Red Funnel Ferries Isle of Wight Guide 2021

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ISLE OF WIGHT guide 2021 EDITION

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WELCOME To the first ever Red Funnel Isle of Wight Guide! The Isle of Wight is the UK’s Island Paradise. Spanning a modest 13 miles north to south and 27 miles from east to west, the Island (recently crowned a UNESCO Biosphere) offers a stunning array of contrasting landscapes and an extensive list of things to do and experience, all within an hour’s drivetime. We’re so excited to finally share with you our own guide to the Island! 2021 is the 160th anniversary of Red Funnel Ferries and, after connecting the Island to the Mainland for all those years, we’ve come to know it very well. Inside you’ll find guides to our beaches, things to do, places to eat and places to stay, and loads of inspirational images and features.

Our guide contributors all live on the Island, or visit very frequently, and have drawn on their knowledge to offer insider tips for your visit. We’ve worked hard throughout this guide to highlight some of the best travel experiences, which we hope will inspire you as you explore the Island. If you agree with our recommendations or discover your own that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about them!

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CONTENTS 5

WELCOME

FOOD & DRINK

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ISLE OF WIGHT TOP 12

98 LOCAL PRODUCE

15 TOP 10 EVENTS

THINGS TO DO

101 FOOD & DRINK GUIDE 110 GREAT PICNIC SPOTS

22 BEST BEACHES FOR…

PLACES TO STAY

24 BEACH GUIDE

112 BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO CAMPING

30 FAMILY DAY OUT

115 ACCOMMODATION GUIDE

31 THINGS TO DO GUIDE

124 UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY

44 OUTDOOR ADVENTURES 46 48 HOURS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT 48 RAINY DAYS OUT 50 ISLE OF WALKS

MORE 126 TRAVELLING TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT 127 GETTING AROUND 128 60 YEARS OF RED FUNNEL

EXPLORE THE ISLAND

130 SAVING LIVES AT SEA

55 NORTH

131 COMPETITION - WIN A HOLIDAY!

61 CENTRAL 66 ISLAND MAP 71

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79 SOUTH 87 WEST 92 DOG FRIENDLY GUIDE 94 RED FUNNEL IOW AWARD WINNERS REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE: We’ve tagged everything by area to make it easy for you to navigate. You’ll find summary guides for the North, East, South, West and Central in the centre of this guide, along with insider tips. You’ll also see the following symbols when we list beaches, places to visit, places to eat and accommodation.

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ISLE OF WIGHT Top 12

First-time visitor to the Island, and wondering where to start? Or a returning visitor looking for a refresher? For some quick inspiration try our Top 12 of 2021 Island highlights…

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You can’t say you’ve experienced the Island until you’ve visited The Needles, the Island’s most visited and most Instagrammed location. You can see them in a number of ways, including hiking along the nearby clifftops, taking the famous chairlift down to the beach, or taking a boat tour to view them up close. Kids and kids at heart will especially enjoy the activities at The Needles Landmark Attraction, with plenty on offer including rides, amusements, crazy golf, candy-making demos, a 4D cinema experience, and - of course - the opportunity to take home some of that famous coloured sand!

When not visiting for a holiday, the chances are you’ll be heading to the Island for one of its many eclectic events. Once playing host to the largest music event of its time (the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, whose headliners Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors and Leonard Cohen drew over 600,000 people) the Isle of Wight has gained widespread notoriety for its festival and events culture. Amongst some of its most noteworthy, the ‘Isle of Wight Festival’ made a comeback in 2002 and has since featured some of the biggest names on the music scene, whilst ‘Cowes Week’ is still the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world.

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

The Island may be small, but it’s packed with opportunity for adventure on both land and sea. If you’re one for the water, choose from kayaking, sailing, fishing, surfing, kite/ windsurfing, paddle boarding, or just have a refreshing swim in the sea. On land, ramble or run across your choice of 500 miles of scenic footpaths or find out why cyclists, mountain bikers and motorsport enthusiasts alike flock to the Island to experience the stunning landscapes, epic roads and coastal backdrops. Is the air more your thing? Paragliders – you’ve come to the right place.

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FOODIE SCENE

You’re on holiday! So, if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking, we’ve got it covered. The Island is FULL of eclectic, award-winning independent restaurants, many of which feature locally grown produce and ingredients. From freshly caught seafood with a gin and a view of the sea, to a hearty roast loaded with seasonal veggies, locally reared meats, and local ale. The Isle of Wight offers a range of tasty and unique eating and drinking experiences. Not much of a chef? Hit up one of the well-stocked farm shops and assemble an easy alfresco picnic to enjoy at a beauty spot, or back in the comfort of your holiday cottage or apartment.

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VENTNOR

If you’re just visiting the Island and can’t afford the time to see ALL her towns and villages, be sure to keep Ventnor on your list. This town has it all and ticks A LOT of tourist boxes, making for efficient use of your time and offering plenty to keep you entertained in a localised area. Highlights include Ventnor Beach – perfect for sunbathing and swimming – fantastic independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as access to some of the most scenic walks on the Island – including the Ventnor Downs, Ventnor Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Victorian Ventnor Park.

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COMPTON BAY

Another unmissable stop on your tour around the Isle of Wight is the stunning Compton Bay. Located in West Wight along the famous Military Road, Compton offers a two mile stretch of gold and dark sands alongside shimmering blue waters, multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and glorious views of the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater Bay. Reminiscent of the beaches you’d find in Cornwall, this spectacular, tranquil beach is popular with surfers and water sports enthusiasts but also ideal for families (think buckets ‘n’ spades, sunbathing and swimming) – just without the amusements and donkey rides.

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AQUA PARK

Fun for the whole family – especially those hard to please teens – this brand-new attraction is set on the popular Tapnell Farm Park estate and offers over 20 wet and bouncy obstacles, featuring giant freefall slides! All sessions must be booked online in advance. Make a whole day of it and explore all the other family friendly activities Tapnell has to offer, including getting hands on with the animals, sledge slides, jumping pillows, pedal carts, play areas and more. For refreshments The Cow, located on-site, serves awardwinning burgers. Yum!

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COASTAL WALKS Visiting the Isle of Wight and not going for a walk along the coast – would just be a real shame! A true ‘walker’s paradise’ it’s safe to say that the Island is home to some of the most epic, scenic walks you could ask for in the UK. For the best views head to the south west of the Island. Just be careful not to get too close to the edges. Cliff erosion is an ongoing challenge in the Island’s coastal areas, so we thank visitors to help us maintain the landscape. Lace up your walking boots and be sure your camera is on full charge for all those photos!


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Blessed with fertile land and the perfect mix of sun and rain (more sun than rain!) the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to grow fresh fruit, grains and vegetables as well as raise livestock. And fresh seafood? You’re surrounded by it! If you’re making some of your own meals during your stay, be sure to visit one of the many local farm shops, bakeries, butchers and fishmongers and sample the best the Island has to offer.

DINOSAUR DISCOVERY

The Isle of Wight is widely regarded as one of the richest areas for dinosaur discovery in Europe, earning it the title “Dinosaur Island”. Have yourself a Jurassic afternoon looking for fossils in hotspots Compton Bay or Yaverland. Or join a guided fossil walk with one of the Island’s dinosaur experts. At the Dinosaur Isle Museum, meet life-sized models of the Island’s famous five dinosaurs. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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When it comes to places to watch the sun rise and set, we reckon the Isle of Wight is up there with some of the best. The combination of coastline and sea views, with the impressive cloud formations the Island and its surrounding waters often provide, can make for a spectacular show in the sky. For summer sunsets head to the north coast, and in autumn and winter go for the south.

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We’ve asked you to keep Ventnor on your list… and we suggest you keep Shanklin on there too. Start in Shanklin Old Village, known for its thatched cottages and tea gardens, and make your way down Shanklin Chine – a stunning tree-lined gorge that is home to historic exhibitions, waterfalls, exotic flora and fauna and the gateway to Shanklin Beach. In the evenings the Chine is lit by a striking set of illuminations. 11


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ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

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RHYTHMTREE

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The history of the Isle of Wight’s music festival stretches back as far as 1968, and it was once reckoned as the largest ever event, after 500,000+ people descended on the Island at Afton Down in 1970! The Isle of Wight Festival in its current guise hosts around 55,000 free-spirited festival goers at Seaclose Park in Newport, but still attracts an eclectic mix of some of the biggest and best names in music. The event, which traditionally takes place at the start of June, kicks off the UK’s busy festival season, and is still seen as one of the most sought after.

Rhythmtree is one of the best family-friendly events you’ll find anywhere in the UK. Known for offering a diverse and rich selection of live music, partnered with entertainment for all the family, this safe and friendly festival at Three Gates Farm, near Calbourne, is an absolute dream. Now in its tenth year, Rhythmtree has forged much of its reputation by focusing on creating a warm and welcoming vibe and atmosphere, with creative and innovative features throughout. Alongside this, they also bring some of the biggest names from world music to their various stages and areas over the weekend.

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COWES WEEK (cowesweek.co.uk)

As the largest and longest running annual sailing regatta event in the world, Cowes Week has become an iconic highlight in the British sporting calendar. The event has been going since 1826, only taking a break for two world wars, and 2020’s pandemic. Across the eight days of the event, competitive racing takes centre stage with around 8,000 people competing and up to 100,000 spectators watching. Alongside the main event, many venues and pop-ups around Cowes host a fantastic line-up of entertainment, traditionally concluded with a spectacular firework display!

4. GARLIC FESTIVAL (garlicfestival.co.uk) 5. VENTNOR FRINGE (vfringe.co.uk) A staple in the Island calendar, the unique Isle of Wight Garlic Festival usually takes place on the third weekend in August. There is plenty to do for all ages and interests, with children’s activities, craft stalls, a fun fair, live music, food demonstrations and samplings and, most importantly, a shed load of garlic! With so much garlic grown locally, you can expect to see, taste, feel and smell it everywhere you go – so not recommended for vampires!

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This 10-day long event takes over the most southerly town of the island, Ventnor, with pop-up bars, boutique venues and hidden gems, inspired by Edinburgh’s world-famous Fringe. With just one watch-all wristband, you can access all the fantastic, weird and wonderful performances spread across multiple venues throughout the ten days. A wealth of talent can be seen during the course of the festival, varying between live music, impromptu Shakespeare, rap battles, poetry and stand-up comedy.


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BEER & BUSES (iwbeerandbuses.co.uk)

An event that takes you around the entire Island, travelling on vintage buses, where the bus stops are all pubs serving real ale? Sign us up! Beer & Buses usually takes place in October and sees over 100 different vintage buses travelling to the Island to operate a unique timetable and series of routes for two days. These routes lead to 120 participating venues and pubs, with many of them stopping right outside. If you prefer fresh air to ale, there are also several easily accessed walk recommendations along the routes.

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The Electric Woods events bring the majestic woodland of Robin Hill Country Park to life with illuminations several times throughout the year. They often centre around celebrations of various holidays, such as Diwali and Chinese New Year, as well as forming the backdrop for their evening events during the school holidays. With street style food, fire shows, and light and sound displays, every Electric Woods is different, and allows you to fully immerse yourself into a magical land.

Renowned as the world’s largest yacht race, the Round the Island race sees around 1,400 boats and over 16,000 sailors compete in the unique race anti-clockwise around the Isle of Wight. Beginning and ending in Cowes, the race spans around 50 nautical miles and can take anywhere from 3 to 10 hours. Not much of a sailor? It’s a spectacular sight for spectators, with boats passing by many viewing points where you can set up a picnic and make a day of it! Some key vantage points include The Needles Battery, St Catherine’s Point, Culver Down and Ryde Pier.

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Be in awe of two pretty waterfalls, lush green plants and friendly wildlife. Take tea on the terrace in our tea shop and pick up a souvenir from our gift shop. Find us at the end of Shanklin Esplanade and Shanklin Old Village. We plan to open from 18th March until 7th November 2021 daily from 10am until late. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up to date information.

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WALK THE WIGHT (mountbatten.org.uk)

Yes, the Isle of Wight is small enough for you to walk from one side to the other in a day. But before you start brushing off your walking boots, bear in mind the 26.5 mile walk from Bembridge to The Needles isn’t an easy one! Walk the Wight invites walkers to take on the challenge every year, with an incredible 10,000+ taking it on, raising money for Mountbatten Hospice. The views along the way are spectacular, and you’ll travel through several places that are usually inaccessible – you can also opt for half distance walks if you don’t fancy the full challenge.

10. SCOOTER RALLY (visitisleofwight.co.uk)

If you love old school Vespas and vintage Lambrettas (or even shiny new ones), you’ll quite often see them on the Isle of Wight roads in the warmer months. But no time is quite like August Bank Holiday, when over 5000 scooters descend on the Island for the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally! Scooterists will undoubtedly get the most out of this event, but for the general public the traditional Sunday rideout (from Ryde!) is a real spectacle, with 1000s of riders showing off their scooters along the esplanade before starting off in convoy for a trip around the Island at around lunchtime. 20

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ISLE OF WIGHT CARNIVALS

In the summer months, the major towns on the Island each host a colourful carnival, with streams of brightly decorated floats making their way up and down the main streets, which are lined by thousands of onlookers. Most of the carnivals include both a daytime and evening parade, where illuminations bring an extra element of sparkle to proceedings! For a full programme of carnivals, see visitisleofwight.co.uk


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BEST BEACHES FOR FAMILIES - APPLEY The wide sandy shores of Appley Beach are a playground for beachgoers. The tide goes right out, leaving loads of space for games, sunbathing and sandcastle-building, and the gentle incline makes it a great beach for paddling in the sea. There are two large car parks nearby, offering easy access, and a woodland area and park to explore to the rear. For ice creams and refreshments there’s a choice of two cafés at either end of the beach.

FOR SWIMMING - SHANKLIN

There are plenty of options if you’re looking to do a spot of sea swimming. Shanklin Beach is one of the best, with extensive stretches of golden sands minimising your potential rock encounters, and a steady gradient from the shore to the sea, meaning you won’t have to walk for miles before the water reaches above your knees. The waters are highly rated for their cleanliness, and there’s usually a lifeguard on duty during the season, so it’s also one of the safest Island beaches to go for a dip. 22

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FOR SUNSETS - GURNARD For the best summer sunsets, head to the beaches on the north side of the Island. Gurnard Beach is one of the finest for watching the sun go down, with its row of well-kept beach huts providing the perfect foreground for a photo. On a warm day, grab an ice cream and take the flat walk along the promenade from nearby Cowes to Gurnard, enjoying the setting sun as you wander.

FOR EXPLORING - FRESHWATER BAY If you’re looking for a beach to visit on a grey day, or prefer skimming stones to sunbathing, you need to drop in at Freshwater Bay. Most of the beach is covered in pebbles, and the steeper inclines lead to some impressive waves on stormy days. The old smugglers’ caves at the eastern end of the bay can be reached at very low tides, but it is easy to get cut off, so only recommended for strong swimmers, or if you’re exploring with a paddleboard or kayak. At the western end of the beach there is some sand, and rockpools at lower tides, and for some impressive views back over the bay, follow the coast path east towards Compton.

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ALUM BAY

malefemale parking utensils dog Looking for a beach with a view? Accessed via a long set of steep steps, or alternatively the chairlift from The Needles Landmark attraction above, this sand/shingle beach has views straight over the bay to the iconic Needles rocks and lighthouse. The impressive cliffs are famously made up of coloured sands. 9

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malefemale parking utensils dog With luscious golden sands, and a tide that seems to go out forever, Appley is a great beach for sunbathing and paddling in the sea. The mysterious Appley tower stands tall over the sands, and there’s a large wooded area and park nearby, with adventure playground. There are two cafés to choose from at either end of the beach. 13

BEMBRIDGE

malefemale parking utensils dog There are 3 beaches to choose from here. “Bembridge Point” runs to the edge of the harbour, with a large sandbank at low tide, “Under Tyne” to the north of the lifeboat station is sandy below the shore line, and good for swimming, and “Forelands”, which curves around the most easterly point of the Island and has rockpools to explore when the tide is out.

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BROOK

parking dog Dinosaur fans often make a beeline for this sandy beach, for the fossilised dino footprints that appear at low tides. There is also a petrified forest further along the beach at Hanover Point, which is visible at low tides. Swimming and sunbathing are popular at Brook, although care should be taken as it can be rocky in parts. 3

COLWELL BAY

malefemale parking utensils Great for swimming and sunsets, Colwell Beach is a sandy beach which is very popular with families and watersports fans. At the back of the beach are rows of brightly decorated beach huts, and a restaurant which attracts many diners by boat in the summer months. 19

COMPTON BAY

malefemale parking Once considered the “locals’ secret”, Compton Bay has in recent years found itself as one of the Island’s most popular with both visitors and locals. A long sandy beach, with rugged sandstone cliffs, and stunning views of the white chalk cliffs. Great waters for swimming and watersports, and good for families, just bear in mind it gets very busy in the summer. 5

COWES

malefemale parking utensils Just along from the main parade in Cowes, is the town’s main beach, which is mainly shingle and pebble. It’s safe for swimming, however this beach tends to be at its busiest in July and August, on account of the fact it’s one of the best spots to watch the sailing events.


