{"LocationDetails":{"Id":96,"Name":"Isle Of Wight","Description":"\u003cp\u003eSave on your ferry travel\u0026nbsp;when you book a stay in one of our Isle of Wight properties. Call 0330 134 5945 for more information.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Isle of Wight holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLess than 5 miles from Hampshire, the Isle of Wight shimmers in the English Channel. Notorious for its unspoilt beauty, leading sailing port of Cowes and many outdoor activities, the Isle of Wight holiday is perfect for getting away from it all - at any time of year whether you enjoy sunny days on the beach, portside pursuits or family days out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust half an hour via ferry from the mainland, the Isle of Wight is easily reached with ferries crossing up to 350 times per day. Those leaving the car at home can hop on the high speed passenger ferry and take advantage of the reliable transport network once on the island. Also, dogs are welcome on the ferries too. With over 60 miles of coastal path, holidays on the Isle of Wight are pure Heaven for those who enjoy exploring on foot! Choose from the hundreds of trails across the island to take in its beauty while you stroll.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe island hosts 3-day music festival, Bestival, in September and carnivals weave across the island throughout the summer and winter. The carnival season starts with the famed Arts Parade in Ryde, in which a lively parade shimmies through the centre of the town in an explosive spectacle of colour and noise! Ryde Carnival also ends the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s carnival season at the end of August.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do on the Isle of Wight\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith more than half the island a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the most popular things to do on the Isle of Wight is to take in the views with a good old walk. The wight\u0026rsquo;s long been a favourite with walkers, and that means there\u0026rsquo;s a whole selection of walks and trails to choose from when it comes to a bimble.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re not sure which walk to choose to start taking in some of the Wight\u0026rsquo;s most recognisable landmarks, The Tennyson Trail\u0026rsquo;s a good one to start off with. This 15 mile route stretches from Carisbrooke Castle all the way to The Needles, and you\u0026rsquo;ll pass some of the views that have graced Isle of Wight postcards for generations along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Wight Walking Festival takes place each April and October, and it sees keen walkers pack their boots and head to the island in their droves. You\u0026rsquo;ll be able to join guided walks so you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a thing, or just enjoy the experience of walking one of the many trails at your own pace to join the event.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eIsle of Wight attractions\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs those of us who holidayed on the Isle of Wight as young \u0026#39;uns know, it\u0026rsquo;s a great place to be a kid (even if you\u0026rsquo;re a grown up one now!), and that makes it perfect for family holidays. There are the sandy beaches with incredible views for bucket and spade days, family days out for all kinds of visitor and even a few surprises.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with one of the most notorious\u0026hellip;you\u0026rsquo;ll find Carisbrooke Castle in the village of Carisbrooke, and it\u0026rsquo;s famous for being the holding place of King Charles 1 during the Civil War. The castle\u0026rsquo;s stood on the island for a thousand years, and it\u0026rsquo;s still home to its famous donkeys who use the 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century tread mill to raise water from the well house (only for demonstrations these days) and are always keen to meet friendly visitors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eRobin Hill Country Park\u0026rsquo;s another family favourite, and set in 88 acres of gorgeous Wight countryside it\u0026rsquo;s a great day out to let the kids let off steam. This award-winning attraction\u0026rsquo;s home to rides that\u0026rsquo;ll have the kids wanting to stay, as well as adventure play, falconry displays and some picturesque walks for those of you who like a slower pace to your day out!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eIsle of Wight Restaurants\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith so many walks and exciting days out on the island, we\u0026rsquo;d expect nothing more than some mouth-wateringly impressive Isle of Wight restaurants to choose from \u0026ndash; and they don\u0026rsquo;t let us down. Thompson\u0026rsquo;s Restaurant has built up something of a reputation as the island\u0026rsquo;s number one place to eat in recent years, and its contemporary menu includes the best of British created using the flavours of life on the island.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, Lockslane Contemporary Bistro may be the new kid on the block when it comes to the restaurants on the Isle of Wight, but we have to say, it\u0026rsquo;s fantastic. Voted second on the Wight by the TripAdvisor reviewers, the restaurant serves up imaginative dishes in a friendly atmosphere, and we\u0026rsquo;ve started to see our guests return to it time after time during their holidays.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHow could we brief you on the places to eat during your stay without mentioning the ever-popular Dan\u0026rsquo;s Kitchen? You\u0026rsquo;ll find this one beside St Helen\u0026rsquo;s Green, enjoying far-reaching views across the glistening Solent. Run by a husband and wife team, there\u0026rsquo;s a warm feel to this restaurant that compliments the innovative menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eDog Friendly Isle of Wight\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs if we\u0026rsquo;d forget those of you who wouldn\u0026rsquo;t dream of travelling without your four-legged friends. Fear not, not only do we have a whole selection of dog friendly choices when it comes to your Isle of Wight holiday, but there are some great attractions that welcome doggies too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome throughout the Robin Hill Adventure Park (on leads), and as it\u0026rsquo;s home to rides, adventure play for the kids and walks this is a great one if you\u0026rsquo;ve got a mixed age group to entertain. They\u0026rsquo;re also welcome on leads throughout Blackgang Chine, another of the Wight\u0026rsquo;s popular adventure parks, as well as at the historic Carisbrooke Castle.\u0026nbsp; If you were hoping to see the sights with a journey via steam train then you\u0026rsquo;re in luck, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway welcomes dogs aboard for \u0026pound;3 each.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"isle-of-wight","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Compton Bay.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Isle of Wight Walking Festival ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWalkers have trudged their way to the Isle of Wight for its annual walking festival for 15 years, and it always includes a packed programme of walks and events to suit all fitness levels and interests. This award-winning festival is all about enjoying the views of the island, walking and meeting new people, and its imaginative themes and walks keep it fresh every May and October.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can choose from easy, moderate and difficult walks to that you won\u0026rsquo;t be left puffing at the back of the group, and the themes included guided fossil walks, special ones for children and even speed dating walks (which now boast 3 weddings as a result!).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re seeking views and fresh air rather than romance, the event also includes woodland, coastal and informative walks over a period of 16 days. Walk the Wight is a sponsored walk and regular festival highlight and the nicest thing about this event is that it attracts all ages and people from all walks (sorry we couldn\u0026rsquo;t resist) of life.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Wight Walking Festival is the biggest walking festival in the UK and the programmes are always available in advance to help you plan a walking holiday around it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7,"LocationLongitude":-1.28938,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/St Catherines Lighthouse 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/the-isle-of-wight-walking-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/St Catherines Lighthouse 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Blackgang Chine","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBlackgang Chine is the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s biggest adventure park and it\u0026rsquo;s got everything from a cliff-edge rollercoaster to magical theme worlds - not to mention gorgeous views over the Heritage Coastline.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLands of Imagination are a series of miniature worlds, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find yourselves roaming amidst cowboys of the Wild West in Cowboy Town one minute and dodging the swashbucklers in Pirate Cove the next. You\u0026rsquo;ll also experience Fairy Land, Nursery Land and Fantasy Land, and every child always has a favourite that they don\u0026rsquo;t want to leave.