The Isle of Wight is a beautiful island just off the south coast. It’s an island we have been visiting regularly for over ten years and for us, it’s the perfect UK holiday destination.
We have holidayed on the island as a couple and as a family and we have many, many happy memories of our time there.
We have stayed in hotels and holiday cottages all over the island but our all-time favourite places to stay are Gurnard, Bembridge, Cowes, and Carisbrooke. If you’re looking for places to stay on the island, we recommend Island Cottage Holidays. Due to the size of the island, whichever location you choose to stay in, everywhere you want to visit will only be a short drive away.
The island is home to many beautiful beaches, with a stunning coastline. There are also miles of unspoiled woodland, countryside, and areas of outstanding national beauty. If you’re holidaying with the children then there are many family attractions to fill your time.
This year the island is hosting a very special outdoor adventure for the whole family. They’ve teamed up with the creators of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to put on a number of fabulous weekend events. Families can follow the ‘Bear Hunt Trail’ taking them all around the island to some of the best destinations. Along the way, the children can collect stickers and might even bump into the bear himself. They have a special Bear Hunt weekend event at Robin Hill and a children’s literacy weekend in October.
If you’re planning a visit, take a look at the website and coincide it with a bear hunt activity weekend; the children will love it.
We have visited most attractions the island has to offer over the past ten years and these are some of our favourites:
Blackgang Chine is the Uk’s oldest amusement park. It is home to a series of imaginatively themed lands including a Pirate Cove, Dinosaurs (life size and moving!), an Underwater Kingdom, Nursey Land, Fairy Village and Cowboy Town. The park also has a small roller coaster and two awesome water slides as well as spinning teacups and a maze. The amusement park has more than enough to fill your day and has a restaurant on site as well as many picnic areas. Entrance tickets allow FREE return for seven days so it is worth visiting the park at the start of your holiday to make the most of it. *the park is dog-friendly
Robin Hill is set within 88 acres of beautiful English woodland. It offers relaxing woodland gardens, parks and walks as well as rides and adventure play, making it the perfect destination for visitors of all ages. Our children range from 3 years to 13 years and all of them love Robin Hill. The rides on offer include a pirate ship and a small train ride as well as an awesome toboggan ride. There are restaurants and cafes on site as well as picnic areas. As with Blackgang Chine, the entrance tickets offer FREE return visits within seven days. You can also buy joint tickets that cover the entrance to both Blackgang and Robin Hill. *The park is dog-friendly
Tapnell Farm Park
Tapnell Farm is a relatively new attraction on to the island and one of our favorites. The Farm is the perfect all-weather place to visit as it provides indoor and outdoor activities. The park has two large indoor barns as well as an indoor area for small animals. The first barn is a straw bale adventure barn- full of straw bales to climb and tunnels and slides. It has two zip wires and go-karts. The second barn is a play barn with a soft play area, a designated toddler area and lots of tractor ride-ons. Outside is home to it’s larger animals as well as jumping pillows and play areas. The farm has its own cafe providing healthy snack alternatives and delicious freshly prepared on-site food. *The park does not allow dogs
Our go-to place when its raining heavily! The pier has all the usual traditional arcade games as well as an indoor crazy-golf area and a soft-play.
You can have such a lovely day out at Carisbrooke Castle, as we have many times. This castle has so much wonderful history that English Heritage brings alive for children. Everything from full on re-enactments with jousting festivals to seeing the loveable donkeys. You can walk around the castle walls giving panoramic views of the island and spend the day in the Edwardian style gardens.
Allum Bay – The Needles
Alumn Bay is renowned for its coloured sand. I imagine hundreds of thousands of homes across the world have a small glass jar of Alum Bay sand in. We love it here because of the range of activities on offer from making your own glass jar of sand, the chairlift down to the beach, the shops & fairground rides and boat trips out to The Needles themselves. You’re also right next to the Old Battery – a Victorian coastal defense and secret rocket testing facility set over-looking the Solent & The Needles.
The Island is full of fantastic family attractions that you can pack your holiday full with. However, it also provides the perfect setting to take time out and relax. We love to spend the day on one of the island’s beautiful beaches or spend an afternoon crabbing. In fact, crabbing is always on the top of our holiday to-do list. And we have a family tradition of eating woodfire pizzas on the beach as the sun goes down. You honestly can’t beat it.
For us, the Isle of Wight is the perfect UK holiday destination. It’s like taking a little step back in time. It provides everything you could wish for in a holiday destination. We love the Island and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of booking a holiday here.
We’ve holidayed in the Isle of Wight for the last ten years and hope to come back for many, many more years to come.