Isle of Wight holidays - a world of fun!

Beaches, Coastal, Days out, Family

isle of wight holidays

Vibrant festivals, fantastic cycling, exhilarating outdoor activities and fascinating heritage all within an area covering less than 150 square miles – we can only be talking about the Isle of Wight.

To pique your interest in this beautiful isle and offer you a little insight into the sorts of things you can expect to enjoy on your holiday, we’ve put together the following guide.

Family fun

Isle of Wight holidays

For a small island, the Isle of Wight has an outstanding variety of attractions for families. Begin your animal-themed adventures at the Isle of Wight Zoo where you’ll discover lions, tigers, leopards, lemurs, monkeys and more!

Leave the animals behind to enjoy the island from another perspective at The Needle’s Park. One of the most iconic landmarks on the island, the multi-coloured sand cliffs are best viewed from the chairlift down to Alum Bay beach. If that’s not enough excitement for one day, there’s also a sweet factory, 4D cinema, children’s rides, glass blowing, Jurassic golf course and a shopping emporium, so there’s plenty to fill your itinerary, whatever the weather!

Thrill seeking

With a coastline of over 65 miles, it’s unsurprising that water sports are one of the most popular activities to be enjoyed on the Isle of Wight. From Coasteering and cliff jumping to cave swimming and stand up paddleboarding, there’s a sea-based activity to suit you. However, if getting wet isn’t high on your list of priorities, then a little land based adrenalin adventure may be more your thing. Zorbing, mountain boarding and archery are only a handful of the memorable experiences you can enjoy during your break.

In fact, the possibilities are endless, you can even take to the skies paragliding, try extreme cycling on the scenic Chalk Ridge Route, glide across the beach in a sand yacht or hurtle around an all weather go kart track! Phew, we’re tired just thinking about it!

Less energetic

Ventor

Understandably, some of us are less enthusiastic about testing our bodies with such thrilling pursuits! Thankfully, there are a wealth of attractions which require little more than a leisurely stroll to enjoy them. With a history which dates back to the Iron Age, the island boasts many heritage attractions, including vestiges from its popularity as a holiday resort in the Victorian Era. Brading Roman Villa is one of the premier Roman sites in the UK and exhibits an extensive collection of archaeology. Garden aficionados should head for Ventor Botanic Garden where a temperate microclimate allows subtropical plants to thrive outdoors.

Osborne House offers a taste of Victorian opulence, where you can explore the elegant interior of Queen Victoria’s family home and wander the extensive grounds, taking in the breathtaking views over the Solent. If you are more interested in castles than stately homes, the examples at Carisbrooke and Yarmouth are sure to satisfy your fondness for fortifications.

Eating out

Good food is one of the many indulgences which you can afford yourself on Isle of Wight holidays. In fact, the island has its own Hospitality Award to indicate quality restaurants, pubs, tearooms, cafés and eateries. Unsurprisingly, seafood is in abundance on the island, with the freshest and most delicious coming from the local waters. For the ultimate dining experience, try one of the several establishments which have been awarded AA rosettes, including The Royal Hotel in Ventnor, and The Priory Bay Restaurant, in Seaview.

A mention should be made too, of the distinctive local produce such as honey and ale from Quarr Abbey, delicious dairy products available from farmers’ markets, and wine from Adgestone, one of the oldest vineyards in Britain. There are even chilli-based products from chillies grown on the island by The House of Chilli!

However you choose to spend your time on the Isle of Wight, you’re sure to leave with a head full of happy memories and a suitcase full of souvenirs!

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Posted by Clare on 30th April 2017