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Isle of Wight

Camping & Caravanning

2018


Escape to the Isle of Wight for less For a great value Island getaway, choose a Red Funnel Holidays camping & touring break. Choose from 4 top parks and discover stunning scenery, great walks, top attractions and more. Stay from*:

3 nights £99 | 5 nights £134 | 10 nights £241 Includes return ferry from Southampton and pitch for up to 4 people

Ready to escape? Check dates and book today at:

redfunnel.co.uk/touring or call 0844 844 2690†

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices shown are starting prices for 3, 5 and 10 night breaks for a motorhome or car & tent. Package breaks also available for a car & caravan / trailer-tent from £128 (3 nights), £166 (5 nights) and £282 (10 nights). Date restrictions apply. For full details see www.redfunnel.co.uk/touring. †A £5 handling fee applies for telephone bookings. Calls to this number cost 7 pence per minute plus your service provider’s access charge.


No island comes this close... The Isle of Wight is widely considered to be the camping capital of the UK, largely thanks to our beautiful scenery, extra hours of sunshine and the fact that you can feel miles from home, when in fact it can be just a few hours door to door! The short stretch of water separating us from the mainland creates that holiday feeling. In an age when we are constantly ‘on’, hooked up to gizmos looking for the next best thing, it is the simplicity of camping, the mental switching off, that attracts thousands of us to ‘sit in a field’ each year. Coupled with great-value attractions, funpacked events and some of the best dining in the UK, the Isle of Wight is the perfect holiday home from home. Our handy guide details the best campsites, glamping areas and campervan hire companies, as well as hints and tips on where to go and what to do as you make the most of your camping trip on the Island. So pitch up, switch off and relax…


05 How to get here 06 Five Reasons to Visit 08 Memories are Made Here Family Camping 16 The Great Escape Hiring a motorhome 22 Left Field Quirky Camping 28 On Tour Festivals and Events 32 Glamp it up Camp in Style 36 Time to Wind Down Off the Beaten Track 40 Directory 50 Useful Contacts 51 Touring Map

Editor: Lindsay Becker Design & Illustration: Thea Welsford Art Workers: Luke Nesbitt, Dillon Earley Advertising Sales: David Brooks, James Rolfe

Photography: Visit Isle of Wight, Neil Southwell, Luke Nesbitt Print: Stephens & George 35 Orchard Street, Newport Isle of Wight, PO30 1JZ 01983 556844 | info@solent.co

Isle of Wight Camping & Caravanning Guide 2018 is published by Solent and all articles remain copyright of the publisher. No photographs may be reproduced without prior consultation. All opening times and other details were correct at the time of going to press (December 2017).


Getting to the Isle of Wight has never been easier, with fast and reliable services everyday. There are a number of choices for both foot passengers and vehicles, with ferry services running from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth. Crossing the Solent is all part of the experience of travelling to the Isle of Wight. Fast passenger services from Portsmouth and Southampton can take less than 20 minutes, whilst car ferries can complete the journey in as little as 40 minutes. Wightlink run services over three routes to and from the Island. •

Portsmouth to Ryde Pier Head (Fast Cat Passenger Service). Runs every 30 minutes throughout the day during the summer season. Journey time approx. 22 minutes. Portsmouth to Fishbourne (Car and Passenger Service). Operates 24 hours a day. Journey time approx. 40 minutes. Lymington to Yarmouth (Car and Passenger Service). Operates regularly between 5am-10pm. Journey time approx. 40 minutes.

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Red Funnel run services over 2 routes to and from the Island. •

Red Jet Hi-Speed: Southampton to West Cowes (passenger only). Runs every 30 minutes throughout the day during the summer season. Journey time approx. 23 minutes. Passenger/Vehicle Ferry: (Southampton to East Cowes). Operates 24 hours a day. Journey time approx. one hour.

Both services connect to a free bus service from Southampton Central Rail Station. redfunnel.co.uk Hovertravel run hovercraft services between Ryde Esplanade and Southsea in under 10 minutes. They have a frequent service running 7 days a week for foot passengers. hovertravel.co.uk

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Mini-adventures and memories are made here - most people can recall their childhood when they made dens and invented imaginary games. Even today, with iPhones and the internet, kids still enjoy lots of adventures, they might just need reminding! Think cosy nights around the campfire, toasted marshmallows, running free and The view out over Compton Bay.

