Purbeck Activities and Adventures 2018

Purbeck has an enormous number of activities and attractions available all year round. Some are just there to be enjoyed such as beautiful walks along the Jurassic Coast, bike rides across the Purbeck hills or wandering around the historic villages.

Organised activities and places open to the public all year round make Purbeck an excellent place to visit in every season. Below we have compiled a list of just some of these attractions.

Corfe Castle:

The historic monument of Corfe Castle overlooks the village of Corfe Castle and has panoramic views of Purbeck. The National Trust open the Castle all year round and there is no bad time of year to explore the remains of this once mighty building – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Etchings Fossil Museum

The Etchings Collection opened in 2016 and is home to the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, with a unique collection of fossils from the late Jurassic period. – http://www.theetchescollection.org/home

Swanage Steam Railway

The award winning standard gauge preserved steam railway runs along a beautiful route, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, through the countryside to the small coastal resort of Swanage. – http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/

Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle is a 17th century mock castle steeped in history, surrounded by the beautiful Lulworth Park and Estate as well as a children’s playground and castle tearoom. – https://www.lulworth.com/visit/places-to-visit/castle-and-park/

Monkey World 

Monkey World is a chimpanzee sanctuary focussing on the rescue and rehabilitation of primates worldwide, with an on-site cafe and picnic area. – http://www.monkeyworld.org/

Farmer Palmers

A chance to see the animals and learn about life on the farm. The animals are pleased to see you regardless of the season or the weather! –http://farmerpalmers.co.uk/

Tank Museum, Bovington

An exciting day seeing the history and engineering of tanks. Much of the large museum is undercover and ideal for a gloomy day. – http://www.tankmuseum.org/home

Durlston Country Park and Castle

The country park is a fantastic day out with opportunities to see the local wildlife and look out over the ocean. There is a chance to spot dolphins and rare sea birds from the view point below the castle. – http://www.durlston.co.uk/

Margaret Green Animal Rescue

The rescue centre welcomes visitors to see the animals and have a lovely day in their beautiful rural location in Church Knowle.  –https://www.margaretgreenanimalrescue.org.uk/

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Fossils, history and hands on activities for children. The Dorset County Museum is a great indoor family activity and can be combined with a trip to the attractive town of Dorchester. – http://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/home

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

Even if it is raining outside it will still be wetter inside. A great all weather family day in Dorset with a chance to see your favourite marine life. – https://www.visitsealife.com/weymouth/

Kingston Lacy

The National Trust open Kingston Lacy to the public all year round and there are extensive gardens, an excellent tea rooms and, of course, the house itself.  – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Special Short Break Ferry Offer up to 29th March

Isle of Wight Ferry Short Break offer

We welcome you to the Isle of Wight on a short break to see the first signs of Spring with a special offer on your ferry from just £49 return for up to 4 nights until the 29th March 2018.

Select any 3 or 4 night short break holiday within this period to take advantage of this special offer ferry price to the Isle of Wight.

Spring Short Break Self Catering Cottages

Here is a selection of short break cottages available in this period. For full availability visit www.islandcottageholidays.com

Luccombe Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage Dunnose Field Cottage

Dunnose Field Cottage Luccombe Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cottages » Isle of Wight » East » Shanklin

Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom; Children welcome

Available 3 nights Fri 09 Mar 2018

This small coastal cottage stands adjacent to the coastal path in the picturesque area of Luccombe on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight. It offers a wonderful peaceful retreat for 2 people with a fenced garden, double bedroom, sitting room, fitted kitchen and separate shower room. The small seaside village of Bonchurch and the larger resort of Shanklin are both within a delightful 20 to 25 minute walk. The foot paths go through some beautiful woodland and offer views of the sea at various points. The cottage overlooks an open field and is a superb spot for watching a variety of wild life including Red Squirrels, badgers and birds. Dunnose Field Cottage Shanklin Isle of Wight is available to rent for a 3 night weekend short break for Search from Friday 9th March to Monday 12th March 2018. View Dunnose Field Cottage Luccombe Isle of Wight

Godshill Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage Bats Wing Cottage

Bats Wing Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cottages » Isle of Wight » East » Godshill

Sleeps 3 in 2 bedrooms + 1 on extra bed; Children welcome

Available 3 nights Fri 09 Mar 2018

This charming 16th century thatched property is in the centre of the pretty village of Godshill within a short drive of the coastal resorts of Shanklin and Ventnor on the south east of the Isle of Wight, It has its own external entrance from the rear and comprises the entire upper floor of the property. Below is a charming tea shop and small lace shop. Bats Wing Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight is available to rent for a 3 night weekend short break for Search from Friday 9th March to Monday 12th March 2018. View Bats Wing Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

Ventnor Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage Britannias

Britannias Cottage Ventnor Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cottages » Isle of Wight » South » Ventnor

Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome

Available 3 nights Fri 09 Mar 2018

A wonderful beach front property beautifully situated on Ventnor Esplanade within a few steps of the beach where paddling, swimming, boating and fishing can be enjoyed. There are open sea views from the main rooms and a delightful large balcony overlooking the sea. Britannias Cottage Ventnor Isle of Wight is available to rent for a 3 night weekend short break for Search from Friday 9th March to Monday 12th March 2018. View Britannias Cottage Ventnor Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Activities and Adventures 2018

Isle of Wight holiday Activities 2018

The Isle of Wight is well known for the huge range of activities and adventures to be enjoyed. Thousands of people choose the Isle of Wight for walking, cycling, horse riding and really getting to grips with nature.

There is also an extensive range of organised holiday activities available all year round and, with the help of Visit Isle of Wight have a list of some of the best. Here you will find indoor and outside activities which encourage you to explore, have fun and maybe learn a new skill. There is everything from sailing to karting, horse riding to golf and working out to jumping off rocks into the sea.

Osborne House

Visit  Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s palatial holiday home and rural retreat in East Cowes. – http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/

Carisbrooke Castle

The historic motte-and-bailey castle is located in the village of Carisbrooke, and was where Charles I was imprisoned in the months prior to his trial. – http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/carisbrooke-castle/things-to-do-carisbrooke-castle/

Brading Roman Villa

Overlooking Sandown Bay, Brading Roman Villa is one of the first Roman sites in the UK and has an award-winning Visitor Centre and Museum as well as on-site cafe. – http://www.bradingromanvilla.org.uk/

Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Dimbola was the home Victorian pioneer photographer Julia Maraget Cameron, now opened as a museum and gallery celebrating her life and work. The venue also exhibits contemporary photography from around the world. –http://www.dimbola.co.uk/

Dinosaur Isle

Designed by Isle of Wight architects Rainey Petrie Johns in the shape of a giant pterosaur, Dinosaur Isle is an interactive museum exploring the island’s fossil and geological heritage. – http://www.dinosaurisle.com/

Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey welcomes visitors to the Catholic Benedictine Monastery, offering tours of the Abbey and has a visitors centre, shop and tea garden for guests to enjoy. – https://www.quarrabbey.org/

Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Fantastic gardens on Ventnors’ Undercliff, with an unrivalled subtropical and exotic plant collection and popular restaurant and cafe. – https://www.botanic.co.uk/

Amazon World Zoo Park

The Zoo Park looks after over 200 species of animals spanning the whole animal kingdom and has daily Meet the Animal Sessions, as well as a cafe, gift shop and Jurassic themed playground, there is plenty to occupy the family all day long! – http://www.amazonworld.co.uk/

Tapnell Farm Park

Tapnell Farm Park is a former dairy farm, turned all-weather attraction, with animals to meet, zip-lines to fly down and a soft play zone in the Play Barn to enjoy – perfect in all weathers! – http://tapnellfarmpark.com/


Indoor adventures with bouncing, ball pits, laser guns and much more. Suitable for all ages. –  jrzone.co.uk


Bowling centre on the beachfront at Ryde. Ideal for a little healthy competition amongst the family. – rydesuperbowl.com


A proper seaside pier with rides, mini golf, bowling and ice cream. Fun activities for children. –  sandownpier.co.uk


Sailing courses and experience from excellent trainers. Walk away with a qualification in sailing or just an amazing experience. – uksa.org


Probably the most fun you can have sitting down. – wightkarting.co.uk


An adventure cafe for young children where parents can enjoy coffee and let their children enjoy a range of organised activities – bebeccino.weebly.com


Learn to paraglide and see the coast of the Isle of Wight from the air. Great adventure and nice people. – highadventureparagliding.co.uk


Seafront crazy golf with a really high quality and original set of courses.  Refreshments and indoor activities also available. – shanklinseafront.co.uk


Outdoor adventure organisers that will help you get the adrenalin pumping.  Activities on land and water and for every type of weather. – adventureactivitiesisleofwight.co.uk




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Saddle up and enjoy horse riding around Godshill on the South East of the Isle of Wight. allendale-ec.co.uk


Gyms with lots of sports facilities both indoor and outdoor. Ask about their holiday membership.- Medina- Leisure-Centre  and Heights- Leisure-Centre


Indoor swimming pool with a sliding roof. Excellent all year round swimming pool. – watersidepool.co.uk


Trampolining centre which is both enormous fun and great exercise. Perfect for tiring out hyperactive family members. – islejump.co.uk


Isle of Wight Cottages with nearby Activities for Children

Family Activities and Accommodation on the Isle of Wight

Family holidays at self catering cottages are a great way to gather the family and enjoy a whole range of family activities.  The Isle of Wight offers a great range of family activities and activities for children and young adults.

