What To Do On The Isle of Wight
The island has many attractions to offer our Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests and with Easter fast approaching we are all looking forward to a busy season!
With a spectacular coastline, rolling hills, green countryside, historic buildings & welcoming pubs, the island makes a great location to explore on foot. The Isle of Wight National Trust have some great downloadable walks – as well as a map and full directions the trails include snippets of information about local history, nature or wildlife. See Visit Isle of Wight’s new walking festival website (28 Apr – 13 May).
Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink have excellent downloadable cycle routes and cycle hire information. You can hire bicycles from Wight Cycle Hire and Red Squirrel Electric Bikes who will deliver to our Isle of Wight holiday cottages (minimum hire fee applies). You can store bicycles in the garages, or outhouses of our Isle of Wight holiday cottages.
Visit Isle of Wight Green Star programme
We have a Green Star award from Visit Isle of Wight for promoting sustainable travel – have a look at all the useful information on Visit Isle of Wight’s dedicated Green Travel page and in the pack in each Isle of Wight holiday cottage. The pack includes a Sustainable Directory (providers of bikes, hire cars, taxis, water taxis, buses & trains) and itineraries for fun days out where no car is required. Download or ask for a leaflet on how to get to the Isle of Wight by train, coach & bus – including a great map of the British rail network & guidance when you reach the ports.
Other “green” activities on the island include:
Join West Wight Alpacas (open all year) and enjoy walking in spectacular scenic trails. Each walker will have an alpaca to lead. Have fun learning all about alpacas, and experience this unique animal on a one-on-one encounter. They all have names and different personalities.
If you have a head for heights and nature how about trying a bit of recreational tree climbing at Goodleaf (open Easter).
If trees are not high enough for you then join Butterfly Paragliding, one of the longest established paragliding schools in the UK.
The Donkey Sanctuary (open all year) provides donkeys a safe and permanent home – come and visit them and look out for the regular events.
Spot winter wildfowl and waders at RSPB reserve Brading Marshes.
Catch the bus
The Southern Vectis bus stops are in easy reach of all of our Isle of Wight holiday cottages so jump on board and have a car-free day out. Places which are easy to get to from our Isle of Wight holiday cottages include Carisbrooke Castle, The Needles, Alum Bay, Newport, Yarmouth, Dimbola Lodge / Freshwater Bay, Compton Bay, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Ventnor. Visit Southern Vectis and FYT bus for more information and winter timetables.
Isle of Wight holiday cottage must dos!
Visit Isle of Wight to see what else is on offer including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, IOW Steam Railway (trains next operating 18 Mar), Brading Roman Villa (open daily), Ventnor Botanic Garden (open daily), Quarr Abbey (open daily), Shanklin Chine (opens 22 Mar), Fort Victoria, theme parks for the children (Robin Hill open again 17 Mar), Blackgang Chine (opens 17 Mar) and The Needles Landmark Attraction (open all year with exception of some family attractions in winter), Isle of Wight Zoo (open daily, special winter rates), Amazon World (open daily), Monkey Haven (open daily), Arreton Barns craft village (open daily), Shanklin Chine (open 22 Mar), fishing trips, plus much much more.
Isle of Wight Festival 21-24 June – headline acts Depeche Mode, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Kasabian
National Trust – The Needles Old & New Batteries (open 10 Mar, tearoom open at winter weekends), Newtown Old Town Hall (open 10 Mar) & Newtown National Nature Reserve (open all year), Mottistone Gardens (open 11 Mar), Bembridge Windmill (open 10 Mar) and Bembridge Fort (tours begin 3 Apr).
English Heritage – Osborne House (open weekends until 11 Feb), Carisbrooke Castle (open winter weekends), Yarmouth Castle (open 31 Mar), Appuldurcombe House (open 1 Apr), St Catherine’s Oratory (open access all year).
And finally! The Island has excellent pubs serving local beer and good food. Many of these also have live entertainment. Pubs close to our Isle of Wight holiday cottages include The Three Bishops in Brighstone, The Crown Inn at Shorwell, Wight Mouse Inn at Chale, Blacksmiths Arms outside Carisbrooke, The New Inn at Shalfleet and The Bugle Inn in Yarmouth.
For more information on the island, places to visit and the latest events for our Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests we recommend: