When it comes to cool, crisp winters in the countryside, the Isle of Wight has them down to a fine art. As the warmth of the autumn season leaves for another year, the thatched pubs light up their fires and start serving hearty dishes to warm the visiting walkers after a bracing walk along the Island’s coastline.
Make your way to the Isle of Wight for a relaxing Christmas escape and enjoy staying in the heart of the English countryside whilst soaking up the friendly, festive atmosphere.
Put on your best seasonal knitwear (the more outrageous the Christmas jumper the better!) and visit one of the Island’s pubs and enjoy a glass of mulled wine by a roaring log fire, or visit one of our beautiful coastal villages and browse the local, boutique shops for stunning gifts handcrafted on the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight hosts a great range of Christmas events to keep you entertained! Take part in some seasonal fun with Santa’s Specials at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway or experience the wonder of a Victorian Christmas at Osborne! Take a look at the list at the bottom of the page to find out about some of the fantastic events that are happening this year.
If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, spend some time rummaging in our boutique shops. Explore some of our quintessentially English towns and villages to discover your favourite Island shop! You’ll find plenty of knick-knacks and produce made on the Isle of Wight to take home to family and friends. As well as offering some brilliant handcrafted gifts, the Island is famed for its excellent local produce. Visit our farm shops and farmers’ markets to create your own special Christmas hamper filled with local cheese, garlic, tomatoes and mulled wine!
One of the Isle of Wight’s most impressive features is its stunning landscape. Visit the Island and you’ll be visiting 'England in Miniature'! Within this compact, diamond-shaped island you’ll get to explore all kinds of countryside – grassy hills and fields, vast sandy beaches, chalk cliffs and pebbly coves.
Why not stay environmentally friendly on your winter break and explore the Island by bike? We’ve got routes to suit every level of cyclist, from beginners who want to take it easy on flat cycle routes to hard core adrenalin junkies who are ready to tackle the chalky hills along the coastline of the island sometimes referred to as 'Bicycle Island'!
If you’d prefer to take it easy and enjoy the Island’s scenery at a slower pace, put on your walking shoes and warm jacket and take a bracing walk along our coastal footpaths to witness the very best of the Isle of Wight’s landscape. You could even take part in one of our fascinating guided fossil walks - we are Dinosaur Island after all!
Whatever outdoor pursuit you choose, top it off with a drink in one of our excellent local pubs next to a cosy log fire!
Coming from across the water? Firstly take a look at our travel page to learn about how our ferries operate. We’re just three and a half hours from London (door to door), making us the perfect destination for a winter escape.
Looking to stay overnight? The Island has a fantastic range of accommodation to suit all traveller types, from large, self-catering properties by the sea for big groups to luxury hotels where you and your partner will be waited on hand and foot. Take a look at our accommodation page to see what’s available.
Bringing a furry friend? Take a look at our dog-friendly accommodation page to find out where you pooch will be pampered!
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