With travel restrictions hindering any chance of a stress-free trip abroad, it’s time to embrace a good old British holiday and what better place than the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is that nostalgic, comforting place that you’ve probably been to once before and can’t remember what there is to do there so let me tell you.
- Shanklin Chine: A little bit of magic located in the centre of a wooded ravine, Shanklin Chine is worth a visit to see the beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous foliage. I highly recommend going at night-time when it’s all lit up – it’s so calming and feels like a fairytale village! Not to mention the town of Shanklin itself is worth the visit with it’s quaint coastal setting and traditional thatched roof pubs.
2. Black Gang Chine: A great place to visit for that nostalgic feeling. Black Gang Chine is the oldest amusement park in the United Kingdom and has a lot to see and do to keep your imagination flowing throughout the day. It is an extremely popular site on the island and is a great place for all ages.
3. The Needles: Perhaps the most popular sight on the Isle of Wight but rightly so. The Needles make a great day out with it’s novel chair lift, boat-tours around the lighthouse, mini-golf and sand shop. You can definitely make a day of it here making the most of all the activities or simply sitting back and relaxing to the crashing of the waves and the magnificent sight of the chalk stack. There is also a rather impressive coastal walk along the cliffs that you don’t want to miss out on!
4. The Garlic Farm: Great if you’re passing by and love garlic. The garlic farm offers a great shop full of fresh, unique products and a restaurant that cooks up some delicious ‘garlicky’ dishes. There’s even access to the land they farm in which is great for a little wander.
5. Chessell Pottery Barn: Perfect for a rainy day, Chessell Pottery Barn is great fun for a bit of arts and crafts. Just simply pay for the ceramic shape you want to paint on and you’re good to go! Visit at the start of your holiday so your creations have plenty of time to dry before picking them up and taking them home. Alternatively they do offer to post it so it’s not the end of the world if you do this on your last day!
6. Sandown Beach: This beach is a great place to spend the day with it’s sandy shore and perfect pier. Head into the pier to have a few hours of fun before having a picnic on the beach. Or alternatively, dine at one of the many restaurants along the promenade as the sun sets.
7. Osborne House: If you want to feel like you’re somewhere other then the Isle of Wight, take a nosey around the beautiful grounds and the inside of what was once Queen Victoria’s house. Located in East Cowes, this stately home has it’s own beach and will make you feel like you’re abroad with it’s Italian architecture.