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe rides and slides will have you speeding, slipping and spinning , and you can literally live life on the edge if you brave the Cliff Hanger. Trust us, the view looks very different when you\u0026rsquo;re zooming along the edge of a cliff upside down...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Waterforce water slide is another favourite and the Pirate Barrel Ride is ideal for visitors who aren\u0026rsquo;t quite big enough for the other rides this time. Isle of Wight holidays are something that most of us remember from our childhoods; so many visitors are thrilled to find old favourites still at Blackgang Chine when they return. 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Ever popular with beach lovers, visitors and surfers, Sandown Beach is the sandy jewel in the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s crown and there\u0026rsquo;s plenty to see and do.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pleasure pier is so traditionally English you\u0026rsquo;ll think you\u0026rsquo;ve stepped into a postcard, and it even has those kiss me quick style boards you can pop your head through for a funny holiday snap! It offers entertainment for all ages and it\u0026rsquo;s a nice place for a stroll while you take in the views \u0026ndash; and there\u0026rsquo;s even a crazy golf course on it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is one of those beaches that you\u0026rsquo;ll easily spend a whole day on, so if you want to set up camp for the day you can hire deck chairs, sun loungers and other equipment to make a day of it. 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With a mixture of sand and shingle, the beach has a dramatic feel to it thanks to the looming cliffs at either end and it\u0026rsquo;s well-served by all those facilities that make a day out with the children much more fun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find a car park just across the road and the beach is adjacent to the bus route, and the downs above the bay are home to an 18-hole golf course so golfers can enjoy the coastal views while they tee off. The beach has toilets and cafes close by too so although not the biggest of Isle of Wight beaches it\u0026rsquo;s a convenient one and makes a nice spot to spend some time out with the family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s a fact to impress your clan with while you\u0026rsquo;re there, Freshwater Bay was home to the Victorian Poet Laureate Tennyson, and the area\u0026rsquo;s views inspired him on his daily walks on the downs. 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Just a short walk from the centre of Cowes, the beach has a promenade that\u0026rsquo;ll have you feeling all nostalgic and the kind of sweeping views we\u0026rsquo;ve all come to know and love the Wight for.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is easy to reach however you decide to travel to it, and you\u0026rsquo;ll not only have a great view of the yachting action over in Cowes but you\u0026rsquo;ll also find a play area for the children and shops and cafes nearby. There are some fantastic woodland walks nearby, so why not use the beach as a starting point for one of the Isle of Wight walks you\u0026rsquo;ve been planning to do?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is mostly a shingle beach, so we\u0026rsquo;d recommend it for a stroll or for watching the children let off steam beside the seam, and there\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban. 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The Last Night of the Osborne Proms is the perfect excuse to pack a picnic and your favourite bottle of wine and settle down for an evening of superb music and a good old sing song.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra always delight the crowds, and what better place for a rousing evening of music than in the grounds of Queen Victoria\u0026rsquo;s seaside home? There\u0026rsquo;s always a great atmosphere amidst the audience and as well as all the usual songs you\u0026rsquo;ll also hear surprises such as music from Harry Potter and other popular films.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe evening always concludes with a beautiful firework display, so if you can make this event during a stay on the island it\u0026rsquo;ll be a special evening you\u0026rsquo;ll remember for a long time. Oh, and one thing\u0026rsquo;s pretty much compulsory \u0026ndash; waving your miniature flag throughout! The usual favourites are guaranteed, such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp and Circumstance.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe concert is always held outside, so it\u0026rsquo;s dependent on dry weather \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s best to check the official website for details in the run up to the event once you\u0026rsquo;ve purchased tickets.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7504,"LocationLongitude":-1.26944,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/12/violin.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/last-night-of-the-osborne-proms","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/12/violin.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Isle of Wight Festival","Body":"\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\t\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\u003cdiv property=\"content:encoded\"\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eThe island pulsates with noise each summer as The Isle of Wight Festival and its thousands of fans arrive for another celebration of music. This famous Isle of Wight event is held at Newport and has now run for more than 15 years. It plays host to some of the music scene\u0026rsquo;s biggest names, with acts scrambling to headline in this unique location, and this is one of those festivals that\u0026rsquo;s loved for its atmosphere as much as the live entertainment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eWho says festivals mean curling up in a tent at the end of the night? There\u0026rsquo;s a campsite for those who enjoy the full festival experience, although non resident tickets are available and the ferries run 24 hours over the festival period so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to get back to the mainland or your accommodation whenever you\u0026rsquo;re ready. 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This popular Isle of Wight walk covers the west of the island from the north tip to the south and the trail is part of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The walk is seven miles long and there are some landmarks to look out for along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGaribaldi planted an oak tree at Brook House, and Brook Hill House was once home to the author J.B.Priestley. You\u0026rsquo;ll also pass Hanover Point, which is notable for the remains of a petrified forest which can be seen when the tide goes out. This walk is seven miles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you start at the north section close to Newton Creek you\u0026rsquo;ll pass through a section of woodland which is home to the island\u0026rsquo;s infamous Red Squirrels so keep your eyes peeled for them, as you go. 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So if your active few days leaves you in the mood for a traditional pub meal, head for the Pointer Inn in Newchurch. The Pointer is one of the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s oldest pubs and it has a reputation for serving up fantastic beers and heart meals created with local produce.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEverybody loves a beer garden, and this one is about as picturesque as they come thanks to sweeping views or the surrounding countryside. The Pointer makes the perfect pitstop during a ramble or a cycle ride, but leave time to let your food go down as we have it on good authority that the portions are rather large!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOne reviewer rejoices at finding the \u0026ldquo;best roast on the island\u0026rdquo; and families receive a warm welcome too. There\u0026rsquo;s a daily specials board and the chefs are happy to try and work around any special requirements if you let them know then you place your order. 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Tennyson wandered the downland for at least four hours every day when he lived on the Isle of Wight and the space was named after him when he died.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s easy to see why the views inspired some of the finest poetry of his era, as sheer chalk cliffs plunge down to crashing waves and the sea views are dramatic in any season. The walk between Freshwater Bay and the Needles is probably the most trodden one on the Isle of Wight, and it\u0026rsquo;s an easy one for those of you who want to see some of the scenery on foot but aren\u0026rsquo;t really game for a hike.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMany return year after year, as this is one of those walks that changes with the weather. The sea looks translucent far below the chalk cliffs as the light bounces off the waves, and if you sit for awhile you\u0026rsquo;ll see birds that call the cliffs home soaring along the horizon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s no doubt about it, Tennyson Down is a special place to spend time, and the imposing monument to Tennyson means walkers never forget that they\u0026rsquo;re treading the footsteps of one of the greatest poets of all time. 