What To Do On The Isle of Wight
The Island has many attractions to offer our Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests – see Visit Isle of Wight All Year Round. Don’t miss the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival 6-9 Dec and of course Busy Bee’s Christmas World!
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 information on local history, nature or wildlife.
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 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.
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 provides donkeys a safe and permanent home – come and visit them and look out for the regular events.
Spot wildfowl and waders at RSPB reserve Brading Marshes.
Catch the bus
The Southern Vectis bus stops are in easy reach of most 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 summer timetables.
Isle of Wight holiday cottage must dos!
Visit Isle of Wight to see what else is on offer including IOW Steam Railway (Santa Specials from 1 Dec), Brading Roman Villa, Ventnor Botanic Garden, Quarr Abbey, Shanklin Chine (closed until Easter), Fort Victoria (closed until Easter), theme parks for the children (Robin Hill & Blackgang Chine closed for winter) and The Needles Landmark Attraction (Santa’s grotto from 1 Dec), Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World, Monkey Haven, Arreton Barns craft village, fishing trips, plus much much more.
Isle of Wight Festival 10-13 June 2019 – headline acts to be announced later in 2018.
National Trust – The Needles Old & New Batteries, Newtown Old Town Hall, Mottistone Gardens, Bembridge Windmill and Bembridge Fort (properties all closed for winter). Needles Old Battery tea room and Mottistone shop open until 6 Jan. Newtown National Nature Reserve open all year.
English Heritage – Osborne House (open Wed- Sun until 1 Jan 2019 then weekends only until Easter). Carisbrooke Castle (open winter weekends only), Yarmouth Castle (closed for winter), Appuldurcombe House (closed for winter), St Catherine’s Oratory (open 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 at Brighstone, The Crown Inn at Shorwell, Wight Mouse Inn at Chale, Blacksmiths Arms outside Carisbrooke 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: