With the next school holiday looming it’s time to start planning your family getaway, and the Isle of Wight is a fantastic place for your half-term adventures.
Just a short hop and a skip across The Solent, the Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s most idyllic holiday destinations and it is packed with attractions, natural wonders and days out. From leisurely strolls along the beach to hunting for dinosaur remains, and thrilling adventure activities, there are all sorts of things to do on the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight has a great variety of events and festivals throughout the year. From the famous Isle of Wight Festival and Cowes Week to the much-loved Garlic Festival and Christmas events, you will always have something to fill your calendar.
On the Isle of Wight, garlic is celebrated in a big way – there is even an annual garlic festival in its honour! So, what makes a tiny little clove of garlic so special?
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.
You've got 24 hours to spend on the Isle of Wight. What will you get up to? Beginning with a bright and early 6am arrival on this island paradise, its size makes it easy to get around meaning you’ll be able to cram tonnes into a single day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Isle of Wight has an excellent public transport network that serves all the major towns and villages. You can almost circumnavigate the island on a double-decker bus, or travel on some exiled London Underground trains or via a steam railway. Public transport with a twist.
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.
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