In addition to that it was named the UK’s Dinosaur Capital as part of a new Dinosaur Map of Britain, which was compiled by Dr Paul Barrett, Merit Researcher from the Natural History Museum!
These include musuems such as the award winning Dinosaur Isle, fossil hunts with experts such as Dinosaur Fossil Hunts and Footprint Tours, and also beaches such as Brook where you can discover your own fossils!
The Dinosaur Island app can be downloaded for smartphones and tablets, and gives users the chance to "Walk with Dinosaurs" at six coastal locations on the Isle of Wight (and a couple of other secret locations you might spot during your trip!)
Try the all new Dinosaur Experience at Blackgang Chine, the first of it's kind in the UK, with your chance to get "up close and personal" with two baby Tyrannosaurus Rex flanked by their trained handlers. You can also dare to enter "Restricted Area 5" with one of the biggest collections of animatronic dinosaurs in the world!
At The Needles Landmark Attraction they are showing "The Lost World 4D" in their recently added 4D Cinema, a fully immersive cinema experience taking you back in time with special effects letting you feel the action as it happens on screen.
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Fancy the chance of sharing a bed with Charles I? Well, not exactly snuggling down with the king - but if you stay in this second floor apartment across the courtyard from where Charles was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle.
Originally built in 1870 as the Summer Palace for the Bishop of Portsmouth this lovely family run hotel commands magnificent views of the bay with direct access to the beach and the Old Village of Shanklin and yet is away from traffic.
The Royal is recognised as the Island's largest premier hotel. Originally built as a coaching house in 1832, the main hotel is nestled into exotic south facing gardens overlooking Ventnor's stunning coastline.
On arrival you'll find yourself in...
Multi-award winning wildlife Park offering visitors close encounters with an amazing array of animals in beautiful parkland setting overlooking Solent; nine daily “hands-on wildlife events”; magnificent tropical house.
An impressive collection of Island buses and coaches are housed here.
Freshwater Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in West Wight and lies just to the South of the town of Freshwater.
Set in 16 acres within the delightful Under-cliff Near Ventnor, and having first class facilities, Old Park Hotel caters superbly for families during the holidays. At other times it is also a peaceful, romantic base for couples.
Lake Beach is located between the popular resort beaches of Sandown and Shanklin, and shares the same gently sloping golden sands and clear swimming waters.
Springvale Beach stretches from Puckpool to Seaview on the north coast of the Isle of Wight and is made up of a mixture of shingle and sand.
The LBCC is the largest annual, construction industry yachting regatta in Europe, with over 250 yachts taking part and over 3000 people racing.
Colwell Bay Holiday Cottages is situated on the beautiful west coast of the Isle of Wight and just a short stroll from the wonderful Colwell Bay beach.
Bembridge Lane End beach is a pebble and stone beach toward the sea wall, but is also sandy underfoot making it good for paddling or bathing.
We're very happy to announce this years Healing Festival will be 8-9th August at Ventnor Botanical Gardens.
Small Hope Beach sits to the left of the main Shanklin seafront and backs onto a spectacular cliff face.
Adventure Park / Playground
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, there's breathtaking scenery and a spectacular chairlift past amazing coloured sand cliffs.
Bus & Coach
Southern Vectis runs the local buses on the Isle of Wight. Their routes connect most parts of the Island to all major towns. Buses are frequent with some routes running through the night.
Island Coaster now departs from Ryde, Newport, Yarmouth...
The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline.
Laserium/Audio Visual/Virtual Reality
The first stop on the Dinosaur Island augmented reality trail is at Yaverland Beach, set in the shadows of the spectacular Culver Cliffs. Open up the Dinosaur Island app and point your smartphone or tablet at the meteorite here and you will see a...
The beaches at Ryde lie on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores.
Electric Woods is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, colour and sound set in a five acre pocket of ancient woodland at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens.
As dusk falls, a beautiful array of lighting...