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Start your journey at Shanklin Beach and head south, keeping the sea to your left. You\u0026rsquo;ll soon reach a flight of steps that take you up the cliff and if you follow the path at the top inland you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to pick up the signs for the coast path.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll pass several little tea shops (and a tea garden at the top of the cliffs) during this walk so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity to pause for awhile and take in the views (catch your breath!). When you make the descent from the cliff tops you\u0026rsquo;ll find yourself in the pretty village of Bonchurch, noted for its pretty little church and pond. Cross the road when you reach the pond and follow Shore Road along the coast to Ventnor. 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The palace and its gardens are much as they were when Victoria and her nine children enjoyed their summers there, so the tour means visitors get to glimpse behind the public image and into the private lives of the family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe private rooms of the royal couple remain untouched, and it\u0026rsquo;s easy to imagine the children playing in the nurseries. This is an attraction with history and heart, so don\u0026rsquo;t miss the chance to visit during your Isle of Wight holiday. After her first trip to the Isle of Wight Queen Victoria famously said \u0026ldquo;it\u0026rsquo;s impossible to imagine a prettier spot\u0026rdquo;, and the views of the Solent from the terraces make it easy to understand why she fell in so love with it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt isn\u0026rsquo;t only the house that\u0026rsquo;s impressive, the grounds also include Queen Victoria\u0026rsquo;s private beach and it\u0026rsquo;s only just recently opened to the public. 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The Needles rocks and lighthouse have become the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s most known, photographed and famous landmarks \u0026ndash; and the Needles Park at Alum Bay means the whole family can enjoy them with a great day out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe coloured sand cliffs loom behind the Needles rocks and the chairlift down to the beach is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience this unique and historic view. Other attractions include the 4D cinema experience, Jurassic golf, a traditional carousel and the Sand Shop. The shop is your chance to fill a souvenir with layers of the famous coloured sand, creating a unique souvenir from the beach. Entry to the park is free and the attractions are pay as you go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Needles may look majestic but the years have seen them cause more than their share of shipwrecks. More than twenty lay on the sea bed today as the tides mean that the area is very difficult to dive. 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The castle is very much intact (considering it endured a siege by the French and saw off the Spanish Armada) and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the best family attractions on the Isle of Wight.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOwned by English Heritage, the castle is great fun for all ages and the resident donkeys are always pleased to see friendly faces. Once used to draw up water in the castle\u0026rsquo;s well house, the donkeys are used to demonstrate the historic tread wheel, but they spend most of their time enjoying the landscape and greeting visitors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Princess Beatrice Gardens have been newly landscaped and designed by TV presenter and gardener Chris Beardshaw, and they were once a secluded haven for the daughter of Queen Victoria. 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A series of new rooms tell the story of the battery and its uses and the stories are illustrated with vibrant cartoons to bring them to life. The Parade Ground still includes a pair of original guns and if you follow the underground tunnel you\u0026rsquo;ll discover a searchlight emplacement which takes in dramatic views across the famous Needles rocks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe New Battery holds a few surprises of its own too, and the modest exhibition in its underground spaces shows visitors how it was used for testing British rockets during the \u0026rsquo;race for space\u0026rsquo;. The creation of the rockets was cloaked in secrecy, and the battery (found just a little further along on the headland than the Old Battery) made the perfect testing place.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll also find a tea room at the site. 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Although the sanctuary relies on donations entry to the attraction is free, and it\u0026rsquo;s great fun watching the donkeys enjoy their retirement in their grassy paddock.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can pet the donkeys which makes this a lovely place to visit with children, and it\u0026rsquo;s great fun trying to match the donkeys to their descriptions and pictures. The donkeys have been rescued from all kinds of plights and countries, and the volunteers who have nursed them to health are always happy to tell visitors all about their lives and how they\u0026rsquo;re doing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a cafe and souvenir shop, and if you want to take a donkey home you can do the next best thing and adopt one before you leave. The sanctuary is ranked number one out of the family attractions in Ventnor on TripAdvisor and its many glowing reviews have gained it a Certificate of Excellence. 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With all the picture postcard charm of an unspoilt corner of rural England, this sandy cove is a nice place for a walk, to explore or just to sit for awhile and enjoy the surroundings.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eColourful deckchairs flutter in the breeze, whitewashed cottages overlook the beach and as there\u0026rsquo;s no access to the sand by road this is a walkers\u0026rsquo; haven. If you\u0026rsquo;re looking for somewhere peaceful to wander where you can stop for a lunch of freshly-caught crab then it\u0026rsquo;s got to be Steephill Cove.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSome of the island\u0026rsquo;s best coastal walks start close to the cove, and if you walk to the Needles from the cove you\u0026rsquo;ll pass through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 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This Isle of Wight walk starts at Freshwater Bay and continues for six windswept miles, taking in the cliff top views that all walkers on the Wight want to experience, the monument to Tennyson (a keen walker of these parts himself) and the famous Needles rocks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you start the walk at Freshwater Bay you\u0026rsquo;ll make your way across Tennyson Down, look out for the monument erected in his honour as you go. The poet lived on the Isle of Wight for four decades and he walked across the downs most days. The route takes you right to the Needles observation point and the road will take you on to the National Trust\u0026rsquo;s Needles Old Battery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you head up to the old coastguard cottages from the battery you\u0026rsquo;ll make your way back to the downs. 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The walk starts on Sandown\u0026rsquo;s traditional promenades of the Victorian era before heading up to the cliffs of Culver Down. The route winds its way around Bembridge harbour before returning to the promenades.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is a great walk for bird spotters as the marshes you\u0026rsquo;ll see on either side of Bembridge harbour are owned by the RSPB and act as breeding grounds for a whole variety of waterfowl and wading birds. If the tide is high when you reach the end of the sea wall in Bembridge you can walk along the path that overlooks the beach instead of along the shoreline.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis walk should take around four hours, and it\u0026rsquo;s a popular one as it takes its walkers through woodland, fields and along stunning stretches of coastline. It also includes the bridge across the River Yar, which was constructed in 1878. When in the wooded sections of the walk follow the blue coast path signposts. 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With the award-winning Goodleaf Tree Climbing you can enjoy views across an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the tree tops and have an adventure while you\u0026rsquo;re at it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGoodleaf aren\u0026rsquo;t only recommended by the good old Guardian, but they\u0026rsquo;ve also appeared on the BBC, and they offer fantastic days out with a difference for anyone aged from 8 up to 80. Your instructor will talk you through the ropes before you start climbing and once you\u0026rsquo;re ready to start clambering you can make your way up to the canopy and enjoy some time above the rest of the world.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe views stretch all the way to the coast, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be well rewarded once you reach the top. Goodleaf is a nice way to do something adventurous as a family and the children will feel a real sense of achievement once they reach the top. The climbs take place in a secret field that\u0026rsquo;s chosen for its big sturdy trees and its quiet, peaceful location. Feel free to take a picnic and a blanket and enjoy your time there after your climb.