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enjoying all that nature has to offer, where everyone can feel a million miles away from it all. The Isle of Wight is the ideal place to take the family on a camping trip. The adventure begins as soon as you step on the ferry and leave the mainland behind, with the journey adding to the element of excitement. Once here, take your pick from numerous campsites and touring parks all designed to keep the family entertained. Surrounded by mature woodland and rolling countryside, Ninham Country Holidays near Shanklin, provides the perfect base to explore the Island and is a country-lover’s paradise - expect to see buzzards, woodpeckers, wild

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geese, ducks, red squirrels, badgers, owls, and bats! Footpaths and bridleways lead directly on and off the site, perfect for a walk or family cycle ride. If teaching the kids about the environment is important to you, Ninham are decidedly naturefriendly and the site operates a sustainable policy. ninham-holidays.co.uk As well as being a few minutes from the sandy beaches of Shanklin and Sandown, Ninham also has a heated outdoor pool, games rooms and has designated doggiefriendly pitches so you don’t have to

leave the pooch behind on your holiday. If being near the sea is at the top of

Grange Farm Grange Farm, Brighstone Bay, PO30 4DA

Come & stay at this beautiful farm on the stunning south west coast the perfect base for cycling, walking and fishing. Choose from either centrally heated static caravans, camping pods or converted barns. Family-run with unusual, friendly, farm animals.

01983 740296 www.grangefarmholidays.com

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your priority list, then Grange Farm is the place to pitch up. Situated above a sandy bay, you will spot surfers, kayakers, kite-surfers and just general sun-worshippers enjoying the surroundings. Set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the site is on a working farm where you can get up close and personal with alpacas, micro-pigs, kune-kune pigs, goats, horses, donkeys, water buffalo, sheep and chickens. Tents and motorhomes sit alongside static caravans and camping pods. If the kids still aren’t worn out after a day on the beach or in the nearby forest,

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then let them run off the remaining energy in the play area - complete with climbing frame, swings and more. grangefarmholidays.com Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park is set in the valley of Stenbury and St. Martin’s Down, offering 14 acres of unspoilt and secluded grounds. The holiday park was originally part of the grounds of the nearby historic house. The old walled orchard now contains 40 static caravans in sheltered grassland, adjacent to a meadow and stream. The park has the perfect mix of amenities for family fun in relaxing natural surroundings. The children will love the large sheltered outdoor heated swimming

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pool, and small toddlers’ pool, For real water-babies, they also hold swimming galas and scuba diving lessons during peak season. appuldurcombegardens.co.uk For campsites fully geared up for all the family, Park Resorts certainly delivers. Choose from one of its four parks; Languard near Shanklin, Lower Hyde in Shanklin, Nodes Point in St Helens or Thorness Bay near Cowes. Offering a full range of camping options, from pitching your own tent or parking up the camper; to static chalets and glamping safari tents. Swimming pools or local beaches, you can take your pick and maybe even have some well-deserved adult time in the bar whilst the kids enjoy the jam-

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VISIT OUR BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

A SPECIAL DAY OUT Welcome aboard this award-winning Railway, with a charm that will inspire and captivate you. Explore and discover Train Story and bring 150 years of locomotive history to life through interactive activities and stunning displays.

The Railway Station, Havenstreet, nr Ryde, PO33 4DS 01983 882204 iwsteamrailway.co.uk

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AWARD-WINNING PARK WITH Impressive FACILITIES

There are stunning countryside views, 5 star facilities and friendly staff at The Orchards Dogs welcome | Excellent location | Short breaks | Heated indoor & outdoor pools | Online booking | Holiday packages | Special offers available 01983 531331 | www.orchards-holiday-park.co.uk NR YARMOUTH, NEWBRIDGE, PO41 0TS


Scotchells Brook Lne, Sandown, PO36 0JP 01983 403161 | chevertoncopse.com If you are looking for the perfect base to explore the stunning Isle of Wight, then look no further! They have a range of accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. Peacefully set away from the main road, enjoy a tranquil park setting, ideal for families and couples alike.  

Cheverton Copse Holiday Park is a family run holiday park set between Sandown and Shanklin, providing an ideal location for you to start your Isle of Wight adventures.

If its a walking or cycling holiday you are looking for, there are miles and miles of footpaths and bridleways that can be accessed directly from the park. Or if you prefer a more action packed holiday, only ten minutes drive away from the site, you will find some of the most famous Isle of Wight attractions.

Family-run park in a relaxed rural setting, with a range of caravans to suit all budgets Scotchells Brook Lane, Sandown, PO36 0JP | 01983 403161 holidays@chevertoncopse.com | www.chevertoncopse.com

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Situated on the envied Ocean View area at Thorness Bay

Ocean View 5 is a luxury 3-bed, 8-berth Willerby New Hampshire 40’ x 16’ lodge. Ocean View 6 is a 3-bed Willerby Clearwater 40’ x 20’ lodge with a lounge that offers direct access through the sliding patio doors to your outdoor space. Both benefit from fabulous sea views and private car parking, double-glazing, central heating and only 5 minutes from the beach & woodland. Thorness Bay Holiday Park, Cowes, PO31 8NJ 01983 864444 | luviterelettings.co.uk

Traditional camping as it should be... With room to roam and space to relax in the heart of the Isle of Wight.

