In Ideas

Thoughts are turning to spring on the Isle of Wight and we’ve got some great activities, food and entertainment for all of the family to enjoy. And don’t forget Mother’s Day…

Kids Adventures

When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world's greatest magic show. Out of the Hat is ideal for smaller children and on at Quay Arts. Have you got what it takes to be a Champion Duplo Designer? Get along to Tapnell Farm Park’s Big Brick Build Off and find out – Duplo provided!

Celebrate British Science Week at Sandown Bay’s Discovery Bay with drop-in laboratories and pop-up displays featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to pond life, moths, moss and poo. For junior scientists, join Morgan & West who’ll  present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics and bonkers biology in a science extravaganza suitable for children over 6 called Unbelievable Science

Get in Mum’s Good Books

It’s Mother’s Day on the 22nd so make sure you take your mum or nan out for lunch or tea or maybe a spot of roller skating…

Take a train at the Steam Railway for a relaxing ride through the countryside and enjoy an afternoon carvery afterwards  and a free posy of flowers.

For the most brownie points available book mum onto a wellness weekend at Tiny Homes at their Practical Magic experience and let mum reconnect or reinvigorate with activities including  soul-enriching meditation, deep healing relaxation with candlelight Yoga Nidra and a sound bath experience with Serenity Sounds.

You could also indulge in a gastronomic weekend at The Royal Hotel with highlights including a chef masterclass, meeting local producers, a tour of the Garlic Farm and breakfast and dinners in the two AA rosette restaurant.

A Medley of Music

Trinity Theatre in Cowes will play host to The Robbie Williams Experience with Hollyoaks heartthrob Tom Vaughan while up the road at the Anchor there’ll be plenty of different music genres to choose from including covers band Dirty L’il Secret, The Black Cat Blues Club and Funk Soup to name but a few. Music is on various evening during March.

Head to Media Theatre for a classical music concert suitable for all the family featuring music from Russia including Caprice Bohemian by Rachmaninov and Piano Concerto 1 by Tchaikovsky soloist Viv McLean. You could also enjoy the London Astrobeat Orchestra playing the Beatles Abbey Road album from start to finish or listen to folk favourites Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman  who have established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. There’s also a charity blues concert in aid of the Autistic Association presented by The Blue Consortium featuring The Bucket Bluesmen, The Rattlesnakes, The Knuckleheads, The Denizens, The Boogie Woogie Sisters and from St. Catherines School – The Little Devils, a band formed of autistic students. And if you fancy giving singing a go yourself, then why not book yourself onto The Joy of Singing with Sarah Warwick and use breath, movement, dance, song, improvisation, harmony, toning and more to sound your best.

Something Completely Different

The Isle of Wight Speed Trials is an initiative aiming to bring motorsport back to the Isle of Wight. The first event will be the  The Sandown Sprint, where they'll be bringing sun, sea and speed together for an exhilarating weekend of action. Inspired by recent changes in legislation which for the first time in 60 years allows motor racing to be held on closed public roads.

Enjoy a new stage play, The Man Behind the Microphone, the true story of Britain' first radio star Captain Peter Pendleton Eckersley or join The Noise Next Door for their comedy show In Charge for: Hilarious scenes! Mind-blowing songs! Finely tuned anarchy! Boojum&Snark unveil Simply Galumphing Around, an extraordinary art installation exploring the pursuit of Snarks and happiness in Sandown inspired by Lewis Carroll's epic nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark and the town's history as a holiday destination filled with fun and hilarity.

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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