Join Alan in the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight holiday with Alan Titchmarsh

Join expert gardener and author Alan Titchmarsh as you tour the magnificent gardens of the Isle of Wight, including Osborne House, Ventnor Botanic Garden and lots more.

Exclusive four-day break, from £1,195 per person

Don't miss your opportunity to meet expert gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, as part of our exclusive gardeners' holiday to the Isle of Wight this September. Alan will join the group for a tour of the gorgeous gardens at Osborne House, and give a fascinating talk and Q&A afterwards. There will also be plenty of opportunity for photos!

 

 

Alan Titchmarsh and Osborne House

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gardeners' World TV programme in 2017, we invite you on a special gardeners' trip to the Isle of Wight, where we'll be joined by special guest, Alan Titchmarsh, for a tour of Osborne House and Gardens. More highlights of this four-day break are some of the Isle of Wight's best gardens - Ventnor Botanic Garden, Mottistone Manor, Nunwell House, The Garlic Farm, Morton Manor and more.

What's included:

  • Alan TitchmarshThree night's dinner, bed and full English breakfast at the 4-star Royal Hotel, Ventnor, and also three lunches. All rooms have private facilities.

 

 

  • Return ferry crossings between Portsmouth and Fishbourne.

 

 

  • Comfortable coach travel.

 

Osborne House ©English Heritage

 

  • Guided tour of Osborne House and Gardens, and visits to Shanklin Village and Gorge, Nunwell House, The Garlic Farm, Ventnor Botanic Garden, Morton Manor and Mottistone Manor.

 

 

  • Special guest appearance by Alan Titchmarsh at Orborne House, including talk and Q&A session.

 

 

  • Brightwater

    Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The departure date is Friday 8 September, 2017

Prices for this exclusive gardeners' holiday start from £1,195 per person for three nights.

Call to book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call 01334 657155 or book online via the Brightwater website

Quote code GWIW01 when booking to ensure you are getting the correct holiday deal.

 

 

Read what others thought of our previous holidays on our feedback page

Find out more about exclusive holidays and cruises, masterclasses and reader events from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, in our travel and events video.

 


Your itinerary

Royal Hotel, VentnorFriday 8 September
We depart from our designated pick up points and head for Portsmouth where we will board a late morning ferry to Fishbourne.  We arrive on the Isle of Wight and journey to Shanklin to visit the world famous gorge entered from Shanklin Old Village. Dropping 105ft from the top of the cliff to sea level, Shanklin Chine is a natural fissure in the cliff, formed by water cutting through sandstone to the sea. The chine walk leads through a deeply shaded path winding down beside waterfalls to the shore and along the way there are more than 150 varieties of wild plants and many species of moss to discover.   Following this we will have Ventnor Botanic Gardensome free time to wander through the Old Village with its picturesque thatched cottages, traditional craft shops, tea rooms and public gardens.  Lunch is by own arrangement today.

We then travel to our hotel, the 4-star Royal Hotel in Ventnor, where dinner will be served in the evening.

Saturday 9 September
This morning after breakfast we travel to the privately-owned gardens at Nunwell House. The gardens were first documented by Sir John Oglander around 1640 when he recorded that the parlour garden had ‘all sorts of French flowers and tulips as well as a vine’. Over the centuries the gardens have developed - a walled garden was added in 1750, the front lawns enhanced in 1896 and the lower garden planted about 1930. After the Second World War the long shrub border was created on land used as a wartime home guard ammunition dump and the steps leading to the old tennis court were bordered with lavender. In 1998 Mrs Shaunagh Aylmer converted the inside of the walled garden to its present layout of lawns and herbaceous borders. The whole garden is in a very tranquil setting with lovely views across the Solent.

We continue with a visit to The Garlic Farm at Newchurch, where we will be taken through the fields by tractor and trailer, with a member of staff telling us all about garlic Mottistone Manorgrowing on the way. We will then enjoy a light lunch (included), which will of course feature some of the farm’s own garlic in one form or another.

We conclude this afternoon with a visit to Ventnor Botanic Gardens, a must for garden lovers with a head-turning collection of familiar favourites and rare plants.  Set on a 22-acre site abutting the southern coast, the sub-tropical Undercliff area in which the Botanic Garden is located makes it an ideal environment for a collection of rare trees, plants and shrubs which are hard to grow elsewhere in the UK, including the sweet-smelling clerodendron. There is also a temperate house with a selection of exotic plants. The garden's newest draw is a lottery-funded visitor centre with facilities that include interactive exhibition areas. There are plants for sale here too.

We return to our hotel where dinner will be served once again this evening.

Sunday 10 September
Following breakfast this morning, we begin our day at the award-winning gardens at Morton Manor - it has won the “Isle of Wight In Bloom” competition several times in recent years and has been twice winner of “Southern England in Bloom”. Dating back to 1249, the manor boasts a huge collection of Japanese Acers and an Elizabethan sunken garden within a handsomely landscaped garden of mature Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritagespecimen trees. White, red and rosé wines are produced in adjacent grounds and visitors can tour the vineyards as well as tasting the wine in the manor's gift shop. Lunch is included here today.

