy their extra capacity and hassle-free travel this weekend.

Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel explains, “We know how to operate successful festival weekends and the measures we have in place ensure regular customers and commuters are given priority. We will be operating extra craft during the lead up and on the weekend itself, so it is a perfect time for Islanders to enjoy some entertainment off the island.”

“Our Blue Card customers can use their ongoing 20% discount on day returns and escape the Festival in under ten minutes.”

Hovertravel’s Blue Card is free for all Island residents and offers a continuous 20% discount on day returns as well as other ad hoc offers. Apply online at: http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/blue-card.php

Apprentices wanted! 09/05/2017

Hovertravel has embarked on an ambitious initiative to recruit nine new apprentices for positions across their business.

Neil Chapman, Managing Director of Hovertravel, explains: “Apprentices are now an integral part of our recruitment process, enabling us to bring young talent into the business and develop them into various roles. We're looking for ambitious, determined and enthusiastic individuals to be a part of our scheme. We have demonstrated the success of this approach with Kya Cook, who joined Hovertravel as an apprentice in 2014 and is now a full-time Customer Service & Sales Assistant”

Hovertravel’s Apprenticeship Scheme provides all apprentices with full support and training through on the job learning, including coaching from their manager. Each apprentice also has a mentor who will provide guidance and support throughout the 12 month scheme. The apprentices will work full time at Hovertravel’s Southsea and Ryde terminals, whilst progressing towards an NVQ Level 2/3 with onsite support from Highbury College.

Neil adds: “We have filled three of the nine apprenticeship so far and we are looking for people interested in joining our engineering, finance and operations departments. This is an opportunity to work for the only commercial passenger hovercraft service in the world to and to join the friendliest ferry operator across the Solent.”

For more details and how to apply please visit: http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/careers.php

Only in England – ride a hovercraft for a fiver12/04/2017

To celebrate St.George’s Day, Hovertravel has launched a £5 day return for Sunday 23rd April only. Alongside great English experiences such as tea at the Ritz, cheese-rolling or welly-wanging, a hovercraft ride is a bucket list favourite.

Hovertravel is the world’s only year-round commercial passenger hovercraft service. Operating between Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight, Hovertravel has been connecting two parts of England, separated by the Solent, for over half a century.

With a journey of less than ten minutes, travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots at 1.5 metres above the waves, the Hovertravel trip is fast and fun. There are crossings every 30 minutes. Book online or on the Hovertravel app before midnight on 16th April using code HTSTGEORGE .

Hovertravel enhances mobile messaging for customers 04/04/2017

Hovertravel has added push notifications to its popular smartphone app, giving customers the opportunity to receive real time status updates on their mobile devices.

Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, explains, “We are always looking for ways to use technology to improve our customer service, so we can now send status updates at whatever time they happen via push notifications. Push notifications are considered less intrusive than SMS because messages can be delivered on the user’s screen without interrupting their current activity, and it will never incur a cost to the customer.”

Push notifications work by sending a message to the notification centre or status bar of the user’s smartphone and is the default way of communication for apps on smartphones. In terms of customer interface and ease of use, push notifications are simpler than emails, they are quick to deal with and manage. They are simple, uncomplicated messages that provide only the essential information, making them user friendly and effective.

Loretta continues, “Push notifications are the latest addition to our comprehensive suite of status update methods, joining our SMS, website homepage tracker banner and dedicated phone line. We also use Twitter and Facebook to communicate any changes in status. We appreciate that an increasing number of our customers use their mobile devices as their primary communicators and we believe that push notifications will help keep our customers updated and informed.”

Hovertravel introduces summer timetable 30/03/2017

Hovertravel’s Summer timetable starts 01 April 2017. There will be a crossing every 30 minutes from Ryde and Southsea between 0845 and 1945 every day of the week.

Loretta Lale, Hovertravel’s Head of Commercial, said: 'With longer days and, hopefully, warmer weather, our summer timetable is designed to provide more frequent services and until the end of September we also operate one hour later than in winter. This year we are extending our 30-minute frequency through lunchtime up to 30th September.’

Our timetables are available online (http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/timetable/index.php), on our free smartphone app or at our terminals in Ryde and Southsea.

Hover into spring flowers on the Isle of Wight 21/03/2017

Now that Spring is officially underway, Hovertravel is the fastest way to experience some of the best spring blooms on the Isle of Wight and there is still time to travel for a fiver.

In spring at English Heritage’s Osborne House you can see pockets of primroses in in the meadow at Swiss Cottage, and around the Ice Well, while wild daffodils flower in the grass meadows through the valley in front of the house. Mass plantings of daffodils can also be seen in the arboretum and on the banks along the Durbar lawns and rhododendrons are coming into flower too. For more details http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

At the Ventnor Botanic Gardens, there is the chance to see some of the world’s flowers without having to spend days travelling. From exotic specimens such as the Candelabra Aloe from South Africa to the better known Magnolia, which is actually a native of the Himalayas. Wander through the Australian Garden and enjoy the Ornamental Lawn where you will see a large tree with hanging pink tassels of flowers, the Ash-Leaved Maple. For more details http://www.botanic.co.uk/

Garden lovers can still take advantage of Hovertravel’s £5 Day Return on Tuesdays and Thursdays in March with the promo code SPRINGFIVER. Travel on 28 & 30 March after 9 am for just £5 when you book online http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/ or via the Hovertravel smartphone app. Bookings can be made by midnight two whole calendars days before travel and you must enter the promo code SPRINGFIVER when you book.