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7257,"LocationLongitude":-1.14027,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/forest.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/isle-of-wight/goodleaf-tree-climbing","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/forest.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Godshill Model Village","Body":"\u003cp\u003eEverybody loves a model village, and Godshill Model Village is set in two acres of scenic landscaped gardens. Wander around this peaceful attraction and peer amidst the 300 trees and shrubs to glimpse the world in miniature.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe models depict the resorts of the Isle of Wight in miniature, and the model railway chugs its way between them. Like all good model village\u0026rsquo;s, this one has been created with a smile and it\u0026rsquo;s one of the island\u0026rsquo;s quaintest family attractions. The model village is open every day between April and October, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find it on Godshill High Street.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTickets include free re-entry to the attraction for another week, so if you don\u0026rsquo;t manage to take in everything there is to see (or you just fancy another stroll around spotting what you missed) you\u0026rsquo;ll be free to return. There\u0026rsquo;s a picnic area for those of you who want to make a day of it, and there are few spots that make a nicer place to enjoy some al fresco fodder than beside the world in miniature.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGodshill Model Village is open from 10am \u0026ndash; 5pm and you\u0026rsquo;ll need at least an hour to make sure you take in the whole attraction. Why not take the opportunity to explore the real Godshill Village while you\u0026rsquo;re there? It\u0026rsquo;s as picturesque as the models!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.6329,"LocationLongitude":-1.25467,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/09/model-village-train.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/godshill-model-village","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/09/model-village-train.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Red House Spa","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhy not take some time out for some serious pampering during a holiday on the Isle of Wight? The Red House Spa is set in a pretty Georgian building and it offers a wide range of treatments to help you relax and unwind.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are also beauty treatments available, so if you want to look extra special for an occasion during your holiday you can rely on Lisa and her team to leave you glowing and ready to shine. Treatments include massage, facials, laser treatments, manicures and pedicures. Whether you want to get your feet beach-ready at the start of your holiday or simply enjoy some time out during your stay nearby, the Red House Spa is a welcoming day spa that makes booking simple.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eA break from the office is always a great chance to be a bit more creative with our nails, and Minx Nails are always a popular choice. Choose your own colours and designs and enjoy the results for weeks (or until the holiday\u0026rsquo;s over at least). If you want to keep things simple you can treat yourself to an Express Manicure to keep your hands looking gorgeous \u0026ndash; and you won\u0026rsquo;t have to drag yourself away for the beach for long.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6995,"LocationLongitude":-1.29725,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/Pool.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/the-red-house-spa","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/Pool.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"BeCalmed Spa Therapy","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWe\u0026rsquo;ll let you in on a little Isle of Wight secret - the BeCalmed Spa Therapy Centre. This soothing day spa is home to an experienced and friendly team of holistic therapists who are dedicated to helping you to relax and feel blissful (just as you should during a holiday).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBased in picturesque Cowes, the spa offers aromatherapy massage, foot treatments, reflexology and many more treatments to leave you feeling rejuvenated and back to your old self. Why not book in as part of a day out exploring Cowes and its famous harbour? \u0026nbsp;You can book gifts and pampering treatments in advance if you want to treat someone special or mark an occasion during your visit to Cowes, just contact the team and ask before you arrive on the island.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBeCalmed also offer a special selection of male grooming treatments, so if you fancy enjoying some pampering together there\u0026rsquo;s something for both you and your parent. If you want to create your perfect spa day you can select the treatments to suit you and tailor your experience, so if you want to step the relaxation up a notch during a holiday on the Wight this is the place to head for.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7602,"LocationLongitude":-1.29677,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/03/spa.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/becalmed-spa-therapy","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/03/spa.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Coleman’s Play and Farm Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf your brood love nothing better than to let off steam outdoors and enjoy the countryside then head to Coleman\u0026rsquo;s Play and Farm Park. With a petting farm and a selection of play barns the farm park never fails to delight children and there\u0026rsquo;s plenty to keep them entertained.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with the petting farm, home to all kinds of friendly farm animals that love to say hello to visitors, the farm opens between March and November and it\u0026rsquo;s always a treat for children. Do you know any tots who love nothing more than the chance to pet an animal? They\u0026rsquo;ll be in their element at the farm \u0026ndash; and the trailer tractor rides always go down a storm too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePicture an enormous barn full of straw and dotted with fun games and rides for children...sound like their dream? You\u0026rsquo;re in luck. The play barns include indoor and outdoor play areas, and there are all kinds of things throughout that make them so much fun we guarantee the kids won\u0026rsquo;t want to leave (sorry, we can\u0026rsquo;t help with the part where you have to coax them back into the car...). \u0026nbsp;You\u0026rsquo;ll find swings and slides, tunnels and pits throughout the hay lofts \u0026ndash; oh and there\u0026rsquo;s a giant model railway outside too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7092,"LocationLongitude":-1.35679,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/09/adventure-play.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/coleman’s-play-and-farm-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/09/adventure-play.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re looking for an attraction that\u0026rsquo;s indoors and won\u0026rsquo;t take all day then it\u0026rsquo;s well worth visiting this fascinating aquarium. Housed inside a series of arches that once protected the Solent, the aquarium showcases some of the local marine life, and it\u0026rsquo;s always surprising just how diverse the sealife is around the island.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe tanks are home to everything from friendly rays, to cuttlefish and creepy crabs, so a visit is a real learning curve for all ages and it\u0026rsquo;s always exciting for children to peer into each tank and see what lurks inside. There\u0026rsquo;s also a section dedicated to the life found in tropical reefs, so don\u0026rsquo;t miss the opportunity to come face to face with bizarre pufferfish, a lionfish, seahorses and (everyone\u0026rsquo;s favourite thanks to Nemo)\u0026nbsp; clownfish.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe aquarium is open between April and October (opening times may vary), and with family tickets just \u0026pound;8.50 this is a friendly attraction that won\u0026rsquo;t stretch the holiday budget. Little ones under 4 enter for free, and entry is just \u0026pound;1.90 for children between 4 and 15. Adult tickets are \u0026pound;2.90. Fort Victoria is also home to a country park, so why not make a day of a visit and make sure you pop in and greet the aquarium\u0026rsquo;s colourful residents while you\u0026rsquo;re there?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7069,"LocationLongitude":-1.52115,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/yellow-fish.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/fort-victoria-marine-aquarium","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/yellow-fish.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Owl and Monkey Haven","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOwl and Monkey Haven is a special attraction that makes for a heart-warming day out.\u0026nbsp; This charitable animal attraction has a whole host of awards to its name and it\u0026rsquo;s home to a range of rescued birds of prey and primates. 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Time it right and you can watch the animals enjoying their feeds, and the staff hold regular talks about the animals too so you can learn all about them and the charity.