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The top festivals which impact Airbnb prices the most

Airbnb owners are charging up to 105% more to stay at their properties during festival weekends, according to new research by www.money.co.uk.

The study investigated the average nightly price of rentals on Airbnb over the dates and locations of the UK’s biggest festivals throughout 2021. The prices were then compared to the corresponding dates of the previous week to reveal which festivals increase Airbnb prices the most.

You can view the research in full online.

 

 

TRNSMT Festival sees Airbnb hosts in Glasgow charging more than twice as much for their rental properties (104.67% increase) during the festival in comparison to the week before.

TRNSMT is a non-camping festival, meaning alternative accommodation has to be found, which is presumably why it saw the greatest increase in Airbnb prices over the festival weekend.

In second place was Parklife, another festival taking place in a city-centre location with no camping available, so it is no surprise to see Airbnbs in Manchester being booked up quickly, despite increasing rental prices (90.53%).

Tramlines followed behind in 3rd position. The Sheffield based festival saw Airbnb rentals increasing their prices from £132 the week before the festival to £185 during the event, as once again no camping facilities were offered.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Dream job alert: Get paid to explore the great outdoors

Here’s a dream job for any intrepid explorers visiting Kureen today.

Millets, the UK’s leading outdoor retailer, is recruiting its first-ever Chief & Mini Adventure Advisors.

Not only will the selected applicants be paid for the role, but they will also be provided with all the outdoor kit necessary for a year’s worth of adventures.

Interested? Apply here: https://www.millets.co.uk/outdoor-adventure-advisor

Millets has advertised a dream job for outdoor explorers.

Chief Adventure Advisor job specification… 

Job Role: Chief Adventure Advisor.

Location: The outdoors.

Working Hours: As many as you like.

Salary: £250 and a year’s supply of outdoor kit worth over £500.

Desired Skills…

  • A love of the great outdoors, nature, and the landscape around you.
  • Regularly take part in adventurous activities, such as hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and water sports.
  • An understanding of using social media, to share your great activities and experiences with other potential adventurers.

How to Apply…

The application process is very simple, all you need to do is upload a photo of yourself enjoying an adventure outdoors onto Instagram using the hashtag: #mymilletsadvisor.

If you’re a little younger or have children who are interested in this role, then check out this Mini Adventure Advisor position.

Mini Adventure Advisor Job Specification…

Job Role: Mini Adventure Advisor.

Location: The outdoors.

Working Hours: As many as you like.

Salary: A family adventure kit worth over £1,000.

Desired Skills…

  • A love of the great outdoors, nature, and the landscape around you.
  • Regularly take part in adventurous activities, such as: hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and water sports.
  • A thirst to discover, explore and have adventures when you are outdoors.

How to Apply…

To enter you will have to get your parents to fill out the application here. They will need to explain where your favourite place for adventure is and why and upload a photo of you having an adventurous experience in that location.

Applications close at midnight on September 10.

You can learn more about both positions and read the full terms and conditions by clicking here. 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Ventnor’s quirkiest shop a paradox for visitors

A QUIRKY Ventnor business, which opened just weeks before the first Covid lockdown kicked in, is challenging perceptions of visitors to the town.

Paradox Island, based on the High Street, is the brainchild of local artist, ‘Paradox’ Paul Woods.

Working in the 1980s as an architectural model-maker, Paul transitioned into props and special effects for advertising, television and film.

He later moved to the alternative scene in Berlin, where he lived for 20 years.

Paradox Island was opened in 2020 on Ventnor’s High Street.

Paradox Island is ‘two shops in one’, offering both a copy and print service and ‘trash-art’ gifts, made on the premises.

Paul said: “The shop is like Marmite — people tend to love it or hate it.

“Mainly, I buy things from charity shops and modify them in a simple but often confounding way. For instance, replacing Batman’s head with a household utensil.

“Most people giggle, some are curious enough to come inside, and some absolutely don’t get it.”

Paul opened the shop in March 2020, with his joy fleeting as he faced lockdown later in the same month.

The shop stocks a range of eccentric and eye-catching items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This meant his vision of providing a shared space for Island artists, workshops, events, and Ventnor Fringe events, was placed on indefinite sabbatical.

Rapidly plotting a ‘Plan B,’ he made items to fill the shop, and occupy his mind during the sudden burst of free time.

Among the comments Paul has overheard from passers-by and customers are “very bizarre things in there,” “strange stuff” and “we’ll know where to come when we want to scare the grandchildren next time.”

More positive feedback has included: “the Isle of Wight’s Banksy,” “genius” and “this is the best shop in Ventnor.”

Paul is urging people to give something different and potentially provocative a whirl by visiting Paradox Island.

