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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":105,"Name":"Sandown","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Sandown holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDid you know...Sandown has been a holiday resort since the Victorian era?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re looking for that element of days gone by in an Isle of Wight holiday then it\u0026rsquo;s got to be Sandown. Shanklin\u0026rsquo;s sister town has held on to all those traditional seaside features that we secretly want from a beach holiday in the UK, so guests can enjoy all the fun of the fair, amusements and gently sloping beaches with plenty of room. Sandown Bay is surrounded by miles of sand, and its beaches are some of the island\u0026rsquo;s safest for bathing, so search properties nearby if you\u0026rsquo;ve got younger children who love a splash about in shallow waters.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"sandown","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/IanG/2017/07/IMG_8431.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":"St Catherine\u0027s Lighthouse ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eJust a few miles from Ventnor, St Catherine\u0026rsquo;s Lighthouse is an iconic Isle of Wight attraction. Built in 1838, tours of the lighthouse are a fascinating chance to learn more about its long history. There are 94 steps up to the lantern inside, so wear comfy shoes if you visit!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe main light of St Catherine\u0026rsquo;s can be seen for more than 30 miles when the weather\u0026rsquo;s clear, and it guides vessels safely across the Solent. The tower was built in 1838 in reaction to the loss of a sailing ship on rocks not far from where the lighthouse stands, and the light had to be lowered when it was noticed that it was regularly concealed by mist.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for small chippings in the lens if you take the tour, as these were the results of bombing raids during WWII. Three lighthouse keepers on duty at the time perished and you\u0026rsquo;ll see a plaque dedicated to their memory on the side of the tower. The last lighthouse keeper left the lighthouse in 1997 when it was automated, and it also acts as a weather reporting station now.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5757,"LocationLongitude":-1.29788,"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/st-catherines-lighthouse","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":"Amazon World Zoo Park ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAmazon World is by far the most exotic Isle of Wight attraction. The zoo park is a relaxing rainforest experience, with the chance to see over 200 species of animal as you explore. The zoo park is home to hundreds of rare breeds and exotic species, so it\u0026#39;s a place to see quirky creatures and everything from the weird to the wonderful.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are so many species in the park that even the staff are certain how many there are, but when they last counted there were more than two hundred. Amazon World Zoo Park houses primates, penguins, parrots, Kinkajou (we\u0026rsquo;re not sure either!) and many more unusual animals from around the world.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026#39;s always rewarding to see the kids learning while they enjoy a day out, and the keepers\u0026#39; talks around the park enable them to find out everything there is to know about the animals. Look out for displays during your visit too, as they\u0026#39;re a great way to see the animals. The whole attraction is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and it\u0026rsquo;s open everyday from 10am.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6565,"LocationLongitude":-1.22069,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/meerkat.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/amazon-world-zoo-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/meerkat.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Sandown Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSandown Beach is one of the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s finest. This is the one with miles of golden sand, a Blue Flag and a traditional pleasure pier. 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. The esplanade is lined with souvenir shops, cafes and beach shops so it\u0026rsquo;ll only take minutes to pop and stock up on picnic food if you want to eat on the sand.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty of parking just to the west of Sandown pier, and if you continue in this direction you\u0026rsquo;ll find trampolines and a beachside cafe that make the perfect places to end the day before heading back to your accommodation.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.6529,"LocationLongitude":-1.15491,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Sandown Beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shanklin/sandown/sandown-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Sandown Beach.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. 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":"Hamstead Trail","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSurely the ultimate Wight walk has got to be covering a section of it from north to south, and that\u0026rsquo;s exactly what the Hamstead Trail does. 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. The views from Brook Downs will take your breath away, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see all the way from The Needles to the west \u0026nbsp;to St Catherine\u0026rsquo;s Point to the south \u0026ndash; so if it\u0026rsquo;s views you\u0026rsquo;re after walk this trail.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5926,"LocationLongitude":-1.21851,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/06/Ventnor-003.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/hamstead-trail","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/06/Ventnor-003.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Pointer Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eA holiday in self-catering Isle of Wight accommodation is a great opportunity to walk, cycle and explore. 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. The menu includes bar favourites such as scampi and chips, summer specials and starters, mains and puddings that have the reviewers returning day after day during Isle of Wight holidays.