15th - 17th SEPTEMBER 2018


Here are some images taken from our 2018 Isle of Wight Tour over the weekend of 15th-17th September.


Members went over together on the IOW ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne before their making their way over to stay at the Royal Hotel in Ventnor. Founded in 1832, The Royal is one of the oldest hotels on the Isle of Wight, and still one of its finest. Originally built as a coaching inn called Fishers Hotel, it became known as The Royal Hotel after enjoying Queen Victoria's patronage.


They then, over 3 days, members enjoyed visits to Osborne House, IOW Pearl, Freshwater Bay, Godshill Model Village, Shanklin Chine and Carisbrooke Castle.


All the visits were done in usual XKEC convoy style along some very beautiful and scenic coastal roads. Members also enjoyed dinners at the hotel over two nights and breakfast together each morning. As for the weather, well that was also superb.


Here's what the members who attended had to say...

Robin and Jo Douglas

"A personal thanks from both of us for an excellently organised trip to the IOW.

We saw lots of things that were ‘on our list’, and some unexpected things like the model village and the Chine that were also delightful. The Royal worked as a good base.

And something that is crucial, but very hard to plan…a great group. Lots of people we have met before and some newcomers too."

Roger and Jan Jones

"On behalf of Jan & me, what a great weekend this has been. A big thank you to Mark & Karen for all your hard work in putting this together. Especially for us, as we haven't had the time to attend any events since we move to the island, so it's been great to see everyone here. I hope that, if ever any of you visit the island in the future, you'll let us know - we'd love to see you again".

Phil and Rita Erswell

"Great tour, great company, 
Thanks obviously goes out to Mark & Karen for all their hard work, had so many fantastic events this year, can't wait for next year".

Ian and Jacqui Hamilton

"Just like to say a very big thank you to Mark and Karen for organising this trip.
Jacqui and I had lovely time shared with top notch company with a lot of laughs. Hotel was excellent. Enjoyed the convoys around the Island".

Luigi and Gail Muscella

"Me & Gail would like to extend our big thanks to Mark & Karen for putting this fabulous tour together and was great to see new faces as well as familiar ones. We had a fantastic time with you all and fell in love with IOW. Being our anniversary weekend it made it even more memorable! For me it's been one of the best convoy's I've attended".

Dave and Ev Green

"Just a little note to say thank you for organising such a lovely weekend in the IOW. We were a little apprehensive before the trip thinking we wouldn't know anyone but everyone was so kind and friendly that we have had a weekend to remember with much affection".

Paul and Beth Burns

"Firstly thanks to Mark & Karen for all their hard work in producing and running this fantastic tour, absolutely perfect, topped with unbelievable weather. Beth and I would also like to thank all the participants for the three days of fun, banter and of course all those convoy. Can't wait to the next tour Mark please bear us in mind when arranging, as we definately want to be included".

James and Glenis Sherwood

"What a fantastic weekend! Weather, scenery, people and places, all brilliant!
Full credit to Mark and Karen for their organisation skills, many many thanks to you both - Bravo! Glenis and I thoroughly enjoyed our first tour with the club. We met a great bunch of interesting folks, and had a real fun time".

Paul and Vanda Graham

"Special thanks to Mark & Karen but also to all of you on the tour we had a really enjoyable few days. Great company, excellent hotel, top quality food and well chosen convoy's out. Being Vanda and I's first XKEC tour wasn't really sure what to expect but we're in from now on if at all possible".

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