A month brimming with love and bringing with it the promise of spring, we’ve got everything you need to make your February on the Isle of Wight totally fantastic. Whether visiting with family, friends, as a couple or for yourself, there’s something to do and see for everyone this month.

Here’s a few of our suggested things to do this month to help you plan your February Island adventure.

Things to do with kids

Robin Hill will be holding its ever popular Spirit of the Orient over half term from the 14th to the 22nd to celebrate Chinese New Year. Marvel at the illuminations, the 12- metre dragon procession and lion performers accompanied by pyrotechnics and sounds effects in their spectacular dance show. As a special Valentines bundle you can also enjoy a meal for two, prosecco and a goodie bag.

Talk to the Animals is a brand-new show coming to Tapnell Farm Park for half term. Have you ever wished you could talk to the animals? Have you ever wondered how they communicate with each other? Join the resident ACEs (Animal Communication Experts) as they unpick the mysteries of the Animal world. From the 15th to the 23rd you can expect hilarious animal interviews, amazing facts, audience participation and of course, cute animals!

The Riverside Centre will host the Isle of Wight Story Festival on the 21st and 22nd. You can listen to  Korky Paul, (Winnie the Witch) and Nick Sharratt (illustrator for Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Jeremy Strong) talk about their books as well as lots of other authors, illustrators, storytellers, spoken word, comic making workshop and a shadow puppet show.

Join the Skewbald Theatre Company at Quays Arts for  Michael Morpurgo's Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. A magical musical puppetry adventure for ages 3+. One cold winter morning Mimi discovers something extraordinary – a baby dragon asleep in the woodshed! Mimi must be extremely brave if she is going to reach the dragon's castle at the very top of the mountain and return the baby dragon safely home.

Walk a donkey at the donkey sanctuary or  find a fossil on a guided walk and discover the Island’s  rich ancient history.  Make a sandman snowman on the beach with carrots and coal provided and hot chocolate on tap or head to the Garlic Farm and enjoy a family friendly supper with table magic and a an after dinner magic show. There’s so much to do, they’ll never get bored!

For Grown Ups

Absolutely not for the young, Ventnor Exchange presents Seaside Terror when Odd Doll take a trip to the seaside and finds more than they bargained for. The only other inhabitant of the dilapidated pier is a rather sinister ice cream man. Hysterical horrors include Evil Seagulls, Zombie Donkeys, and Bingo Hairballs…attend at your peril.

There’s loads of great music and theatre happening on the Island during February. Get your flares out of mothballs, rewind the clock and enjoy Jack up the 70s. Boogie all night to your favourite seventies tunes and listen to The Zoots perform back to back party hits. Xhosa Cole will be delighting audiences with his tenor saxophone and his band at Quay Arts having won the BBC Young Jazz Musician competition, whilst in Ventnor The Time Show is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes, Rob Auton. You could also help to celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven with the Halsey Duo (Sally Birkett and James Halsey) performing his complete piano and cello concertos in a series of commemorative recitals or enjoy the Adele tribute act with Helen Ward-Jackson as she creates a truly authentic show performing hits from Adele's multi-platinum albums.

And of course, this list is not exhaustive – many pubs and restaurants and hotels are running half term and Valentines offers so there’s plenty to do. When you’re out and about on the Island, remember to tag us in your images, videos and stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we’ll reshare our favourites.

Getting Here

Whatever you decide to do and however you’re travelling, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton, Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service.

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