What To Do On The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has so much to offer this summer. Amble along our spectacular coastline and enjoy magnificent views from St Catherine’s lighthouse all the way to the famous Needles. Delight in our unspoilt beaches – you may even see a white tailed eagle! Relish our outdoor attractions – Ventnor Botanic Garden provides a perfect sunny escape, you can meet the animals at the Isle of Wight Zoo & Monkey Haven and enjoy the wide open spaces and iconic chairlift at The Needles Landmark Attraction. Around half of the Island is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – sandstone and chalk cliffs cut by wooded “chines”, sandy bays, chalk downland, arable farmland, heathland, salt marsh, mud flats and creeks. Welcome back!
With a spectacular coastline, rolling hills, green countryside, historic buildings & welcoming pubs, the island makes a great location to explore on foot. Visit the Slow Wight Travel Guide, Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and Isle of Wight National Trust which have some great downloadable walks – as well as a map and full directions the trails include information on local history, nature or wildlife. You can also buy beautifully illustrated trail maps from Gift to Nature.
Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink have excellent downloadable cycle routes and cycle hire information. You can hire bicycles (including electric bikes) from Wight Cycle Hire who will deliver to our Isle of Wight holiday cottages (minimum hire fee applies). You can store bicycles in the garages, or outhouses of most of our Isle of Wight holiday cottages.
Isle of Wight know before you go!
Visit Isle of Wight’s know before you go lists businesses which have implemented extensive measures to protect your health and wellbeing while here on the Island – just look out for the green tick!
These are the visitor attractions which we know are open:
Ventnor Botanic Garden, Quarr Abbey, Shanklin Chine, The Needles Landmark Attraction, Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight Zoo, Monkey Haven, Arreton Barns, West Wight Alpacas, Brading Marshes, Isle of Wight Pearl, IOW Steam Railway, Dinosaur Isle, Calbourne Water Mill, Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill, Goodleaf (tree climbing), IOW Donkey Sanctuary, Dimbola museum & galleries
National Trust – Countryside, car parks and outdoor spaces all open, The Needles Old Battery (open – advance bookings only), New Battery (closed) Newtown Old Town Hall (closed), Bembridge Windmill (closed), Mottistone Gardens (advance bookings for gardens only), Bembridge Fort (closed), Newtown National Nature Reserve (open except bird hide), St Helens Duver (open), Needles Headland & Tennyson Down (open), Compton Bay & Downs (open), Chillerton Down (open), St Catherine’s Down (open), Ventnor Down (open), Borthwood Copse (open).
English Heritage – Osborne House (open for advance bookings only – gardens and ground floor of house), Carisbrooke Castle (open – advance bookings only), Yarmouth Castle (closed 2020 for essential works), Appuldurcombe House (open – free), St Catherine’s Oratory (open – free). Please check each property to see which indoor spaces are accessible.
Most pubs and restaurants are now open. See this excellent guide from Wightwash (official website of the Isle of Wight branch of the Campaign for Real Ale) which lists many of the Island pubs and their opening times, restrictions, special offers, beers on offer etc. Note CAMRA’s useful advice for getting back to the pub too!
Isle of Wight Festival 2021 headliners announced as Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Jess Glynne, Snow Patrol, Pete Tong, Sam Fender, James Arthur, Duran Duran, The Script, Supergrass, Carly Rae Jepson, Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight and many more.
Keep the Island green!
We offer incentives for our Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests – from free maps, walking and cycling guides to free electric charging points, free foot passenger ferry travel, 5% off electric car rental and 5% off cottage rental if travelling to or around the Island without a car – see each cottage for details.
Have a look at all the useful information on Visit Isle of Wight’s dedicated Green Travel page. The page includes information about the Green Star scheme and the Slow Travel guide – both of which provide plenty of practical information and inspiring itineraries for car free days out. The Green Star pack in each Isle of Wight holiday cottage has a Sustainable Directory – providers of pedal and electric bikes, hire cars, taxis, water taxis, buses & trains.
Download or ask for a leaflet on how to get to the Isle of Wight by train, coach & bus – this includes a great map of the British rail network and guidance when you reach the ports. If you have an electric car you can download the list of Electric Vehicle Charging Points or use Zap Map. If you are travelling to the Newport area during your stay we recommend the use of e-taxi, the Island’s first electric taxi service. And now you can take a tuk tuk tour of the isle of Wight with the Isle of Wight Tuk Tuk Co!
All our cottages have achieved Gold Awards in the Visit Isle of Wight Green Star Scheme.
Isle of Wight Dark Skies
The Isle of Wight has some of the darkest skies in the UK, which helped the Island secure UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. Visit Isle of Wight has a brilliant dark skies page on the website showing best spots for an astronomical night out. The Island Planetarium and Vectis Astronomical Society (observatory open to visitors every Thu) are useful resources if you want to learn more and attend Stargazing evenings. Our Isle of Wight holiday cottages are well placed to do stargazing from the garden – some of our regular guests already bring their telescopes! This Lunar calendar is useful for choosing the best time to visit for a dark sky experience!
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, Farringford House / Dimbola Lodge / Freshwater Bay , Compton Bay, Colwell Bay, and Totland Bay. Visit Southern Vectis and FYT bus for more information – note limited timetable for duration of Coronavirus pandemic.
Isle of Wight weather
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Isle of Wight holiday cottage “What’s On”
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