Below is a list of accommodation with suggestions for local activities. The Isle of Wight family activities include some great beaches for exploring and swimming, adventure parks for rides and challenges, parks for games and running about, modern history sites for children interested in castles, knights,  WW2 and smuggling, and other exciting places to inspire and entertain.

Self Catering Near Kids Activities

Ventnor Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage Park Lodge

Park Lodge Ventnor Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cottages » Isle of Wight » South » Ventnor

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome

Time with the family often just requires a safe space to run around, kick a ball and explore; and Park Lodge offers all of that right on the doorstep. The adjoining gardens are a picturesque spot for relaxing in the dappled sunlight but at the far end is a secluded and fenced park ideal for ball games. The woodland area of the park offers a chance to explore and if there is any energy to spare there is a putting green for some healthy competition.  View Park Lodge Ventnor Isle of Wight

Niton Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage Rock Cottage

Rock Cottage Niton Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cottages » Isle of Wight » South » Niton Undercliff

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome

A family holiday on the beach is a wonderful adventure for children but sometimes you need a really special beach to pique their interest. Rock Cottage is located within a short walk of Whale Chine and the West coast of the Isle of Wight. Almost the whole coast is a beach, and the Southern end is especially beautiful. The water is great for swimming and the beach is strewn with fossils. It is possible to find everything from a fossilised branch to a whole dinosaur. Plus, the cottage is also within walking distance of Blackgang Chine where there are rides, mazes,  pirate ship, cowboy town and much more.  View Rock Cottage Niton Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage Virginia Cottage

Virginia Cottage Carisbrooke Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cottages » Isle of Wight » Central » Carisbrooke

Sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms; Children welcome

For families with children interested in castles, knights of old, or just like donkeys (of which there are a number of especially fluffy examples) then Carisbrooke Castle might be the day out they are looking for. Virginia Cottage is located at the base of Carisbrooke Castle and it is a short walk to the outer walls. Carisbrooke Castle has been opened to the public by English Heritage and they have lots of history (including the gruesome and disgusting bits) for children. A tea shop with cakes is on hand to replenish their energy and toy swords are available in the gift shop if you are feeling brave. It is also possible to walk around the outer wall at any time and enjoy the views. This outer walkway is also a park and there are some open spaces for running about.   View Virginia Cottage Carisbrooke Isle of Wight

Freshwater Isle of Wight self catering holiday cottage Little Halt Cottage

Little Halt Cottage Freshwater Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Cottages » Isle of Wight » West » Freshwater

Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms; Children welcome

The West of the Isle of Wight is known as the more peaceful side of the Island but there are still lots of activities for the whole family. Near Little Halt at Freshwater there are the iconic beaches of Freshwater Bay, Totland and Colwell but for those wishing to experience a little more action and taste a little more adrenalin in the mouth there is Isle of Wight Adventure Activities with a range of water and land based activities for all ages. The Western tip of the Island also offers a walk up to the Secret Rocket Testing Site overlooking The Needles. From Little Halt you can walk up onto the Tennyson Downs and across to the site. Here there is also a fortification with information about its role in the Second World War.   View Little Halt Cottage Freshwater Isle of Wight

More Isle of Wight Activities for Children and Families

If you want to find out more about activities on the Isle of Wight and the various parks, beaches, restaurants and amusements visit Wightinfo.co.uk

Shanklin Cottage Keats House Available for 2018

Keats House in Shanklin is back and available for self catering holidays on the Isle of Wight in the 2018 season.  Regular guests will remember this cottage for its spacious living room, lawned garden, views of the sea and proximity to Shanklin Beach. Now it also boasts a new look with renovated and redecorated rooms, updated entertainment and a new look to the dinning room.


Keats House Photos

There are new photographs of Keats House and updated photos will be added throughout the year. Here are just a few of the first round of images:

Shanklin Self Catering Holidays

The sunny coastal town of Shanklin is famous for the long sandy beach, warm micro climate and attractive Old Town.

Shanklin Beach

The beach is one of two distinct sandy beaches in the bay and extends from the sailing club in the North down to the cliffs in the South. There is more than a mile of sand backed for the most part by a promenade. The Northern end of the beach is more popular with families as there are attractions, cafes, restaurants and more. Towards the Southern end the beach becomes more tranquil.

Shanklin Beach can be reached from the town centre via the lift or a footpath.