Unique access is given to Walk the Wight for one day each year 04/03/2017

On Sunday 14th May 2017, Walk the Wight starts at Bembridge Airport on the Isle of Wight and finishes at The Needles, Alum Bay at the other end of the island. This event allows walkers to reach areas which are usually closed off to the public, so it is a once a year opportunity to enjoy this unique route.

The breath-taking 26.5 mile challenge is one of the largest sponsored walks in Europe and every year thousands of people raise money in support of patient and family care provided by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.

Hovertravel, the unique and fastest way across the Solent, has tied up with Walk the Wight to offer a complete Walk the Wight registration package which includes 50% off return travel to the Isle of Wight on Sunday 14th of May. Walkers must book online on the Hovertravel website (www.hovertravel.com) using promotional code WTWHT17. Free bus travel will be available to the start and finish of the walk.

More details are available here: http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/events/walk-the-wight-2017Walkers-Packs/index.php

Chase leprechauns across the Solent for a fiver on St. Patrick’s Day15/02/2017

Hovertravel is offering a day return for a fiver this St. Patrick’s Day, Friday 17th March 2017.

For Islanders:

Whether you’re Irish or not, there are a plethora of St. Patrick’s Day events across the Solent. One place which makes the most of this day is Portsmouth’s only Irish bar, Shenanigans which also claims to be the number one Guinness bar on the South coast. Open from 9 am for breakfast, this would be a great way to start the day.

Or at midday join 5000 other party people as they paint Portsmouth green this St Patrick's day at the Block Party, at Portsmouth Guildhall. And for something completely different you could support the RNLI by wearing some Irish fancy dress to enter the St. Patrick’s event in their Patron Saint series of 5 and 10k runs. 

For Visitors to the Isle of Wight:

As well as looking for leprechauns, you could start the day with a full Irish Breakfast and a pint of Guinness at The Spyglass Inn in Ventnor. Breakfast is served between 09:30 am - 12 pm with live music from 11:30 am from Irish band Folklore.

Or you could wait until the end of the day to join in the fun at the Garlic Farm in Newchurch, celebrating St Patrick’s Day with live music from the brilliant Slainte Va, dancing, Guinness and an amazing menu. Booking for either of these events is recommended.

Available for travel from 9 am on Friday 17th March 2017 only, customers can use promotional code HTPADDY5 either online (http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/) or on the Hovertravel app to buy the discounted day returns up until midnight 14th March.

New charity partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance 30/01/2017

Hovertravel has become an official partner of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA). The charity, which is funded solely by donations, brings an advanced critical care team to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most.

Available both day and night, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance critical care team are called out many times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents. A highly skilled crew of Doctors, Paramedics and Pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care that you would expect from a hospital emergency department.

Neil Chapman, MD of Hovertravel, commented: "We are proud to be supporting the vital work of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and to be helping the charity maintain its life-saving service. Hovertravel is committed to delivering a positive impact to the communities on both sides of the Solent and we look forward to developing our relationship with this very worthy charity over the coming years."

Alex Lochrane, Chief Executive of HIOWAA, added: "Hovertravel plays an important part in local life in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and we are delighted that they have chosen to support us. It currently costs in excess of £9,000 to maintain our life-saving service and we could not do it without the support and generosity of local businesses’.

In addition to sponsorship commitments, the partnership will be supported by numerous Hovertravel employee fundraising activities, as well as marketing campaigns aimed at increasing public awareness for the Air Ambulance.

Game on for Portsmouth FC supporters26/01/2017

Hovertravel has partnered with Lucketts, Portsmouth Football Club’s official away travel provider, to create a package just for Pompey fans on the Isle of Wight with extra- late, special services added to the timetable.

Loretta Lale, Hovertravel’s Commercial and Marketing Manager, says “We know nothing compares to seeing your team in person and we wanted to make it easy for Pompey fans to get across to Fratton Park, especially for evening games. Hovertravel has packaged your hovercraft ticket and coach travel to and from the ground plus we have arranged to operate later crossings to ensure all the fans have more flexible return times.”

Hovertravel is offering Pompey season ticket and match ticket holders, a discounted hovercraft day return with the coach for just £13 for each of the following three home games: Blackpool (Tuesday 14th February), Morecambe (Tuesday 28th February) and Grimsby (Tuesday 14th March). There is a choice of two charters for each match: with return crossings from Southsea at either 2230 or 2330.

Full details can be found at http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/offer/-Portsmouth-FC-Charter/index.php

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