New Bembridge Cottage Larkspur House Isle of Wight

We are pleased to introduce Larkspur House, a new self catering holiday cottage in Bembridge on the East of The Isle of Wight. This coastal town is surrounded by beach and the nearby resorts of St Helens, Seaview and Shanklin are within walking distance via the coastal path.

Lurkspur is a 4 bedroom holiday cottage and available for self catering holidays from now. The beautifully decorated cottage has only just been released so there is still availability for school holidays on the Isle of Wight.

For more information, including prices, availability and much more visit Larkspur Bembridge Isle of Wight

New Photos of Rosemary Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

There are new photos of Rosemary Cottage at Godshill on the East of the Isle of Wight showing the bedrooms and living room.

Rosemary Cottage is located within a short walk of the centre of Godshill and is on the grounds of a beautiful farm surrounded by countryside. This lovely location gives excellent access to walking trails, footpaths and cycle routes with lead to some of the principle attractions on the Island. A footpath to Ventnor and Shanklin are located close to the cottage.

For more information visit Rosemary Cottage Godshill Isle of Wight

What to do on the Isle of Wight this bank holiday Monday

Are you looking for something to do on the island this bank holiday Monday? There’s lots for the whole family to enjoy, here are a few options;

International Scooter Rally (25th-28th August)

With 5,000 scooters expected on the island during the festival, if you’re a mod at heart you won’t want to miss this! One of the biggest scooter rallies in the world, there will be entertainment over the weekend, and a showstopping ‘ride-out’ from Ryde seafront on the Sunday. Centering in Ryde, definitely make your way there to marvel at the various scooters, as well as entertainment at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde Pavillion Bar amongst others.

Island Steam Show (25th-28th August)

Set to be a brilliant day out for the whole family, the 43rd Island Steam Show involves steam train trips, entertainment in the main arena, comedy, fair rides and vintage cars on show. There will also be a chance to pick up some local crafts from stalls, as well as refresh yourselves at the beer tent. Moto-Stunts International will be putting on a must-see stunt show – which won’t be one for the faint hearted!

Cowes Classic Powerboat Race (27th August)

This 200 mile race is compared to Le Mans, for its sheer difficulty, and can be completed in 3 hours. The best places to watch from our Egypt Point and Victoria Fort, so why not set up with a picnic and lovely sea views to watch the thrilling race? Fort Victoria also houses lots to keep the children entertained, from an underwater archeology centre to a planetarium.

Arreton Barns

The biggest arts and crafts centre on the island, Arreton Barns truly has something for everyone. You can watch skilled crafters in their workshop, or explore the duck pond, village green or sweet shop. The barns also has a pub called The Dairymans Daughter, which is a great spot for some lunch and a drink. Over the bank holiday weekend, Isle Bounce will also be at the barns, with various bouncy castles to wear the children out!

Monkey Haven

Definitely one for the animal lovers, Monkey Haven is a rescue for primates such as monkeys, gibbons and marmosets. They give these lovely animals a new life, and also care for meerkats, owls and reptiles. There are lots of chances to educate as well, with keeper talks and feedings, as well as the chance to get up close and personal with many of the creatures.

 

The best spots for sea swimming in Dorset

Dorset is full of stunning beaches and seaside locations, most with plenty of cafes and restaurants around for refreshments; perfect for setting up for a day of sunbathing and swimming. Here are our favourite locations for beach days;

Swanage Beach

Swanage beach is a traditional, long stretch of golden sands, set within the quaint town. It’s perfect for families, as you’re never far from a cafe, shop or restaurant (try the Fish Plaice for the best fish and chips in town!) There are regular Punch and Judy shows during the summer for a nominal cost, and the views back to the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth are stunning. Make a day of it by walking to Peveril Point to enjoy some even more spectacular views, or by visiting the railway station and taking the steam train up to Corfe Castle.

Weymouth

This beach is another very popular tourist beach, and for good reason as well. With the traditional Georgian buildings surrounding the esplanade, the sights to be seen include donkeys on the beach, and more Punch and Judy shows to watch. The town itself has lots of cafes and restaurants, there’s also live music and fireworks displays throughout the summer. The sand is soft and the waters are fairly shallow, so it’s a great one to visit with smaller children.

Studland

The beaches at Studland are split into distinct areas; South Beach, Middle Beach, Knoll Beach and Shell Bay. Each one is good for swimming, however it is worth noting that there is a short stretch of the beach designated to naturists, so please make sure you follow any signage where appropriate. Knoll Beach is probably the best for setting up for the day, with sands which gradually slope into the water, along with watersports equipment for hire. There’s also cafes for refreshments, and an ice cream kiosk for when that craving hits! Studland can be accessed from Swanage by car or bus, and can be easily reached from Corfe Castle or Langton Matravers by car.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth is across the chain ferry from Studland, so is around a 45-60 minute drive from Swanage and the Purbecks. It’s a hugely popular resort, with good reason too, the 7 miles of golden sands, surrounded by vibrant town centre shops, restaurants, and cafes means you’ll need plenty of time to explore. The main beach has lots going on year round, with events throughout the year, as well as the pier and it’s attractions. There are several things on the pier of interest, including RockReef (all-weather climbing and obstacle courses), as well as a zipline down the pier, and an indoor caving area – perfect for children.

Sandbanks

Known as the home of many of the UKs rich and famous, Sandbanks has the 4th highest land value in the world (by area). Besides that however, it’s also a lovely stretch of sand, and has been recognised with the Blue Flag award countless times over the years, showing how safe it is for swimming. There’s a wide selection of watersports equipment to hire, as well as a crazy golf course. There’s shops, cafes, and restaurants, including Rick Stein’s which is great for fine dining. Sandbanks is just a short journey from the Purbecks over the chain ferry.

Best spots for sea swimming on the Isle of Wight

There is nothing that can come close to stepping into the (normally freezing!) sea for a swim, especially when the weather is glorious during the summer. Whether you’re planning on a paddle, a dip, or a full on workout, there are definitely risks which can occur if you’re not swimming in a safe area. The Isle of Wight has plenty of beaches with safe swimming waters and things to keep the family busy, here are a few of our favourites;

Colwell Bay

Colwell is situated to the west of the island, in between Yarmouth and Totland. There are plenty of cafes, shops, and a restaurant as well, so you won’t be far from amenities. You can also hire equipment for watersports, as well as purchase inflatables to enjoy the water even more. The waters are clear and calm, and offer views back across to the mainland. The water gently slopes into the sea, so it’s perfect for sea swimming. The only thing to note is that the bay is a hotspot for windsurfers and jetskiers, so practise caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Shanklin

Shanklin is possibly the most famous beach on the Isle of Wight, partly due to it’s stunning swimming waters. The beach itself is sandy, so is great for setting up for the day, whether sunbathing, building castles, or swimming. The promenade that sits next to the beach has plenty of things to keep the whole family busy; with crazy golf, cafes, shops, go-karting, and pubs. From Shanklin there are lots of good walks and places to visit, including walking round to Luccombe Beach at low tide.

Freshwater Bay

You might need to make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes on this beach as it is a little pebbly, however once you’re in the water there is soft sand underfoot. This is a great spot to visit for those who like something a little different than the standard ‘beach day’, with caves that can be explored by kayak (with local instructors). You can also walk along an exposed rocky ledge to see a smaller bay to the west of Freshwater Bay, though this can only be done at extremely low tide so it’s worth checking before you travel. Freshwater Bay also has rock pools to explore, and is popular with surfers. From Freshwater Bay you are close to Tennyson Down and Monument, which are both things you should see whilst on the island.

Springvale Beach

The shallow waters at Springvale Beach make it absolutely perfect for younger children wanting to swim in the sea. The beach itself is made up of shingle and sand, and the waters are sparklingly clear, perfect for a paddle. It’s generally a fairly quiet beach as well, which makes it a nice change from some of the more popular tourist areas. If you fancy extending the day out, there is a nearby pub called ‘The Boathouse’, and the beach is only a short walk away from Puckpool Park, which offers refreshments as well as other activities such as mini-golf and tennis. There is a lot of free parking around as well, so a perfect cheaper day out.

Steephill Cove

Although Steephill Cove is only accessible via foot, it really is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. It’s a really quiet and picturesque spot to admire the views from, and has a much different atmosphere to some of the busier beaches on the island. The area also has lots of cute fisherman’s cottages and beach huts, which really add to the feeling of stepping back in time you get whilst here. There are several restaurants to refresh yourself in, which all serve fresh seafood, and the beach is dog friendly (although do double check with local information.) The only downside is the accessibility, as the cove is down (you guessed it!) a steep hill, which does mean it’s probably not suitable for those with lower mobility.

 

Care should be taken when swimming in any water, so make sure all children are supervised and you triple check for dangers, as well as being aware of any dangers which may be unseen.