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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":535,"Name":"Newport \u0026 Country","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur Guide to Newport Holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNewport is the capital of the Isle of Wight, sitting at the end of the River Medina. Newport is one of the very few high streets left to be both unpedestrianised and it has ticketed on-street parking with a big disabled parking bay on Pyle Street. A little way up, there is also a multi-storey car park and right opposite, St. James Square with its pretty church and cafes offering a seat outside to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOn Tuesdays the general and farmers market offers a wide choice of tasty Isle of Wight produce. If you coincide your visit to early June, you could also make a visit to the Isle of Wight music festival one of your ports of call as this is held in Seaclose Park a very short drive outside of the town.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eNewport restaurants\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOverlooking the River Medina is the Bargemans Rest pub. What more scenic setting could there be? Sitting on the small riverside terrace enjoying some of the best home-cooked food, including restricted diets, the island has to offer. The Bargemans Rest is a family friendly pub with a fair selection of Island and real ales. Every Sunday lunchtime there is a brilliant jazz band playing and almost every evening there is live music - The Bargemans Rest certainly gives value for money with everything it has to offer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Newport\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNo visit to Newport would be complete without a trip to Carisbrooke Castle. Just outside the main town, set high on the hill, is the 800 year old fortress. Charles I was imprisoned here and there is a display here telling his sorry tale. The castle also has displays and demonstrations featuring wonderful real live donkeys who show how the 16th century treadwheel worked.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eChildren can dress up as soldiers and are shown how to fire the canons. Take your camera as there are some spectacular views from the battlements and a very interesting museum to boot. On a warm day this is just the place to go for a little history and a lot of lovely cool stone areas or top up your tan while viewing the Princess Beatrice Garden. There\u0026#39;s on-site parking and the castle is both child and wheelchair user friendly.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow to occupy the younger ones how about taking a day trip to Monkey Haven? This is a place you will want to come back to. There is a huge range of activities alongside the monkeys that will keep children and parents entertained. There is the aptly named Cheeky Monkeys area for the very small ones and the Funky Monkeys area for the older child.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere is a tearoom next to the Cheeky Monkeys play area so you can watch little people at play. Monkeys, meerkats, reptiles and owls are all here and there are various activities to watch every day. Monkey Haven is home to a range of monkeys including Macaques, Colobus, Langurs, Squirrel Monkeys, Red Tailed Guenon, Tamarins and more. There is free parking and disabled facilities here - as well as baby changing areas.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Newport\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eVenture a short drive to the west of Newport and you will arrive at Calbourne Water Mill, the only working water mill on the island. Actually mentioned in the Doomsday book, Calbourne Mill has a good thousand years of history under its belt. This isn\u0026rsquo;t just a mill now though as they have introduced a lot to keep visitors occupied. You can feed a vast array of birdlife from the ducks to the peacocks. If you are lucky you will also see one of the island\u0026#39;s protected red squirrels.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are foxes and badgers and, in certain times of year there are eels in the river. You can feed the fish, visit the rural museum and see memorabilia from Grandmas kitchen to the Old Bakery. There is a play area with Lego tables and huge chalkboards or enjoy mini golf, croquet or a punt on the river. Calbourne Mill also has a licenced cafe serving anything from a fresh made sandwich to a full meal \u0026ndash; they even use their own flour.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"newport-country","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Newport \u0026 Country.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"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. If you make a break of it and stay on the island you\u0026rsquo;ll find bus services operate as normal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Wight has a long history with the live music scene, and one of Jimi Hendrix\u0026rsquo;s last performances was held on the island. The festival attracts the biggest acts around each year, as well as the odd blast from the past, so there\u0026rsquo;s something for everyone.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\t\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7086,"LocationLongitude":-1.28674,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Bestival 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"newport-country/cowes/the-isle-of-wight-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Bestival 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Carisbrooke Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eCarisbrooke Castle has stood for more than 800 years, and when King Charles I was imprisoned within its walls its place in the history books was secured. 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. Their Edwardian style makes them a charming place for a wander, and thanks to the former presenter of Gardener\u0026rsquo;s World the gardens reflect the period when the princess lived at Carisbrooke Castle.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle housed King Charles I from 1647 \u0026ndash; 1648 following the English Civil War, and he was caught trying to escape when he became stuck between the window bars. If you fancy playing a game of bowls as the king himself did during his captivity you can play on the lawns. This is a day out packed with history and the activities (and donkeys) keep the tales of Carisbrooke alive.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.6877,"LocationLongitude":-1.31424,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/canon.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/carisbrooke-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/canon.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens","Body":"\u003cp\u003eRobin Hill sits right at the heart of the Isle of Wight, and it\u0026rsquo;s not only one of the island\u0026rsquo;s most spectacular areas of countryside but it\u0026rsquo;s also a great family day out. In a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the park is home to local wildlife such as red squirrels and butterflies, and you\u0026rsquo;ll even find the remains of a Roman villa in the grounds.