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FRESHWATER BAY

malefemale parking utensils One of the Island’s most picturesque beaches, with two impressive rock stacks standing at the eastern end. It is mainly stone and shingle, with some sand away to the west end, where a rock ledge also appears at low tide, great for rockpooling. Make sure to call into the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat shop for beach essentials, and refreshments. 4

GURNARD

malefemale parking utensils dog One of the Island’s best spots for sunsets, Gurnard also has a small stretch of sand and shingle beach, most notable for its rows of green beach huts to the rear. There’s a village green behind the huts, with a small adventure playground to keep the kids entertained. 7

OSBORNE

malefemale utensils Not many places can boast a “royal” beach, other than the Isle of Wight! You’ll have to pay to enter the house and grounds at Osborne to experience this one, but it’s a great place for a paddle and picnic. There’s a café serving delicious Minghella ice cream at the beach, and they host traditional Punch and Judy shows in the summer. delivering their own unique spin on the traditional day on the beach. 8

RYDE EAST

malefemale parking utensils As with Ryde’s other beaches, the tide goes right out here, leaving lots of open space for relaxing, sunbathing and beach fun. Its golden sands are good for swimming, but we’d recommend waiting for high tide, when you’ve got less of a walk to the shoreline. To the rear of the beach is a playground, traditional amusements, and boating lake, with the main town just a short walk away.

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SANDOWN

malefemale parking utensils Long sandy beaches are a feature of the Bay area, and Sandown’s is one of the most popular spots. Instantly recognisable for the traditional pleasure pier halfway along, there are plenty of places to eat, shop, and entertain yourself along this stretch of beach and seafront. Deckchairs and sun loungers are available to hire from beach outlets. 11

SEAGROVE

malefemale dog One of the Island’s most exclusive looking beaches, Seagrove has a number of large seaside properties to its rear. Whilst it’s mainly shingle and stone above the tide line, when the tide is out there’s a large expanse of sand, making it popular for bathing, beach activities and watersports. 16

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malefemale parking utensils Just outside East Cowes, along the esplanade, is this shingle and sand beach, with fabulous views back across to West Cowes and its harbour. A good place to visit if you’re looking for a quieter beach in the main season, it’s good for swimming, and has woodland to the rear with some short walks to explore.

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SHANKLIN

malefemale . The seafront and beaches at Shanklin are a throwback to traditional “bucket and spade” holidays, with traditional amusements, crazy golf, ice cream parlours, deckchair and sun lounger hire, and loads of sand for you to set up for the day. Great for swimming and watersports, the beaches get busy in the summer season, but head to the west of the esplanade, and it’s usually quieter. 10

SPRINGVALE

parking A long stretch of sand and shingle, linking Ryde’s beaches to Seaview. Springvale beach is popular for sailing and windsurfing and is a good alternative to some of the busier beaches in the summer if you’re looking to do some sunbathing and swimming. There’s a nice walk through a nature reserve to the back of the beach. 12

ST HELENS

malefemale parking utensils dog A long stretch of sandy beach and dunes, which runs to the entrance of Bembridge Harbour. The old church overlooks the beach at St Helens, with the former golf course of the “Duver” supplying lots of green outdoor space to explore. Watersports and adventure activities are popular here, with an activity centre at the edge of the harbour.

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malefemale parking utensils dog Often a quieter beach than some of its neighbours, due to its predominantly shingle makeup. However, Totland Bay has all the great views of neighbouring Colwell, and if you can wait for the tide to recede enough to reveal the sandier parts, is just as good for swimming. The small pier is (at the time of writing) in the process of being refurbished. 17

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malefemale parking utensils Another of the Island’s traditional seafronts and beaches, albeit with a more recently built bandstand and small harbour for fishing boats at the eastern end. The beach is made up of shingle and sand and has rows of former Victorian bathing machines which are now converted to beach huts. It’s great for swimming, and there are plenty of places to grab an ice cream or snack during a visit. 14

YAVERLAND

malefemale parking utensils Curving round from the southern edge of Culver Down, until it meets Sandown’s main beach, Yaverland is a complete contrast to its more traditional neighbour. With chalk cliffs at one end, and sandstone cliffs to the rear, this sandy beach is more alike to those found on the west side of the Island. Along with being a popular beach for swimming and watersports, it’s also good for fossil hunting.

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LOOKING FOR MORE OF A CHALLENGE? WHITECLIFF BAY - One of the Island’s most beautiful beaches, but also one of the toughest to access. Guests of the holiday park above can take advantage of a shuttle service, but otherwise you’ll have to walk from either Bembridge or Culver, then navigate the very steep slope down to the beach. Try to go at low tide, as the beach all but disappears when it’s high. STEEPHILL COVE - A charming cove made up of fishermen’s cottages, colourful beach huts, cosy eateries and a sheltered sand and shingle beach. The waters are great for swimming, and there are rockpools to explore at lower tides. The easiest way to access Steephill Cove is to park at the western end of Ventnor esplanade, and follow the coast path along for approximately 900 metres. BONCHURCH MONK’S BAY - Set in a secluded little bay at the edge of the village of Bonchurch, this beach is a mix of sand and shingle, with rock breakwaters. Formerly a landing spot for smugglers, there are a few houses down by the shore and mainly woodland to the rear. With no parking at the bay, the most scenic way to get here is a mile-long walk from Ventnor seafront. However, there is a small car park on Shore Rd in Bonchurch that gets you closer. WATCOMBE BAY - If you’re a keen kayaker, or have access to a boat, make sure to explore Watcombe Bay on a calm day. Pretty much only accessible from the sea, round to the west of Freshwater Bay, this beach has tall chalk cliffs to the rear and a fabulous outlook into the channel.


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BEACHES

THE DAIRYMAN’S DAUGHTER • ARRETON BARNS

The Aqua Beachfront Bed & Breakfast Located on Shanklin Seafront Balconies with Sea Views 17 The Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN tel 01983 883024 www.the aqua.co.uk

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FAMILY DAY OUT The Island is full of fun things to do for all ages - and they don’t all have to cost money! Our easy day out itinerary will guarantee quality family time, plenty of memory making and most importantly FUN!

FREE FUN: Start your day by meeting

Merlin and friends at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (iowdonkeysanctuary.org). There’s no admission fee (donations are welcomed), and little ones will love meeting (and hearing) over 97 donkeys and 26 ponies.

Morning

SPENDING SOMETHING? You can

adopt a donkey while you’re there, or pick up some unique ‘Donkey Poop’ confectionery from the gift shop.

FREE FUN: Pack a picnic, and enjoy it from the sanctuary’s picnic area, with views out across the paddocks. Alternatively, head to nearby Ventnor Park (ventnorpark.co.uk) and spread out in the lush green surroundings.

Lunchtime

SPENDING SOMETHING? Take a break

and fill up at the Donkey Sanctuary’s “Grazers Café”. They serve tasty lunchtime treats, drinks and delicious hot chocolates – we highly recommend the mint aero one!

FREE FUN: Grab the buckets and spades and

head over to Shanklin Beach. Known for its long stretch of golden sands, kids will love dipping their toes in the sea, playing beach games, and building the most impressive sandcastles.

SPENDING SOMETHING? For added

comfort, you can bag yourself a striped deckchair for obligatory seaside relaxation. Then treat the family to a trip to the incredible ice cream parlour along the esplanade. It’s called Toppings, and serves every flavour and “topping” imaginable!

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THINGS TO DO ACTIVITIES GOODLEAF TREE CLIMBING Garden Walk, Ryde PO33 1ND goodleaf.co.uk

Climb up to 15 metres into the branches of a beautiful, majestic oak tree using rope and harness. Friendly, experienced instructors. Join a small group or book a private climb. Ages eight and over. Close to Appley Beach’s golden sands. Pay and display car park nearby. 5% sustainable travel discount.

NEEDLES PLEASURE CRUISES

On the beach at Alum Bay, Totland PO39 0JD needlespleasurecruises.co.uk Boat trips to view The Needles rocks and lighthouse. Choose from a slow 20-minute cruise boat, with stunning scenery and commentary, or 15-minute fast RIB ride, a little further to the south side of the lighthouse for unique views of Scratchells Bay. From the beach at Alum Bay, no booking required.

ISLE OF WIGHT DISTILLERY Pondwell Hill, Ryde PO33 1PX isleofwightdistillery.com

The Island’s first and only distillery, producing Mermaid Gin, Mermaid Pink Gin, Mermaid Salt Vodka, and HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin and Rum, using local, foraged ingredients. Sample and shop their spirit range, view the stills in action, and enjoy food and drink in The Mermaid Bar with views over picturesque countryside.

ISURF

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Various iowsurf.com

iSurf is the Island’s only fully mobile surf and paddle boarding (SUP) school providing tuition to anyone and everyone from 8yrs upwards. They offer anything from private tuition to being part of one of their group sessions. During the warmer months isurf run SUP Yoga sessions. Visit www.iowsurf.com to book.

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QUARR ABBEY

Quarr Rd, Ryde PO33 4ES quarrabbey.org Working Benedictine monastery with visitor centre, shop with local produce, art gallery and opportunity to visit Grade I-listed monastery church. Teashop in the beautiful gardens, with visiting garden birds, and plants and vegetables grown in the garden for sale. Buy food from the tea shop and feed the pigs and piglets.

SWEET CHARLIES

21-22 High St, Newport PO30 1SS sweetcharlies.co.uk Pretty pink, white and blue, crepe and waffle café, with roof garden, open till late. Make a sweet bouquet at the sweet boutique. Toasties, paninis, pretzel buns, sandwiches, soft drinks – gluten-free and vegan options available. Local ice creams and coffees. Enjoy soul food in this fun, exciting atmosphere.

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THE GARLIC FARM

Mersley Lane, Newchurch, Sandown PO36 0NR thegarlicfarm.co.uk THINGS TO DO

The UK’s home of all things garlic, with awardwinning restaurant serving garlic-inspired dishes, and shop full of the farm’s garlic and garlicky products with a huge range of local artisan products. Farm walks to see wildflower meadows, Highland cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, peacocks, and red squirrels. Parking and entrance free.

ARTS & CRAFTS ARRETON BARNS

Arreton Barns, Main Rd, Newport PO30 3AA arretonbarns.co.uk Nestled in the centre of the island’s beautiful countryside, Arreton Barns hosts a vast array of arts and crafts studios, showcasing some of the Island’s best artisans and craftspeople. The Dairyman’s Daughter pub serves home-cooked meals, fine wines and real ales. Well-stocked farm shop, mediaeval fishpond and 12th century church.

YARMOUTH GALLERY

Forresters Hall, High St, Yarmouth PO41 0PL yarmouthgallery.com Yarmouth Gallery provides a showcase for contemporary art and craft work by established Island and UK artists and designer-makers. It is a great place to seek out inspiration and to buy original art. The gallery also stocks artists’ prints and photographs and has a brilliant little card shop.

FAMILY FUN BLACKGANG CHINE

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DOWNS BREEZER

islandbuses.info/days-out-bus Following a circular route through pretty countryside, across the tops of the Downs with views across the English Channel, the Island and over the Solent to the mainland. The opentop Downs Breezer buses link the Esplanade with Ryde town, Wootton, Robin Hill, Sandown seafront, IW Zoo, Dinosaur Isle and Bembridge.

ISLE OF WIGHT AQUA PARK AT TAPNELL FARM Newport Rd, Yarmouth PO41 0YJ tapnellfarm.com/play

The Island’s only outdoor Aqua Park! Over 20 obstacles to tackle, with plenty of giant free-fall slides and fun (but challenging) elements to explore. Great fun for confident swimmers aged 8 and over. One hour session includes safety briefing. Wetsuits and buoyancy aids provided. Showers, toilets, and refreshments. Online bookings only.

Nr. Ventnor, PO38 2HN blackgangchine.com

NEEDLES BREEZER

Lose yourself in the Land of Imagination at the UK’s oldest amusement park. Ride the rollercoaster, round-up dinosaurs in Restricted Area 5; hold up outlaws in Cowboy Town; swashbuckle aboard at Pirate Cove; cast spells from Fairyland’s castle or dive into the Underwater Kingdom. Where will your imagination take you?

One of the most spectacular, open-top, bus rides in all of England, with views to take your breath away. Enjoy a cliff-hugging, dizzy climb from Alum Bay to the Needles Battery. The route links Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay, passes Fort Victoria Country Park, Dimbola, Farringford, and the breath-taking south-west coast.

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EXPERIENCE THE ISLE OF WIGHT DISTILLERY

Visit our shop and bar and try our award-winning Mermaid Gin DISTILLERY VISITOR CENTRE

MERMAID GIN SHOP AND BAR

FABULOUS VIEWS

VIEW OUR STILLS IN ACTION

TALKS AND TASTINGS

DOG FRIENDLY

Isle of Wight Distillery Pondwell Hill, Ryde, PO33 1PX 01983 613653 | www.isleofwightdistillery.com

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ROBIN HILL

Downend Rd, Downend, Newport PO30 2NU robin-hill.com THINGS EXPLORE TO DO EAST

Discover 88 acres of rolling parkland, natural woodland and countryside gardens for exploration, adventure and entertainment. Uncover curated ponds, bridges, water features, a huge botanic collection, falconry displays and the friendly roaming peacocks. Adventure across treetop walkways, bouncy adventure nets, epic rides and the exhilarating quarter mile downhill toboggan ride!

HISTORY & HERITAGE BEMBRIDGE WINDMILL -

High St, Bembridge PO35 5SQ nationaltrust.org.uk/bembridge-windmill This picturesque, 300-year-old windmill – the last remaining on the Island – inspired JMW Turner to paint it in 1795. Explore its four floors to learn how the windmill would have worked. The windmill is open May to Oct, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm for booked tours only. Please book online.

CARISBROOKE CASTLE SHANKLIN SEAFRONT

Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BG shanklinseafront.co.uk Family fun with modern seaside attractions and eateries, including Toppings Ice Cream Parlour and Bayside fish and chips. Amusement arcade, 18-hole indoor crazy golf, and two outdoor 18hole adventure golfs – Pirate’s Cove Adventure or Jurassic Bay. Pirate’s Cove Fun Park has rides, go karts and games for younger children.

THE NEEDLES LANDMARK ATTRACTION

Alum Bay New Rd, Alum Bay, Totland Bay PO39 0JD theneedles.co.uk Think of the Isle of Wight, and the iconic image of the world-famous chairlift, taking you to see the Needles rocks and coloured sands, springs to mind. The Island’s most famous landmark attraction has so much more to enjoy than stunning views, and is a destination not to be missed. 34

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Castle Hill, Newport PO30 1XY english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ carisbrookecastle/ Ancient motte and bailey castle above Carisbrooke village, with panoramic views from the high walls. Find Charles I’s bowling green and the window from which he tried to escape. Enjoy Princess Beatrice’s Garden, and meet the donkeys who work the 16th century treadmill raising water from the 161ft well.


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Call us: 01983 852693

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Experience a Traditional Family Farm on the Isle of Wight

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CHEDDAR CHEESE

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THE DAIRY BLUEBELLS CAFÉ FARM SHOP

HERITAGE CENTRE FARM TOURS

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DINOSAUR ISLE

SHANKLIN CHINE

Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown is home to the Island’s world-famous dinosaurs, displaying real fossils and reconstructions. Watch the staff conserving the bones and ask them about their work and how to find fossils. The education room has drawing and play activities, the shop is well-stocked for all your dinosaur needs.

Carved by Mother Nature’s own hands over thousands of years, the lush tree-lined gorge, Shanklin Chine, cuts its mark from Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach and Esplanade, far below. A museum tells its story, and the pretty café overlooks the Chine. Illuminated with stunning multi-coloured lighting on summer evenings.

Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA dinosaurisle.com THINGS EXPLORE TO DO EAST

IW STEAM RAILWAY

3 Chine Ave, Shanklin PO37 6BW shanklinchine.co.uk

Havenstreet Main Rd, Havenstreet, Ryde PO33 4DS iwsteamrailway.co.uk Beautifully preserved award-winning railway, with majestic steam engines, comfortably restored period carriages and charming rural stations. Friendly, knowledgeable staff in traditional Southern Railway uniforms add to the charm, taking you back to the era of steam travel. Train rides, train history, café and gift shop. Themed events throughout the year.

NEWTOWN OLD TOWN HALL

Newtown, Newport PO30 4PA nationaltrust.org.uk/newtown-nationalnaturereserve-and-old-town-hall Visit the former Council Chamber and Mayor’s Robing Room and discover the area’s political past – this town was a bustling community with two MPs. Saved by Ferguson’s Gang, and donated to the National Trust; learn more about this philanthropic gang downstairs. Open some weekends between May and Sept. Book online.

