Being an island means that we’re surrounded by stunning shores. From vast stretches of sand to pebbly coves, you’ll fall in love with the Island’s picturesque coastline. Take a bucket and spade and hold your own sandcastle competition!
The Isle of Wight hosts an amazing variety of festivals, from music to garlic and steam to cycling. Sing along to your favourite tunes at the world-renowned Isle of Wight Festival or Bestival, or taste some yummy local produce in a huge food marquee.
Fancy camping and still enjoying all the comforts of home? Pitch up in a glamping tent set within the heart of the Island’s countryside. Cook dinner on the campfire (or even in your own pizza oven!) before curling up in a super comfortable bed. All glamping tents are equipped with hot water and electricity and a flushing toilet!
To view the Isle of Wight’s beautiful landscape from a different angle, catch a ride on an open top bus. The Island’s bus routes take you through a maze of patchwork fields and along the chalky coastlines, giving you a chance to witness the stunning scenery and snap the perfect holiday postcard picture.
The Isle of Wight is home to a range of superb restaurants and cafes –some with the added benefit of a beachside location. Look out over the sea whilst enjoying some fantastic freshly caught seafood. Most food and drink locations source their food locally, so get a real taste of the Isle of Wight whilst enjoy some of the most impressive views the Island has to offer.
Leave the car at home and explore what has been named ‘Bicycle Island’ on two wheels. Visit one of our bike hire centres and set off on a specially designed route through the Island’s magnificent countryside. If you’d rather have an instructor with you to lead the way, book your own guided tour specifically tailored to suit your skill level. Lonely Planet named the Island as one of the top ten cycling destinations in the world, so hop on your bike and test out the trails for yourself.
The Isle of Wight is one of the Dinosaur capitals of the world. Jurassic enthusiasts come from far and wide to search for fossils on the beaches along the south coast of the Island. At some beaches you can even see actual dinosaur footprints! If you’ve a got a smartphone handy, download the Dinosaur Island app and snap a selfie with one of the Island’s prehistoric residents.
Hoist yourself up a 70ft oak tree set by the sea and enjoy a squirrel’s eye view of the Island. Goodleaf Tree Climbing provide you with all the skills and equipment you need to swing from branch to branch or just chill out in the sunny treetop hammock and take in the amazing view. Climbers are also given refreshments including the famous ‘Tree Climber’s Flapjack’!
As well as hosting two of the world’s best-loved music festivals, the Isle of Wight has an excellent local music scene. Catch some of the Island’s bands and solo musicians at venues across the Island every day. If you’re on the Isle of Wight in the springtime, make the most of ‘Acoustic Isle’ which brings together an amazing programme of live and local music, hosting over 100 gigs in 11 days.
Step back in time and on to a vintage steam train for a relaxing ride through the countryside. Hear the whistle sound and watch steam pour out of the chimney from your comfortable carriage. All the carriages have been restored immaculately and true to the time they came from. Some trains even date back as far as the 1800s! It’s a great experience for all ages to enjoy, so step aboard and enjoy a sunny Isle of Wight day on a classic steam train.