Shanklin Old Town

The historic heart of Shanklin has a number of small shops and tea shops. A number of the buildings here are thatched and there is a wonderful holiday atmosphere. Shanklin Old Town is backed by the Shanklin Gardens and footpaths between the flowerbeds lead to a view over the beach.

Keats House and Shanklin Self Catering

You can see a complete list of photographs, as well as a full description, prices, availability and online booking at Keats House Shanklin Isle of Wight. For a complete list of cottages available in Shanklin visit Shankin Self Catering Isle of Wight

New Ventnor Self Catering Cottage – Etchings Cottage

Etchings Cottage Ventnor Isle of Wight

Etchings Cottage is a new self catering holiday cottage in Ventnor and within a short walk of Ventnor Beach. This exquisitely furnished and decorated holiday rental property has 3 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, a family dining room and a spacious kitchen. Etchings is ideal for family holidays by the sea on the Isle Wight.

Ventnor is a historic seaside holiday resort and has been a favourite destination of those wishing a peaceful holiday by the sea. The beach a mix of sand and soft shingle which makes it wonderful for sunbathing. The Southeast facing beach catches most of the summer sun and the water is ideal for swimming.

The town of Ventnor is a mix of small shops, cafes and restaurants. There is a welcoming a friendly atmosphere as you find of most of the Island. Historic buildings and curiosities are sprinkled around town and many pose besides the waterfall or visit the fish market.

Ventnor has some beautiful parks and gardens. There are the Ventnor Gardens and the Ventnor Botanical Gardens. Ventnor Gardens are just South of the town centre and has beautiful open lawns and flower beds. Visitors and locals enjoy the benches and the dappled light through the overhanging trees. Ventnor Botanical Gardens are located towards St Lawrence and have a wide variety of exotic plants which thrive in the warm micro-climate.

Etchings Cottage 2018 Holiday Season

Etchings Cottage is newly available so still has availability for the 2018 self catering holiday season. To see more information about Etchings, including photographs, a full description, availability and much more visit Etching Cottage Ventnor Isle of Wight

Appletree Cottage New Photos 2017/2018

Appletree Cottage on the Isle of Wight has new photos showing updates for the 2018 self catering holiday season.  This thatched cottage in Brighstone has changed the bedroom configurations to better accommodate families. These new photos show some of these changes.

Apple Tree Cottage New Photos

Bedrooms Appletree Cottage Isle of Wight

Appletree Cottage has three bedrooms and can sleep up to 6 people plus an extra person on a third bed in the twin bedroom. One of the double bedrooms is on the ground floor (along with a bathroom) and is ideal for a guest who doesn’t wish to climb stairs.

All the bedrooms are decorated in a traditional style and retain original features. The ground floor bedroom has beautiful exposed beams and view into the garden.

Learn More About Appletree Cottage Isle of Wight

To view all the new photos, as well as a full description, prices, availability and online booking visit Appletree Cottage Isle of Wight

Bonny Blink Photo Updates 2017

New and updated photos of Bonny Blink are now available showing the new photographs of this Seaview self catering holiday home on the East coast of the Isle of Wight.

Bonny Blink is a 5 bedroom holiday rental able to accommodate a large family or two families sharing. The seaside location and spacious living spaces make it a perfect environment to spend time with loved ones and enjoy a beautiful part of the Island.

New Bonny Blink Photos

New Downstairs Bedroom

There is a new downstairs bedroom at Bonny Blink. This double room is adjacent to a downstairs bathroom and makes it ideal for those who do not wish to climb stairs or who prefer sleeping at ground level.

Learn More About Bonny Blink

To see all the new photographs as well as a full description, prices, availability and online booking visit Bonny Blink Seaview Isle of Wight


New Photos of The Sea Terrace

The latest photos of The Sea Terrace are now online. This beautiful Shanklin cottage is quite literally a stones throw from Shanklin Beach and has beautiful sea views. The new photos show updates and changes made to this self catering holiday home in advance of the 2018 holiday season. New photos include pictures of the bedrooms, front room and garden area.

New Sea Terrace Photos

2018 Self Catering Holiday Season

Sea Terrace is taking bookings for 2018 holidays. This 3 bedroom cottage sleeps up to 6 people and each bedroom enjoys a sea view over Shanklin Beach. Sea Terrace is very popular with holiday guests who says ‘A wonderful holiday in a beautiful house. Very comfortable with outstanding views of the sea’ and  ‘Large spacious cottage with wonderful sea views. We had a very relaxing weekend here. Thank you ‘.

More Information on Sea Terrace Isle of Wight

For all the latest photographs as well as a full description, prices, availability and online booking visit Sea Terrace Isle of Wight