By a County Press reporter
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
AN Isle of Wight beauty spot has been chosen in a top ten list of UK picnic spots.
Tennyson Down came eighth in the survey conducted by OscarUK.co.uk, a concessions website for the over 50s.
The number one spot was awarded to Kew Gardens in London.
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by Graeme Egerton
14th June 2012, at 16:32:11
When I lived in London, the local papers were full of stories about murders et cetera. I daresay people in large, densely populated areas would swap for stories about picnic areas all day everyday and not make such a fuss, although I did laugh at Paul's tongue in cheek posting. PS I love watching wind turbines, they're lovely!
by Beth Findley
14th June 2012, at 12:21:20
So sit and look the other way whilst enjoying your picnic for views across the Island. Still a beautiful view!
by John Lovell
13th June 2012, at 19:31:01
I doubt it will remain a top picnic spot for long. Instead of looking at passing shipping whilst picnicking the view out to sea will be desecrated by a load of static windmills if Navitus Bay get their way.
by Annabel Reagan
13th June 2012, at 16:01:02
as a 50-something I can vote for this, but my mother, who is 87, is concerned because she is wheelchair bound and as such unable to scale the heights of Tennyson Down to enjoy her picnic. She has asked me (as her eyesight is failing and she is not computer literate) if any of your readers know of a website where octogenarians may vote for their favourite picnic sites that offer easy wheelchair access?
by augustus miller
13th June 2012, at 13:48:44
imagine how frustrated i am. i'm 50 in october and yet cant vote, so near and yet so far.....................
by Vernon Hines
13th June 2012, at 13:12:45
Gentlemen, the point is not the demographics involved but that Tennyson Down has featured at all - which I think is a wonderful testament to the Island's status as a holiday resort in Britain. So can we move away from the fact that it was chosen by the over 50s and remember that Tennyson Down, and all of the Island's countryside and coastline, is fit for enjoyment for people of any age.
by Paul Strauss
13th June 2012, at 13:06:19
To Matt Burfield.Yes I'm afraid I did go off on one rather. I take your point - it is clearly not the IWCP's fault that there appear to be no picnic forums for either 2 yos or 38 yos. In light of that I retract my sarcastic comments and replace them with 'May I congratulate all involved.' I just get a little hot under the collar when the views on picnics of the late 30s population, and those of toddlers, are blatantly disregarded. Which I accept was not the case here.
by Matt Burfield
13th June 2012, at 12:55:00
To Paul Strauss.The story clearly states it's a website for over 50s. If there was a concessions website for 2 year olds and 38 year olds, I'm sure both of your votes would be valid.
13th June 2012, at 12:43:24
May I congratulate you on your typically ageist stance - i don't see many stories today on your website about the preferred picnic sites of the 1-17; 18-24; 25-34; 35-44, or indeed 45-49 year olds. Why is it that the over 50s think they have a monopoly on picnic sites? My 2 year old son prefers Bembridge Beach near the lifeboat station, whilst I like to spread out my rug on the grassy slopes of Osborne House, and I am 38. Put that in your pipes and smoke it, over 50s.
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