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7056,"LocationLongitude":-1.2632,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/amy-monkey.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"newport-country/ryde/owl-and-monkey-haven","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/amy-monkey.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Hambrough Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWho\u0026rsquo;s for a spot of fine dining? With a Michelin star to its name the Hambrough Restaurant is all about meals to remember, a cocktail list as long as your arm and an impressive wine menu. Head Chef Darren Beevers didn\u0026rsquo;t take long to put his stamp on the menu, and the restaurant remains the biggest name on the Isle of Wight for foodies.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIndulge in the finest tastes of the season with the A La Carte menu, take the traditional Sunday lunch to a whole new level or just pop in for a treat on an ordinary day for the lunch menu...no matter which menu you opt for we think you\u0026rsquo;ll experience a meal that\u0026rsquo;s as much a masterpiece as it is a dish.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAre you celebrating an occasion? Why not go for the Chef\u0026rsquo;s Experience which included Darren\u0026rsquo;s Tasting Menu in the Garden Room. The friendly chefs will bring each course to your table and talk you through the tastes and flavours you\u0026rsquo;re about to enjoy. Sound like the perfect meal to us...The restaurant is also a regular in The Waitrose Good Food Guide, and it\u0026rsquo;s open from Wednesday evening through to Sunday lunchtime.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5939,"LocationLongitude":-1.20549,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/food3.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/isle-of-wight/the-hambrough-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/food3.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Climbing at Skeleton Ridge","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOk so you\u0026rsquo;re planning a rock climbing holiday on the Isle of Wight, although it\u0026rsquo;s a risky choice and not for everyone we had to mention Skeleton Ridge, on one of the infamous Needles rocks. This is the kind of route that\u0026rsquo;s altered every time you tackle it, but start by waiting for the tide to recede and then wading out to the cliff at the bottom of the col between the ridge line\u0026rsquo;s first and second pinnacles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou won\u0026rsquo;t need crampons or ice axes for this route, but you may want to take some pegs and one or two warthogs. That said, many have completed the ascent without them so we\u0026rsquo;ll leave it for you to decide. Many who have climbed the ridge recommend taking some long slings to make things easier.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll need to let the National Trust know before you tackle this climb, as if the Needles Old Battery is closed you won\u0026rsquo;t be able to access the rocks. Don\u0026rsquo;t forget to give the coastguard a call when you complete the climb and give the visitors on the Old Battery a wave when you reach the summit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6626,"LocationLongitude":-1.59066,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/07/iStock_000002184872Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/climbing-at-skeleton-ridge","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/07/iStock_000002184872Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Walking Yarmouth to Brighstone","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe stretch of coastal path that connects Yarmouth and Brighstone is a long one, and it takes in the sweeping geology of Alum Bay, the scars of a mining history that dates back to 1562 and the remains of an ancient pine forest at Hanover Point. If you enjoy a long walk dotted with landmarks that tell the tale of the area then we\u0026rsquo;d recommend it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis route not only takes it walkers past the iconic Needles at the island\u0026rsquo;s most westerly tip but it also ushers them across downland, so expect views aplenty and leave around 5 hours to complete the walk. There are some steep sections along the way, so sturdy shoes with a good grip are essential for this one.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for the coloured cliffs at Alum Bay, this used to be the site of intense mining and now the cliffs attract visitors keen to marvel at the natural colours throughout the variegated cliffs. If you time your walk to pass Hanover Point when the tide\u0026rsquo;s low you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see the pine raft fossil forest. The forest stood more than 20 million years ago (yes, 20 million!) and has been to mudstone over time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7059,"LocationLongitude":-1.5008,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/07/Yarmouth-002.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/yarmouth/walking-yarmouth-to-brighstone","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/07/Yarmouth-002.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Walking Niton to Sandown","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe walk between Niton and Sandown is a scenic coastal walk that makes its way between along sandy beaches, Victorian promenades and historic landscapes, so if you want to see a little more of the Isle of Wight without straying far from its picturesque coast then this route is a good choice.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are a few points of interest to look out for as you go, including Ventnor Botanic Garden which covers 22 gorgeous acres of parkland, the pretty little hamlet of Ventnor, Bonchurch Old Church (which dates back to the 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century) and the site of the landslip. The original landslip took place back in 1810, but it\u0026rsquo;s actually continued to move every since as a bed of clay lies beneath the site and slopes in the direction of the shore.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eStart the walk in Niton, a pretty little village just outside the resort of Ventnor. When Ventnor began to thrive thanks to its status as a health resort, the village became popular too, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find \u003ca href=\"https://www.bluechipholidays.co.uk/isle-of-wight/sandown/st-catherines-lighthouse\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eSt Catherine\u0026rsquo;s Lighthouse\u003c/a\u003e and the most southerly part of the island at Niton Undercliff. 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You don\u0026rsquo;t have to be an expert surfer to know that the Isle of Wight is dotted with great spots to catch the waves, and thanks to this surf school\u0026rsquo;s flexible attitude you\u0026rsquo;ll be taught in the best place for surf on the day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6577,"LocationLongitude":-1.46756,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/09/boy-surfing.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/ryde/isurf-mobile-surf-school","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/09/boy-surfing.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Wight Water Adventure Watersports","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s well-known for its safe waters and welcoming sandy beaches, so it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect place to take the plunge and start learning a water sport. Wight Water make learning great fun and they can provide customised tuition for surfing, kayaking, canoeing, bodyboarding and more.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIs there a sport the kids have been on at you to let them try for awhile now? This might be the perfect opportunity to let them get started, as Wight Water offer expert guidance, the latest equipment and their main priority is the safety of their learners. The centre welcome school groups from across the country throughout the year, so your would-be surfers will be in safe hands and are pretty much guaranteed to have a whale of a time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find the centre in between the resorts of Sandown and Shaklin, and tuition is available for everyone from the complete beginner to those with experience behind them who are just after some new skills. Do you fancy giving windsurfing a try? 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The chalk downs shelter the gardens from the chilly northerly winds, enabling all kinds of plants to thrive that wouldn\u0026rsquo;t flourish half as well on the mainland.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe area\u0026rsquo;s average rainfall is so low that its climate is closer to the one you\u0026rsquo;d expect to enjoy in the Mediterranean than in a quiet corner of the Isle of Wight, and this collection of subtropical plants has been grown completely outdoors. Ventnor Botanic Garden is home to a newly refurbished visitor centre that enables it to host events throughout the year, bringing the seasons to life for visitors of all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe giant water lilies give the gardens an enchanting feel that continues throughout the grounds, and they make a peaceful spot to enjoy the warm temperatures and some time out during a busy holiday. 