When the sun drenches the Isle of Wight in its golden hue, there's no better place to be than this little slice of Island paradise. With our hotter-than-average temperatures and extra hours of sunshine than the rest of the UK, you could easily be forgiven for thinking that you have been transported to the Mediterranean, rather than an island off the south coast of England!

Add in our stunning coastline, beautiful landscapes and an array of attractions, the Island offers endless possibilities for a perfect sunshine-filled day out.

So grab your sunglasses, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on the sunny Isle of Wight.

Paddleboarding at Freshwater Caves, Isle of Wight

Aquatic adventures

Make the most of our clear, sparkling waters surrounding the Island and enjoy a day on the water. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice eager to try something new, the Isle of Wight offers an array of activities to suit all abilities. Try paddleboarding at Freshwater Bay, surfing and body boarding at Compton, a kayak adventure in Seaview or dinghy sailing in Cowes. If you are keen to learn, you can book lessons with some of the Island’s top instructors at one of our many providers who can offer expert tuition in anything from extreme sports to more leisurely water activities. 

Wildlife spotting with a view

Head to one of the Island’s scenic high points for a wildlife-spotting excursion with a breathtaking backdrop. Pack a picnic basket filled with local goodies such as sunshine-grown tomatoes, cheese and garlic chutney, and hike up to vantage points such as Tennyson Down or The Pepperpot in Chale. From here, you can soak in panoramic views of the Island's coastline, while keeping an eye out for native wildlife, including seabirds, Chalkhill Blue butterflies, and maybe even a glimpse of the Island's county flower - the Pyramid Orchid.

Rib Ride around The Needles

Experience the thrill of a rib ride as you zip around the iconic Needles, the famous rock formation off the western coast. Enjoy the salt spray on your skin as you experience the thrill of riding past the dramatic cliffs and sea stacks of the natural wonder. With experienced guides at the helm, you'll discover hidden coves, sea caves, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the local dolphin pod who are frequently spotted frolicking in the waves in the summer months. 

Cyclist at Freshwater with Tennyson Down in background

Pedal in paradise

Hop on your bike and explore the Isle of Wight's network of scenic cycle routes, perfect for riders of all ages and abilities. From leisurely coastal paths to challenging off-road trails, there's a route to suit every cyclist's preference. Pedal through our picturesque villages, lush countryside, and past sun-drenched beaches as you soak up the Island's natural beauty at your own pace, followed by a pit-stop cuppa and a slice of something nice.

Discover our Parks and Gardens 

Escape to the tranquillity of some of the Isle of Wight's parks and gardens, full of lush greenery and vibrant blooms. Explore the grounds of Fort Victoria Country Park, an oasis nestled on the Island's northwestern coast. Enjoy the dappled shade as you stroll through the ancient wooded trails, discover hidden sculptures, and relax as you watch the boats bobbing on The Solent. 

History and Heritage exploration

Immerse yourself in the Island's rich history and heritage with a visit to our iconic historic sites. Step back in time at Osborne, the former summer residence of Queen Victoria, and wander through the opulent rooms and sprawling Italianate gardens, followed by a rest on the pretty private beach. Explore the medieval fortress of Carisbrooke Castle, where King Charles I was famously imprisoned, or uncover the ancient ruins of Brading Roman Villa, a testament to the Island's Roman past.

Dining alfresco on the Isle of Wight

Al Fresco Dining 

Indulge in the simple pleasures of alfresco dining with a leisurely brunch or lunch at one of our bustling cafes or restaurants. Savour freshly brewed iced coffee and delicious local cuisine as you soak up the sunshine and sea views. Treat yourself to a scoop or two of Isle of Wight ice cream, the perfect sweet treat to cool off on a warm sunny day. And, of course, it’s always five o’clock somewhere, so why not round it off with a couple of sundowners, such as our famous Mermaid Gin cocktails? 

Discover cafes and beach shacks with a beach view here and pubs and restaurants with a beach view here.

Sunset Serenade

As the day draws to a close, don't miss the opportunity to witness a spectacular Isle of Wight sunset. Head west to Compton Bay, Headon Warren and Totland Beach or north towards Gurnard and watch as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant pinks and oranges. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the Island, it's the perfect way to end a magical day on the ‘Sunshine Isle’.