The Isle of Wight may be less than half an hour from the mainland, but the thing we love about Isle of Wight holidays is that once you’re there you feel a world away from home. Life on the Wight is all about long days enjoying sandy beaches, feasting on the fresh catch of the day while you watch the world go by, and seeing how many of the family attractions you can take the kids to before they run out of energy.
Over half of the Isle of Wight is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and that means that if you’re after a break somewhere beautiful then you can’t really go wrong. With 60 miles of coast path winding their way around the island there’s no excuse not to get walking and see just why the Wight’s got a reputation for its spectacular views, and there’s something peaceful about ambling along the cliffs while the Solent shimmers in the distance.
If you prefer your walks guided, then visit during April or October and you’ll be able to take part in the activities of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival. The event sees hundreds of walkers don their boots and take to the trails, and there are guided one galore for those of you who don’t want to miss a thing.
The annual Cowes Week regatta sees some of the world’s finest sailors descent on the cobbled town of Cowes for one of the biggest events in the sailing calendar. The crowds line the shore to watch the yachts battle it out in the races on the Solent, and there’s all kinds of entertainment to help everyone get involved on dry land too.
The Isle of Wight seems to have quite a knack for hosting annual events that have crowds arriving in droves to join the fun, and Bestival is a 3 day music event that sees Robin Hill transform and welcome music lovers from all over the UK every year. With some of the biggest names on the music scene clambering to headline, the festival has something for everyone – and there’s a different fancy dress theme every year.
It’s fair to say that the Isle of Wight was right at the front of the queue when the beaches were handed out, and some of our favourites include Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor. These are the beaches for those bucket and spade days with the family, and you’ll find shops, cafes and amenities close to each one so you can take the kids without worrying about long journeys to and from the nearest ice cream shop!
Part of the Wight’s charm is that it’s dotted with family attractions, and there’s a day out to suit every kind of visitor. From the Needles Battery, which is the perfect spot to take in the beauty of the iconic Needles, to the Garlic Farm (a must for any of you who love all things garlic), the island’s full of surprises.