OSBORNE HOUSE

York Ave, East Cowes PO32 6JX english-heritage.org.uk/visit/placesosborne/ Former palatial holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, with sumptuous ground floor state rooms used to entertain royalty and heads of state, featuring ornate architecture, furnishings and fine art. Beautiful formal garden terraces and pretty walled garden. Woodland walk to royal beach and Queen Victoria’s original bathing machine.

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THE NEEDLES OLD BATTERY

West High Down, Alum Bay PO39 0JH nationaltrust.org.uk/the-needles-old-batteryand-new-battery This cliff-top fort is dramatically brought to life with exhibitions and displays detailing its use from Victorian times through both world wars. Original guns on the parade ground, dramatic views of the sea and the Needles Lighthouse, plus tea room. Parking at Needles Landmark Attraction, then walk or bus. Book online.

WIGHT MILITARY AND HERITAGE MUSEUM

Northwood Camp, 490 Newport Rd, Cowes PO31 8QU wmahm.org.uk The museum has a range of interesting objects to entertain the family, from a 1940s street scene to heavy duty military vehicles. Included are civilian memorabilia, weapons – some for handling – uniforms and vehicles, including their latest exhibit, the earliest remaining Islander aircraft, built in Bembridge, and flight simulator coming shortly.


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RESCUE CENTRE Daily Keeper talks Picnic & play areas Free kids’ trails & activity book Reptile Lodge Awesome free app Cafe & gift shop Staplers Road, Newport PO30 2NB. Tel 01983 530885. Just 5 minutes from Newport. Some events and activities may be affected by government restrictions. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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YARMOUTH CASTLE

Quay St, Yarmouth PO41 0PB english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ yarmouthcastle/ THINGS TO DO

Once one of Henry VIII’s most sophisticated coastal fortresses, Yarmouth Castle provides one of the best picnic spots on the island with breath-taking views across the Solent. Atmospheric recreation of the castle in the 16th century and exhibition of the historic shipwrecks in the treacherous sea overlooked by the castle.

PARKS & GARDENS MODEL VILLAGE GODSHILL

High St, Godshill, Ventnor PO38 3HH modelvillagegodshill.co.uk This unique vintage attraction takes you back to halcyon days of Island life. An RHS Partner Garden showcasing a large collection of conifers. Faithful recreations of local buildings, painstakingly crafted with little Islanders adding a touch of humour! Airfield, working railway and mind-bending model of the model of the model.

MOTTISTONE GARDENS

Mottistone, Newport PO30 4ED nationaltrust.org.uk/Mottistone-gardensand-estate Set in a sheltered valley with sea views these magical gardens are full of surprises, with shrubfilled banks, hidden pathways and herbaceous borders, bursting with bright reds, purples, and oranges, surrounding an ancient manor house. Small kitchen garden stocked with seasonal fruit and veg and attractive tea garden. Book online.

SANDHAM GARDENS

Culver Parade, Sandown, PO36 8AT sandhamgardens.com On the northern side of Sandown, Sandham Gardens is the ideal place to relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family. A great day out for all ages including ‘Skynets - The Big Bounce’, Sandham Karts and ‘Dino Islands - A Golf Adventure’, with backdrop of stunning sea views.

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THE FORT VICTORIA MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOPS Fort Victoria Country Park, Yarmouth PO41 0RR fortvictoria.co.uk

Free to enter country park and historic fort, with woodland nature trails, rock-pooling and crabbing on the beach, fossils to be found on the seashore, exhibitions and various attractions. Gift shops selling traditional seaside gifts, sweet shop, steampunk cabin, mythical gifts, pirate’s toy cabin and vintage penny arcade of amusements.

VENTNOR BOTANIC GARDEN Undercliff Drive, Ventnor PO38 1UL botanic.co.uk

With 6,000 species of rare and exotic plants throughout 22 acres of tropical open-air gardens, social distancing is easy. The VBG’s café serves hot and cold food and takeaways and its PUYA boutique shop offers garden gifts, children’s toys and VBG flash frozen meals, jams, chutneys, sea salts and much-loved VBG beer.

SHOPPING COWES TOWN CENTRAL 104 High St, Cowes PO31 7AT cowestowncentral.co.uk

A unique shopping experience set in an 1800s-themed shopping street, Cowes Town Central has the perfect gift or souvenir for you in its specially curated shops. Everything from movie memorabilia and authentic pearls, to mugs and umbrellas; footwear and socks to bath-bombs and luxury toiletries. Explore their virtual stores.

DORESHILL FARM EMPORIUM Briddlesford Rd, Wootton Bridge, Ryde PO33 4RX doreshillfarmemporium.co.uk

In rustic barns, Doreshill Farm Emporium has a wide range of antiques, collectables, jewellery, furniture (antique, retro, painted and up-cycled) china, tools, curios, militaria and gardenalia from 28 dealers. They are dog-friendly with free parking and a warm (certificated COVID-19 safe) welcome. Open Thursdays to Sundays 10.30 to 16.30.


HONEYBOURNE JEWELLERY 3 Church St, Ventnor PO38 1SW honeybournejewellery.com

THE LITTLE NOOK

12 Town Lane, Newport PO30 1JU thelittlenook.co.uk Artisan food and crafts from across the Isle of Wight, gathered and sold from this cute shop in the heart of Newport. Range of hampers full of Isle of Wight foods and drinks, picnic hampers, or create a bespoke hamper. Biscuits, cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, jams, sauces, huge range of gifts.

THINGS TO DO

Honeybourne Jewellery is an established, fully stocked boutique found nestled within the beautiful Victorian town of Ventnor, in the south of the island. With three in-house designers creating jewellery pieces on the premises under head jeweller Sophie Honeybourne (MA RCA). Working in silver, gold, vitreous enamels, diamonds and semi-precious stones.

they offer a Grazing Box delivery service islandwide. All grazing boxes are beautifully presented in biodegradable boxes, ready for you to collect or to be delivered straight to your door.

THE OLD SMITHY

High St, Godshill, Ventnor PO38 3HZ theoldsmithy.com

MY FUNKY BAGS

20 High St, Yarmouth PO41 0PL myfunkybags.com My Funky Bags in Yarmouth have been a huge success with their unique bags and baskets made from recycled water bottles and packing straps. With fabulous colours and designs, they are brilliant for boating, beaching, camping and travelling as they fold up! New range: My Funky Towels made from recycled cottons!

OASIS

Carpenters Rd, Brading, Sandown PO36 0QA oasis-iow.com Looking for something unique and exciting? Oasis is a very large shopping emporium, all on one level, with many rooms and passages, displaying their exciting collection of home gifts and furniture from around the world. Designed by Oasis, and at ‘direct import prices’. Coffee shop and large free car park.

THE BORNEO PANTRY

Prospect Business Centre, Prospect Rd, Cowes PO31 7AD borneopantry.com Award winning chutneys, pickles, mustards and sauces made in Cowes using only the finest ingredients in small, hand-made batches, and REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

Stroll through The Old Smithy’s beautiful gardens and browse their shops, choosing from a wide range of gifts; from cards to collectables, books, pictures, candles, pens, pottery, glassware and jewellery. Top clothing lines such as Masai, Seasalt and Soya Concept. Coffee shop with delicious home-made pastries, cakes and light meals.

TIPSY WIGHT

Medham Farm, Medham Farm Lane, Cowes, PO31 8PH tipsywight.com Gorgeous, naturally flavoured vodka liqueurs made from locally foraged ingredients grown on Tipsy Wight’s farm on the banks of the river Medina. This multi award-winning family business captures the unique charm of an English summer in a bottle. Their honey-based infusions are made from their own awardwinning beehives.

ZOOS & ANIMALS AMAZON WORLD

Watery Lane, Newchurch, Sandown PO36 0LX amazonworld.co.uk The island’s largest collection of exotic animals, including cats, meerkats, anteaters, tapirs, toucan, parrots and free-flying birds. Riverbank with fish and crocodiles; exotic fruit trees; nocturnal area with armadillo, loris, kinkajou, sloth and owl monkeys. Learn about the effect of deforestation on our planet. Jurassic playground and Adventurers Café. 39


OSBORNE Victoria and Albert’s palace by the sea Discover sumptuous royal apartments

Experience Victoria’s private beach

Explore intimate family rooms

Search ‘Osborne’ to book your visit

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CARI S BROOKE CASTLE The island’s castle Discover the story of a king’s imprisonment

Experience the charming Edwardian garden

Explore sky-high battlements

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BRIDDLESFORD FARM

meerkats, birds of prey and reptiles. Lots of fun for everyone, including wonderful keeper talks, a fun free App, children’s trail, Tea Room, gift shop, and free return within a week.

Briddlesford Farm is home to a herd of beautiful, pedigree Guernsey cows, a farm shop, Bluebells café, heritage centre and a dairy; where the golden milk and cream is bottled and made into five cheeses, butter and clotted cream. Book a Welly Wednesday Farm Tour in the school holidays.

TAPNELL FARM PARK

Briddlesford Rd, Wootton Bridge, Ryde PO33 4RY briddlesford.co.uk THINGS TO DO

Newport Rd, Yarmouth PO41 0YJ tapnellfarm.com/play Award-winning, all-weather family attraction with so much to see and do, indoors and outdoors! Two large straw adventure barns, go-karts, jumping pillows, sledge slides and soft play fun. Plus, meet the wallabies, meerkats and other animals in the paddocks and barn. Daily animal activities. Open two sessions daily. Online bookings only.

ISLE OF WIGHT DONKEY SANCTUARY

Lower Winstone Farm, Ventnor PO38 3AA iowdonkeysanctuary.org With over 100 donkeys and a number of Shetland ponies, the Donkey Sanctuary invites you to get up close and personal with the donkeys and discover their welfare and rescue work. Donkey information trail, wildlife area, Donkey Grooming and half day Donkey Experiences. Gift shop, café, free parking - entry by donation.

ISLE OF WIGHT REPTILARIUM Fort Victoria Country Park, Yarmouth PO41 0RR reptilarium.org

The island’s smallest licensed zoo, the Reptilarium at Fort Victoria is an indoor allweather attraction full of reptiles, amphibians and insects. The 33 exhibits include a nocturnal room where it’s night-time during the day to view nocturnal creatures, and a turtle temple indoor pond, housing rescued terrapins in the terrapin sanctuary.

MONKEY HAVEN

Five Acres Farm, Staplers Rd, Newport PO30 2NB monkeyhaven.org Swing on by to the award-winning primate rescue centre making animals happy – and people happy! Meet rescued gibbons, monkeys, 42

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THE WILDHEART ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Yaverland Rd, Yaverland, Sandown PO36 8QB wildheartanimalsanctuary.org On the shores of Sandown Bay, The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is a safe space for rescued and unwanted animals to flourish under bespoke rehabilitation plans. From lions, tigers and lynx to lemurs, monkeys and farm animals. Daily encounters and talks ensure that you get to know each and every animal.

WEST WIGHT ALPACAS Main Rd, Yarmouth PO41 0SZ westwightalpacas.co.uk

Alpaca and Llama walking centre and park farm, with rare breed Wensleydale sheep, pigs, miniature donkeys, pony Frankie, plus friendly goats and poultry and ducks which you can feed. West Wight Alpacas is in Wellow, rural West Wight, on number 7 bus route. Café for really good coffee and cakes.


Boat trips from Alum Bay viewing the famous Needles Rocks and Lighthouse.

01983 840270

PO38 3HH

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Open from 1st April until 1st November Tel. 01983 761587 www.needlespleasurecruises.co.uk

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES With its contrasting landscapes, rugged coastline, flat sandy beaches, and unique weather, the Island is a playground for watersports and adventure activities. Whether it’s paragliding over clifftops, paddling in and out of hidden caves and coves, cantering along the beach on horseback, or hurtling down chalk ridge mountain bike trails, you’ll discover some of the best (and most challenging) Isle of Wight adventures happen in the great outdoors.

KAYAKING

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Whether you’re in the market for a gentle glide, or have your eye on something wilder and more adventurous, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to take to the water and take in the coastal scenery from a different perspective. Popular kayak launch sites include: Freshwater, Yarmouth, Compton, Brook, Yaverland and Sandown Bay, Newtown Creek, Cowes, Ryde / Puckpool. Don’t have your own kayak? You’ll find plenty of options to hire one, or take a guided session with adventureisleofwight.com

PADDLEBOARDING One of the most popular water sports on the Island, paddle boarding is a fun, chilled-out way to take to the water. In recent years, ‘SUP’ (stand-up paddle boarding) has become especially popular for good reason. A wonderful, gentle alternative to surfing, this is a great option for those new to water sport. Where to go? Ryde, Seaview, Bembridge, Colwell Bay, Newtown Creek, Gurnard, Freshwater Bay, Ventnor, Shanklin, Sandown.

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SURFING The Island is one of the South of England’s best-kept surfing secrets. On small swell days, the waves are playful and fun and are perfect for practising technique. On big swell days the waves deliver some of the best opportunities for an adrenaline rush in the UK. New to surfing or a bit rusty? Book yourself some lessons at a surf school, like iowsurf.com. If you’re already a skilled/seasoned surfer, head straight to the south coast of the Island – particularly Compton Bay, Freshwater Bay, Ventnor, Niton and Shanklin.

PARAGLIDING Given its location and favourable climate, the Isle of Wight often dodges low-pressure systems, making for a high proportion of ‘flyable days’ when it comes to paragliding. Seasoned paragliders should head to the south west part of the Island, particularly East Afton Down, Compton Down, Chillerton Down, Luccombe Down, Culver Down and St Catherine’s Down. Beginners should book a lesson before taking to the air. And not to worry, the Island’s climate offers ideal conditions for learners, so if you’ve ever fancied a go at flying in the air, you’ve come to the right place. For courses, check out: highadventureparagliding.co.uk

HORSE RIDING With hundreds of bridleways, peaceful country lanes and open sandy beaches - the Isle of Wight makes for an idyllic setting when it comes to getting on horseback. Bring your own horse, take part in a guided ride or book a lesson for the whole family. There are a number of excellent riding schools across the Island which cater for visitors of all ages and abilities and offer a wonderful way to explore the many paths, bridleways and beaches. For beach rides check out sallysridingschool.com.

CYCLING Lonely Planet named the Isle of Wight as one of the 10 best cycling destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The diverse terrain offers a great variety of road cycling, touring and mountain biking. There are cycling routes, paths and trails for all levels of rider, from family leisure cycling to downhill mountain biking, dirt jumping to road racing. Bring your own bike or hire at wightcyclehire.co.uk. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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RAINY DAYS OUT The Island prides itself on being one of the sunniest places in the UK. However, (spoiler alert) a rainy day will occasionally happen. But don’t worry, the Island literally has you “covered” when it comes to all-weather things to do:

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FOR OLDER KIDS / TEENAGERS GO KARTING – according to Wight Karting’s customers, whizzing round the 520m Floodlit track is more fun in the rain! Their Junior Track sessions are perfect for ages 8-15. WIPE OUT AT THE AQUA PARK – fans of Total Wipeout will love the 20+ obstacle course at the Isle of Wight Aqua Park. Great fun for confident swimmers aged 8 and over. WATERSPORTS - you’re already getting wet, so why not head out to sea and tackle some watersports, like stand-up paddleboarding, or learning to surf with iSurf.

BOWLING & LASER QUEST – at Ryde Superbowl you’ve got two boredom-busting activities under one roof.

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FOR ADULTS RETAIL THERAPY – there are plenty of boutique stores in the main towns, with lots of local treats to explore. The Garlic Farm and Isle of Wight Distillery are perfect places to pick up gifts, and just relax with your partner or friends. WOODLAND WALKS – explore the Island under the shelter of tree canopies. Firestone Copse, Parkhurst Forest and Bouldnor Forest are all beautiful spots, with a good network of paths to explore. GET CRAFTY – learn to make something with a ‘hands-on’ workshop. Book in at The Jewellery Cabin, near Newport, to create yourself a unique pendant or set of earrings. The Quay Arts also run regular workshops and courses for anyone looking to get creative. TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME – the Island boasts some fantastic indoor heritage attractions, including Queen Victoria’s palace by the sea at Osborne, and one of the UK’s finest Roman sites, Brading Roman Villa.

FOR YOUNGER KIDS INDOOR SOFT PLAY – you’re spoiled for choice for indoor fun, with several attractions, including Sandown Pier and JR Zone, offering extensive soft play centres for your little ones to run wild. MEET THE ANIMALS – spend the day at a part-covered animal attraction, such as Tapnell Farm Park or Amazon World, and meet some new furry friends and exotic creatures. BEACH WALKS – pull on those wellies, and get out to explore some of the Island’s beaches. Look out for easy walks along the sea walls from Ventnor to Bonchurch, and Sandown to Shanklin. SEASIDE AMUSEMENTS – the tried and tested way to have fun on a rainy holiday, there are good sized traditional amusements at Shanklin Seafront with mini-golf and more to enjoy. For more on these and other rainy-day ideas go to redfunnel.co.uk/rainydays REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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ISLE OF...WALKS The Isle of Wight has often been described as a ‘walker’s paradise’ – and that couldn’t be truer. You’ll be spoiled for choice when deciding where to spend time putting one foot in front of the other. With over 500 miles of footpaths, it’s not hard to find somewhere to go for a walk on the Island. Just keep your eyes open for the footpath signs and you’ll be amazed at how many you’ll spot!