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Situated in Wootton Bridge, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the family run campsite is set in 12 acres of fields and meadows, with Firestone Copse bordering the site.

Kite Hill Farm, Wootton Bridge, PO33 4LE 01983 883261 | kitehillfarm.co.uk | welcome@kitehillfarm.co.uk


Ninham Country Holidays Ninham Farm, Shanklin, PO36 9PJ 01983 864243 | ninham-holidays.co.uk Located at Ninham Farm, the site is surrounded by mature woodland and rolling countryside with a firm emphasis on nature friendly, sustainable tourism and the countryside code, appealing to those who appreciate a beautiful, peaceful space, to share with family and friends.

Ninham County Holidays is a family run camping and touring site, providing an idyllic venue for family holidays.

From this secluded location, the safe, sandy beaches and attractions of Shanklin, are just a short cycle or drive. Spacious pitches cater for all types of units. There’s a heated outdoor pool, recreational and sports areas, plus an indoor games & TV room.

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Hiring a campervan or a motorhome is a great way to holiday. You don’t need to pitch a tent at every campsite, you can easily cover more ground and fully explore the Isle of Wight... Plus, it can make sense to rent rather than buy, if you only need a campervan for a couple of weeks a year. You can get your hiring sorted right here on the Island. Isle of Wight Campervan Holidays is a Volkswagen enthusiasts heaven. With six classic 1970’s campers and a modern day T5, the choice is yours. Their colourful campervans are overflowing with character and charm. They are equipped with all the utensils

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you will need to whip up a meal and they even have the kitchen sink! Bedding, towels, tents and insurance are also included. Each campervan can transport and accommodate between three and five people, plus they are doggie-friendly too, meaning the whole family can enjoy a trip around the Island. Visit isleofwightcampers.co.uk for more information. Top tip - Choose the right vehicle to suit your trip: make sure it has sufficient space and storage for your party and is suitable for the distances you’ll be travelling.


Adventure is out there! Come and discover the beautiful Isle of Wight in a classic 1970s or modern T5 VW Campervan.

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Appuldurcombe Rd, Wroxall, PO38 3EP 01983 852597 | appuldurcombegardens.co.uk The main touring and camping area is situated within sheltered grassland and benefits from beautiful countryside views.

This award winning family owned five star holiday park, is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, set within the former grounds of an historic house...

Adjacent to the main field is the meadow area which has a selection of hardstanding pitches with shared water points and also fully serviced pitches on grass or hardstanding with a stream running alongside the area, making a tranquil spot for relaxing. There are also 40 self-contained static caravans amidst the walls of a Capability Brown-designed walled orchard. Excellent public transport links close by.

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APPULDURCOMBE GARDENS One of the islands most beautiful holiday hideaways HOLIDAY PARK

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Avenue Rd, Sandown PO36 8BD | 01983 402858 enquiries@fortholidaypark.co.uk | www.fortholidaypark.co.uk


Heathfield Rd, Freshwater, PO40 9SH 01983 407822 | heathfieldcamping.com A family run camping and touring park, with a beautiful setting and great location for exploring the West Wight.

The West Wight is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the Island, and Heathfield Camping is set in the heart of this stunning area...

Offering nine acres of unspoilt countryside, with 75 generously sized pitches, plus a backpackers area. There is a dog walking meadow and they are happy to welcome your four legged friend.  If walking or cycling is your passion, then look no further than Heathfield Camping. The site is ideally placed for you to explore the Island on foot or two wheels.  Families, couples and single guests are all welcome at Heathfield Camping.

75 generously spaced marked pitches with separate playing fields for ball games, barbeques & picnics. Heathfield Road, Freshwater, PO40 9SH | 01983 407822 web@heathfieldcamping.co.uk | www.heathfieldcamping.co.uk

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The Island is full of interesting, quirky, and certainly memorable, locations for a break away. From the unique to the utterly eccentric, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Windmill Campersite epitomises quirky. Set in the heart of the Island, this small exclusive site is what makes

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it unique, and perfect for those hoping to escape the larger, more populated sites. Picturesque views of the Bowcombe Valley, walks through the Clatterford streams and the stunning scenery of Carisbrooke Castle are mere minutes away. When it comes to what to sleep in here, you could have your work cut out for you deciding between the two Shepherds Huts; The Shack; the two Splitscreen VW’s; Hive Camping Pods or even a Westland Wessex Helicopter. There is something for everyone and certainly enough options to fight over.

