“ A monthly media magazine that promotes the Isle of Wight. „
The Beacon is a monthly A5 sized colourful magazine that is absolutely free of charge and widely available across the Isle of Wight. The magazine itself is for people on the island as the information given is only relative to this area. There are different magazines for each area of the Isle of Wight such as South Wight (the magazine is called The Bay and this is the magazine I would get), East Wight, West Wight, Newport, Ryde, and Cowes. The only difference in the magazines from different areas is the advertisements as these are specialised to certain areas.
The magazine does have some useful information in that perhaps people would not be aware of if they hadn't of read this. It gives information on activities that are coming up in the local area such as boot sales and live music and the like.
The magazine promotes a "community" spirit type vibe and this comes across well. They have a section at the back of the magazine that always retells a story from the history of the island and this is probably my favourite section because it is always rather interesting.
The magazine talks of peoples achievements in the local community and it has an overly positive feel to it that you wouldn't get from the local newspaper, "The County Press".
The majority of the small magazine however is taken up with advertisements for local shops, restaurants and the like. This is somewhat annoying but I guess these places have to be promoted and a local magazine like this is an ideal place to do so. I also think that if these advertisements were not here then perhaps the magazine itself would not be free.
Most people get the Beacon delivered to their house but if this is not the case there are many other places to pick up one of these magazine. The Heights Leisure Centre always has a large pile (which is where I get mine) and also local shops seem to be given a stack for people to take home with them.
The magazine layout is rather good and looks top quality. The pages are that of a high gloss coloured finish which makes the magazine look professional and appealing at the same time.
All in all I would say this is a brilliant free local magazine for the people of the isle of Wight. You can find lots of information about what is coming up in the next few weeks or indeed what has happened in the weeks gone by. I think it would be a shame if this was ever stopped being made as it really is a valuable source of information.
5 star freebie magazine. I hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
'The Beacon' is a full colour magazine which is delivered free to 65,000 homes and businesses across the Isle of Wight. You will get a different version of the Beacon depending on where you live on the Island, and therefore, the magazine has separate editions known as the; West Wight, Newport, Cowes, Ryde, South Wight and East Wight Beacons. All the magazines have the same editorial pieces, with the only differences being found in the adverts, which are specific to each location.
Established in 1994, the Beacon is an interesting read for locals as it features the latest news, community projects, and events which are relevant to each particular area. The magazine differs from a newspaper as the articles (which are generally well written and feature appropriate photographs) often focus on positive things, rather than the negatives, in order to promote community development and pride in the local area. The A5 magazine is also handy as it contains a 'What's On' diary style guide which details gigs and shows which take place across the Island.
Other regular features include the 'Eating Out', 'Health and well-being', Homes and Gardens' and 'Outdoor Pursuits' sections. There is also a monthly historical write-up ('Island Story') relating to things like local shipwrecks and military exploits, which always seems to be well researched (even if I generally do flick past that section).
Scattered throughout the pages are a selection of advertisements which support local businesses and promote shops in each area. Whilst I'm not someone who generally looks at ads, it's a bit more interesting when they relate to a new shop or bar where you live.
All in all, the Beacon usually makes for an entertaining read and covers many aspects of local life. The magazine is colourful and not too large, and best of all... it's free!