Isle of Wight
This lovely island, just a few miles off the Hampshire coast, does its utmost to bottle traditional childhood-holiday nostalgia and sell it.
A popular escape for yachties, cyclists, walkers and the bucket-and-spade brigade since Victorian times, it alternates between chocolate-box quaint and crazy-golf kitsch, rosy-cheeked activity and rural respite. But the last few years have also seen a fresh youthful buzz injecting life into its southern resort towns, attracting a new generation of urbanites and romantic weekenders with gastropubs, slick hotels and big music festivals. Still, the island’s principal appeal is its surprisingly mild climate, its myriad outdoorsy activities and its lush green hills that roll gently down to 25 miles of clean, unspoilt beaches. You won’t be disappointed!
Known as The Garden Isle, The Isle of Wight offers stunning scenery, beaches and beautiful coastline. It is also home to the world famous Isle of Wight music Festival and a wealth of history as it was Queen Victoria’s residence for the remainder of her reign. Walkers and cyclists visit the Island to enjoy over 500 miles of footpaths and bridleways and it is easily reached from the mainland via Ferry.
Osborne House is an English Heritage site which is open to the public. Built in the style of the Italian Renaissance you are able to take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life with a tour of the house and the surrounding grounds. Queen Victoria’s private beach is now open to the public for the first time.
Blackgang Chine Amusement Park
Blackgang Chine Amusement Park the Park features two main rides, a rollercoaster and waterslide as well as two heritage attractions. Owing to continual landslides, the chine itself has been destroyed; the park's focus now is themed entertainment for families which offers whimsical and unusual outdoor and walkthrough attractions along with award-winning heritage exhibitions and larger rides.
Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens
Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens You can also visit Blackgang’s Sister site Robin Hill which is home to the Island’s other music event Bestival. It is also an adventure park with various rides which is set in 88 acres of gardens which contains a Roman Villa.
The Needles Park
The Needles Park The park is home to several ‘must sees’, these include the Alum Bay Glass, The Sand Shop as well as the chairlift to the beach where you can view The Needles and the Lighthouse. There are also seasonal rides and plenty of displays and shops to visit.
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