THE ISLE OF WIGHT COASTAL PATH

THE TENNYSON TRAIL

The 70-mile Isle of Wight Coastal Path takes you through the ‘Heritage Coast’ and can be split into six smaller sections ranging from 8 to 14 miles each, with each part offering you something unique. Many walkers split the route over a few days, changing accommodation along the way. Note: If you’re going to do this, be sure to book in advance. You’ll find plenty of information online for this famous route. If a full walking holiday is not on your agenda and you just want to experience the most popular part, look between Yarmouth and Brighstone, or Brighstone to Niton. (West Wight). Tip: Drive along the Military Road and simply look out of the window. When you find a view and terrain you like, just pull up in one of the many car parks, lace up, and go!

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The Tennyson Trail is a 14-mile walk from Carisbrooke Castle all the way to the Island’s most visited attraction, The Needles. The route passes through some gorgeous areas including Bowcombe Down, Brighstone Forest, Mottistone Down, Brook Down, Afton Down, Freshwater Bay, and Tennyson Down, before taking you to Alum Bay. If you’re up for a long and challenging walk, this one is for you. Expect to climb up the downs, make your way through forests - even pass ancient burial sites. The views along the way? Breath-taking.


VENTNOR DOWNS

This rewarding walk delivers stunning scenery and plenty of landscape variety. Visitors can drive to the top of the downs, where there are several car parks leading down to level footpaths, or, for more of a challenge, start/park in the town (Ventnor) and make your way up into the hills from there. Before turning around, refuel at The Crab Shed (Steephill Cove) or The Seapot (Wheelers Bay Rd).

BOULDNOR FOREST NATURE RESERVE

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If seeing a Red Squirrel is on your Island bucket list, take a walk through Bouldnor Forest Nature Reserve for your best chance at spotting these famous critters. More than that, you’ll find wildlife and birds aplenty, all set in a gorgeous, mostly flat, woodland space. Visiting during the wetter months? Bring wellies.

If you looked at any tourist information prior to your visit, chances are you came across a photo featuring the climactic views of this stunning walking spot and Bronze Age burial mound. Highlights of the 5-mile walk include jaw-droppingly stunning landscapes, plenty of birds and wildlife and extraordinary views of the sea, mainland, and the Needles. For more walk ideas go to redfunnel.co.uk/walking

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EXPLORE THE ISLAND One of the Isle of Wight’s greatest features is its many contrasts and variations. However, if you think this means you’ll be travelling for hours between destinations, think again! The Island is just under 23 miles wide, and 14 miles top to bottom, so regardless of where you choose to visit, you’re never very far from the next essential location on your list. Whether you’re staying locally, visiting for the day, or just passing through, our Explore guide breaks the Island up into areas to give you a flavour of each of them. Let us take you for a quick hop around the Island, to explore the main towns, villages and areas, with some recommendations for places to go, things to look out for, and top tips to help you get the most out of your Isle of Wight stay!

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EXPLORE NORTH Encompassing a shoreline that stretches along the Solent channel, the wider parts of the River Medina, and Wootton Creek, the North of the Island is extremely popular for sailing and boating. You’ll also discover some of the Island’s most significant history here, with the world’s largest sailing regatta at Cowes, and Queen Victoria’s royal palace by the sea at Osborne.

GURNARD

WHY GO? Less than a mile to the west of Cowes is the village of Gurnard. The waters here are very popular for sailing and watersports, but undoubtedly one of the most striking features of Gurnard (and in particular the waterfront) is its jaw-dropping sunsets. Park along the esplanade on a clear evening, find yourself a great spot to watch (behind the beach huts is a great photo spot), and kick back and enjoy the show If you’re stopping for a bit longer, the Woodvale (hotelcowes.co.uk) serves freshly cooked food and has great views out across the Solent.

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WEST COWES EXPLORE NORTH

WHY GO? The vibrant streets of West Cowes contain a mixture of boutique-style shops, traditional pubs and inns, and trendy cafés and restaurants. During the sailing season you’ll find the harbour and waterfront a hive of action. Cowes Week, which takes place every year in early August, draws large crowds to watch the competition out on the water, and enjoy the festival atmosphere in the town, with entertainment, live music events, and a grand finale fireworks display.

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You’ll be spoiled for choice eating out in West Cowes, just make sure to book ahead where you can, as the independent eateries throughout the town get very busy in the tourist season. For sea views and sunsets, try the New Holmwood Restaurant (newholmwoodhotel.co.uk) which is located right on the seafront, just out of the main town. For delicious British food, cocktails and casual dining, Gastronomy (gastronomycowes.co.uk) on the main street is worth a look, while for classic takeaway Fish & Chips, you should check out Corries Cabin on Shooters Hill.

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If sailing’s not your thing, there’s still plenty to explore. Shopping highlights include SLAB Artisan Fudge (slabfudge.co.uk), for a wide range of delicious Isle of Wight fudges, the neighbouring Bliss Ice Cream Parlour (blissicecreamparlour.com), serving Isle of Wight Ice Cream, and The Food Hamper (facebook.com/thefoodhamper), for luxurious gift hampers of Island produce. Just outside town, on the main road to Newport, you’ll find the Wight Military & Heritage Museum (wmahm.org.uk), which is must-visit for any fans of military history and memorabilia.

There are some great routes for easy walking and cycling from West Cowes. Head along Cowes Parade, past the town’s shingle beaches, and along to Gurnard for fabulous Solent views and stunning sunsets. In the other direction, follow the cycle path along the Medina estuary, bringing you through a nature reserve, and all the way south into the Island’s capital town of Newport. 56

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In its compact town centre, East Cowes has several restaurants and takeaways. If you’re in the market for Italian, Prego (pregoiow.co.uk) gets great reviews, and is just metres from the ferry terminal if you’re arriving on a later sailing and in need of some sustenance. On a sunny day, the outside terrace of The Lifeboat (thelifeboatcowes.co.uk) has great views of the marina and an extensive menu of pub classics.

EAST COWES

WHY GO? Separated from the “west” by the River Medina, and connected by a chain link ferry, East Cowes is perhaps best known for Queen Victoria’s royal palace at Osborne (english-heritage.org.uk/osborne). One of the most popular attractions on the Island, Osborne offers something for almost any visitor; with the house and its many collections, and extensive grounds and gardens, which include the royal beach (with traditional Punch and Judy shows in the summer).

WOOTTON BRIDGE

WHY GO? The village of Wootton is found midway between the two major towns of Ryde and Newport and is most recognisable for its tidal creek, and large mill pond, which sit either side of its namesake bridge. There are several great walks in this area, one of which takes you through to Woodside Bay, the location of the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. Over 100,000 festival-goers descended on the village for this event, which was headlined by Bob Dylan.

TOP TIP - QUARR ABBEY

Set back from the main road into Ryde, and surrounded by woodland, is one of the Island’s most tranquil spots. Free to visit, and open all year round, Quarr Abbey’s centrepiece is an active Benedictine monastery, encircled by extensive grounds that include a visitor centre, art gallery, farm shop and café, woodland walks and more. Call in and feed the friendly pigs, or grab yourself a tasty Quarr Abbey Ale and just relax!

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TOP TIP - QUEEN VICTORIA’S CHURCH

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EXPLORE CENTRAL In the middle of the Island you’ll find the county town of Newport, which is surrounded by a series of smaller villages with impressive downland stretching away to the south and east.

NEWPORT

WHY GO? As the largest town on the Island, Newport boasts the most extensive network of shopping streets and open spaces, with plenty of restaurants and cafés in which to hang out and grab a coffee or bite to eat. Shopping is a popular pastime here, with a mix of well-known chain stores, and smaller independent shops to explore. If you’re looking to pick up some local treats during your visit, seek out The Little Nook (thelittlenook.co.uk), which stocks a wide range of local produce, crafts and gifts. Also worth a look is Peach (peach-veganzerowaste.co.uk), a recently opened “zero waste” store, that caters for vegan diners in its cosy café.

The main town doesn’t offer much in the way of things to see, other than St Thomas’ church in the main square; but a short walk from the main high street will bring you to the Quay Arts (quayarts.org), with art galleries to visit, a craft shop selling locally made gifts, and a good-sized café bar with riverside terrace. A short drive from the centre is the impressive Carisbrooke Castle (english-heritage.org.uk/carisbrooke) where Charles I was imprisoned before his execution. The grounds outside the walls of the castle are free of charge to explore. Every year, in June, 60,000 festival-goers descend on Newport for the Isle of Wight Festival. The event takes place at Seaclose Park, and outside of festival time you can explore the park and arboretum where much of the festival takes place. There’s a great river walk in this area, that runs along the bank of the River Medina, along to Island Harbour, with the remains of paddle steamer ship “Ryde Queen” to look out for en route.

TOP TIP – MONKEYING AROUND

The number one “thing to do” on the Isle of Wight according to Tripadvisor reviews is, more often than not, the fantastic Monkey Haven (monkeyhaven.org), just outside Newport. This primate rescue centre has won several high-profile awards, with its collection of happy animals, knowledgeable staff, and an immaculate park. Once you’ve met the monkeys, head up the road to Briddlesford Farm (briddlesford.co.uk), to sample a tasty menu of fresh seasonal food from the Island’s farmers and growers at the Bluebell Café. In the school holidays you can often book onto farm tours, just don’t forget your wellies! REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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WHY GO? The picturesque village of Godshill is home to much of the Island’s older architecture and the “chocolate box” cottages that have adorned the front of many a postcard over the years. The deceptively large emporium of shops, gardens and coffee shop that make up the Old Smithy will likely be the first thing you’ll see after parking your car. This will bring you out onto the main street, which is furnished with traditional tearooms and quirky shops. It’s well worth checking out the delightful Godshill Model Village (modelvillagegodshill. co.uk), which depicts Godshill, and the nearby resort of Shanklin in perfect miniature, surrounded by award-winning gardens.

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With so many tearooms, the obvious choice in Godshill would be to indulge in a traditional cream tea. However, tucked away along Church Hollow you’ll find Tansy’s Pantry (tansyspantry. co.uk), a recently opened vegan restaurant and café that has earned many plaudits with its menu of freshly made plant-based delights. For more gastropub-style food, try the Taverners (thetavernersgodshill.co.uk) on the main street, for fresh locally sourced ingredients, served in charming surroundings. Nearby Chocolate Island (islelovechocolate.co.uk) is a must-visit for visitors with a sweet tooth, with many of their chocolate creations made on site. You can burn off some of the inevitable calories with a walk up to the medieval All Saints Church, which sits at the top of a hill overlooking the rest of the village.

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THE DOWNS AND SURROUNDING AREA EXPLORE CENTRAL EXPLORE EAST

WHY GO? When you hear reference to “The Downs” on the Isle of Wight, it usually refers to the area made up by Arreton, Mersley, Ashey and Brading downs in the centre of the Island. There’s a great open top bus tour you can take during the main season, which will show you the best of the views, which stretch all around the Island. The valleys surrounding the downland are known for growing produce, and also contain a number of great things to see and do. At Arreton Barns (arretonbarns.co.uk) you’ll discover a whole range of local art and crafts makers, sweet and farm shops, and a shipwreck heritage centre, as well as a cosy traditional pub. Further east, along the Arreton Valley, is the famous Garlic Farm (thegarlicfarm.co.uk) which is free to explore, and a garlic-lover’s paradise. To the north of the main downs road, set in the opposite valley is Robin Hill (robin-hill.com), with 88 acres of stunning woodland, open countryside and family attractions.

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RYDE

WHY GO? With long spacious stretches of sandy beaches, a thriving independent shopping scene, and a whole host of great places to eat out, Ryde is a quirky mix of traditional seaside fun, Victorian architecture and unexpected hidden gems. Amongst the many boutique shops that line its main streets you’ll find stores selling everything from comic books and jewellery, to vintage clothing and fruit and veg. The underground market in Royal Victoria Arcade is worth an explore, where you’ll discover the quirky Donald McGill Museum (saucyseasidepostcards. com) paying homage to the “King of the Saucy Seaside Postcard” from the early 20th century.

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The Isle of Wight Steam Railway (iwsteamrailway.co.uk) runs from Wootton through to the outskirts of Ryde, with their main station and visitor centre located in the village of Havenstreet. To get the full experience of Island railways, catch the regular train from Ryde Esplanade to Smallbrook Station, where you’ll pick up the steam train to carry you to Havenstreet in style.

Along the seafront, behind the main beaches, you’ll find traditional amusements and the boating lake (with swan pedalos in the summer). Here you can also take a “flight” over to the historic city of Portsmouth on the world’s only remaining passenger hovercraft. Continue along the esplanade to Appley Beach and Park, to see the mysterious Appley Tower, and try your hand at recreational tree climbing with Goodleaf (goodleaf.co.uk).

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Ryde has an abundance of places to satisfy most appetites, with restaurants for various cuisines lining the town’s main streets, and traditional holiday fodder to takeaway along the esplanade. No 64 (no64ryde.com) off Union Street always scores highly on Tripadvisor, whilst Michelangelo’s (ristorantemichelangelo.co.uk) on the esplanade serves delicious authentic Italian with an integrated deli shop where you can buy many of the ingredients that form their tasty dishes. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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WHY GO? Much of Seaview’s reputation as an upmarket Edwardian resort was built on its panoramic sea views and great sandy beaches, and these are still two of its biggest assets.

ST HELENS

WHY GO? St Helens has a sandy beach, in the shadow of a ruined church, and the former Victorian golf course that forms the Duver.

It’s popular with tourists looking for a true “escape”, and in the summer months the village becomes a busy centre for sailing and watersports. The beach of Springvale offers some of the best views, straight across the Solent to Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower, and the famous Solent forts, whilst following the coast path takes you around the village and onto the more sheltered Seagrove Beach.

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There are some good stops for food in the Seaview area, including the award winning restaurant at The Seaview Hotel (seaviewhotel.co.uk). Just outside the village is the Mermaid Bar, home of the Isle of Wight Distillery (isleofwightdistillery.com) and Mermaid Gin, where along with food you can treat yourself to a quick Mermaid Gin and tonic out on the terrace in the summer.

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There’s plenty of watersports action, with an activities centre nearby offering various outdoor pursuits. There are also plenty of walks and nature to explore across the National Trust managed Duver area.

Puckpool Park A great place to spend half a day is Puckpool Park, near Seaview. Explore the Victorian gun battery, try the delicious pizzas from the Old Barracks café (theoldbarracks.co.uk), indulge in a round of mini golf or tennis, and look out for regular outdoor cinema events throughout the year.

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BEMBRIDGE

WHY GO? As the village runs around the coast, Bembridge offers a wide range of things to do that are naturally related to the sea. EXPLORE EXPLORE EAST EAST One of the Isle of Wight’s most popular photography spots is Bembridge Lifeboat Station (bembridgelifeboat.org.uk), which projects out into the Solent via a long pier and is free to visit.

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There are various eateries in the Bembridge area, ranging from country pubs to cosy restaurants. If you’re in the market for a delicious snack, check out WW Woodford & Sons (woodfordandsons.co.uk) in the centre of the village, whose sausage rolls were described as the “best ever” by TV chef James Martin. Seafood fans, with a love of dining al fresco, should check out the unique Beach Hut (isleofwightbeachcafe. co.uk), which serves tasty seafood platters and cake in equal measure, with some of the best sea views you’ll find.

The three beaches, Lane End, the Ledge and Bembridge Beach, are very popular for exploring with contrasting coastlines, rock pools and stunning panoramic views out to sea. With its substantial harbour Bembridge is also a very popular sailing destination.


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BRADING

WHY GO? Park up at the top of town near the Norman church of St Mary’s and take a wander along the main street to appreciate some of Brading’s interesting heritage, including the slightly gory remnant of the Bull Ring in front of the town hall. Just outside the town you’ll find Brading Roman Villa (bradingromanvilla.org.uk), which offers a comprehensive history of the days of Roman occupation on the Island.

CULVER DOWN

For many years an important military zone closed to the public, Culver is now easily accessed on foot or by car from the main Bembridge to Brading Road. There are still some remnants of its history with the substantial Bembridge Fort (nationaltrust.org.uk), and a World War II anti-aircraft battery. Spectacular views from Culver open out across the whole Bay area of Sandown and Shanklin, or look back over Whitecliff Bay and Bembridge.

If you like exploring nature, take a wander out through the Brading marshlands, where you’ll get great views of what was one of the Isle of Wight’s main ports until the 16th Century.

