Family activities for the Easter break on the Isle of Wight

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.

How to spend Mothers Day on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight steam railway

The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to spend Mother’s Day. There are quaint tea rooms, National Trust gardens and afternoon tea spots all around the island. The woman in your life is sure to appreciate any of these activities;

Perfect for those mothers who want something simple, why not treat her to afternoon tea at Shanklin Chine. A classic for a reason – little can beat fresh scones, cakes and tea.

For those with a more sophisticated taste, The George in Yarmouth serves fresh, seasonal meals with a fine-dining edge. Situated in a historic townhouse, the interior has kept it’s charm throughout the years, and provides a perfect setting for the food served.

Some may be content with afternoon tea, but for something ultra-special, why not book some treatments at the Lakeside Park Hotel and Spa? Treatments include facials, body wraps, massages and reflexology treatments, with tailored packages available as well. This is a perfect way to relax and unwind, and she’ll definitely be grateful!

To see some spectacular flowers and gardens, try Mottistone Gardens near Brighstone. Take a walk around the gardens to take in the experimental Mediterranean-style planting scheme, an olive grove and a cute tea house.

If you’ll be with the kids, try the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. A relaxing journey through the countryside, followed by refreshments in the cafe, this is sure to keep both the kids and the adults entertained.

Preview of New Photos for Field Cottage Isle of Wight

There are new photos coming soon for Field Cottage near Shalfleet on the North West of the Isle of Wight. Field Cottage has been redecorated for the 2017 holiday season and these are stunning new photos to show all the updates and improvements.  You will be able to see the new photos at Field Cottage Isle of Wight very soon but here is a preview of some of them.

Field Cottage is located in a beautiful rural location within a short drive of Yarmouth and the beaches at Brightstone, Brook and Compton on the South West Coast. There is an excellent pub and local shop within walking distance.

 

First Look at Sea Whistle Isle of Wight

Sea Whistle is a beautifully decorated and welcoming holiday home just back from the seafront and Ryde beach. This family self catering cottage has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 6 people. Sea Whistle is located in a quiet street without passing traffic and within a 2 minute walk of the sandy beach. This unique location makes it idea for relaxing at one of the Isle of Wight’s best loved holiday locations.

Ryde is also a wonderful North East location for exploring the Isle of Wight and local paths and cycle routes take you down the coast to Seaview, Bembridge and Shanklin. These coastal locations are also within a short drive.

Sea Whistle has a light and spacious feel with a open plan kitchen and dining room and a comfortable sitting room with wood burning stove. The bedrooms are decorated imaginatively and have a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. There is a ground floor bedroom and WC which is ideal for accommodating those with impaired mobility.

For a full description as well as photos, prices, availability and online booking visit Sea Whistle Ryde Isle of Wight

How to spend Mothers Day in the Purbecks

Isle of Purbeck

Spending Mothers Day in the Purbecks gives you plenty of options to treat the Mother in your life.

For those who appreciate a bit of pampering, why not visit The Bay in Swanage? With treatments including facials, manicures and massages, this is a great way to help her relax.

Afternoon Tea is always a safe bet for treating your Mum, and we’d recommend Mortons House Hotel in Corfe. Fresh scones topped with Dorset Clotted Cream, sandwiches (if you call ahead) and various types of teas and coffees; and all set within the stunning village of Corfe, which is well-worth an explore.

For those who prefer a typical country pub, visit the Scott Arms in Kingston. A historic pub with probably the most spectacular views in the whole county, their ingredients are sourced from in and around the Purbecks. Serving a mix of British classics alongside more adventurous dishes, you can’t go far wrong with a meal here. And, if the weathers nice be sure to sit out in the expansive garden.

If the weather is nice and you fancy a walk, why not take the Jurassic Coast route from Swanage to Durlston Country Park? There’s also a planned ‘The Spring is Sprung’ walk for just £3, exploring Durlston in the Spring (you’ll probably need to phone ahead to book). You can also visit the castle for the Visitors Centre, or to take in some refreshments in the cafe.  

And, if you’re celebrating with the children, we’d recommend taking in the countryside on the Swanage Steam Train to Corfe. You can explore Swanage and Corfe, and will be sure to find a pub, cafe or restaurant to treat the special lady.

Rainy day activities in the Isle of Purbeck

Purbeck Isles

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has plenty to do during the summer – beaches, walks, watersports and loads of sunny spots to sit and enjoy the views. Don’t be put off by poor weather though; Purbeck and its surrounding areas have plenty to keep you busy.

Couples

The seaside town of Swanage has plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to kill a few rainy hours. Although most have outdoor space for the summer, you’re sure to find some comfy seats and local cider inside most.

You’ll also find the latest film and theatre showings at the Mowlem in Swanage, or the REX Cinema in Wareham, perfect to escape the rain.

Poole Pottery is an institution, so it’s definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Alongside demonstrations and the chance to buy pieces, you can also have a go at painting pottery yourself.

Adult groups

Let’s be honest, adults have a much easier time finding activities to keep them busy during the wet weather. Putting on your walking boots and taking a muddy stomp around the area is a great way to enjoy the scenery in a completely different way, and is highly recommended to miss the crowds.

Of course, the multiple quaint pubs in the Purbecks are always worth a visit.

Alternatively, The Etches Collection at The Museum of Jurrasic Marine Life in Kimmeridge has a fascinating collection of ancient marine life, which is definitely worth exploring.

The Tank Museum in Bovington is a collection of vehicles from WW1 to the present day, and is a brilliant way to shelter from the rain whilst learning about a very different time in Dorset’s history.

Families

Farmer Palmers in Wareham is great for the kids. Full of indoor and outdoor play areas, the opportunity to get up close and personal with all sorts of animals, and an in-house restaurant to recharge, it’s the perfect way to let the kids blow of some steam on a rainy day.

Splashdown, a short drive from the Purbecks in Poole, is an indoor waterpark with all sorts of slides, tunnels and pools. Perfect for children of all ages, with 3 under 5 zones, as well as the scarier tubes for the braver kids. Set in Tower Park, once they’re worn out there are plenty of child-friendly restaurants, a cinema and a bowling alley to make a day of it.

 

Rainy day activities on the Isle of Wight

isle of wight in the snow

The Isle of Wight is stunning during the Summer, but don’t be put off by bad weather, because the island is full of activities suitable for rainy days. Instead of staying inside your cottage, why don’t you try one of the cinemas, or painting your own pottery keepsake at Chessell Pottery? Here are our top recommendations;


Couples

You’ve got plenty of options for rainy days if you’re a couple, including retail therapy in Cowes and plenty of restaurants and bars to while away the day. We’d also recommend taking in some culture at Shanklin Theatre, which attracts big names throughout the year.  And if you’re a film buff, there’s multiple cinemas (like this one) on the island to keep you happy during those (potentially) washed-out days.

Adult groups

Our top pick for enjoyable rainy day activities for groups would have to be Random Rooms in East Cowes. Suitable for teens upwards, prepare to have your mind tested in this brain-teasing challenge activity. If you like the Crystal Maze, you’ll love this!

Difficult to explain, but spectacular to watch, Waltzing Waters is a dancing, music-backed, water fountain show. It’s certainly an interesting way to kill an hour or so. And for you boat enthusiasts, the Classic Boat Museum pulls on the history of the area and displays numerous fascinating old boats, and details their history and connections to the island. Although this attraction has recently moved, and therefore won’t be open until Autumn 2017, it’s still worth checking out the museum gallery.

Families

We know how difficult it can be to keep kids entertained when it’s raining outside, but with Tapnell Farm Park there’ll be plenty to pique their interest. Ideal for animal lovers, this former dairy farm is one of the island’s most popular attractions – and for good reason too. You can get up close and personal with the animals (including calves, rabbits and guinea pigs) and there’s also a great adventure zone, a climbing wall and a zip-wire for those daredevils!

Particularly suited to younger children, Jungle Jims is a soft-play area with ball-pits, slides and climbing areas. This one will definitely wear the kids out – meaning a cosy home-cooked meal in the evening for the adults perhaps?

It’s worth remembering that the Isle of Wight is one of the sunniest places in the UK, but even on those rainy days, there’s plenty to help you make the most of your holiday.  Let us know if you try any of these activities or have any of your own recommendations, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Isle of Wight Cottages With Rural Walks to Local Public House

A pub walk along a rural lane or across the heathland is an idyllic way to enjoy the country pub experience. A quintessentially British experience and one which seems to heighten the enjoyment of that first drink or the pub food.

Most small towns and villages on the Isle of Wight have a public house or two each is shaped by the locals who visit. You can always be assured of a unique experience and it is a great way to pick up local information and learn about local walks and attractions.

Below is a list of some Isle of Wight cottages within walking distance of a country pub and a bit of information about what you can expect when you arrive.

4.8 Stars 44 Guest Reviews
Milk Parlour Cottage self catering Godshill East Isle of Wight

Milk Parlour Cottage Godshill, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 3 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
This cottage is situated in a quiet country lane on the outskirts of Godshill. It was originally the milking parlour of Lower Yard Farm. The surrounding fields are home to horses which belong to a small nearby riding school. Here you are in lovely countryside but the centre of the picturesque village of Godshill, with its pretty thatched cottages, restaurants and tea shops is only 3/4 mile away. View Milk Parlour Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

There are two pubs within walking distance of Milk Parlour Cottage and both can be reached by a rural route which is mostly off the road. The nearest pub is the Chequers Inn pub which can be reached via a woodland walk and then a country lane. It is a 15 minute walk but can be taken at a leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery.

The second pub within walking distance of Milk Parlour Cottage is The Taverners Godshill and can, likewise, be reached via the woodland and a country lane.

4.9 Stars 40 Guest Reviews
The Granary self catering Ningwood West Isle of Wight

The Granary Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children 8+ yrs welcome
The Granary is a charming cottage, which has been carefully converted from the wing of a large ancient barn dating back to the 17th Century – Ningwood Green Barn. It is nestled in lovely peaceful West Wight countryside. This is a lovely walking area and is not too far from the coastal path. View The Granary Cottage Yarmouth Isle of Wight

The Granary has two excellent pubs within walking distance and both can be reached by footpaths or along the country lanes. The nearest is the Horse and Groom which is a 5 to 10 minute walk along the lane. The second is the New Inn in Shalfleet which is a traditional British public house with an open fire and rustic feel. The New Inn can be reached via the footpath and can also be incorporated into an extended walk down the Shalfleet Estuary.

4.9 Stars 25 Guest Reviews
Spring Cottage self catering Ventnor South Isle of Wight

Spring Cottage Bonchurch, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms; Children welcome
Spring Cottage stands in an idyllic location, within a 2 minute walk of the beach in the pretty seaside village of Bonchurch on the south east coast of the Island. The cottage enjoys beautiful sea views from most rooms and from its enchanting garden. Bonchurch is a peaceful village with a small shop, public house, good restaurant and two ancient churches plus a pretty pond which is home to carp, ducks and a variety of birds. View Spring Cottage Bonchurch Isle of Wight

Spring Cottage offers a slightly different pub walk as it is a seafront walk into Ventnor. Ventnor has a wide choice of pubs and restaurants and the walk to reach them is idyllic and not overly challenging. It starts with a short descent through woodland to the coastal path and then follows the wide and flat coastal path to Ventnor Beach. Along the seafront are numerous places to eat and drink and more are found in the centre of Ventnor itself.

4.9 Stars 44 Guest Reviews
Medham Farm Cottage self catering Cowes Area North Isle of Wight

Medham Farm Cottage Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom + 1 extra bed; Children welcome
This lovely detached cottage is beautifully situated in delightful countryside, with the most wonderful open views across rolling lawns and fields to the valley of the River Medina which gently meanders into the distance. It is a peaceful location on the 35 acre Medham Farm and visitors have open access to the private meadow, lake and beautiful woodland of the farm. This is an area rich in wildlife with frogs, newts and ducks in the pond the garden overlooks. View Medham Farm Cottage Cowes Isle of Wight

Medham Farm is located in a beautiful rural spot on the North of the Isle of Wight and in sight of the Cowes estuary. A path leads down to the estuary cycle route and footpath and here you have the choice to go right into Newport or left into Cowes. Cowes has a wonderful range of pubs and restaurants and the rural route is free of cars and traffic. It takes only a few minutes to cycle into Cowes along the cycle route and is a pleasant walk with views of the estuary and wetlands along the way.

Mead Cottages New Photos 2017

Mead Cottages have new photos showing the front of the cottage.

One Mead Cottage and Two Mead Cottage are located in a beautiful rural area on the East of the Isle of Wight and are within a short cycle journey of the beach via the cycle path across the wetland reserve. This incredible location puts you in peaceful surroundings but gives you access to some of the most amazing attractions on the Island.

Top Dog Friendly Isle of Wight Cottage with Fenced Garden

Pet friendly self catering cottages with a fenced garden allow guests to have an enclosed area in which to play around with four legged members of the family. Below are some dogs welcome self catering Isle of Wight cottages with a fenced garden and they are in order of guest scores. These are dog owners favourite properties with a fenced garden.

For more cottages welcoming pets and dogs visit our Pet Friendly Cottages Isle of Wight

5 Stars 25 Guest Reviews
Two Mead Cottage self catering Alverstone East Isle of Wight

Two Mead Cottage Alverstone, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms + 1 extra bed; Children welcome
Two Mead Cottage is one of a pair of cottages which stand in the attractive rural hamlet of Alverstone and is less than a 5 minute drive from the lovely sandy beaches of Sandown on the east coast of the Island. The cottage is located on a small 12 acre farm which is home to horses, cows and a few free range chickens. The farm is in “An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and has a charming large pond which attracts ducks, moorhens and the occassional heron. View Two Mead Cottage Alverstone Isle of Wight

5 Stars 17 Guest Reviews
Wagtails self catering Brighstone West Isle of Wight

Wagtails Brighstone, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
Wagtails is situated in a quiet country lane on the outskirts of the pretty village of Brighstone. This lovely detached bungalow has recently been refurbished to a very high standard with meticulous attention to detail. It provides very attractive and comfortable facilities for four people with two bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms. The property has attractive front and rear garden areas with care having been taken to provide guests with a variety of areas for relaxation, including a cosy summerhouse. In addition, a stunning raised terrace provides the perfect sunny setting for al fresco dining. View Wagtails Cottage Brighstone Isle of Wight

5 Stars 7 Guest Reviews
Strawberry Cottage self catering Brighstone West Isle of Wight

Strawberry Cottage Brighstone, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
Lovely detached bungalow, in a quiet lane, on the outskirts of the pretty village of Brighstone, on the south west side of the Isle of Wight. Wonderful walking and cycling area with bridleways and footpaths at the end of the lane leading up on to Brighstone Downs. From here the Tennyson Trail can be followed to The Needles on the western tip of the Island or inland to Carisbrooke with its medieval castle. The cottage is only 1/2 mile from the village centre with public house for meals, bistro/tea shop, excellent village shop with local produce. The quiet beaches of Brighstone Bay are also nearby. View Strawberry Cottage Brighstone Isle of Wight

4.9 Stars 44 Guest Reviews
One Mead Cottage self catering Alverstone East Isle of Wight

One Mead Cottage Alverstone, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms + 1 extra bed; Children welcome
Mead Cottage is attractively situated on a 12 acre farm on the edge of the small rural hamlet of Alverstone in “An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. This is a wonderful position for outdoor pursuits, walking, cycling, fishing and golf. In the village there are lovely water meadows and fishing ponds with hides for bird and red squirrel watching. There are many footpaths leading up on to the downs and towards the coast. View One Mead Cottage Alverstone Isle of Wight

4.8 Stars 35 Guest Reviews
Seabreeze self catering Brighstone West Isle of Wight

Seabreeze Brighstone, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome
Within a 2 minute walk of an attractive beach on the beautiful south west coast of the Isle of Wight. Here visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing and paddling. The cottage stands on high ground and there are sea and coastal views from the property. Visitors can relax in the sitting room or on the balcony and watch the sailing boats pass by. View Seabreeze Cottage Brighstone Isle of Wight

4.8 Stars 33 Guest Reviews
Sweetwater Lodge self catering Calbourne West Isle of Wight

Sweetwater Lodge Calbourne, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
This pretty thatched cottage, with leaded light windows, stands in beautiful countryside, only a few minutes walk from Calbourne Water Mill. The cottage was designed by John Nash as a lodge for Westover Manor and is a Grade II listed building with wonderful grounds of 3.5 acres. This is a lovely walking area with footpaths very close to the cottage leading to Newbridge, Calbourne and to the downs above Brighstone, linking with the renowned Tennyson trail to Freshwater Bay. View Sweetwater Lodge Calbourne Isle of Wight

4.8 Stars 51 Guest Reviews
Groom Cottage self catering Shanklin East Isle of Wight

Groom Cottage Shanklin, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
This delightful Grade II listed stone cottage has been sympathetically converted from the former stables of the nearby Apse Manor. Groom Cottage is a large property with thick stone walls, wooden beams and an attractive appearance with four gables. It nestles within an enclosed courtyard approached through a lovely arched entrance. The original building dates back to 1695, and period stone door surrounds and lintels can be seen on its south elevation. Parking available adjacent to the cottage. View Groom Cottage Shanklin Isle of Wight

4.8 Stars 45 Guest Reviews
Dairymaid Cottage self catering Shanklin East Isle of Wight

Dairymaid Cottage Shanklin, Isle of Wight

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Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
Delightful Grade II listed cottage in a quiet rural hamlet with lovely walks. The seaside resort of Shanklin, with its lovely sandy beaches, is only 1.5 miles away. The cottage has a pretty enclosed walled garden with fragrant plants. It has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard to provide very attractive, centrally heated, accommodation View Dairymaid Cottage Shanklin Isle of Wight

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