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The National Trust garden envelops an imposing Elizabethan manor house, and thanks to its southerly position it blooms with Mediterranean-inspired plants and flowers throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eShrubs wind their way up and down gently-sloping banks, concealed pathways wind their way throughout the gardens and herbaceous borders add colour to the scene. This is a popular spot for a family day out, a stroll with your dog (please be aware they must remain on leads) or to appreciate the experimental garden. The Mottistone Estate adjoins the National Trust gardens, and visitors are welcome to explore them while they wander. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe gardens are also home to an olive grove, a modest organic kitchen garden and a delightfully old fashioned tea garden. You\u0026rsquo;ll also discover The Shack, a quirky cabin designed and used by a pair of architects as their summer drawing office. 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When we say rather grand, we mean the kind of property that would put Downton to shame \u0026ndash; with chandeliers, ornate decor and architectural significance, so if you holiday on the Isle of Wight during one of the periods when the house is open we\u0026rsquo;d recommend visiting.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe house is just outside the village of Brading, and if you\u0026rsquo;d rather just look around the picturesque gardens you can pay the reduced rate. One of the nice things about Nunwell is that the house has been added to over the generations, so while the earliest part of the building dates back to 1522, you\u0026rsquo;ll also find a music room that was added during the Victorian era. 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The Wishing Well is dog friendly, and it\u0026rsquo;s the kind of place you should earmark for a pit stop during a day enjoying the area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a huge area of decking to the rear of the pub, and if you want to sit and get your breath back while you wait for some hearty fodder you can admire the surrounding countryside while you do. There\u0026rsquo;s plenty of room for little ones to play and they\u0026rsquo;re well within view of their parents on the decking, so this is a family pub with a friendly atmosphere.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you visit during the chillier months The Wishing Well has just the right welcome too, as there\u0026rsquo;s a wood burning stove for a cosy feel while you warm up over a drink. There\u0026rsquo;s even an open log fire in the snug bar, and it\u0026rsquo;s easy to see why this local pub is always a hit with visitors to the area. 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This pub and restaurant is a family-run pub where you\u0026rsquo;ll be greeted with a warm welcome \u0026ndash; and they offer fantastic food too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHailed one of the island\u0026rsquo;s best places to eat, the Yarbridge Inn manages to balance a friendly atmosphere with food that keeps visitors returning every time they enjoy an Isle of Wight holiday. The reviews mention the Sunday roasts again and again, and it\u0026rsquo;s best to book ahead during the busy season as so many are keen to sample the menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s an outdoor seating area for those who like to make the most of sunny days outside, and the pub serves Real Ale with pride. Why not stop off during a walk in the area? 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This friendly riding school offers lessons for beginners and the experienced, and children and adults are welcome on pony and horse rides that will make an Isle of Wight holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach rides are always popular, and TripAdvisor is packed with excited reviews from happy customers keen to share their experiences with the masses. The staff are knowledgeable and go out of their way to ensure that all riders have a great time in safety, and the horses know just how to work with each rider to make their ride memorable.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOne reviewer comments that \u0026ldquo;the whole process is calm and reassuring for nice riders\u0026rdquo;, so this is a great choice for parents who want to treat their youngsters. If you\u0026rsquo;ve been thinking about taking the plunge and booking lessons at home this is a nice way to get started and the rides are always popular with those on Isle of Wight holidays. 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Well, Windstalker Island Kite Sports make learning the ropes safe and easy for all levels, so why not get started during your visit to the Isle of Wight? There are some great beaches for kitesurfing around the island, and the guys at Windstalker offer professional lessons to an exceptional standard.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLessons are held at the kite zone, and you can now buy gift vouchers to treat the adrenalin seeker in your family to a course that\u0026rsquo;ll get them well on their way to a new hobby. In fact, the lessons are unique in that the instructors make sure they don\u0026rsquo;t only teach their students to kitesurf, they strive to teach them kite sports.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe full course lasts up to twelve hours, but students are free to divide them into several sessions, and if the wind fails meaning the lesson ends early they\u0026rsquo;ll only be charged for the time they\u0026rsquo;ve spent outside. 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The theatre hosts the latest in live entertainment from every genre, and its bill includes everything from Motown evenings, cutting comedians to the latest show to dazzle the West End. If there\u0026rsquo;s a big show doing the rounds you\u0026rsquo;ll catch it at this Isle of Wight theatre, but the nice thing about its bill is that it often includes new shows too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is a theatre with a history, and if you like a spacious seat and all the features of a nostalgic theatre then you\u0026rsquo;ll find them at this one. Think push red seats, a warm welcome and a grand exterior that\u0026rsquo;s a local landmark. Gift vouchers can be bought in advance too, so if you want to treat someone special to an evening of live entertainment you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to let them pick closer to your visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe box office is open from 10am to 3pm between Monday and Friday and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. It\u0026rsquo;s possible to receive special rates on group bookings depending on the show, so contact the box office for information before making your booking.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6276,"LocationLongitude":-1.17892,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/theatre-curtain.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shanklin/isle-of-wight/the-shanklin-theatre","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/theatre-curtain.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Taverners","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWe keep our ears close to the ground on the island so that we can let you know which pubs and restaurants the locals are talking about, and this year it\u0026rsquo;s all been about The Taverners. Found in the pretty little village of Godshill, The Taverners is a pub and restaurant that keeps its focus on good food and local produce.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHow\u0026rsquo;s this for a friendly welcome, you can take the extra produce from your own garden or allotment with you and exchange it for a beer! Blackboards list the fruit and veg that are currently in season and the menu will only feature those ones, and the New Forest Venison comes highly recommended. You name it, it\u0026rsquo;s grown on the island at this eatery \u0026ndash; everything from the local fish, to the award-winning cheese and home-grown veg is as fresh and wholesome as it\u0026rsquo;s possible to find.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe garden has a children\u0026rsquo;s play area beside the pub\u0026rsquo;s vegetable patch, so there\u0026rsquo;s a real country feel to this pub that makes it perfect for those with young families. Wish you could take some of the ingredients home? 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This pub has been squeezing hopefuls in to enjoy its fish and game for more than three decades, and as the restaurant has expanded since the old days it\u0026rsquo;s now spacious and there\u0026rsquo;s always plenty of room despite its popularity.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDid we mention that The New Inn has also won the AA \u0026lsquo;Pick of the Pubs\u0026rsquo; every year for the last ten? Yes, it\u0026rsquo;s fair to say that with its elegant ambience and food that keeps people returning to the island this pub is something special, so make sure you drop in during a stay nearby. If you visit on a dry day bring your walking boots, the pub marks the start of an easy walk towards the estuary that\u0026rsquo;ll blow the cobwebs out after your meal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7017,"LocationLongitude":-1.41491,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/Pub fire.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/the-new-inn","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/Pub fire.