It is around this time of year that Mrs Guru starts saying "I'm enjoying these lighter evenings". The sun is setting at 5pm, but it still feels a lot better than the gloom of early January.
Sunny days on the Isle of Wight's beaches certainly start to feel a little closer. If I can close my eyes, I can taste the mint choc chip ice cream.
We've been digging around for new things to see and do for 2023. Here are some of our highlights:
At the end of 2022, we waved goodbye to the Cliffhanger Rollercoaster. We all gathered round and sent it flying off the cliff and into the sea where it began its long journey to the French coast (Ed: citation needed?).
A new ride is taking its place for the 2023 season...as this video teases.
Sister theme park Robin Hill is also getting something new for 2023.
The teaser mentions 'jumping for joy' so my hunch is it will be a) trampolines b) a bouncy pillow or c) A Level students on the front of every local newspaper.
Tapnell Farm is always coming up with new stuff to occupy our half terms and summer evenings. This year, it is the arrival of bingo at The Cow.
Robert Thompson has been associated with a few excellent eateries on the Isle of Wight. He was chef at Ventnor's Hambrough when it won a Michelin star a few years ago. He then set up his own restaurant in Newport, before leaving to work at a hotel in Cowes. The Newport restaurant is back open again for 2023, which caused some excitement with Mrs Guru.
If you're into taster menus and that sort of thing then it's well worth a visit.
Niton's Tregear pottery make some really lovely sea themed items, which make excellent souvenirs for the sort of mother-in-law who shops at Waitrose.
They are now offering have-a-go sessions. I am sure my efforts would look like a brown splodge but it might be fun to find out.
6. Robbie Williams' Return To The Isle of Wight
Readers with a long memory will be familiar with the Take That video that was filmed on Sandown Beach in 1992. It was a heady time of rollerblading and volleyball on a day which looked only vaguely sunny. I suspect the boys were putting on a brave face.
33 years later, Robbie Williams is returning to the Isle of Wight to headline the Isle of Wight Festival, along with The Chemical Brothers, Pulp and George Ezra. It's possible that he has returned in the interim to visit Godshill's Model Village but I think I would have heard.
7. No. 10 Bayclose
Alright, alright, this is appalling self promotion for which I apologise.
We now have a holiday let which is available to hire. It's in the West Wight and has a nice view of Freshwater Bay, which often ranks in my top five beaches guide.
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