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On Brading’s high street you’ll find a number of great places to eat. New to the area is the recently relocated Hungry Bear (hungrybear.online) which has taken over part of the once legendary Brading Waxworks building. Make sure to stop in on a Sunday to try the amazing “roast platters” that feed up to four people! REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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SANDOWN EXPLORE EXPLORE EAST EAST

WHY GO? Famed for its long stretches of golden sandy beach, and traditional pleasure pier, Sandown is another of the Island’s principal Victorian resorts. The main town beach stretches all the way along the esplanade to Yaverland, where the contrasting sand curves to the edges of Culver Down. There’s plenty of scope for watersports along all these beaches in the summer. In addition to the pier, which houses amusements, soft play, bowling and mini golf, Sandown offers a wide range of things to do. These include the Isle of Wight Zoo (isleofwightzoo.com), where you’ll find one of the Island’s quirkiest attractions, the National Museum of Poo! Nearby is an interactive dinosaur museum, and Sandham Gardens (sandhamgardens.com), with go-karting, crazy golf, and more for kids.

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You’ll find plenty of beach cafés and ice cream stops along the front, perfect for warm (and cold) day refreshment. Head east along the main esplanade and you’ll find The Bandstand (thebandstandsandown.co.uk), where you can enjoy great coffee and food with panoramic sea views of the Bay area, set in an award-winning architectural conversion of Sandown’s old bandstand.

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Take a stroll along the sea defences from Sandown esplanade, and you can walk all the way to the village of Shanklin. There’s a couple of beach cafés along the way, which are worth checking out, as well as a watersports centre. If you’re looking for a quieter beach in the summer, which still has all the sand and views of Sandown and Shanklin, check out Lake Beach halfway between the two.

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EXPLORE EAST EXPLORE SOUTH

EXPLORE SOUTH On this side of the Island the traditional resort towns, with their long stretches of esplanade and beach, meet the more rugged landscapes of the West Wight. Leave the busy tourist trap of Shanklin seafront behind, and just a 20-minute drive later you could be gazing out at the striking St Catherine’s lighthouse surrounded by nothing but the Island’s outstanding natural beauty.

SHANKLIN

WHY GO? The resort town of Shanklin is split into two distinctive areas; the Old Village, with its pretty streets and thatched roofs, and the newer town, from which the road to the esplanade snakes down the hill to the seafront and sandy beaches. Both beaches get busy in the Summer, but “Small Hope Beach” to the east is sometimes quieter.

If you’re browsing the shops during your visit, be sure to look out Jurassic Jim’s Fossil Shop (jurassicjim.com) for real dinosaur artifacts and minerals, and Cavanagh & Baker (cavanagh-baker.co.uk) the “Island Made Emporium” for a great selection of local gifts and foodstuff. There are more traditional beach shops (for last-minute bucket and spade purchases) at Shanklin Seafront (shanklinseafront.co.uk) where you’ll also find adventure golf, indoor play, amusement arcades and much more to keep the kids entertained.

In amongst some of the oldest dwellings on the Island, at the Old Village, you’ll find a collection of traditional tearooms and cosy gift shops. A short walk away are the pretty Rylstone Gardens (with pitch and putt in the summer) and the entrance to one of the Isle of Wight’s oldest, and most understated attractions, Shanklin Chine (shanklinchine.co.uk). The Chine is beautiful at any time of day, but really comes into its own after dark, when its stunning landscapes, waterfalls and plant life are brought to life by magical illuminations.

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As with many of the towns on the Island, there are plenty of places to eat in Shanklin, depending on what you’re looking for. If you want sea views, you can’t get much better than Fisherman’s Cottage (fishermanscottageshanklin.co.uk) at the foot of Chine, whose outdoor terrace runs up to the back of the beach. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, Salix Beach Café (thesalixcafe.co.uk) on Small Hope Beach serves Island Roasted Coffee, and delicious breakfasts and lunches, with views straight out over the bay. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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BONCHURCH EXPLORE SOUTH EXPLORE EAST

WHY GO? Steeped in both history and its unique geography, the village of Bonchurch has a certain “magical air” to it, unlike anywhere else on the Isle of Wight. Its notable one-time residents include none other than Charles Dickens, and in the late 19th century it was a fashionable spot for writers and artists. At the centre of Bonchurch is a large spring-fed pond, with a selection of beautiful old cottages and buildings running along the main village road.

TOP TIP - DEVIL’S CHIMNEY

Just outside Bonchurch is the Devil’s Chimney, one of the Island’s hidden gems. The walk through here is not for the faint hearted, as it descends into the landslips below down a steep set of stairs in a narrow gap in the rock. The narrow path weaves past small caves into thick woodland, until you reach the main coast path, which can be used to head back into Bonchurch via Monk’s Bay or along to Shanklin. St Boniface Church is nearby, parts of which date back to the 11th Century, and a short walk down from here brings you to Monk’s Bay, a small sand and shingle beach with rockpools to explore at low tide. The Bonchurch Inn (bonchurch-inn.co.uk) further up the village is a delightful old pub, with a courtyard garden and extensive menu of home-cooked Italian cuisine.

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VENTNOR EXPLORE SOUTH EXPLORE EAST

WHY GO? As Isle of Wight towns go, Ventnor is somewhat of an enigma. Resting on a steep incline in the shelter of St Boniface Down (the highest point on the Island) it enjoys its own “microclimate”, which brings warmer temperatures, and historically made it a place to relax and recover. Relaxation is still high on

the agenda, but the town has in more recent years become one of the cultural hotspots of the Island, with events such as Ventnor Fringe (vfringe.co.uk) now a mainstay on the Isle of Wight calendar.

The warmer climes give the plant life and wildlife a more tropical edge, which is perfectly demonstrated at the nearby Ventnor Botanic Gardens (botanic.co.uk), and the beach and seafront (complete with Isle of Wight shaped paddling pool and cascade gardens and waterfall) are very popular in the main season.

TOP TIP - ISLE OF WIGHT DONKEY SANCTUARY

One of the Isle of Wight’s best free days out is a trip to the Donkey Sanctuary (iowdonkeysanctuary.org), just outside Wroxall. The sanctuary has over 100 donkeys and horses in residence, in 55 acres of countryside, with a gift shop and café on site. Visitor comments always echo how well cared for the animals are, and if you enjoy your visit and want to help towards their upkeep you can either “adopt a donkey” or make a donation. 82

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The vintage clothing stores in the town have been known to draw celebrity shoppers in the past, whilst there is a great collection of independent boutiques to browse, such as bespoke jewellers Honeybourne Jewellery (honeybournejewellery.com).

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Ventnor has recently transformed into something of a foodie destination, with several of the Island’s top-rated restaurants positioned on the seafront and main streets. You can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea at The Royal Hotel (royalhoteliow.co.uk), or sample locally caught seafood with views out to sea from the Smoking Lobster (smokinglobster.co.uk). For more stunning beachside views try the Spyglass Inn (thespyglass.com) and at Ventnor Haven you can takeaway a portion of the Isle of Wight’s “national dish”, which is a delicious serving of “Crab on Chips”.

The beautifully presented Ventnor Park (ventnorpark.co.uk) is great for exploring, with live music in the summer, a putting green and a free outdoor gym overlooking the sea. The Fringe usually takes place at the start of the summer and is the brainchild of the creative team behind Ventnor Exchange (ventnorexchange.co.uk), a theatre, craft beer bar, and record store all in one, built in the old post office.

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ST LAWRENCE & NITON EXPLORE SOUTH EXPLORE EAST

WHY GO? The Undercliff area, that includes the villages of St Lawrence and Niton, is great if you like to explore rugged coastline and hidden coves. A landslip in between the two has made access tricky, however by following the coast path from Ventnor you will discover the small bays of Woody and Binnel. On the Niton end, there are several walks that take you around St Catherine’s Lighthouse (another photographer’s favourite), and from here you can walk back to Castlehaven and Reeth Bay.

A short drive from Niton is Blackgang, where you’ll find the UK’s oldest theme park, and maker of many childhood memories, Blackgang Chine (blackgangchine.com). On the downland above the park stands St Catherine’s Oratory (also known as the “Pepperpot”) which was the original lighthouse that covered this area of coast in medieval times.

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EXPLORE WEST The West Wight is very different to the rest of the Island. Largely undeveloped during the 20th century tourism boom, the west side remains relatively untouched, with a scattering of attractive rural villages throughout its countryside, much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yarmouth, the only surviving town on this side of the Island, is one of the smallest in the UK. The beaches of the West Wight are generally more rural, with eroding cliffs creating spectacular backdrops.

BRIGHSTONE & SURROUNDING AREA

WHY GO? One of the bigger villages in the west is Brighstone. It is largely made up of traditional farmhouses and thatched cottages, and has a medieval church dating back to the 12th century. Housed in some of those thatched cottages are a small museum and library, and the local newsagents, which surprisingly doubles as a cosy café and shop serving and selling Island produce and crafts. At the edge of Brighstone, along the iconic Military Road, is Dinosaur Expeditions (dinosaurexpeditions.co.uk), which offers dinosaur and fossil exhibitions at its farm and local fossil hunting trips.

There are traditional pubs aplenty in this area, with The Crown at Shorwell (complete with extensive garden and trout stream) and Sun Inn (characterinns.co.uk/the-sun-inn) at Hulverstone both worth a look if you’re in need of refreshment.

TOP TIP - ISLE OF WIGHT MOUNTAIN BIKE CENTRE

Whilst it rarely receives much press, the Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre (isleofwightmountainbikecentre.com) is often spoken of as one of the best in the UK by mountain bike pros. Set on Cheverton Farm, near Shorwell, they’ve created an ever-expanding trail network to challenge varying abilities of rider, with plans to extend this even further in the future.

In nearby Mottistone, the grand manor house at the centre opens its tranquil gardens to the public, and from here it’s just a short walk onto the downs to the mysterious Neolithic “Longstone”.

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Many of the villages in West Wight have their own pub at the centre, where you can enjoy traditional pub classics, and a warm welcome. The Blacksmiths (blacksmithsiow. co.uk), just outside Calbourne on the main Newport road, is a shining example of this; highly rated for its food, with stunning panoramic views out across the north of the Island and the Solent. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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FRESHWATER EXPLORE WEST EXPLORE EAST

WHY GO? The expansive village of Freshwater is one of the more popular in West Wight for visitors. At the centre there is a small high street with a few independent shops and cafés, with a supermarket at the edge of the village, selling a good range of Isle of Wight produce. There are two churches in Freshwater, which are both worth a look: the medieval All Saints in the main village, and the pretty thatched church of St Agnes in Freshwater Bay.

The Bay itself consists of a pebble beach, with chalk cliffs and impressive rock stacks at the eastern end, and some sand and a rock ledge to the west, which make it good for rockpooling. There are caves in the cliffs just past the ends of the beach in either direction, but these are difficult to reach on foot, unless you book onto an adrenaline fuelled Coasteering experience with IOW Adventure Activities (www.adventureisleofwight.com).

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There are a few cafés that are worth checking out for breakfast and lunches around the village and Bay area, including the inviting Piano Café (thepianocafe.co.uk) near St Agnes Church. If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, or an evening meal, the Red Lion (redlion-freshwater.co.uk) is always spoken highly of by visitors and locals, and The Cow (thecowco.com) just outside the village, has won multiple awards for its tasty burgers.

At the edge of the village, Freshwater Golf Club (freshwaterbaygolfclub.co.uk) extends up onto Afton Down for some of the “best views with a game of golf” you’re likely to find. The 360-degree panoramas include the former Isle of Wight Festival site, which in 1970 attracted over 500,000 people to the Island! You can discover more about the festival in a dedicated exhibition at nearby Dimbola Lodge (dimbola.co.uk), which was once the house of celebrated photography pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron.To the east of Freshwater, along the coast, you’ll find one of the Island’s best beaches at Compton Bay. It gets busy here in the main season, but Brook Beach further along the coast is a good alternative if you’re struggling to find a spot on the sand.


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THE NEEDLES EXPLORE WEST EXPLORE EAST

WHY GO? The Needles is the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmark, made up of a row of striking chalk stacks that rise up from the sea beneath, and an equally impressive red and white striped lighthouse that protects seafarers from the rocks. You can visit them by several different means, all of which vary according to your interests.

There is a boat trip run by Needles Pleasure Cruises (needlespleasurecruises.co.uk), that runs from Alum Bay beach, that’ll give you the perfect “up-close” view, whilst for thrill-seekers, you can switch that up to a fast rib which will take you right round the lighthouse, to discover a hidden cove on the other side.

For families, The Needles Landmark Attraction (theneedles.co.uk) offers various rides and attractions, as well as the famous chairlift over the cliffs and down to the beach. The Needles Old and New Batteries (nationaltrust.org.uk) offer an alternative view of the landmark from above, and for heritage buffs, a window into the wartime history of the area, including the secret rocket testing site nearby.

TOP TIP - WALK TO THE NEEDLES

One of the most spectacular walks on the Island is the path that runs up and along Tennyson Down. It’s a steep climb from Freshwater village up to Tennyson monument, but once you’ve completed the ascent it is relatively easy going all the way to the Island’s most recognisable landmark, The Needles, and the views will take your breath away (much like the first part of the walk!)

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YARMOUTH

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WHY GO? The historic port town of Yarmouth sits at the entrance of the River Yar and includes some of the oldest architecture on the Island. It is popular for sailing, with a busy harbour located at the mouth of the river estuary. Visitors can get great views of the Solent, and the Island itself from the Grade II listed pier; look out for the names of the sponsors that pay for its upkeep, which are engraved in the

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boards.Yarmouth is a small town but has some great independent gift shops and galleries to explore amongst its streets, including the unique My Funky Bags (myfunkybags.com) whose colourful collections are all crafted from recycled plastic bottles. The 16th century Yarmouth Castle is well worth a look; what it lacks in size it makes up for in setting and is a great place to sit for a picnic and enjoy sea views on a warm day.

You’ve got plenty of choice for food in Yarmouth, with some great cafés and pubs in the town, as well as a few more specialist restaurants for specific cuisines. Gossips Café (facebook.com/thegossipscafe) at the end of the pier is always a visitor favourite for breakfasts and hot and cold lunches, with views out to the Solent and mainland. The unique Off The Rails (offtherailsyarmouth.co.uk) on the outskirts of town serves a mix of freshly cooked light and more substantial bites, from the comfort of a beautifully converted railway station. They’re incredibly dog friendly, and even have a menu dedicated to them! Just a short drive from Yarmouth, Tapnell Farm (tapnellfarm.com) plays host to a much-loved farm park and restaurant, with various other activities that include the recently opened Isle of Wight Aqua Park. If you like meeting animals, West Wight Alpacas (westwightalpacas.co.uk) in Wellow offers alpaca and llama walks around their farm, and delicious artisan pizzas in its café. Another hidden gem is Fort Victoria (fort-victoria.co.uk) to the west of Yarmouth. In addition to a 1km-long stretch of beach and country park to explore, you’ll also find a series of varied attractions, set up in the arches of an old Victorian sea fort. A short distance along the coast are the popular sands of Colwell Bay, which is great for long family days on the beach.

TOP TIP - NEWTOWN NATURE RESERVE

If you like outdoor spaces, wildlife, and exploration, you should schedule a stop at Newtown during your Isle of Wight visit. Once the medieval port for the Island, Newtown (which still has a town hall, despite there no longer being a town) is now a National Nature Reserve (nationaltrust. org.uk). There are several walks you can take through the varied habitats on the reserve, which include the picturesque harbour, woodland and meadows, and a whole host of birds and wildlife. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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DOG FRIENDLY guide

Woodland walks, rides on a steam train, runs on the beach and dog-friendly ice-cream… The Isle of Wight has a lot of “dog-friendly stuff” on offer. In short, it’s a real haven for dogs and their humans.

GETTING HERE

You know your beloved pooch is in for a good holiday when you board the Red Funnel ferry to find a dedicated pet lounge, complete with bowls of water, and tasty treats. Dogs don’t need a ferry ticket, and there’s no charge for them to travel, so bringing them to the Island is hassle-free.

EATING OUT

DAYS OUT Being able to take your dog with you on a day out is a big deal, and you’ve got a load of options on the Island. Some attractions allow pups to roam around all areas, and you can even visit some of the Island’s most best-known spots, with just a few restrictions.

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway (iwsteamrailway.co.uk) There are plenty of options when it comes to dining out with your dog. Many pubs and restaurants on the Island welcome dogs (and their owners) with open arms, with some even offering their own interpretations of a doggy menu.

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The Lifeboat (thelifeboatcowes.co.uk) The Coast Bar & Dining Room (thecoastbar.co.uk) The Buddle Inn (characterinns.co.uk/the-buddle-inn) The Chequers Inn (chequersinn-iow.co.uk) The Cow (thecowco.com) 92

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Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (iowdonkeysanctuary.org) The Needles Landmark Attraction (theneedles.co.uk) Robin Hill (robin-hill.com) Carisbrooke Castle & Osborne (english-heritage.org.uk)


WALKS

Dog walks on the Island give you an opportunity to explore breathtaking countryside, coastal paths and woodland trails. For easy exploring, we highly recommend the series of flat walks that follow the former Island railway lines, with one of the highlights running from Yarmouth to Freshwater. Start at the main Yarmouth car park off River Road and follow the path south along the shoreline of the estuary, past the old mill. From here you’ll join the former railway track, for a relaxed countryside stroll through to Freshwater, with river views almost all the way.