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Crown Inn, Shorwell","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhen was the last time you sipped on a pint while a stream trickled along beside you? The Crown Inn is an ancient pub in a pretty little Isle of Wight village, and its garden means you can plonk yourself down on one of the stream-side tables and throw bits of your lunch to the trout that call it home.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe dovecote-topped island in the middle of the stream makes a pretty view for those dining al fresco, and it\u0026rsquo;s full of doves that spend their days preening and cooing. Most of the garden sits in the shade of a looming willow tree, and those tables not in its shelter benefit from parasols on sunny summer\u0026rsquo;s days. Cross the bridge to the other side of the stream and you\u0026rsquo;ll find a larger car park, or just enjoy the views of this typically English garden while you\u0026rsquo;re on the island.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s difficult to find a better example of a real English country pub than The Crown Inn, and it was even voted the island\u0026rsquo;s \u0026lsquo;Best Pub for Walkers\u0026rsquo; in a survey conducted by Wightlink. 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The outside area of this friendly pub isn\u0026rsquo;t only huge but it also includes more for the kids to do than you\u0026rsquo;ll have time to fit into one visit. There\u0026rsquo;s an assault course, play frame, swings and baby swings \u0026ndash; and there\u0026rsquo;s also an indoor play area known as the \u0026lsquo;Popzone\u0026rsquo; inside.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs if all that isn\u0026rsquo;t enough this is also one of the island\u0026rsquo;s best vantage points and it has views that stretch all the way to The Needles. The pub serves up great food too and there are some imaginative options on the menu as well as all the old favourites. The suppliers are all local too, so if you were hoping to try some of the island\u0026rsquo;s own produce during your stay you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to order a true taste of the Wight. 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The pub has its share of history to attract punters too, and it was constructed using wood from the wreck of the Clarendon, which met a tragic fate on nearby rocks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5967,"LocationLongitude":-1.31762,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/11/boys.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/isle-of-wight/wight-mouse-inn","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/11/boys.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Spyglass Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eForget the drinks and hot food (well, don\u0026rsquo;t really but you know what we mean...) The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor is one of the country\u0026rsquo;s best spots for coastal views. This popular pub looks out across Ventnor Beach and the picturesque seafront, and its outdoor terraces mean visitors can sit back and enjoy uninterrupted views across the Solent. This is the place to pick a table and forget the time as you watch the boats coming and going across the channel and the coloured yachts bobbing about on the waves.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s a handy tip for those of you planning to catch the Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in June \u0026ndash; arrive to The Spyglass early and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to pick a prime spot to watch the action out on the water. There are two patios to choose from (known to locals as upper deck and lower deck) and the views out to the Solent are so uninterrupted that it\u0026rsquo;s easy to imagine you\u0026rsquo;re about to sail the waters rather than tuck into a meal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pub is something of a Ventnor landmark and with a history that dates back to circa 1850 it\u0026rsquo;s an Isle of Wight institution. 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Steamers would have docked at the pier opposite the pub in days gone by, and it\u0026rsquo;s fittingly decorated with all kinds of steamer-themed relics in a nod to the area\u0026rsquo;s past. These days the pier is long gone, but you can enjoy great views of Sandown Pier nearby and this is a nostalgic pub with a friendly atmosphere.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pub has a sheltered patio and a sun deck to choose from, and the view from the pub\u0026rsquo;s outside areas makes it easy to picture how Shanklin would have looked in its Victorian heyday. Pick a seafood dish from the pub\u0026rsquo;s specials board and enjoy a taste of the island while you enjoy the panoramic coastal views.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pub welcomes families, and as it\u0026rsquo;s just a short walk from a long sandy stretch of beach it\u0026rsquo;s a popular place to enjoy something to eat before or after making the most of a sunny day by the sea. 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It makes the perfect retreat after a winter walk on either Brook or Compton beach and as dogs are welcome it\u0026rsquo;s a popular resting point for dog walkers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf it\u0026rsquo;s a warm day you can sit outside and enjoy the views across the surrounding fields and out to sea, and if the weather\u0026rsquo;s chilly you can take to the open fire inside and spend some time enjoying the cosy atmosphere. The beer garden is one of those that\u0026rsquo;s so big you can enjoy your own little space and take your time, and it has the feeling of a traditional country garden to it. Recent years have seen the pub turned into a private home, but thanks to an island-wide petition it was soon restored to a country pub just as it\u0026rsquo;s been for hundreds of years.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Sun Inn is also key to the Two Suns Challenge, a five mile hike that challenges walkers to journey from this inn and The Sun at Calbourne. 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Just a moment\u0026rsquo;s walk from the harbourside, the inn\u0026rsquo;s as welcoming to pets as it is to people and it prides itself on its hot food.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSpeaking of pets, there\u0026rsquo;s a flat, scenic walk that connects Freshwater and Yarmouth \u0026ndash; so the inn makes a great place to stop off after completing it with your dog. The walk follows the route of a former railway line and it makes for a unique Wight walk to tackle with your four-legged friend.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe inn has a courtyard garden and as it tends to host live bands on weekends it\u0026rsquo;s one of Yarmouth\u0026rsquo;s most popular pubs. The bands play outside in the courtyard during the summer, and you can book a table outside in advance to make sure you get to enjoy the pretty spot. The Sunday lunches are well worth completing the walk from Freshwater for, and there\u0026rsquo;s even a beer festival held every year. 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Dating all the way back to the 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century when the coastline was the stomping ground of smugglers, the inn has stayed true to its roots and has altered little over the centuries. These days it\u0026rsquo;s more popular with holidaymakers and their dogs than pirate types, but it\u0026rsquo;s still crammed with original features that remind visitors of its heritage.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou name a period feature and you\u0026rsquo;ll find it in The Buddle - from a roaring log fire to inglenook beams and original flagstone floors \u0026ndash;and there are even little snugs to make the most of. The Buddle was voted as one of the Top 10 Pubs with Gardens by the Daily Express in 2013 and by The Independent in 2011, and as soon as you walk through the door you\u0026rsquo;ll appreciate why it\u0026rsquo;s come to have such a fantastic reputation.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome in the bar and garden areas and there\u0026rsquo;s always a bowl of water for them when they arrive. 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The pub was built in 1684, and if you look to the left hand side of the fireplace once inside you\u0026rsquo;ll see what used to be the gloomy entrance all those centuries ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThanks to its history there\u0026rsquo;s never a shortage of anecdotes and legends to catch up on over your drink, and at risk of scaring you off before you\u0026rsquo;ve arrived we should point out that it\u0026rsquo;s rumoured to be the island\u0026rsquo;s most haunted pub as well as its oldest. Look to the right of the fireplace and you\u0026rsquo;ll see a door that once led the way to the building\u0026rsquo;s attic \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s here that many a strange noise has been heard by staff over the years and it\u0026rsquo;s common for chairs to move around when there\u0026rsquo;s nobody there.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHappily, you\u0026rsquo;ll have no need to venture upstairs while you\u0026rsquo;re at The Castle, and down at the bar you\u0026rsquo;ll find a friendly atmosphere where dogs and children are welcome along. 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The inn is an easy stroll from the marina so it\u0026rsquo;s a great place to sit and take the weight off your feet during the activity of Cowes Week, and if you time your visit during the winter you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to take advantage of the open fire and enjoy banter with the locals.