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe only way this attraction could be even better for a family day out is if it had something to entertain the children, and the rides and play areas tend to do a pretty good job! The rides include the toboggan run, the Cows Express train ride, the exciting 4D cinema and (if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling brave) the Colossus Swinging Galleon. The Big Green Tractor Ride means it\u0026rsquo;s easy to get around the park and enjoy this natural landscape so this is a lovely place to visit no matter what your age.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRobin Hill covers 80 acres, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find play features for the little ones around the park. The rickety troll bridges are always a big hit, as children love to make their way across the ponds as the bridges wobble and weave beneath their feet!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6874,"LocationLongitude":-1.2466,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/children.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"newport-country/ryde/robin-hill-adventure-park-and-gardens","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/children.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. The needs of the inhabitants come before everything else, and visitors love the chance to sit and watch the animals enjoying life in their enclosures.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a tranquil atmosphere at this attraction that makes for a relaxing day out for all, and the resident monkeys always entertain as they go about their business in their spacious enclosure. The primate collection is diverse, and every species displays a different personality that means you can watch them at play for hours. You\u0026rsquo;ll see cheeky monkeys, gibbons and lemurs, and the collection is the island\u0026rsquo;s most varied.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s not only primates that benefit for the haven, the collection of owls who call it home are just as impressive. Some of the birds have been rescued from the wild, and the attraction\u0026rsquo;s valuable work has turned life around for many an unfortunate animal. 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":"Classic Boat Museum","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Classic Boat Museum is home to a huge collection of sailing and power boats, and it\u0026rsquo;s a must for anyone with an interest in sailing. With a selection of awards to its name, the museum is one of the island\u0026rsquo;s best-loved family attractions and it\u0026rsquo;s great fun for families looking for something different as well as keen mariners.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum opens throughout the year and its galleries are packed with everything you can think of to do with sailing, the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s connection with the sea and the history of boating from the early days. If you\u0026rsquo;ve always had ideas about getting your own boat one day be warned, there are more than 50 to tempt you as you make your way around the museum, as well as artefacts, photos, films and models.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for the one-of-a-kind trophies kindly on loan from Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Flying Fifteen which once belonged to HRH Prince Philip. The museum\u0026rsquo;s not all about the pomp and circumstance of sailing though\u0026hellip;it\u0026rsquo;s also home to some of the earliest attempts at boats and dinghies so visitors can see just how far we\u0026rsquo;ve come.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7064,"LocationLongitude":-1.29066,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/Sailing Boat.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/newport-country/classic-boat-museum","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/Sailing Boat.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Newport Roman Villa","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Newport Roman Villa is open between April and November each year, and this unique attraction dates back more than 1700 years. The remains of what was once a luxurious Roman home were discovered by pure chance back in 1926, when the man who owned the house beside them started to lay the foundations to build himself a garage. He stumbled across the remains of a villa and these days visitors to the island can get an idea of just how grand life for the Romans could be.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe villa was probably a farmhouse and is thought to date back to 280 AD, and today it\u0026rsquo;s a Scheduled Ancient Monument of huge national importance. One of the striking things about the villa is how well preserved it is (considering it was buried for so many centuries!) , and visitors can clearly make out what would have been the bath suite, the system for underfloor heating and the beautiful mosaics that adorn the floors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThanks to clever reconstruction, some areas of the villa show how the materials of the time were used to create the building, and if you peer into the kitchen you\u0026rsquo;ll even see one of the house\u0026rsquo;s slave getting a feast ready for his employers. There\u0026rsquo;s an activity room onsite where guests are welcome to try their hands at some of the crafts the Romans loved, and the exhibition area is home to some of the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s best Roman finds.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6949,"LocationLongitude":-1.29184,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/Roman Coin.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/newport-country/newport-roman-villa","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/Roman Coin.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Olivo","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find Olivio in the historic area of St Thomas\u0026rsquo; Square, right in the heart of Newport. A Mediterranean restaurant, this firm Newport favourite is ideal for those balmy summer days when you feel like dining outside and soaking up the atmosphere.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a relaxed feel to this part of town that makes this a nice spot to dine out as a family, and if you fancy staying to watch the sun set while you sip n a cocktail you\u0026rsquo;ll find a wide selection that\u0026rsquo;s just as tasty as the food. The menu covers all the usual Italian favourites, including light bites, main meals and salads.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is the kind of restaurant where you can expect a friendly welcome and speedy service even when it\u0026rsquo;s busy (which, thanks to the food, is often), and with that in mind we\u0026rsquo;d suggest booking a table in advance if you\u0026rsquo;re hoping to enjoy an evening meal. The dishes are carefully created using the finest ingredients from around the island to recreate the dishes that have made Mediterranean meals famous around the world.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6999,"LocationLongitude":-1.2939,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/pizza.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/newport-country/olivo","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/pizza.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Burr\u0027s Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBurr\u0026rsquo;s Restaurant is an cosy little bistro with a fantastic reputation (in fact the TripAdvisor masses have voted it their favourite) and it\u0026rsquo;s known for its unforgettable food and fantastic service. If you\u0026rsquo;re planning on putting one evening aside for a romantic meal for two during your stay on the Wight then it\u0026rsquo;s got to be this intimate little bistro.