PLACES TO STAY

BEACHES

If you haven’t managed to book somewhere to stay yet then check out some of these dog friendly accommodations, from luxury hotel to camping sites.

5 TO TRY:

The Royal Hotel (royalhoteliow.co.uk) Orchards Holiday Park (orchards-holiday-park.co.uk) St Helens Coastal Resort (ariaresorts.co.uk) Berryl Farm Cottages (berrylfarmcottages.co.uk) Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park (awayresorts.co.uk/whitecliff-bay)

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The Isle of Wight is surrounded by beautiful beaches that are perfect for dogs to jump over the waves, go for a swim, or scamper along the shore. There are various yearround dog-friendly beaches to enjoy with no restrictions, and many of the more popular tourist beaches allow dogs in the winter.

5 TO TRY: Bembridge (see page 24), St Helens (see page 26), Seagrove (see page 25), Bonchurch Monk’s Bay (see page 26), Yaverland (see page 26)

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Every year we host the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards, to celebrate all that is unique and special about the Island. Both visitors and locals vote for their favourite Island businesses to crown the shining stars amongst the places to go, stay and eat across the Island! Here are your 2019/2020 winners…

THINGS TO DO

FOOD & DRINK

Some of the best events, activities and experiences you’ll find on the Island, along with some of the top places to visit.

If you’re feeling hungry don’t forget to check out some of these award-winners during your visit.

Best Activity Provider medal John Cattle's Skate Club medal Haven Falconry medal Island Gem Fossil Hunts

Best Burger medal The Cow medal The Blacksmiths medal Off The Rails

Best Island Event medal Isle of Wight Festival medal Rhythmtree Festival medal Mountbatten Walk the Wight

Best Café or Tearoom medal Comicoffee UK medal Tansy's Pantry medal Bluebells at Briddlesford Farm

Best Large Attraction medal Tapnell Farm Park medal Isle of Wight Zoo medal Blackgang Chine

Best Fish & Chips medal Stotesburys Fish & Chips medal Corries Cabin medal The Spyglass Inn

Best Small Attraction medal Monkey Haven medal Ventnor Botanic Gardens medal Dinosaur Isle

Best Local Produce medal Isle of Wight Distillery medal Briddlesford Farm medal The Tomato Stall

Best Shop / Retail medal The Garlic Farm Shop medal Jurrassic Jim medal Oasis

Best Pub medal The Spyglass Inn medal The Blacksmiths medal Dairymans Daughter Best Restaurant

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medal The Garlic Farm Restaurant medal The Blacksmiths medal Tansy's Pantry


The Royal

Isle of Wight Festival

Tom’s Eco Lodge

Mountbatten Walk the Wight

accommodation

other

With so many great places to stay on the Island, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s some our existing visitors recommend.

The best newcomers, plus those with the highest rated green credentials and facilities for dogs.

Best B&B /Guest House medal Victoria Lodge medal The Boathouse medal The St. Leonards

Best Newcomer medal Django's medal Peach Vegan Kitchen medal Mermaid Holidays

Best Campsite medal Grange Farm medal Appuldurcombe Gardens medal Calbourne Water Mill

Best Green Business medal Tapnell Farm medal Peach medal Monkey Haven

Best Holiday Park medal Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park medal Cheverton Copse medal The Orchards

Best Place for Dogs medal Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary medal Off The Rails medal Robin Hill Country Park

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Best Hotel Experience medal The Royal medal The Seaview Hotel medal Lakeside Hotel & Spa Best Place to go Glamping medal Tom's Eco Lodge medal Glamping the Wight Way medal Vintage Vacations Best Self-Catering medal Garlic Farm Cottages medal Tapnell Manor & Cottages medal Nettlecombe Farm REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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An historic family inn located in the heart of Mottitsone down and just a stone’s throw away from the famous Compton Beach.

— Two of The Island’s Most Historic Pubs — LARGE GARDENS | FULL TABLE SERVICE | CASK ALES | FINE WINES | DAILY SPECIALS

Pubs for all the family!

St Catherine’s Road, Niton Undercliff, Isle of Wight, PO38 2NE

Tel: 01983 730243 BuddleInn

Family-friendly 16th century smugglers inn located in unspoilt countryside at the most southerly point of the island.

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FOOD & guide DRINK THE SOLENT

Pennethorne Dairy Milk Totland

Typsy Wight

Cowes

Yarmouth

East Cowes

Wild Island Dressings

Ryde Minghella Ice Cream

Calbourne Classics

Freshwater Isle of Wight Dairy Goats

Island Roasted

Freshwater Bay

Island Brewery

Calbourne Water Mill Brighstone

Isle of Wight Meat Co.

Shorwell Mary Case Honey

Seaview Wootton

Newport

Deer Farm Briddlesford Lodge Farm Yates Brewery

Farmer Jacks

The Garlic Farm Isle of Wight Tomato Stall

Quarr Abbey

Bembridge Honey

Isle of Wight Cheese Company

Brownriggs

Sandown Living Larder Shanklin

Isle of Wight Mushrooms Ventnor

Niton

Bembridge Adgestone Vineyard Goddards Brewery

Godshill

Chale

Isle of Wight Distillery Hazelgrove Eggs Brading

Wight Salt

Ventnor Botanic Gardens Ventnor Haven

THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

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LOCAL PRODUCE

Whether you’re visiting the Island for a day trip or for a longer self-catering holiday, there’s one thing you need to know before you go: save all your fresh food shopping for when you get to the Island. Creating your dishes and spreads of nibbles is truly a highlight for any visit, so don’t miss getting stuck into the local food scene.

FANTASTIC FARM SHOPS For one-stop-shopping head to: Farmer Jack’s (Arreton) Briddlesford Farm (Nr Newport) Brownrigg’s Farm Shop (Godshill) Delysia Fresh Farm Shop (Brading) The Farm Shop (Bembridge)

If you’re in town on a Friday, stop by the Farmers’ Market in St Thomas Square (Newport). Bakeries, Butchers and Fishmongers The Island is loaded with bakeries so you’re in for a treat. Seafood lovers rejoice: you’re surrounded by the sea, so pick up the catch of the day. Feeling more ‘turf’ than ‘surf’? Head to a butcher. Most towns have their own bakery, butcher and fishmonger, so best to search online for the nearest one and its opening hours.

FOR A VERY ‘ISLANDY’ EXPERIENCE… Crockers Farm Ever poured your own freshly pasteurised milk from a self-service vending machine? Of course you haven’t, but you can now. Courtesy of their on-site herd of pedigree Holstein Friesians (i.e. posh dairy cows from Northern Europe) this stall sits opposite the IOW County Showground and has fast become a favourite with locals.

Island Picnics – See page for 110 for insider tips on the best spots for alfresco dining. Calbourne Watermill Elevate that banana bread recipe you mastered during lockdown and take home some fresh milled flour. This active watermill has been around for over 1,000 years and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Quarr Abbey Stop into this active Catholic Benedictine monastery dating back to 1132 and pick up fresh fayre grown and produced on site by the resident monks. Highlights include fruit, veg, jams, chutneys, eggs, honey, and ale!

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MADE WITH LOVE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Island’s largest arts & crafts centre...

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QUIRKY & DELICIOUS FLAVOURED VODKAS & VODKA LIQUEURS

> See skilled artisans at work > Range of independent shops > Interior furnishings & accessories > Designer handbags, OPEN 7 WEEK DAYS A gifts & jewellery

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uterie, Vegetarian, Vegan, and

Main Road, Arreton, PO30 3AA 01983 528353 > arretonbarns.co.uk

Use our QR code for the most up to date info

“ Gourment Grazing Boxes made fresh to order for prearranged collection or Saturday delivery across the whole of the Island ” For Orders visit www.borneopantry.com or email theborneopantry@gmail.com

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OPEN DAILY TO NON-RESIDENTS TO ENJOY

FANTASTIC PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE BUSY SOLENT AND THE SHIPS THAT SAIL IT. Contact us on : 01983 292508

Gourmet & International Foods Fully licensed café set on a traditional family farm

GIN & FOOD MARKET

01983 882885 www.briddlesford.co.uk

Meet up at the CTC

Briddlesford Rd, Wootton, PO33 4RY

Craft Gins, Cheeses & Charcuterie Sweets & Treats ‘alfresco’ DIY picnic 104 High St, Cowes

Cowes Town Central The newest shopping experience

Set in an 1800’s Victorian ‘Little High Street’ in Cowes Town Central, 104 High St, Cowes 12 retail collections under one roof 1. Tastes of Britain – gourmet foods and craft gins 2. Harry Potter ‘Cupboard under the stairs’ 3. Vital Spark – Fantasy, Gothic and Incense 4. AquaZen – for your spa at home 5. Freshwater Bay Pearl Jewellery 6. Movie and Music Gear 7. Star Wars Spaceport 10. Go Pomelo 8. SOC Socks of Cowes 11. CBD-4-Me 9. That Umbrella Shop 12. Post Office

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BEACHES

Morning Coffee, Light Bites, Afternoon Teas, Leisurely Lunches or Dinners offering freshly cooked cusine using locally sourced produce where possible.


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RESTAURANTS ADA MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN

Ryde, adamediterraneanryde.co.uk Turkish style restaurant, serving a delicious menu of Mediterranean dishes, including hot and cold meze options.

CIBO

Wootton, ciboiow.co.uk Mediterranean eatery and bar with great atmosphere, open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

COAST BAR & DINING ROOMS

Cowes, thecoastbar.co.uk Vibrant bar and restaurant right in the town, with exquisite décor, and home cooked food.

MOJACS

Cowes, mojacs.co.uk Award-winning restaurant serving a seasonal menu, with a warm, cosy atmosphere.

NEW HOLMWOOD HOTEL

Cowes, newholmwoodhotel.co.uk Stunning Solent sea views, with freshly cooked, locally sourced cuisine.

OCEAN DECK

Sandown, oceandecksandown.co.uk As far as stunning sea views go, this place is up there with the best, and the view is complemented by a good menu of light and larger bites.

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PREGO

East Cowes, pregoiow.uk Contemporary Italian-style restaurant, serving pizza, pasta, paninis and more, from right next to the ferry port.

SEAVIEW HOTEL

Seaview, seaviewhotel.co.uk A choice of eateries, with award-winning restaurant for fine-dining, and “bar and grill” for a more traditional pub classics menu.

TANSYS PANTRY

Godshill, tansyspantry.co.uk Widely recommended vegan restaurant and café, forged from a business which began life serving at festivals from a double decker bus!

THE BEST DRESSED CRAB

Bembridge, thebestdressedcrabintown.co.uk Unique seafood restaurant, out on the water at Bembridge Harbour, specialising in fresh crab (of course) and lobster.

THE BISTRO

Ventnor, thebistroventnor.co.uk Cosy, contemporary atmosphere, with an open kitchen and plenty of local ingredients on the menu.

THE COTTAGE

Shanklin, thecottageiow.co.uk Classical food with a modern touch, at the top of the Old Village in Shanklin.

ON THE ROCKS

Yarmouth, ontherocksyarmouth.com Unique dining experience where you can cook your steak to your own liking, on a hot volcanic rock in front of you. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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LOW BEAMED CEILINGS

Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PB

CAMRA REAL ALES

Tel: 01983 760177

FAMOUS FISH & CHIPS SUNDAY ROASTS

kingsyarmouth

Seafood a Speciality!

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The Square, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0NS

FULL TABLE SERVICE ACCOMMODATION

Tel: 01983 760272 TheBugleYarmouth

FOR THE EUROS & PREMIER LEAGUE NOW SERVING PIZZA!

300 seat garden – enjoy the sun all day long!

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CANTINA

THE GARLIC FARM

COMICOFFEE

Yarmouth, thecowco.com Set in a converted swiss barn, with panoramic views of the Solent and some of the finest burgers and steaks you’ll find on the Island. Newchurch, thegarlicfarm.co.uk The famous Garlic Farm Café serves a wide range of garlicky goodness, from their rustic farm restaurant adjacent to the shop.

THE ROYAL HOTEL

Ventnor, royalhoteliow.co.uk Stunning restaurant in one of the Island’s oldest hotels, with light lunches, fine dining dinners, and one of the tastiest afternoon teas around.

THE WATERFRONT

Totland, eatbythesea.com Beachside pub/restaurant overlooking the beautiful Totland Bay, which is one of the best Island spots to watch the sunset.

THOMPSONS

Newport, robertthompson.co.uk Open kitchen fine dining, with an array of fantastic dishes from Chef Robert Thompson.

WINTER GARDENS

Ventnor, theventnorwintergardens.com Perched at the top of a cliff, with simply stunning views across Ventnor Bay, and a delicious brasserie menu served throughout the day

CAFÉS CAFFE ISOLA

Ventnor, cantinaventnor.co.uk Multi-functional café, bar and restaurant, with its own bakery, and breads and baked goods to take away. Newport, comicoffee.uk Hybrid coffee shop and comic book store, selling a range of memorabilia alongside delicious barista coffee, shakes, waffles, paninis and more.

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DELL CAFÉ

Ryde, dellcafe.com An idyllic location, above the eastern end of Appley beach overlooking the sea, with a delicious menu of fresh food, and licensed for relaxing cold beers and fine wines.

FRESHWATER COFFEE HOUSE

Freshwater freshwatercoffeehouse.co.uk Family-run coffee shop, serving Island Roasted and Suki Tea, food throughout the day and a selection of products.

JOLIFFES

Cowes, jolliffeseatery.co.uk Unique café and bar, set in a grade II-listed building, serving food all day and evenings on a Friday & Saturday.

PIANO CAFÉ

Freshwater Bay, thepianocafe.co.uk Once owned by Queen Victoria’s piano tuner, this contemporary café is a great stop for coffees and light bites.

Newport, caffe-isola.co.uk The home of Island Roasted Coffee, this artisan café and roastery serves speciality coffees, freshly prepared food, and a range of locally sourced products.

PEACH VEGAN KITCHEN

Newport, peach-veganzerowaste.co.uk 100% plant-based café, serving a range of tasty vegan meals, alongside a wide range of plastic free and refillable products. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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CE W! NE ERRA T IO T PA 32 Forelands Field Road, Bembridge, PO35 5TR

Tel: 01983 872244 CrabLobsterIOW

“The Pub on Bembridge Beach” An Islander’s Favourite… with stunning views over the beach this cosy pub offers hearty pub food and fresh local seafood

FULL TABLE SERVICE ENSUITE ACCOMMODATION CASK ALES | FINE WINES SEAFOOD A SPECIALITY

Crab and Lobster caught daily at Bembridge Ledge!

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QUARR ABBEY

PUBS BARGEMANS REST

Newport, bargemansrest.com Traditional pub, situated alongside the quay, serving an extensive menu, with live music at weekends.

BLACKSMITHS

Calbourne, blacksmithsiow.co.uk There’s no shortage of amazing views on the Island, but this has one of the best! The freshly cooked food is pretty great as well.

BONCHURCH INN

RED LION

Freshwater, redlion-freshwater.co.uk Tucked away just outside the village, this country pub always comes highly recommended by locals for its food.

THE BUDDLE

Niton characterinns.co.uk/the-buddle-inn Former smugglers’ inn, full of character with open fires and flagstone floors, with great nearby walks to St Catherine’s Lighthouse.

THE BUGLE

Yarmouth characterinns.co.uk/the-bugle-coaching-inn 16th Century freehouse inn at the heart of Yarmouth square, minutes from the sea, with a wide menu of pub classics

THE CRAB & LOBSTER

Bonchurch, bonchurch-inn.co.uk Hidden gem in the pretty village of Bonchurch, hardly changed since the 19th century, with authentic home-cooked Italian food on offer.

Bembridge characterinns.co.uk/the-crab-and-lobster-inn Popular with Islanders, serving locally caught seafood, with views across Bembridge Ledge and beach.

CAULKHEADS

THE FLEMING ARMS

Sandown characterinns.co.uk/caulkheads Family pub serving food all day, with special kids menus and impressive gardens and play areas

CHEQUERS INN

FOOD & DRINK GUIDE

Nr Ryde, quarrabbey.org Cosy and welcoming tea shop selling drink, sandwiches, and cakes, in the grounds of a spectacular Benedictine monastery.

Ryde, theflemingarmsiow.co.uk Family-friendly gastro pub, serving tasty homecooked dishes and tapas, with a farm shop to the front selling local bread and other Island treats.

Rookley, chequersinn-iow.co.uk Traditional family pub, set in lush green countryside, serving a selection of freshly cooked food using many Island ingredients

DAIRYMAN’S DAUGHTER

Arreton, dairymansdaughter.co.uk Home-cooked food, real ales, and a large outdoor patio area, surrounding this traditional countryside pub.

FISHERMANS COTTAGE

Shanklin, fishermanscottageshanklin.co.uk Traditional pub right at the back of the beach, serving quality food in a friendly atmosphere, with amazing beach and sea views.

POINTER INN

Newchurch, pointernewchurch.co.uk Traditional country pub that is well worth discovering, known for their menu of pub classics and award-winning ales. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

THE KINGS HEAD

Yarmouth, characterinns.co.uk/the-kings-head Traditional pub in the centre of Yarmouth, offering a warm welcome and open fire.