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Tom’s Eco Lodge ‘Modulogs’ certainly look the quirky part. Designed specifically for them, making them unique to Tom’s Eco Lodge guests! These cosy accommodation pods are fully insulated and kitted out to a high standard. Outside, each modulog has its own decked area, with seating, BBQ area, and a cosy log-burning hot tub designed for 2 people - bliss. Even the showers are unique.

Top tip - invest in a good cool box, a definite necessity to keep all your food fresh no matter what you are staying in! Even the on-site shower, toilet block and laundry room are worth the trip alone - think converted Robin Reliants and lots of corrugated iron and you are only slightly there! Visit windmillcampersite.com for more information.

It is not often you will be greeted by a life size Dinosaur when arriving at your place to stay, but that is part of the charm at Dinosaur Farm Holidays. At least 30% of a brachiosaurus dinosaur, the most complete of its type in Western Europe, was found on their farm back in 1992. The Dinosaur Expeditions, Conservation and Paleoart Centre here, has displays of dinosaur fossils, paleoart, children’s activities and a fossil gift shop. Plus this is the base for your own fossil searching.

Dinosaur Farm Holidays Dinosaur Farm Holidays is less than a mile from the unspoilt south west coast of the Isle of Wight. We have five six-berth caravans set in a rural location close to the farm buildings.

Military Road, Brighstone, PO30 4PG | 01983 740401 | dinosaur-farm-holidays.co.uk

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Isle of Wight Festival camping.

The Island boasts more than its fair share of festivals throughout the year. The music, dancing and general merriment ensures a great time for all. Camping is often a large part of the fun...

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Big events such as the Isle of Wight Festival (21st-24th June) offer a variety of options, from the chilled out vibe of the Respect Camping Field; child-friendly camping in the Family Camping field, to the ultimate luxury of Boutique Camping - a range of prepitched structures including tipis, bell tents, yurts and podpads. If it is a hard roof you are after, campervans and caravans are welcome in designated areas. isleofwightfestival.com


V-dub Island (August) celebrates the campervan lifestyle, with all campers (even those without a VW badge) welcome at South Fairlee Farm. For those who want to extend their stay, try the ‘Carry on Camping’ which allows four extra camping days before the festival starts, the perfect excuse for a mini-break to tour the Island. v-dubisland.com Rhythmtree Festival (13th - 15th July) offers a relaxed vibe with camping on a rural farm in the unspoilt West Wight. Pitch up your tent or you campervan and enjoy the onsite entertainment. Kids are well-catered for and for those wanting to simply unwind, make the most of the healing area, your pit-stop for reiki, reflexology and the like. rhythmtree.co.uk

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Your Pure Island Happiness begins with Red Funnel With over 156 years’ experience, Red Funnel is the Isle of Wight Specialist, trusted by thousands of campers and caravan owners every year. Our year-round service from Southampton offers hassle-free loading and great on-board facilities.

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Round the Island Race.

For something different, why not pitch up during Round the Island Race (7th July 2018). There is nothing quite like the spectacle of waking up to literally thousands of yachts sailing past. Catch the best views at Ventnor, Bembridge, The Needles and of course, Cowes. Join in the after party on land into the early hours. roundtheisland.org.uk

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If you want the feel of a festival but don’t actually fancy any of the organised events, try Eve’s Tipis to get your festival-fix. You can hire a tipi at Brighstone Holiday Centre, Brighstone Grange and Compton Farm. Perfect for families and couples the tipis range from cosy 10ft diameter for one or two people or for a children’s party, to large 20ft diameter sleeping up to eight for a family holiday. The tipis are also available to hire at a range of festivals to make the experience extra special. eves-tipis.co.uk Sunset over a tipi field.

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13 14 15 July Great kids activities workshops & experiences healing great food & drink free camping* & parking more than 70 acts on 4 stages

Early Bird Tickets on sale end November

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A great value day out. Visit us at the South-Western tip of the Isle of Wight, explore our wonderful natural coastline and discover the world famous Needles Rocks and Trinity Lighthouse from Alum Bay.

Marconi’s Restaurant

Only pay to park your car and for the activities you want to enjoy.

4D Film Experience

01983 752401 theneedles.co.uk The Needles, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JD


Kicking back and relaxing in the safari tents available at Tom's Eco Lodge.

Glamorous camping, aka 'glamping', has gained popularity over the last few years and is certainly here to stay. It has all the fun and relaxation of camping, whilst being surrounded by all the comforts of home...

For a range of distinctive options, Tom’s Eco Lodge have been offering glamping

holidays on the Island since 2012. Simply choose your style with safari tents, cabins, pods and new modulogs. The fact that the tents are equipped with a log burning range cooker, private shower and toilets should give an indication on just how luxurious a stay is here! tomsecolodge.com

Luxury interiors at The Garlic Farm Yurts.

