How are you spending your Easter Holiday break on the Isle of Wight? Try some of these activities, they’re sure to keep the kids entertained.
Suitable for children 8 years and above, Wight Karting is a great way to spend some time this Easter. There are ‘junior’ track days, which may be best for those parents who aren’t keen on getting involved themselves but would still like to watch. Ranked as the number one thing to do on the Island by TripAdvisor – you’re sure to have fun!
Are your children animal lovers? Then Monkey Haven is definitely worth a visit. Although the name suggests there is only one kind of animal to see, Monkey Haven showcases all kinds of creatures; meerkats, owls and snakes included. There are various educational activities planned throughout each day so you can plan your exploring around those. You can meet owls, watch the monkeys eat their lunch and even get up close and personal with the boa constrictor – not for the faint of heart!
Another one for the animal lovers is the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. For roughly 100 donkeys, horses and ponies who need homes, the sanctuary is a visitor attraction to ‘pay the bills’. It is free to visit, though donations to the charity via the donation boxes or shop are always welcome. Well-behaved dogs are allowed to visit the donkeys as well. During the Easter the sanctuary is also expecting lambs and there will be the chance to hold the newborns as well.
Lying within it’s own microclimate, Ventnor Botanic Garden has plants growing openly which are usually confined to carefully monitored glasshouses. With a Mediterranean feel, the garden aims to transport visitors to landscapes from around the world. With a cafe and restaurant, there’s plenty here to keep the whole family entertained.
And finally, for those kids with more scientific interests; try a fossil hunt with ‘The Fossil Man’. Reasonably priced tours with an established fossil expert, explore the island’s history in a completely different way. Again, this activity has great reviews on TripAdvisor, so well-worth checking out, whatever the weather.