THE LIFEBOAT

East Cowes, thelifeboatcowes.co.uk Family-friendly bar and restaurant, right on the marina, with large outside decked area. 105


BLUEBERRYS CAFE Relax and enjoy good food and drink at Blueberrys Cafe (fully licensed) with some of the most stunning views on the Island. Offering breakfasts, light snacks, lunches, and delicious homemade specials and cakes featuring unique flavours.

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relax at the

FAIRWAY BAR

The Fairway, Sandown PO36 9PS T: 01983 403462 www.fairwayholidaypark.co.uk

Visit our pub and hut on the beach... fishermanscottageshanklin.co.uk

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Call us: 01983 852693

www.iowdonkeysanctuary.org Lower Winstone Farm, Wroxall, IOW, PO38 3AA


THE OLD FORT

THE SPYGLASS

Ventnor, thespyglass.com One of the Isle of Wight’s best placed pubs for sea views, at the end of Ventnor Esplanade, with extensive menu, and live music most evenings.

WHITE LION

Niton, whitelioniow.co.uk Newly renovated, traditional village pub, with plenty of local produce and ingredients on the menu

WIGHT MOUSE

Chale, wightmouse.co.uk Located just off the Military Road, with a large pub garden, plenty of space for indoor dining and an extensive menu of pub classics.

FOOD & DRINK GUIDE

Seaview, theoldfort.co.uk Seafront family-friendly pub, serving local ales and delicious food with locally sourced produce

LOCAL PRODUCE / FARM SHOPS BROWNRIGGS

Godshill brownriggfarmmeats.co.uk Farm shop and butchery specialising in quality meat from the Brownriggs farm, along with a range of locally sourced fruit, veg and other products

THE SUN

Hulverstone characterinns.co.uk/the-sun-inn 16th century thatched pub, with large beer garden and dining areas, and regular live music.

FARMER JACKS

Arreton farmerjacks.co.uk One of the Island’s most established farm shops, bringing Island farmers and food producers direct to their customers.

FOOD HAMPER

Cowes facebook.com/TheFoodHamper116 Deli offering homemade salads, bagels and more, with local Island produce and gift hampers.

HOUSE OF CHILLI THE YARBRIDGE INN

Brading theyarbridgeinn.co.uk Cosy pub set back from the main Sandown road, serving delicious hearty meals made from Island ingredients.

WHITE HART

Havenstreet whitehartiow.co.uk Cosy country pub, a short distance from the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, highly rated for its food.

Branstone houseofchilli.com As the name suggest, if you like your food “fiery”, then this is a house you need to check out when you visit!

IT’S ABOUT THYME

Shanklin facebook.com/itsaboutthymeshanklin Greengrocers and delicatessen, selling homemade pies, pasties and pastries with Isle of Wight ingredients.

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Sail the Solent in Style EXPLORE EAST

w Contemporary décor with panoramic views w Quieter, adult oriented atmosphere w Private in-lounge bar w Dedicated host w Enhanced WiFi

redfunnel.co.uk/signature *Signature Lounge available on selected sailings, and upgrade fee (per person) is applicable - check website for details. Children under 12 and pets (with the exception of assistance dogs) are not permitted in the Signature Lounge. For full T&C’s visit redfunnel.co.uk/signature

WIN UP TO £5000

And help save lives at sea Play the Isle of Wight Independent Lifeboats Lottery for just £2 a week* and you could win up to £5000 for matching just 4 numbers!

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THE FARM SHOP

STOTESBURYS

Newport, stotesburysfishchips.co.uk Established in 1897, this is the oldest fish & chip bar on the Island, and over that time they’ve built a reputation for being one of the best.

FRENCH FRANKS

Ryde, frenchfranks.co.uk Fresh sandwiches, wraps, baguettes etc., made to order, with a sandwich bar of flavours and fillings to choose from while you wait.

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Bembridge, no8cafe.co.uk Farm shop and café, with seasonal fruit and veg, local produce, and whole and health foods.

THE LITTLE NOOK

Newport, thelittlenook.co.uk Little gem of a shop, dedicated to artisan food and crafts from across the Island, perfect for anyone looking to sample local produce or take home gifts.

TAKEAWAYS

GRACE’S BAKERY

Yarmouth, gracesbakery.uk The West Wight outlet for the Island family-run bakery, serving sandwiches, baguettes, snacks and more.

BLISS

Cowes, blissicecreamparlour.com Fresh ice cream parlour serving Isle of Wight Ice Cream, milkshakes, smoothies and confectionery.

CORRIES CABIN

Cowes, facebook.com/CorriesCowes One of the Isle of Wight’s finest Fish & Chip shops, with occasional seasonal specials and a gluten-free night.

HAPPY HADDOCK

Shanklin, thehappyhaddock.com Highly rated fish & chips to takeaway or eat in, with fully gluten-free options available to order in advance.

CRAVE

Ventnor, craveicecream.co.uk Take a look at the ice creams on offer here, and you’ll know you need to get involved. They can even cater for flavour requests with enough notice! REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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PACK UP & PICNIC EXPLORE EAST

The biggest problem you’ll have choosing your picnic site on the Isle of Wight is deciding which of the countless beauty spots is best for you! Here are just five of the really (really) good ones.

STEEPHILL COVE (VENTNOR) VIBE: Good old-fashioned beach-side fun FOR: A picturesque natural cove with

natural activities for kids to stay entertained. Tip: grab a fresh crab pasty from the Crab Shed. Careful: there’s no road down to the cove - just steep steps.

BRIGHSTONE FOREST VIBE: Storybook woodlands

FOR: The Island’s largest forest, ideal shelter from wind and rain, a pre/post walk to burn off those picnic calories.

TENNYSON DOWN (FRESHWATER) VIBE: Quintessential Isle of Wight FOR: Iconic backdrops, chalk cliffs, sea

views, coastal flowers, bird watching, and watersports people-watching. Named after former resident Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

TOTLAND BAY VIBE: Beachy / You sure this isn’t the Med? FOR: Gorgeous beachfronts, great swimming

and stunning sunsets. Just be sure to use caution – the beach disappears at high tide.

BRADING DOWN VIBE: Something for everyone FOR: Fantastic views of the bay and wide-open

green spaces leading down to a nature reserve. This spot is widely considered a local favourite, so try to keep it a secret. Oh, wait…

TIP: Most major attractions offer picnic

areas, so pack your lunch and make the most of your admission fee. Check out pictureperfect picnic grounds at, Carisbrooke Castle, IOW Steam Railway and Robin Hill.

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Find us at: Cowes A3020

Newport South Street, Newport PO30 1JQ Lake Newport Road, Sandown PO36 9PA

Ryde A3055

Yarmouth

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A3054

Bembridge

NEWPORT

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Sandown A3

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Useful Services in store:

Butcher

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Flowershop

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Ways to shop Step 1. Shop our full range online.

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BEGINNERS GUIDE ON TO CAMPING THE Island Camping is a great way to explore the great outdoors at your own pace, whilst enjoying new and exciting experiences. Here’s some ideas for how to start your journey to sleeping under canvas on the Isle of Wight.

DISCOVER YOUR CAMPING STYLE There are plenty of campsites on the Island but choosing which one is best for you all comes down to what you’re looking for from your camping experience.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

If you want on-site entertainment, swimming pools, playgrounds, and somewhere easy to grab refreshment after a long day out, then look for holiday parks that offer pitches. There are heaps to choose from including Parkdean Resorts (parkdeanresorts.co.uk) and Away Resorts (awayresorts.co.uk) who have the full “family fun” package.

GO WILD!

Electric hook up… what’s that? Go totally off-grid and sleep under the stars with wild camping. If you’re new to wild camping, Camp Wight (campwight.co.uk) and Compton Farm (comptonfarm.co.uk) both offer “rural” experiences with a few essential amenities. Strip back to the basics and just enjoy the simplicity of countryside surroundings with stunning views.

DOG FRIENDLY

If you’re a dog owner it goes without saying that wherever you go, they go! So it’s important to check that you pick a campsite that welcomes dogs with open arms. Both Heathfield Farm Camping Park and the Old Barn Touring Park are very dog friendly.

GLAMPING

Take a step back from traditional camping and book some luxury glamping! From Yurts at the Garlic Farm to Geo Domes at Tom’s Eco Lodge, you can ease yourself into the camping lifestyle to enjoy the great outdoors, whilst keeping the extra comforts and amenities close to hand.

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BACK TO NATURE

Looking for a slower pace and a chance to explore local footpaths and trails? Check out some of the independent, family-run campsites, surrounded by enchanting woodland and wildlife. Whitefield Forest Touring Park and Ninham Country Holidays fit this bracket perfectly with idyllic countryside settings and relaxed vibes.


PRACTICE PITCHING

If you’re bringing your own tent, don’t forget to practice putting it up before you arrive, to take any potential hiccups out of ‘set up day’. Then if you arrive to your campsite late, you’ll be a seasoned pro who can pitch in total darkness!

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If you have a garden big enough, get set up and take the kids out to spend the night in your new tent. You’ll soon know from multiple trips back into the house if you’ve missed anything off your kit list after a practice run.

MAKE SURE YOUR GEAR FITS IN THE CAR

Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is find yourself struggling to get the boot shut when you need to leave!

RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH You’ve booked your pitch, you’ve booked your ferry travel, now get online and plan your holiday! Check out the local farm shops to bag your breakfast ingredients, search the local walking or cycling routes, and attractions and heritage sites. Then all that’s left to do is get excited for your Isle of Wight camping adventure!

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Here on the Isle of Wight we’re more than just conventional seaside caravan holidays. There are a huge range of places to stay across the Island that will suit any taste or budget. From luxurious hotels to pitching a tent, the Island has you covered…

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Waverley Park is within walking distance of mainland ferry connections, local bus routes and Osborne House, Queen Victoria 's favourite home. The internationally renowned yachting centre of Cowes with its many shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants is a comfortable stroll away via a chain bridge. A gate at the foot of the park gives access to the unspoilt esplanade, popular for fishing, sailing, crabbing and water sports. Bar and restaurant available from 6pm in high season.

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HOTELS High Street, Wootton Bridge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4LJ, lakesideparkhotel.com A modern and exceptional hotel & spa surrounded by beautiful countryside overlooking a 20-acre tidal lake. During your stay take a breather and enjoy a range of spa treatments and indulge in the hotel brasserie serving everything from afternoon teas to popular daily specials.

THE AQUA

17 The Esplanade, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6BN, aquahotel.co.uk A warm welcome awaits you at the family-run Aqua Hotel. For 40 years the Aqua has offered comfortable accommodation, delicious food and a superb base for those looking to hit the beach. Located just a few steps from Shanklin Seafront, you couldn’t be better located for a beach holiday.

THE ROYAL HOTEL

Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ, royalhoteliow.co.uk Steeped in history and known for its elegance and charm, The Royal delivers a high standard of service, luxury rooms with fantastic views, and delicious food at the award-winning restaurant. Located in the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor, you are just minutes from the beach and in a good spot for exploring the Island.

SEAVIEW HOTEL

High Street, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5EX, seaviewhotel.co.uk Located in the nostalgic village of Seaview, the hotel stands just moments from the sea and offers comfortable and relaxing rooms alongside a popular and renowned restaurant. Throughout the summer you will spot plenty of sailing activity while through the quieter months you can enjoy the unspoilt charm of the village.

B&B’S LECONFIELD

85 Leeson Road, Upper Bonchurch, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1PU, leconfieldhotel.com Retreat to the peaceful Leconfield, a charming Victorian country house overlooking the sea on the outskirts of Ventnor. Make a romantic break or adult-only holiday more enjoyable with spectacular channel views, quiet location and REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

THE CLIFTON

1 Queens Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6AN, thecliftonshanklin.co.uk An ideal hideaway for those in search of tranquillity, with incredible cliff top views, award winning gardens and comfortable rooms. Perfectly located in Shanklin, a popular destination that offers a beautiful beach with nearby treasures such as Shanklin Old Village and Shanklin Chine.

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luxury rooms. Ideally positioned for walking enthusiasts with St Boniface downs and coastal paths on your doorstep.

THE HAMBROUGH

Hambrough Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1SQ, thehambrough.com Escape for an easy Island break at The Hambrough located in the heart of Ventnor, a town known for its micro-climate and breathtaking scenery. Boasting panoramic sea views, tasty breakfasts in the Sunshine room and boutique décor, this is an absolute hot spot for relaxation in style.

THE BOATHOUSE

Springvale Road, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5AW, theboathouseiow.co.uk The perfect beachside place to stay located in the quirky village of Seaview. The Boathouse offers beautifully presented seaside-themed rooms and a mouth-watering breakfast menu for the mornings. Sit out on the patio or take a stroll along the front and be mesmerised by the calming sea views.

THE ST LEONARDS

22 Queens Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6AW, thestleonards.co.uk A warm welcome awaits you at this delightful guest house. Ideally located in tourist hot-spot Shanklin, you’re just a short walk from the beach and well located for many surrounding attractions. You can look forward to a friendly atmosphere, comfortable rooms and a freshly prepared breakfast in the morning.

VICTORIA LODGE

Alexandra Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6AF, victorialodgehotel.co.uk Perfectly located in a picturesque and peaceful area of Shanklin, Victoria Lodge makes for a superb base for an Island adventure. Stay in bright and comfortable rooms, enjoy a tasty breakfast menu and some delightful sea views from the lounge and dining room.

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COTTAGES Nettlecombe Lane, Whitwell, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 2PX, berrylfarmcottages.co.uk Choose from three charming and beautifully decorated Island stone cottages standing in An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the peaceful village of Whitwell. Perfectly suited for romantic breaks or those looking to cycle, walk or unwind in the middle of the countryside. The White Horse Inn is just a 5-minute walk away.

BORTHWOOD COTTAGES

Borthwood Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0HH, borthwoodcottages.co.uk Borthwood Cottages offers a range of spacious and relaxing self-catering cottages in a picturesque location, ideally located just 2 miles from Sandown and Shanklin. Tucked away in Borthwood, you can explore the nearby National Trust Bluebell Meadow and even meet the resident highland cows.

CLASSIC COTTAGES

Office, High Street, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5ES, classic.co.uk Choose from 144 luxury self-catering holiday homes dotted across the Island through Classic Cottages. Whether you crave rural surroundings, sea views, a hot tub or an open fire, Classic Cottages will have the perfect place to suit you and your style.

GARLIC FARM COTTAGES

Mersley Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0NR, thegarlicfarm.co.uk Pick from seven beautifully converted cottages full of rustic charm and look forward to a comfortable & characterful stay. As a guest you’ll also have access to tennis courts, a football pitch and games room as well as enjoying delicious meals at the renowned Garlic Farm Restaurant.

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Office, 15 High Street, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5SD, hbholidaylettings.co.uk Find the perfect holiday let for you with a dedicated team of specialists who know the Isle of Wight and how to make the most of it with a stunning holiday home. With homes in Bembridge and St Helens you’ll be delighted by beach and harbour views, village surroundings and simply stunning homes.

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Nettlecombe Lane, Whitwell, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 2AF, nettlecombefarm.co.uk Nestled in rolling countryside on a working farm you’ll really be able to get back to nature if you stay in one of the nine award-winning, dog-friendly cottages. Why not try your hand at coarse fishing on one of the three lakes or try a farm feeding experience? All available at the family-favourite Nettlecombe Farm.

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NETTLECOMBE FARM

The Orchards, Main Road, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, PO30 4DJ, westwightcottages.co.uk Welcome to an exquisite range of family-friendly cottages dotted across the West Wight, ideal bases for those looking to explore the Island and stay in a home away from home. Often located in rural or village settings, these homes provide plenty of peace and charming views.

HOLIDAY PARKS CHEVERTON COPSE

Scotchells Brook Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JP, chevertoncopse.co.uk Hidden away amid unspoilt countryside is the family-run Cheverton Copse Holiday Park offering a traditional caravan holiday. Kids will love the three outdoor play parks, private games field, clubhouse & games room. You’ll be in the perfect location for accessing cycle paths and walking trails and positioned nicely between a choice of Sandown or Shanklin Beach.

LANDGUARD

Whitecross Lane, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 7PJ, parkdeanresorts.co.uk If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere and woodland feel, then you’ll enjoy the surroundings of Landguard. With a great choice of self-catering accommodation from caravans to lodges and plenty to keep the family entertained, you’ll soon be enjoying your holiday and already planning to return.

LOWER HYDE

Shanklin, PO37 7LL parkdeanresorts.co.uk Nestled in the popular seaside town of Shanklin, Lower Hyde offers a huge range of outdoor activities and great self-catering accommodation options including caravans, lodges and chalets. Children (and adults) will enjoy the outdoor pool with flume as well as the adventure playgrounds and arcades. 119


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Award winning family run touring park located in the tranquil setting of Whitefield Forest, a short distance from the coastal town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight on a good bus route.