This afternoon we continue to the gardens of Mottistone Manor, near the quaint village of Brook.  The gardens were laid out in the 1960s and 70s by Sir John and Lady Nicholson, who brought a Mediterranean influence to the styling. Its key attractions include colourful herbaceous borders, shrubs, flowering fruit trees, a rose garden and sea views.

We return to the hotel where we will enjoy our final dinner together this evening.

Monday 11 September
This morning after breakfast, we check out of our hotel.  Saving the best for last, we travel to East Cowes for a visit to Osborne House & Gardens. With views onto the Solent, this was Queen Victoria’s favourite home, which boasts the most impressive formal gardens on the island.  These include a recently restored walled garden and an attractive tree-lined walk to the Swiss Cottage, built as a spectacular Wendy House for the Royal children.

Here we will be joined by Alan Titchmarsh, who will accompany us as we enjoy a guided tour of the Gardens, conducted by the Head Gardener. After lunch in the Terrace Alan Titchmarshrestaurant (included) Alan will give us a talk followed by a Question and Answer session.

In the afternoon we continue with a guided tour of the house.Here we will see the sumptuous state rooms, whose furnishings reflect the passions, taste and style of Victoria and Albert, and the family rooms, including the bedroom where Queen Victoria passed away on 22 January 1901. We continue back to Fishbourne to catch a late-afternoon ferry returning us to Portsmouth.  We will return to our original pick-up points in the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Royal Hotel and Ventnor

The Royal Hotel, Ventnor

Ventnor


Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Ventnor Botanic Gardens


Mottistone Manor

Mottistone Manor

 


Osborne House and Gardens

Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritage

Swiss Cottage Garden ©English Heritage

Swiss Cottage Garden ©English Heritage

Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritage

Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritage

Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritage

Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritage

Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritage

Osborne House & Gardens ©English Heritage

Osborne House ©English Heritage

Osborne House ©English Heritage

Osborne House ©English Heritage

Osborne House ©English Heritage

Osborne House ©English Heritage

Osborne House ©English Heritage

 

All images of Osborne House and Gardens ©English Heritage

 


 

How to book

The date of this holiday is 8-11 September 2017

Prices for this exclusive gardeners' holiday start from £1,195 per person for three nights.

Please note that places are limited, so call now to reserve your holiday or find out more:

Call to book

 

Call 01334 657155 or book online via the Brightwater website.

Quote code GWIW01 when booking to ensure you are getting the correct holiday deal.

Read what others thought of some of our previous holidays on our feedback page

 


Additional supplements

Not included (per person)

  • Single room supplement £150.00
  • Insurance £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65-74); £63.00 (75-90)
  • Rail/air connections and/or overnight accommodation in London are available on request

 

Departure points and times:

London (Tothill St, Westminster)

Depart 08:00
Return 20:30

Portsmouth (Wightlink Ferry Terminal)

Depart 10:30
Return 18:00

 

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

 

 


 

Previous event with Alan Titchmarsh at Highgrove

 

In September 2016 we hosted an evening event at Highrove, exclusively for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine subscribers. The event included a champagne reception on the terrace, followed by an early evening tour of the Highgrove gardens and a two-course dinner with an entertaining and inspiring talk by Alan Titchmarsh.

 

Alan Titchmarsh with guests

 

 

"Thank you for the most enjoyable evening at Highgrove - the reception, garden tour, canapés and dinner followed by the most entertaining talk by Alan. And, on leaving, the super goodie bag from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine - it was all splendid."

Jacqueline Flindall

 

 

 

Alan and magazine Editor, Lucy Hall

 

 

 

 

"We would like to thank you for the best evening out we've ever had - bar none! The celebration at Highrove of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine's 25th anniversary was sensational - everyone was so hospitable and welcoming.

The garden tour, reception and dinner - everything was perfect. Alan Titchmarsh was funny, witty, professional and has such knowledge.

An absolutely brilliant evening, one we will never forget."

John & Helen Sullivan and Sheila Bryant

 

 

 

 

Alan Titchmarsh with guests

 

 

"Thank you for organising such a truly memorable evening last week at Highgrove. The gardens were stunning - followed by good food, good wine, great company and Mr Titchmarsh on top form.

The weather was ideal, all in all a perfect evening. The goodie bags were overflowing with all sorts of treasures, so thank you for those also."

Jacqueline and Richard Cook

 

 


 

Exclusive travel and events

Find out more about exclusive holidays and cruises, masterclasses and reader events from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, in our travel and events video.

Travel and events video

 


Terms and conditions

Holiday organised by and subject to booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays Ltd. Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. Confirmation will be sent out with joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to the departure. Single room supplement is £150. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted.