There have already been some We’re Going on a Bear Hunt events which have proved very popular with adults and children alike and there are plenty more to come throughout the summer holidays. But you can also create your very own hunt at some fabulous places around the Island with plenty to discover and explore.

First pack up your sandwiches and your rug and pick up an Isle of Wight Bear Hunt Trail leaflet from ferry ports and visitor information points. There’s a special place on there to jot down the exciting things that you’ll need and what you discover.  Travel to the Island couldn’t be easier from the mainland and once you’re here, there is a network of buses to get you around. Or why not try a bike for size and use the many cycle ways that crisscross  the Island including the very family friendly Red Squirrel Trail – flat, car free and ideal for kids.

We're going on a Bear Hunt on the Isle of Wight

So once you’re here, what to do with your little animal lovers? Apart from bears, there are loads of animals and birds to look out for by the sea and onshore for nature enthusiasts. We are the only place in Britain to have a population of native red squirrels (no grey ones here) so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for those – Borthwood Copse near Sandown is a great place to spot a squirrel. Or there’s the nature reserve at Newtown Creek where you’ll see many species of water birds, butterflies like the Common Blue and Marbled White whilst you squelch you way through the estuary mud. And if your taste in animals is more exotic, we can’t promise bears, but we can give you tigers and dinosaurs! Cycle or bus to Sandown and enjoy the delights of the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle where you can meet some of the Island’s oldest inhabitants. Or walk an alpaca or go and play with the wallabies in the West Wight...

We're going on a Bear Hunt on the Isle of Wight

There are lots of animals and birds to look for on the Island, but don’t forget that you can officially go on a bear hunt too. With Official Bear Hunt Adventure Weekends with the National Trust, you can squelch, splash and stumble trip around some of the most picturesque parts of the Isle of Wight as you and your little explorers find new things to see and do, make lasting memories and even learn a thing or two.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt on the Isle of Wight

There’s some lovely books to help you make the most of your Isle of Wight bear hunt adventure in the Visitor Information Centre at the Guildhall in Newport. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Sticker Activity Book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt ‘My Adventure Field Guide’, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt ‘Lets Discover Birds’ and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt ‘My Explorers Journal’ are all available so come along before you set off to really add to your day out.

Great adventures await you and your fellow explorers so get out and make the most of our beautiful Island and meet some new furry and feathered friends along the way.

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