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Originally a milking parlour rebuilt to form three individual cottages Elm, Oak and Rose set in a lovely tranquil location of outstanding natural beauty. The spacious and airy cottages are the perfect base for exploring the Island, walking, cycling or just relaxing. Each cottage has two parking spaces. Barbecue facilities and outdoor seating also come as standard. Nearby is Laurel a lovely large stand alone cottage although not graded is of similar design. All cottages are accessible to guests with disabilities.

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With the park being open 12 months a year, you can come and go as you please

The perfect choice for a carefree, relaxing holiday… Fairway Caravan & Lodge Park is situated in Sandown, on the beautiful Isle of Wight. This beautiful site boasts a wide range of holiday park facilities and things to do for guests of all ages. Whether it be taking a dip in our pool, having a drink in the club house, or exploring the local area we aim to make it a perfect holiday. With holiday homes starting from just £9,995, we have something for everyone and our 2021 site fees start from as little as £3,550 for holiday homes and £4,000 for lodges. The park has a 12 month holiday licence.

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THE BAY COLWELL

Fort Warden Road, Freshwater, Totland Bay, PO39 0DA, ariaresorts.co.uk Whether you’re looking for a romantic break or a fun-filled family holiday, The Bay Colwell will have the cottage for you. They are beautifully designed and of the highest quality. Luxurious and peaceful or adventurous and exciting, anything is possible at The Bay Colwell.

ST HELENS COASTAL RESORT

Field Lane, St Helens, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1UX, ariaresorts.co.uk This superb high-end resort is not only a place for couples to relax but also a perfect escape for your family holiday. Set in seven acres of countryside with access to a swimming pool this is the perfect base for your Isle of Wight family adventure.

THE LAKES ROOKLEY

Main Road, Rookley, Isle of Wight, PO38 3LU, ariaresorts.co.uk If you’re planning a jam-packed holiday, then The Lakes Rookley is the one for you. Families will love the indoor and outdoor pools and adventure play area, as well as the exciting activities, which include favourites like arts and crafts and archery as well as the brand-new activities such as catapult building and raft building.

THORNESS BAY

Thorness Lane, Great Thorness, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8NU, parkdeanresorts.co.uk With the beach right on Thorness Bay’s doorstep and a nice range of glamping and selfcatering accommodation, Thorness Bay is the perfect family holiday park. Live entertainment in the clubhouse, adventure playgrounds and an indoor pool mean kids will absolutely love their time making Isle of Wight memories.

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WHITECLIFF BAY

Hillway Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5PL, awayresorts.co.uk A real hidden gem in a spectacular beach location offering a range of accommodation types and things to do that the entire family will love. Whether you love camping or hot-tub selfcatering there is an option for you. Kids will love the daytime activities and splashing around in either the indoor or outdoor pools.

PLACES TO STAY

St Helens, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1YA, parkdeanresorts.co.uk Nodes Point offers everything from caravans to camping and Touring. Direct access to the beach means you can take the kids rock pooling or, if you prefer, head to the indoor heated pool with waterslide. In the evening tuck into a delicious meal in the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant and sit back to enjoy the evening entertainment.

CAMPING APPULDURCOMBE GARDENS

Wroxall, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 3EP appuldurcombegardens.co.uk This tranquil, relaxed and peacefully idyllic family run holiday park, is located within the small village of Wroxall, situated within 14 acres of lush, secluded grounds surrounded by open countryside, only a few minutes by car to the glorious beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor. Appuldurcombe welcomes, tents, motorhome, campers and caravans, offering a variety of pitches.

CALBOURNE WATERMILL

Newport Road, Calbourne, Isle of Wight, PO30 4JN, calbournewatermill.co.uk For an intimate and peaceful camping experience, pitch up at Calbourne Watermill. You can truly discover ‘rural’ camping with simple grass pitches and basic amenities on hand. Take advantage of your complimentary access to the working water mill, café, gift shop and even enjoy a game of miniature golf on the putting green.

GRANGE FARM

Military Road, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, PO30 4DA, grangefarmcamping.co.uk For a relaxed and picturesque camping experience head to Grange Farm. Take your pick from a range of pitches that promise you a surreal view no matter where you pitch. From grass pitches to fully electric, this campsite offers the ideal base for exploring the Island.

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WAVERLEY PARK

51 Old Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6AW, waverleypark.co.uk Pitch your tent, motorhome or caravan overlooking the Solent at this family friendly park located in East Cowes. With a heated outdoor pool, clubhouse and children’s play park this the idea spot for a family getaway. You’ll have direct access to East Cowes seafront and not far from the site is historic hot-spot, Osborne House.

WHITEFIELD FOREST TOURING PARK Brading Road, Brading, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1QJ, whitefieldforest.co.uk Escape to the woodland for a relaxed and tranquil stay at this award-winning family run touring park. You can bring your caravan, motorhome or tent and set up home among the Whitefield woodland and spend your days exploring the Islands towns, attractions and beaches or simply sit and watch the red squirrels pass by.

GLAMPING & UNIQUE GLAMPING THE WIGHT WAY

Off Copse Lane, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9DE, glampingthewightway.co.uk Go off-grid in style and stay in a luxury Safari Tent situated in a quiet meadow overlooking the River Yar. Surrounded by stunning countryside and within walking distance of the local pub, you are perfectly located for walking trails and visits to the nearby towns and beaches of Freshwater and Yarmouth.

SIBBECKS FARM

Newport Road, Whitwell, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 2AL, sibbecksfarm.co.uk Nestled in An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sibbecks Farm offers a luxurious escape to the countryside. Stay in a beautifully designed Safari Tent with all the luxuries you need while you explore the great outdoors. Fetch freshly laid chicken eggs for your breakfast and let children explore the woodland playparks. REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

TOM’S ECO LODGE

Tapnell Farm, Newport Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0YJ, tapnellfarm.com For a glamping experience like no other, stay in a luxury Geodesic Dome with breath-taking views of the Sea and surrounding countryside. With en-suite facilities and nothing but comfort, this is the answer to luxury glamping. You’ll be positioned just a five-minute walk away from Tapnell Farm Park, Aqua Park and award winning restaurant, The Cow.

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Main Road, Newbridge, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0TS, orchards-holiday-park.co.uk Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Orchards Holiday Park nestles in the small village of Newbridge, with amazing views towards the sea across rolling fields. Families will enjoy the heated outdoor and inside pools and play areas, while the on-site coffee shop and takeaway is a treat for the grownups.

Mersley Lane, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0NR, thegarlicfarm.co.uk For a glamping adventure like no other stay in a Garlic Farm Yurt, handmade on the Isle of Wight. Standing in a private field behind the farm and complete with fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms, you’re in for a luxurious glampingstyle stay with the renowned Garlic Farm restaurant just minutes away.

INTO THE WOODS

Lower Westwood, Brocks Copse, Wootton, Isle of Wight, PO33 4NP, isleofwighttreehouse.com Down in the woods are three beautifully built treehouses and a Shepherds Hideaway for either an adventurous family, a cosy romantic break, or nature lovers haven. Eco-friendly and surrounded by woodland, the Roost, Nest and Shepherds Hideaway offer the perfect escape to nature where no luxuries are forgotten.

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Embankment Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5NR, wightcoastholidays.com Beautifully unique and positioned at Bembridge Harbour, guests of all ages will love to explore and sleep in this spacious and modern floating home. Just a short walk from the award-winning village of Bembridge you’ll enjoy the local pubs, restaurants and shops. Not to mention a pick of three picturesque beaches.

THE MISSION

Blythe Shute, Chale, Isle of Wight, PO38 2HJ, theshacks.co.uk Built in 1895 and lovingly converted, The Mission is a truly unique place to stay filled with vintage treasures including an English Rose 1950s kitchen. You’ll be mesmerised as you walk through the doors to spacious living areas and a remarkable mezzanine bedroom floating in the roof. Ideally located with stunning surroundings.

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Despite being a classic British seaside resort, it’s not all B&B’s and caravans on the Isle of Wight. Across the Island you’ll find a whole host of quirky and unique places to stay...

THE SPICE BUS

Yes, it’s the original Spice Bus from the 1997 Spice World movie and yes you can stay on it! If the giant Union Jack doesn’t spice up your life, the incredible décor and beautiful Island Harbour scenery certainly will! island-harbour.co.uk

VINTAGE VACATIONS Let’s talk Airstream caravans! Hidden among the greenery of Ashey, near Ryde, are a selection of wonderfully restored vintage airstreams, thoughtfully accessorised with vintage trinkets and treasures, to ignite the soul and welcome you to the world of glamping. vintagevacations.co.uk

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GALAHAD HELICOPTER Sleep under the stars in an original 1965 Falklands Rescue Helicopter at Windmill Campsite. Not only is Galahad a super cool place to stay but it’s centrally located, just outside Newport, making for easy exploring around the Island. windmillcampsite.com

THE NEST

The Nest is the perfect woodland retreat for couples seeking a peaceful getaway. With delightful farmland views and cosy interiors, you can relax knowing your stay in this beautifully presented treehouse will be memorable. isleofwighttreehouse.com

POEM 25

Who wouldn’t love a staycation on the sea? The Poem 25 Houseboat is about as close to the sea as you’re going to get! It’s luxurious, surprisingly spacious and in a simply stunning location at the edge of Bembridge Harbour. redfunnel.co.uk/holidays REDFUNNEL.CO.UK

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Jump back to an era full of glamour at this exclusive house on the cliff tops near Shanklin. You and your family will have this entire house to yourselves, and if you have a big family - no problem - it sleeps up to 14 adults and 5 children! artdecohouseuk.com 125


GETTING TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT Red Funnel’s 1-hour vehicle ferry service operates 365 days a year between Southampton and East Cowes -- the northern tip of the Isle of Wight.

Travelling over on foot? You can also get to the Island via hi-speed catamaran, on the Red Jet – just a brisk 25 min crossing from Southampton to West Cowes.

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TRAVEL WITH RED FUNNEL FERRIES The company’s three accessible vehicle ferries (Red Falcon, Red Eagle and Red Osprey) run frequently, typically on an hourly basis in peak periods. Booking in advance is highly recommended so be sure to book ahead and have your e-ticket handy upon arrival. If you fancy a bite (or a pint!) on board, you can check out the wide range of on-board food and drink (availability may vary). Don’t forget to take in the views from the sundeck, or upgrade to the relaxing Signature Lounge for a more adult-oriented atmosphere.

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HANDY POSTCODES SOUTHAMPTON: Red Funnel Ferry Terminal: SO14 2AR Red Jet Hi-Speed (foot passenger only) Terminal: SO14 2AQ ISLE OF WIGHT: Red Funnel Ferry Terminal, East Cowes: PO32 6RA Red Jet Hi-Speed (foot passenger only) Terminal, West Cowes: PO31 7AR


GETTING AROUND THE ISLE OF WIGHT BUSES: The Island’s bus provider is Southern Vectis. These buses, travel to all corners of the Island, with stops right at, or very near, the ferry terminals. They offer a variety of ticket types including group and period fares. There are two major bus stations on the Island – one in Newport and Ryde. The Newport bus station is the bigger of the two and has a built-in tourist information stop. Paying for the bus is easy; the buses accept cash and contactless payments via card or mobile phone. For some of the best views, and an activity in itself, check out the Needles & Downs Breezer open top buses islandbuses.info

CARS: Most of the Island is made up of narrow country roads (all accompanied by amazing views!) so for safety and enjoyment, take it easy when driving them. While not prohibitive, the narrow roads are a challenge for larger vehicles, so it’s highly advisable to plan your arrival and departure from the Island during daylight hours if you’re bringing a motorhome or towing a caravan. You may also encounter horse riders and cyclists on Island roads. Remember that horses (and cyclists) scare easily; so please, go slow, have patience and give space.

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TRAINS: The Island’s main train line is currently undergoing renovation, which should be complete by summer 2021. The train stops at: Ryde Pier head, Ryde Esplanade (where the bus station is), Ryde St John’s Road, Smallbrook Junction, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin. Tickets for the Island train line can be purchased online or via ticket machines at the stations. For times and more information see southwesternrailway.com/IslandLine

TAXIS: There’s no Uber network on the Island as of this writing; but the good news is the Island has many taxi services. Have dinner plans at 19:00 and need a taxi? Call WELL ahead and schedule a booking. Don’t leave it to 18:30 as you could be surprised at demand during peak visitor periods. The Island also has a number of water taxi terminals – with popular depatures from Cowes, Bembridge and Yarmouth.

ELECTRIC TRAVEL: There are lots of places to hire bicycles, including e-bikes. The IOW Council is currently testing e-scooters and these can be found dotted around towns and are free to use. Driving an electric vehicle? You’ll find charging points around the Island. For more information on these initiatives including charge point locations, visit iow.gov.uk.

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160 YEARS OF RED FUNNEL Travelling with Red Funnel is more than just a means to get to the Island. It’s setting sail on a historic route with an iconic brand seeped in history – 160 years of history to be exact!

1861 10 SEPTEMBER ‘Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Limited’ is formed

1885 Company ventures into operating tug boats and buys the New Southampton Steam Towing Company.

1959 MV Carisbrooke Castle, began service as the company’s first ever purpose-built car ferry.

1940 Red Funnel vessels assist with Operation Dynamo, helping evacuate nearly 6,000 from the beaches of Dunkirk.

1912 Company’s tugs assist the SS Titanic out of the Southampton Docks on her doomed maiden voyage.

1939 Much of the fleet enters military service. Losses include the well-known paddle steamer, Gracie Fields

1914 Many company vessels requisitioned by the Armed Forces during WW1. Paddle steamers Princess Mary and Stirling Castle lost in action.

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1935 The red funnel and black top are adopted across the fleet. The name ‘Red Funnel’ is born.


1996 MV Red Eagle enters service

1994 MV Red Falcon and MV Red Osprey enter service

2002 Red Funnel resumes carrying thousands of festival goers for the revived IOW Festival

2003 Hi-Speed catamaran Red Jet 4 named by Dame Ellen MacArthur enters service

2016 Red Jet 6, named by HRH Princess Royal enters service

2018 Red Jet 7, named by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall enters service

1970 Red Funnel carries thousands to the largest ever IOW Festival, with over 500,000 attendees, and artists including The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors

2019 MV Red Kestrel, the company’s first purpose-built freight ferry enters service

1969 The company begins its continuous hi-speed service, with hydrofoil vessel, Shearwater 1

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SAVING LIVES

At Sea

Red Funnel’s 2021 Charity of the Year is the Isle of Wight Independent Lifeboats. This collective of Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and Ryde Inshore Rescue are on call 24/7, keeping visitors and residents safe while they’re on the beach or out on the water.

WHAT DO THEY DO? The three stations cover 35 of the 67 miles of Island Coastline, and also assist the emergency services and Search and Rescue.

HOW DO THEY KEEP US SAFE? On average the three stations receive around 80 callouts a year. These include walkers being cut off by the sea tides, drifting watercraft / inflatables, watersports accidents, mechanical failures on boats and more.

WHY DO THEY NEED OUR HELP?

WHO VOLUNTEERS? There are 103 dedicated volunteers from the Island across the three stations, this includes everyone from crew and maintenance to fundraising and admin.

Three Stations, One Mission

As independents, the stations rely on public donations to operate, and receive zero funding from the government or the RNLI. It can cost over £120,000 a year for basic operation, building maintenance and equipment across the three stations. To equip just one crew member costs nearly £2000! To find out more, and how you can donate, go to: www.redfunnel.co.uk/coty 130

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WIN A HOLIDAY TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT

We’ve teamed up with Away Resorts to offer you the chance to win a fantastic break in 2022, in exclusive accommodation at their Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park!

THE PRIZE: A short break (3-nights Fri to Mon, or 4-nights Mon to Fri) at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, for up to 4 people, with a choice between their stylishly decorated Rockstar, Tribeca or Seaview accommodation. Return ferry travel with Red Funnel Ferries, for up to 4 people. A hamper from The Little Nook on arrival, packed full of Island produce including: Wight Label Tea, ChocAlicious Hot Chocolate, Isle of Wight Shortbread and choc chop cookies, Tomato Stall Ketchup and loads more! Free entry to the multi award-winning Monkey Haven during your visit (And for the grown-ups) A bottle of Isle of Wight Distillery’s Mermaid Gin

HOW TO ENTER: Simply go to redfunnel.co.uk/iowguidecomp, and enter your details to be entered into the prize draw. Closing date is 31 December 2021.

T&C’s: This prize is subject to availability, and all elements must be redeemed by 31 December 2022. The prize is not redeemable during school holidays or bank holidays. Prize is non-refundable, and no cash alternative is available. Ferry travel to the Isle of Wight with a car (plus 4 passengers) is included, via Southampton with Red Funnel Ferries. Entries close at midnight on 31 December 2021. Entry is free, and open to residents of the UK aged over 18. Employees of Away Resorts, Red Funnel Ferries and their family members are not eligible to win. Only one entry per person. The first entry drawn after the closing date will win, and the winner will be notified within 28 days. If our winner fails to respond after 3 days, a new winner will be drawn.

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