Set in the picturesque rolling countryside of Newchurch, a stay at The Garlic Farm Yurts is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. The beautiful yurts have been handmade here on the Isle of Wight and sit in a private field behind the farm. They’re perfect for couples and small families of four. Each yurt has a woodburning stove for the colder nights and the

Today visitors can enjoy a five-star experience that offers extreme comfort, mixed with exposure to the wild. It’s still camping, just with a modern (and very luxurious) twist.

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perspex dome on the roof winds open and closed, sit back and gaze at the stars. Outside there is a fire pit, seating, hammock and BBQ. thegarlicfarm.co.uk Whitecliff Bay is one of the longest standing holiday parks on the isle of Wight. Whilst still offering all the entertainment expected from a family campsite, the new Canvas Village offers a step up in luxury. You can easily fit up to eight in a canvas cottage, and four in a spacious bell tent. The Bay is a great place to relax in the sun during the day, and at night, your space becomes a magical den, lit up with fairy lights - the perfect time to

take a dip in the hot tub. awayresorts.co.uk

Boutique Glamping Holidays

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Over in the unspoilt West Wight, Glamping the Wight Way were the first in the UK to bring the outside inside. With bi-folding doors to the deck where you can see spectacular sunrises, mists over the river and birds in flight over the fields. The four spacious safari tents, are set in a private meadow that is close to the River Yar. With stylish skilodge inspired interiors, this is a truly glamorous experience. glampingthewightway.co.uk

Top tip - bring a cosy pair of slippers or socks to make it a real home from home experience.

Luxury Yurt Holidays on The Garlic Farm

Beautiful location, onsite restaurant, access to miles of footpaths & cycle ways, games room, outdoor play area, tennis court, fishing lakes, farm walks, discounts in farm shop and restaurant, free Wi-Fi, discounted ferry crossings, ideally located for exploring the Island. www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk | hugo@thegarlicfarm.co.uk | 01983 898477

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Four handcrafted canvas lodges set within private interlinking meadows overlooking the River Yar. SLEEPING 6-8 ◊ 3 SEPARATE BEDROOMS SLIPPER BATH ◊ OUTDOOR SHOWER 2 WOOD BURNING STOVES ◊ FIRE PIT & BBQ Perfectly located to the cycle & walking routes, beaches, countryside, shops, cafes & bars of Freshwater & Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

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Stunning Whitecliff Bay holiday park in Bembridge has it’s own secluded sandy beach, indoor and outdoor pools, activities, bars, family entertainment & more...

STUNNING TRIBECA ACCOMODATION

wonderful Village Green

Jolly Nice Chalets & caravan accommodation

Park wide Wi-Fi

Children’s play area & crazy golf

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

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Beauty abounds on the Island Nature around every corner.

The Isle of Wight is fully geared up for winding down. There are miles of beaches, walkways and woods to get lost in. Clear your head on our waters through surfing, kayaking or just plain sea swimming; jump on your bike and explore cycle paths or head to one of the Island’s many attractions - no phone charger required! Compton Farm is peaceful, quiet and in no way commercialised. It is very much a traditional campsite. Many of the guests have visited as children themselves and are now bringing

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back their own families. Children can have good old fashioned fun, with old tractors to play on, ducks to feed, eggs to collect and the space and freedom to fly kites and ride their bikes around the farm. The nearby beach is sandy, safe and clean. Dinosaur fossils and footprints are even visible at low tide! Visit comptonfarm.co.uk At Heathfield Camping in the heart of the unspoilt West Wight, peace and tranquility reigns, with a countryside atmosphere in a rural setting. They offer nine acres on the site of a non-working farm. The planting of indigenous trees and shrubs has created a haven for birds and small mammals. You may even catch a


A marvel by day – A wonder by night

01983 863882 klin.co.uk fishermanscottageshan

shanklinchine.co.uk | 01983 866432 | OPEN MARCH - OCTOBER Registered Charity No. 1173736

SMALL TOURING PARK IN SANDOWN

. Downland views . Easy access . Grass pitches with hook-up

. Games room . 2 miles to beaches . Special ferry rates

Newport Road, Sandown, PO36 9PJ 01983 866414 oldbarntouring.co.uk


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Whitefield Forest Touring Park entered Practical Caravan’s Top 100 Sites 2017 competition and were crowned the regional winner for the South East of England! There is a quiet vibe, in a relaxing setting for couples throughout the season, and in school holidays traditional camping for families, with nature on hand to help keep the children occupied. There is also a play park and bush craft area for the children nestled in the woods, where they will soon forget about their iPods! whitefieldforest.co.uk

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glimpse of the resident red squirrels. For their efforts Heathfield has achieved a 4 star camping park and AA rating along with a David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award for the past 11 years. heathfieldcamping.co.uk

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Top tip - If you are staying somewhere fairly remote, make sure you know where the nearest camping/outdoors store is for those last minute forgotten items. Try Trespass on the Island for all your camping needs.

