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things to do on the Isle of Wight

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February 15, 2022

The Isle of Wight makes a great staycation location in the UK and can provide you with plenty of things to see and do.

Start planning your trip away with the help of this blog where you can find a range of different things to do in the Isle of Wight. As well as helping you put together some ideas of how to stay busy in the area, we can also help you with deciding where you should stay. We have 2 amazing resorts on the Isle of Wight that are perfect for families, couples and friends.

The Isle of Wight Distillery

Pondwell Hill, Ryde, PO33 1PX

The Isle of Wight Distillery - things to do in the Isle of Wight

Founded by Xavier & Conrad, The Isle of Wight Distillery is the first and only distillery on the whole of the island. With a commitment to sustainability, conservation and a circular economy the distillery strives to minimise waste and use ethically-sourced and, most of the time, local ingredients to create their range of spirits. Although they don’t do distillery tours they do have a bar on site called The Mermaid Bar where you can go and try out their products and maybe take some home!

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The Needles Landmark Attraction

Alum Bay New Rd, Alum Bay, Totland Bay, PO39 0JD

The Needles Landmark Attraction - things to do in the Isle of Wight

Probably one of the most iconic landmarks in the Isle of Wight and one that you definitely need to visit if you are on the island is The Needles. You will be able to book a boat trip that will take you on a close up trip of the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse. But there are also so many other attractions here that you can make a full day of it. From adventure golf to a carousel, dino jeep safaris and tea cups, there’s so much to do – you can even learn more about how sweets and glassware are made.

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Ventnor Botanic Garden

Undercliff Dr, Ventnor, PO38 1UL

Ventnor Botanic Garden - things to do in the Isle of Wight

If you love exploring botanical gardens and learning all about different plants and ecosystems, then Ventnor Botanic Garden will be the perfect place for you to go. There are so many areas of these gardens including a tropical house which houses a pool that contains 22 tonnes of heated water. As well as the gardens you will also find the Edulis Restaurant where you can enjoy a bite to eat for lunch, or The Plantation Room Café which is open from 10am until 4pm with plenty to offer. PUYA Boutique is also open daily and you can purchase a gift for someone or items for yourself before you leave.

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Tapnell Farm Park

Tapnell Farm House, Newport Rd, Yarmouth, PO41 0YJ

Tapnell Farm Park - things to do in the Isle of Wight

This award-winning farm park has everything you’d need to keep the whole family entertained for the day. There are jumping pillows, go karts, sledge slides and plenty of play park areas including one inside a straw barn. Along with the activities there is also an Animal Barn where you will find wallabies, meerkats, goats, highland cows, sheep, alpacas, pigs, donkeys and a pets corner with smaller animals. You can also get a bite to eat at The Cow, which is a family and dog-friendly bar and restaurant.

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Isle of Wight Aqua Park

Tapnell Farm House, Isle of Wight Aqua Park, Yarmouth, PO41 0YJ

Isle of Wight Aqua Park - things to do in the Isle of Wight

If you are looking for some outdoor fun to enjoy in the spring and summer months then the Isle of Wight Aqua Park will be perfect. It’s located around the corner from Tapnell Farm Park and is an attraction that is completely on water. With over 20 different obstacles to complete you will be able to enjoy a range of slides and climbing frames along the course. And like Tapnell Farm Park you will be able to use The Cow bar and restaurant if you are wanting to grab some food at the end of the day.

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Carisbrooke Castle

Castle Hill, Newport, PO30 1XY

Carisbrooke Castle - things to do in the Isle of Wight

You will find Carisbrooke Castle sitting high up at the heart of the Isle of Wight. During its time it has been an artillery fortress, a king’s prison and a royal summer residence. It’s the perfect place to go in the spring summer months if you want to enjoy the fresh air and take in the breathtaking panoramic views. As well as the castle, you can also enjoy the Princess Beatrice Garden, the Castle Tearoom, meeting the donkeys and more.

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Shanklin Beach

Esplanade, Shanklin, Isle Of Wight, PO37 6BS

Shanklin Beach - things to do in the Isle of Wight

Known for being one of the best stretches of golden sands, it’s a great place to head if you want to enjoy a traditional English seafront promenade. Shanklin Beach is the perfect place to go if you want a proper beach day, as Shanklin Esplanade has a large amusement arcade which has things like crazy golf, go karting and bowling! You will also find plenty of cafes and beach shops where you can buy supplies for your beach day fun.

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Red Squirrel Trail

265 Arctic Rd, Cowes, PO31 7XD

Red Squirrel Trail - things to do in the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight’s most iconic species is the native Red Squirrel and that’s who this trail has been named after. The trail itself is 32 miles long and goes along mostly traffic-free areas in the beautiful countryside. If you wanted to cycle the 32 mile route it would be a great 2 or 3 day tour but a lot of people also walk a smaller section of the route and make it a day or half day experience.

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Blackgang Chine

Ventnor, PO38 2HN

Restricted Area 5 at Blackgang Chine - things to do in the Isle of Wight

For a day out that the kids will love you will want to go to Blackgang Chine Land of Imagination, it’s an amusement park that has everything you can think of. From dinosaurs, fairies and cowboys to an underwater kingdom: each area has different rides and attractions that will suit children of all ages and there are plenty of places you can stop at for food and drink to keep you going all day.

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Now that you’ve got your ideas ready you can start organising your trip away to the Isle of Wight.

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