The While you Wait Service (WUW)
Whether you would like a rear conversion, an elevating roof, a day van conversion or any other conversion, why not make the most of it and spend a day or a week on the Isle of Wight....
The While you Wait Service is the ideal opportunity to make the most of your visit to the Isle of Wight.
We have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to come over to see us...
Northstar will book your ferry tickets and they will be sent directly to you by email from Red Funnel. Just let us know your preferred times and dates of travel.
For the timetables for Red funnel please follow the link below:
We advise customers to arrive as early as possible on the day (we open at 7.00), but you can also arrive the day before to make the most of your trip and even stay a few extra days as the ferry tickets are open tickets.
Courtesy Cube or Camper:
We will give you a courtesy camper or "Pablo" our famous "Cube" to explore the island
Where to Stay?
Top tip.... Do not forget to quote "Northstar"
Stay in a self catering apartment, this one is centrally located in Cowes and highly recommended - Please do quote Northstar
stay in a B&B, here is the link for the lovely B&B we have 5 minutes down the road in Cowes centre. You also get an extra discount for being N* customers with the unique booking code 'northstar5' to use on the website www.the-Caledon.co.uk.
make full use of our camper van, this is a good link for campsites on the island.
Our favourite is Grange Farm on the South coast of the island (about 30 minutes from Northstar) with amazing sea views
..... and the quirkiest is ... with amazing views of Carisbrooke Castle (about 20 minutes from Northstar)
The Orchards is offering Northstar customers a 10% discount. You will need to speak to Karen Tosdevin.
THE PRACTICAL BITS....
Where do I catch my ferry?
Please make sure you arrive in time and if you are really early you can normally be put on an earlier ferry with no extra charge.
The journey time is 55 minutes. Food and refreshments are available on board, there is also a "pet" lounge. If if is sunny, enjoy your mini cruise to the island from one of the sun decks..
Southampton to East Cowes....
The address of Red Funnel in Southampton is
Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7, Town Quay Road, Southampton SO14 2AR.
East Cowes to Southampton....
The address of Red Funnel in East Cowes is
Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6RF
How do I get to Northstar?
You will land in East Cowes (Osborne House is just up the road from the terminal...)
The address for Northstar is
The Romahome Factory
It would be great if you call us on 01983 53 01 24 once you are on the ferry to confirm your arrival time. We will be at the factory to welcome you and swap vehicles.
You can then either
Catch the floating bridge (£2.40 one way) - https://www.iwfloatingbridge.co.uk/ It is only a 5 minutes journey or......
This little app created by our friends from Wight Hat will allow you to see if the "Floatie" is operational..... http://floatyfinder.com/
Travel via Newport
Here are the travel instructions via Newport...
aim for Newport first,
At the fork of Northwood petrol station, keep left and
follow the road....
You will pass "The Range" on your left.
After which, take the next turning right into Place Road,
follow the road round.
When you see TA Readers (big blue lorries), take a right (just before the entrance of their site), into Prospect Road.
Northstar is located at the end of Prospect Road on the right hand side.
You can park you car inside the compound at the front or side of the building.
WE CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU!!
Northstar Conversions While You Wait Service
Spend a Day or a week discovering the island whilst your vehicle is being converted