Compton Farm Nestled in the beautiful chalk downland of the West Wight offering a relaxing & peaceful holiday experience. 12 static caravans | Play area | Toilet block Laundry room | Washing-up facilities Dogs welcome Military Road, Brook, PO30 4HF 01983 740215 www.comptonfarm.co.uk

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Brading Road, Ryde, PO33 1QJ 01983 617069 | whitefieldforest.co.uk Well located between the sandy beaches of Ryde and Sandown, it is easily accessible by car, caravan or motorhome, and for those wishing to leave their car on site, there is a good bus route and a network of walks and cycle tracks from the park enabling you to explore the whole Island.

A five star, award winning family run campsite, Whitefield Forest Touring Park is set in the tranquil setting of Whitefield Woods...

Recharge your batteries for a relaxing and unforgettable holiday experience on the Isle of Wight with Whitefield Forest Touring Park. With their knowledge, expertise and attention to detail, they willl ensure your holiday will be memorable.

Award-winning family run touring park set within a tranquil woodland. Spacious all weather hardstanding and traditional grass pitches all with electric hook-up, some fully serviced. Pretty woodland environment | Opportunities to see the local wildlife | Nature walk & adventure play area | Great transport links to explore the island by bus. Weekly activities in busy periods include Segway and Bush Craft, or enjoy the network of walks and cycle rides from the site to explore our wonderful Island.

(01983) 617069 | whitefieldforest.co.uk RY D E , I S L E O F W I G H T

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Key Tents

Wifi

Drying room

Touring caravans

Disabled facilities

Bar

Motorhomes

Chemical disposal

Pub nearby

Static accomodation

Showers

Dogs allowed

Glamping

Laundrette

Gas cylinders

Indoor pool

Electrical hook-up

No Pets

Outdoor pool

Childrens play area

Toilet

Recreation hall

Restaurant

Sea view from site

Shop

Public transport nearby

Adgestone Camping & Caravanning Club Site. Brading, PO36 0HL, 01983 403432

Alverstone Caravan & Motorhome Club Site. Alverstone, PO36 0HA, 01983 403934

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Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park Appuldurcombe Road, Wroxall, PO38 3EP 01983 852597 | appuldurcombegardens.co.uk

Award winning 5 star Holiday Park located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Close proximity to beaches, towns and attractions, with excellent public transport links. Bank End Farm. St Lawrence, PO38 IUW, 01983 852649, bankendfarm.co.uk

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Beaper Farm. Ryde, PO33 1QJ, 01983 615210, beaperfarm.com

Brighstone Holiday Centre. Brighstone, PO30 4DB, 01983 740244, brighstone-holidays.co.uk

Bury Lane Farm. Merstone, PO30 3DP, 01983 528628

Calbourne Water Mill. Calbourne, PO30 4JN, 01983 531 227, calbournewatermill.co.uk

Carpenters Farm Camp Site. Ryde PO33 1YN, 01983 874557, carpentersfarm.co.uk

Castlehaven Caravan Site. Ventnor PO38 2ND, 01983 730495, castlehaven.me.uk

Cheverton Copse Holiday Park Scotchells Brook Lane, Sandown, PO36 0JP 01983 403161 | chevertoncopse.com

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Located between the sandy beaches of Sandown & Shanklin, in a beautiful countryside setting. They have achieved a 4 star holiday park rating and the David Bellamy Gold award for conservation.

Bembridge, Sherbourne Street IOW PO35 5SB

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Chine Farm. Atherfield, PO38 2JH, 07929 765747, chine-farm.co.uk

Comfort Farms. Cowes, PO31 8LS 01983 293888, comfortsfarm.co.uk

Compton Farm Caravan & Campsite Military Road, Brook, PO30 4HF 01983 740215 | comptonfarm.co.uk

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Boasting stunning natural views to the chalk down land valley and Compton Bay, Compton Farm is the ideal location for a family holiday or short break.

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Dinosaur Farm Holidays Military Rd, Brighstone, PO30 4PG 01983 740401 | dinosaur-farm-holidays.co.uk Set in the unspoilt West Wight, ideal for families, walkers and cyclists with a cycle track running along the back of the property. Enjoy fossil hunting, star gazing and total relaxation. Fairway Holiday Park. Sandown PO36 9PS, 01983 403462, fairwayholidaypark.co.uk

Fakenham Farm Campsite. St Helens, PO33 1XS, 01983 719575, fakenhamfarmcampsite.co.uk

Fort Holiday Park Sandown, PO36 8BU 01983 402858 | fortholidaypark.co.uk

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Fort Holiday Park offers self catering holidays in mobile homes / static caravans close to the sea at Sandown, with stunning countryside views.