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eExpect little touches that make all the difference such as fresh bread, and a waiter who\u0026rsquo;s only too happy to tell you all about the house wines that would go best with your choice, and enjoy a relaxed meal in welcoming surroundings. Burr\u0026rsquo;s is described by one reviewer as \u0026ldquo;the very best restaurant that I have ever been to\u0026rdquo;, and reviewer after reviewer describes how they visit regularly and experienced a fantastic level of service.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBurr\u0026rsquo;s Restaurant offer lunches and dinners, and it\u0026rsquo;s best to book a table for an evening meal due to its popularity. The menu includes traditional bistro favourites that keep the classics simple, so make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a visit to this hidden gem of an eatery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7013,"LocationLongitude":-1.29512,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/salmon.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/newport-country/burrs-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/salmon.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Troll Trail","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Troll Trail, forming a part of the National Cycle Network, is unlike any other cycling route and a truly special experience for the whole family. Following the old railway track between Merstone and Newport you will not only cross \u0026nbsp;flourishing and vibrant wildlife with a diverse flora and fauna but also the natural habitat of a small population of trolls!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs we all know, trolls \u0026nbsp;tend to live under bridges so the large number the trail crosses will give you plenty of opportunity to be lucky and spot one of those very shy creatures. To help the sadly declining species, a terrace of House Sparrow boxes in place of Blackwater has been provided as well. However, the troll heads that accompany the numerous other pieces of art along the way will give you the opportunity to face one of them at all events.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHand-carved picnic benches amidst new wildflowers at the wildlife meadow at Merstone Station alongside a chalk and turf maze invite you to take a refreshing break and appreciate the beautiful country scenery around you before heading back home chuffed and content after a happy day out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.5863,"LocationLongitude":-3.00606,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/05/flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/newport-country/the-troll-trail","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/05/flowers.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Isle of Wight Steam Railway Santa Specials","Body":"\u003cp\u003eChug your way to a magical Christmas with a journey on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway this festive season. The Santa Specials have got it all, from the chance to meet Santa himself in his grotto, to a Christmas market and a fairground ride for the kids \u0026ndash; and that\u0026rsquo;s all in addition to the exciting steam train journey through some of the island\u0026rsquo;s most scenic landscape.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSanta sets up camp at Havenstreet for the Christmas period, and the station transforms into a winter wonderland worthy of a film set. Children are welcome to explore his grotto before meeting the man in red himself, and there\u0026rsquo;s a gift for every child. There are light refreshments for the kids and a mince pie and tipple for the grown ups, and every station along the route will be decorated to make each journey a festive one.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, we\u0026rsquo;re sure you\u0026rsquo;ll understand that Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer need their rest before Christmas Eve, but Santa\u0026rsquo;s friendly alpacas will be on hand to greet visitors so make sure you say hello during your visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7051,"LocationLongitude":-1.21445,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Santa.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/newport-country/isle-of-wight-steam-railway-santa-specials","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Santa.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"IOW Steam Railway New Year Hangover Specials","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThey\u0026rsquo;re a thoughtful bunch at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and they\u0026rsquo;re running Hangover Specials on New Year\u0026rsquo;s Day to help visitors see in the new year with a graceful journey through the countryside. If you wake up and don\u0026rsquo;t feel up to anything too taxing on New Year\u0026rsquo;s Day you\u0026rsquo;ll be welcome aboard the steam train for a relaxing experience the whole family can enjoy.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe scenery looks especially beautiful on a quiet winter\u0026rsquo;s day, and enjoying the sight of it gliding by as you sink back in your seat is the perfect way to spend the first day of the year. If you fancy a wander and some fresh air hop off at Ashey or Wootton and take in some of the countryside before completing your journey.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors are welcome to visit the carriage and wagon workshop and the Train Story Discovery Centre too, and as these are indoor attractions they\u0026rsquo;re ideal if you want to stay warm and toasty during your trip. The attraction\u0026rsquo;s packed with facts and information about the steam trains and their long history on the Isle of Wight.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7071,"LocationLongitude":-1.21488,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/08/steam train decoration.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/newport-country/iow-steam-railway-new-year-hangover-specials","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/08/steam train decoration.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Thompson\u0027s Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOne of the rising stars on the Isle of Wight foodie scene, Thompson\u0026rsquo;s Restaurant has managed to achieve a brilliant reputation in a short space of time. With a setting in sunny Newport, Thompson\u0026rsquo;s showcases the very best of the Wight\u0026rsquo;s yummy local produce, and the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s menu reflects the seasons.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eRun by the island\u0026rsquo;s only Michelin chef \u0026ndash; Robert Thompson \u0026ndash; the restaurant combines contemporary dishes with flair, and each one is just simple enough that it lets the locally-sourced ingredients shine through. Because part of the joy of a stay on the island is enjoying the local produce, Robert takes care to pick out the tastes and flavours of the island and transform them into a dish to delight, so the menu stays fresh, and there are always a few surprises to look forward to\u0026hellip;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith an open kitchen, the restaurant manages to be effortlessly chic, and original features throughout make it a warm, welcoming space to dine in style yet still feel at ease. 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