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt may be welcoming and friendly these days, but The Union Inn was once popular with smugglers \u0026ndash; and it still has the tales to prove it. Legend has it that there used to be a light on the tower above the pub that was used to guide fishing boats safely back from the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOn one occasion, the wife of the tower-keeper forgot to light it and her husband and a handful of other fishermen lost their lives in a storm. 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Stylish, chic and contemporary, The Met is all about indulging in beachside views and relaxing. We have it on good authority that the food\u0026rsquo;s well worth trying, and the service is so impressive that you can expect a selection of the day\u0026rsquo;s papers if you\u0026rsquo;re content or just sit back and listen to the sound of the waves on the shore.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s outside seating for those who want to make the most of the location, and there are more than fifty wines to choose from in the wine bay. The Met also specialises in tapas and serves a selection of coffees if you want a winter warmer during a chilly walk.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith a stunning setting right on Ventnor Esplanade, The Met makes a friendly place to hang out, catch up and wind down. 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Partially owned by John Giddings who promotes the Isle of Wight Festival, this is the place to see live bands throughout the year. Friday nights see the best bands from the island take to the stage and wow the crowds, and Saturdays step things up a notch as a whole selection of DJs work their magic.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a red and black theme throughout the bar and the sofas upstairs make welcoming places to curl up and enjoy the ambience over a drink or two. The terrace is always busy too and thanks to the heat lamps it\u0026rsquo;s even comfortable if you stay outside until late in the evening. The Black Sheep is a cafe bar and it hosts all kinds of events throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSample something from the tapas-style menu and take your time over a glass of wine...and make sure you check what\u0026rsquo;s on before you visit as the bar hosts stars of international fame as well as the up and coming. 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With a Seaside Award to its name, this West Wight bay consists of a sand and shingle beach, and if you visit during the summer we\u0026rsquo;d recommend parking at the top of the main road and walking down as the spaces closer to the water vanish pretty quickly.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy a stroll along the seafront you\u0026rsquo;ll find a friendly pub at the eastern end, and if you sit in the right spot you can enjoy views out to sea through the picture windows. The traditional pier is currently being redeveloped after falling into disrepair, but it still gives Totland the appearance of a traditional English seaside resort. 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The beach is mostly sandy with some shingle, and if you\u0026rsquo;re keen to try water sports during a stay on the Wight this is the place to get started. \u0026nbsp;The pretty promenade stretches all the way to Totland Bay, and it makes the perfect place for a stroll as the sun beings to fade in the distance.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs aren\u0026rsquo;t allowed on the beach at Colwell Bay, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find a car park beside the beach which has 40 spaces so it\u0026rsquo;s a handy stretch of sand for those with young families. On a summer\u0026rsquo;s day you\u0026rsquo;ll be greeted by the sight of deck chairs flapping in the breeze and they can be hired by those less keen to sprawl on the sand, and you\u0026rsquo;ll also find beach hits, an ice cream kiosk, public toilets and a slipway.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Hut is one of the biggest draws of Colwell Bay, as this beachside cafe welcomes the sandy and the sunburnt into the shade where they can enjoy hot food and drink with a view of the sea. 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The Hut in Freshwater\u0026rsquo;s Colwell Bay looks almost like a large beach hut and it\u0026rsquo;s so close to the beach you won\u0026rsquo;t even have to put your flip flops on to nip in for lunch with your brood.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Hut opened in 2013 and it\u0026rsquo;s quickly built itself a reputation for serving good food made using local produce that reflects the seasons. There\u0026rsquo;s a relaxed attitude throughout the cafe that makes everyone feel welcome (so don\u0026rsquo;t worry about feeling underdressed in your best beach outfit) and the stylish decor gives it a chic atmosphere.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Hut is one of the most popular places on the Wight for a beachside meal or a drink with a view, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find it open daily during the summer. 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Covering a distance of less than 4 miles, the route should take between an hour and a half and two hours and it takes those who follow it on a gentle journey through the island\u0026rsquo;s pretty countryside.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis circular walk starts and finishes at Yarmouth\u0026rsquo;s historic harbour and takes its walkers alongside the river Yar and inland to the neighbouring town of Freshwater. The walk follows the disused railway line for a stretch too, and it once connected Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport so it\u0026rsquo;s a chance to see a key piece of the island\u0026rsquo;s history along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe coastal landscape this walk passes stands out from the rest of the island, so this walk offers a unique experience for walkers determined to see the island. 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The beach starts at the spit beside the harbour, and although the beach is mostly pebble and shell it\u0026rsquo;s good fun to explore and easy to access. The views over the Solent stretch all the way to Portsmouth, and you can even see St Helen\u0026rsquo;s Fort on a clear day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is one of the island\u0026rsquo;s most popular spots for watersports, so if you\u0026rsquo;ve been meaning to try something new during your visit then this might be the place to get started \u0026ndash; and if not it\u0026rsquo;s still fun to sit and watch the adrenalin-seekers out on the Solent. 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The Beach Hut Caf\u0026eacute; sits at the bottom of some steps peering down over Forelands Beach and the striking Bembridge Ledge.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe caf\u0026eacute; specialises in seafood and serves up delicious fresh food with beautiful views. There\u0026rsquo;s a kiosk for those of you who don\u0026rsquo;t want to sit and eat, but even if you visit when the weather\u0026rsquo;s a little on the chilly side you\u0026rsquo;ll have the pleasure of wrapping up in one of the blankets that are thoughtfully draped across the chairs.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe menu offers Isle of Wight crab, afternoon teas and a selection of vegetation options. The caf\u0026eacute; even provides a range for those who need to stick to gluten-free diets, so just ask if you have any special requirements. 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Now owned by the National Trust, the pretty landmark is a Grade I listed building \u0026ndash; and frankly, any Isle of Wight holiday album isn\u0026rsquo;t going to be complete without a shot of it. The windmill dates back to around 1700, and although it hasn\u0026rsquo;t actually been used since 1913 it\u0026rsquo;s pretty much intact and is open to visitors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors are welcome to make their way to the top of the mill and discover how it works. You\u0026rsquo;ll need to complete a bit of a climb and then the tour takes place over the four floors as you make you way back down, so a visit is a great experience as long as you\u0026rsquo;re feeling energetic!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you happen to visit the windmill when the wind\u0026rsquo;s up you\u0026rsquo;ll actually see it in all its glory, and it\u0026rsquo;s quite something to stand beneath it and hear the deafening creaks as it slowly turns in the breeze. 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Thanks to the thousands of fossils that litter the Wight\u0026rsquo;s striking geology, experts know a huge amount about the dinosaurs that once called the area home and how they lived, and this family attraction makes just the place to bring the facts to life for children and find out more.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe fossils on display don\u0026rsquo;t only tell us lots about the past, but they also give some strong hints to the future of the environment, so this is an educational attraction as well as a fascinating one. The rocks date back as far as 126 million years (hard to imagine isn\u0026rsquo;t it?!) and they\u0026rsquo;ve offered some of the best information about the lives of dinosaurs that Europe\u0026rsquo;s seen.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe story of the island and its dinosaurs is told through a series of galleries, making this a fun place to visit no matter what your age. 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