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Glamping the Wight Way Copse Lane, Freshwater, PO40 9DE 07585 956141 | glampingthewightway.co.uk

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4 Stylish self-contained safari tents. Raised deck with river views. Sleeps 6-8 in adult sized beds. Two wood burners, fancy bathroom, outdoor shower, fridge & hob, bbq/firepit. Bike racks. Glebe Farm Holidays. Newport PO30 4JL, 01983 555035, glebefarmholidays.co.uk

Grange Farm Brighstone Bay Military Road, Brighstone Bay, PO30 4DA 01983 740296 | grangefarmholidays.com

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Coastal farm with barn conversions, static caravans, camping pods. Unusual animals, direct access to the beach, sea fishing and fossil hunting, star gazing and a cyclers/walkers paradise.

Heathfield Farm Camping Heathfield Road, Freshwater, PO40 9SH 01983 407822 | heathfieldcamping.co.uk

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The park is open and extremely level with easy access to generously spaced and marked pitches, with great views across the Solent towards Hurst Castle. Honimax. Northwood, PO31 8LU, 01983 282590

Into the Woods Treehouse. Wootton PO33 4NP, 07769 696464, isleofwighttreehouse.com

Cowes, 155 Mill Hill Road IOW PO31 7EL

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Isle of Wight Campervan Holidays Unit 2 Fishbourne Quay, Ryde, PO33 4EY 01983 642143 | isleofwightcampers.co.uk

Our classic 1970s and modern VW campervans are available for self-drive hire from Fishbourne. Fully equipped with bedding, self-catering invent, and camping equipment. Kids Love Yurts. Newport, PO30 2PN, 01983 300744, kidsloveyurts.co.uk

Kite Hill Campsite Kite Hill, Wootton Bridge, PO33 4LE 01983 883261 | kitehillfarm.co.uk

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The site offers peace and quiet. Situated on the north side of the Island, an ideal place for backpackers to start their walks/cycling round the Island. Last Post. Newport, PO30 2JX, 01983 825193

Languard Holiday Park Shanklin, PO37 7PJ, 01983 863100 | park-resorts.com

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Settled in woodland, you can relax and appreciate the countryside, or the beach. This park has fantastic indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a great entertainment programme.

Lower Hyde Holiday Park Shanklin, PO37 7LL 01983 866131 | park-resorts.com Enjoy stunning countryside views as well as fantastic beaches. Choose between the parks indoor or outdoor swimming pool then enjoy the live family entertainment.

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Lucketts Campsite. Yarmouth, PO41 0XN, 01983 761766

Luvitiere Lettings Thorness Bay, Cowes PO31 8NJ 01983 864444 | luviterelettings.co.uk

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Enjoy stunning countryside views as well as fantastic beaches. Choose between the parks indoor or outdoor swimming pool then enjoy the live family entertainment. Meadow Lake Campsite. Limerstone, PO30 4PL, 01983 740941, meadowlakescl.co.uk

Meadow View Caravan Park. Niton, PO38 2NS, 01983 730015, meadowlakescl.co.uk

Ninham Country Holidays Ninham Farm, Shanklin, PO36 9PJ 01983 864243 | ninham-holidays.co.uk

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A family run & award-winning campsite, surrounded by mature woodland and rolling countryside A firm emphasis is placed on being nature friendly.

Nodes Point Holiday Park St Helens, PO33 1YA 01983 872401 | park-resorts.com

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Beautiful beaches and a picturesque harbour. The facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool with slides, adventure playground and amusement arcade.

Rookley, Main Road IOW PO38 3NY

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Old Barn Touring Park Cheverton Farm, Sandown, PO36 9PJ 01983 866414 | Oldbarntouring.co.uk

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Small park a short drive to the sandy beaches at Sandown and Shanklin, and various local attractions. On site you will find a games room with table tennis and pool. Dogs are welcome. Old Mill Holiday Park. St Helens, PO33 1UE, 01983 872507, oldmill.co.uk

Paradise Cottage Campsite. Chale, PO38 2LD, 01983 551375

Queen Bower Caravan Park. Sandown PO36 0NZ, 01983 403840, queenbowerdairy

Red Squirrel Glamping. Yarmouth PO41 0YE, 07968 396765, redsquirrelglamping.co.uk

