The festive season is well and truly upon us and the Isle of Wight is transforming into a sparkling winter wonderland. With an abundance of bustling markets and festivals to choose from across the Island, this is a great opportunity to pick up some locally made gifts for someone special (or yourself!). Whether you’d like to visit a big traditional street market or a smaller festive fair, don your winter woollies and head on over to one of these Christmas markets on the Isle of Wight.
Come and enjoy all of the things that Cowes has to offer, including Cowes Week, held every summer. The town is a great place to visit whatever the time of year, with a calendar of sailing events as well as a wonderful variety of museums and historical landmarks, including Osborne House.
Visit the popular seaside resort of Shanklin, situated on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight. Famous for the wooded ravine of Shanklin Chine, as well as its enchanting Old Village, it also has a lovely sandy beach and esplanade, perfect for a memorable fun family holiday by the sea.
The pretty Edwardian seaside resort of Seaview has been welcoming visitors to its delightful shores for many years. With a selection of lovely beaches and spectacular views across the Solent to the mainland, it is the perfect base to visit the other towns and villages of the island.
Take a trip to the pretty village of Swanage on the east coast of the beautiful Isle of Purbeck. A traditional seaside resort full of amusements and attractions and with its own promenade and pier, it is the perfect place for a traditional family holiday by the sea.
Visit the village of Freshwater on the western tip of the Isle of Wight, with pretty bays and beaches all around. Only minutes from the famous Needles Landmark and wide expanses of Tennyson Down, this is the perfect place to spend a fun holiday with family and friends.
Come and explore Kingston, a pretty rural village on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck. Near to a wonderful selection of beautiful golden beaches as well as the ruins of the magnificent Corfe Castle, you can spend days walking the many footpaths of the area as well as visiting the famous Studland Nature Reserve.
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Corfe Castle, a pretty village in Purbeck is home to the ruins of Corfe Castle, as well as a whole host of other historical places of interest. Catch a steam train from Swanage to Corfe Castle and its surrounding beaches of Swanage and Worth Matravers for a holiday full of coastal fun.
The Isle of Wight is the perfect choice for a family break with a seemingly endless range of visitor attractions for you to discover. Visit the iconic Needles Landmark Attraction, or spend the day at Blackgang Chine or Robin Hill Country Park. Where will you go?
The Isle of Wight is a great destination for cyclists of all abilities. Whether you are looking to set yourself a challenge or a gentle amble with the family, the island offers contrasting landscapes and habitats to take a jaunt through. A highlight for serious cycling addicts is the wild Military Road on the south coast.
Walk the Isle of Wight and become bewitched by its diversity of grassland, woodlands, wild estuaries, chalk cliffs, and golden beaches. There are trails to suit walkers of all abilities and stamina. Walk in the footsteps of Tennyson and Dickens, and see some of the best sea views around.
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