The shop opens from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, with contact details available online at www.paradoxisland.com

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

young designer’s new pop-up shop showcasing sustainable homeware

Seaview based entrepreneur, Monique Lucas, is turning heads on the Isle of Wight this summer with her stunning pop-up shop.

Monique, who created a fully sustainable, Island inspired homeware brand online, has a growing reputation as one of the area’s most talented young designers.

Monique Lucas has turned heads with her new pop-up shop in Seaview on the Isle of Wight.

The self-titled summer shop, which Monique hopes will become a permanent fixture in the town, stocks a range of the brand’s kitchen wear, eye masks and bags among other items.

Monique said: “I have built my business online for the past two years and it seemed fitting to place a store in my home town of Seaview.

“It has been a big dream of mine to have a shopfront in Seaview where I have been coming since the age of eight.

“I would like to thank the local community for being so supportive.”

 

The Monique Lucas brand has featured in the Sunday Times and Independent news outlets (obviously not a patch on Kureen!), while a collaboration with the Isle of Wight Tomato Stall is on the horizon.

Monique starts by hand drawing her designs, which are then brought to life using organic materials and eco-friendly inks.

In the past Monique has partaken in several charity events, donating  to charities such as Blue Dot Generation and Project Zero.

She hopes to partner with more ocean and wildlife based charities as her brand expands, while simultaneously building a platform to engage and encourage others to do so.

More information is available via the Monique Lucas website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Bright spark Matt on business growth and family support

ISLE of Wight entrepreneur Matthew Jeffery is one of the pre-eminent figures within the location’s design circles.

Having started operations with Brightbulb Design from the comfort of his living room in 2014, Matt has built a multi award-winning business which now operates from offices at East Quay in Wootton Bridge.

The ambitious designer spoke exclusively to Kureen about the company’s rapid evolution and plans for the future.

Hello Matt, what were you doing before Brightbulb Design was formed?

“I worked for Isle of Wight firm, AJ Wells and Sons, with lovely people as part of a great business manufacturing wood burning stoves and enamel London underground signs.

“Before that I worked in London designing outdoor advertising campaigns for the likes of British Gas and Marc Jacobs and earlier in my career I worked in Sydney and Melbourne for global engineers Arup as an in-house graphic designer.”

Brightbulb Design CEO, Matthew Jeffery, began the now thriving business from his living room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was it scary setting up your own business?

“It was daunting, especially as I had just had my second child, Jasper, and it was possibly the worst time to quit my job and hope for the best with the new business!

“But it paid dividends — sometimes you have to take risks to get the rewards.”

Were there any inspirations you used as guidance for Brightbulb?

“I took inspiration from businesses I had worked for in the past and tried to incorporate values I had seen there.

“In my younger years, I looked up to the likes of Marriott Design as a leading Island design studio and wanted to follow in that same vein as a local design studio that worked on various big brands across the country.”

What services does Brightbulb offer?

“Brightbulb is a design and digital studio offering graphic design, web and app development, social media management, video and marketing activities.

“We excel in our technical web abilities, with vast knowledge and experience of creating clever systems for businesses to help automate and improve their processes.”

Has the pandemic affected the team and made you adapt your short-term plans?

“When lockdown first hit we saw an influx (of work) on the digital side due to everyone realising they needed a website. It went crazy for a while and we had to employ another web developer to keep up.

“We ended up creating a programme called Adapt UK to help people gain grant funding for digital projects which also helped to generate extra revenue for the business while delivering a great website to the client at half the cost.”

Brightbulb has shown continued support for the Wight Brainy Bunch in recent years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the long-term vision for Brightbulb — will you retain an Island HQ?

“We will always retain our Isle of Wight headquarters as it is where we are from and we want people to come to the Island to experience what a great place it is to live and work.

What advice would you share with people interested in starting their own business?

“Don’t go into it blind. Speak to other business owners to get an understanding of what it means to work for yourself and own a business.

“It is hard work, you have to make sacrifices and it can take its toll over time but the rewards can be fantastic.”

Brightbulb is a family affair — what is the role of your wife, Fiona?

“Without Fi allowing me to follow my dream we would never have got this far. She has been a constant rock.

“If I’m not sure of something, she is the perfect sounding board and brings me down to earth if I go off on crazy tangents!

“Fi is operations director at Brightbulb but we all refer to her as the head of happiness.”

Finally Matt, are there any ideas in the pipeline you can exclusively share today?

“Oooh… we can’t give anything away I’m afraid! We are busy getting our latest employees settled in and have promised two members of staff management positions as we build a new structure into the business, laying the foundations for exciting times ahead.”

Brightbulb Design can be reached by phone on 506505, via email at hello@brightbulbdesign.co.uk or online at brightbulbdesign.co.uk

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.