Riverside Paddock. Newport PO30 5TE, 01983 821367, riversidepaddock.co.uk

Roebeck Country Park. Ryde PO33 4BP, 01983 562505, roebeckcountrypark.co.uk

Rookley Park. Rookley, PO38 3LU, 01983 721606, islandviewholidays.co.uk

Sandhills Holiday Park. Bembridge, PO35 5QB 01983 872277, sandhillsholidaypark.com

Sibbecks Farm Glamping. Ventnor PO38 2AL, 01983 730793, sibbecksfarm.co.uk

Silver Glades Caravan Park. Yarmouth PO41 0XZ, 01983 760172, silvergladesiow.co.uk

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Skinners Farm. Cowes PO31 8LX, 01983 292449, skinnersfarm.co.uk

Southland Caravan Club Site. Sandown, PO36 0LZ, 01983 865385,

St Helens Holiday Park. St Helens, PO33 1UX 01983 721606, islandviewholidays.co.uk

Stoats Farm Caravan & Camping. Totland Bay PO39 0HE, 01983 755258, stoats-farm.co.uk

Sunnycott Caravan Park. Cowes PO31 8NN, 01983 292859, sunnycottcaravanpark.co.uk

Tiny Homes Holidays. Newport PO30 5UB, 07802 758113, tinyhomesholidays

The Garlic Farm Yurts Mersley Ln, Sandown, PO36 0NR 01983 898477 | thegarlicfarm.co.uk

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Four luxury yurts on The Garlic Farm. Onsite restaurant, games room, tennis court, football pitch, free wifi, private fishing lakes, discounted ferry fares.Ideal location for exploring the Island.

Freshwater, Afton Road IOW PO40 9UH

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The Orchards Holiday Park Main Rd, Newbridge, Yarmouth, PO41 0TS 01983 531331 | orchards-holiday-park.co.uk

There are stunning countryside views, five star facilities and friendly staff at The Orchards Holiday Park. Indoor apublic transport.

Thorncross Farm. Newport PO30 4PN, 01983 740291, thorncross-holiday-cottages.co.uk

Thorness Bay Holiday Park Cowes, PO31 8NJ 01983 523109 | Park-resorts.com

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Surrounded by countryside. Amazing facilities with heated indoor pool and direct beach access. With caravans, lodges and glamping pods to choose from.

Tom’s Eco Lodge Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth, PO41 0YJ 01983 758729 | tomsecolodge.com

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Tom’s Eco Lodge is one of the Island’s best known glamping experiences, with accommodation offered in a variety of quirky lodgings, including safari tents, eco pods, modulogs. Ventnor Botanic Garden. Ventnor PO38 1UL, 01983 855397, botanic.co.uk

Village Way Caravan & Camping Site. Sandown PO36 9PJ, 01983 863279

Vintage Vacations. Ryde PO33 4BD, 07802 758113, vintagevacations.co.uk

Waverley Park Holiday Centre. East Cowes PO32 6AW, 01983 293452, waverley-park.co.uk

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Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park Hillway Rd, Bembridge, PO35 5PL 01442 508850 | awayresorts.co.uk

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An ideal base and most beautiful place to stay. Choose from self-catered accommodation or find your perfect pitch. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

Whitefield Forest Touring Park Brading Road, Ryde, PO33 1QJ 01983 617069 | whitefieldforest.co.uk

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This award-winning family-run touring park is set in tranquil woodland, between the sandy beaches of Ryde and Sandown. Good links with public transport. Wight Glamping Holidays. Newport PO30 2NH, 01983 532507, wightglampingholidays.co.uk

Windmill Campersite Newport, PO30 3DU 07957 572221 | windmillcampersite.com

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Small, family run, exclusive site with picturesque views of the Bowcombe valley, walks through the clatterford streams and Carisbrooke Castle minutes away. Woodside Bay Retreat. Wootton Bridge PO33 4JT, 01983 885220, darwinescapes.co.uk

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Getting here: Wightlink 0333 999 7333 wightlink.co.uk Red Funnel 023 8001 9192 redfunnel.co.uk Hovertravel 01983 717700 hovertravel.co.uk

Getting around: Southern Vectis 0330 0539 182 islandbuses.info Island Line 0345 6000 650 southwesternrailway.com Isle of Wight Steam Railway 01983 882204 iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Breakdown Services: Bartletts Service Station 01983 865338 Bartlettsservicestation.co.uk James Garage Services 01983 521010 jamesgarageservices.co.uk Stag Lane Motors 01983 522443 staglane-motors.co.uk

Useful websites: visitisleofwight.co.uk The Island’s official tourism website isleofwight.co.uk Places to go & things to see on the Isle of Wight tasteofthewight.co.uk Your local guide to food & drink on the Isle of Wight

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