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6664,"LocationLongitude":-1.20672,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/PINT IN PUB.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/pointer-inn","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/PINT IN PUB.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Little Gloster Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Little Gloster Restaurant is a little way out from the hustle and bustle (it\u0026rsquo;s in Gurnard) and it stands apart from the crowd in every way. With gorgeous views across the Solent the restaurant specialises in Scandinavian-influenced food taught to the owner by his Danish grandmother, and it offers a warm atmosphere throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like your food honest and simple you\u0026rsquo;ll be in your element when you see the menu, it\u0026rsquo;s kept purposefully simple to showcase all the flavours of the local produce. Here\u0026rsquo;s a little tip if you\u0026rsquo;re planning on visiting, time your meal for a sunset as the sight of the sun melting into the water makes whichever dish you choose even more special.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Little Gloster always inspires warm reviews on TripAdvisor, with diners describing the relaxing setting, the welcoming service and one even describes it as \u0026ldquo;a hidden gem\u0026rdquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you happen to find yourself on the island for Cowes week book a table for lunch one day as you\u0026rsquo;ll have a great view of the racing while you dine. This is a nice restaurant to bear in mind for a special occasion or a romantic meal for two and the fuss-free menu means it\u0026rsquo;s even a hit with children.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7563,"LocationLongitude":-1.33177,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/tiramisu.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/the-little-gloster-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/tiramisu.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Yarmouth Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOwned by the English Heritage, Yarmouth Castle was the last coastal defence built by the tyrannical Henry VIII, and it wasn\u0026rsquo;t finished until after he died in 1547. These days, the castle is used by visitors as a picturesque picnic spot, thanks to its elevated views across the shimmering Solent, and it\u0026rsquo;s a fun day out by the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe rooms inside the imposing castle have been carefully furnished to demonstrate how they would have looked during the 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century and there\u0026rsquo;s an interesting exhibition on the many unfortunate shipwrecks that have taken place in the dangerous stretch of sea that can be seen from the site.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYarmouth Castle may have been the last of Henry VIII\u0026rsquo;s castle, but it was also the most advances, and visitors can still see the pioneering \u0026lsquo;arrowhead\u0026rsquo; artillery bastion that was the first of its kind in the country when it was completed.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle is open to the public between 29\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e March and 31\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e October (including bank holidays) and assistance dogs are welcome inside. There\u0026rsquo;s a car park nearby (under five minutes\u0026rsquo; walk), a shop and dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads. The picnic areas enjoy uninterrupted views across Yarmouth harbour and the Solent, so this is a beautiful vantage point.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7068,"LocationLongitude":-1.50004,"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/sandown/yarmouth-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":"Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary between the resorts of Shanklin and Ventnor, and its friendly resident donkeys love to welcome visitors between April and October. 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. Don\u0026rsquo;t miss the chance to drop by and see some great work in progress whilst you\u0026rsquo;re on the Isle of Wight, the donkeys are well worth calling in on.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6261,"LocationLongitude":-1.2223,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/donkey-sanctuary.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/ventnor-south-coast/isle-of-wight-donkey-sanctuary","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/donkey-sanctuary.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Ventnor Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf it\u0026rsquo;s all the charm of a traditional day by the sea you\u0026rsquo;re after then it\u0026rsquo;s got to be Ventnor Beach, the southernmost stretch of sand on the Isle of Wight and a Blue Flag holder. Tucked beneath the Victorian town this sand and shingle beach still has everything we love about a bucket and spade holiday, from vintage beach huts available for hire to deckchairs and a paddling pool.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach huts were once wheeled down to the sea with the gentry inside, and although we can\u0026rsquo;t promise you\u0026rsquo;ll receive that treatment you will have your wind break hammered into the sand with a mallet if you hire one!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe bandstand on the seafront adds to the quaint feel we all love about Ventnor, and if you step inside the views are uninterrupted. The paddling pool has been a favourite with children for more than a century, and if you look closely you\u0026rsquo;ll notice it\u0026rsquo;s in the shape of the Isle of Wight. The seafront has everything you\u0026rsquo;d expect from a beach that has welcomed visitors for decades, including arcades, shops, a bistro, ice creams and the Spyglass Inn.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to swim while you\u0026rsquo;re at Ventnor then try to swim from the centre of the beach. The channel in this section has no rocks as the fishermen cleared it years ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5932,"LocationLongitude":-1.20873,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/ventnor-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"St Helen’s Duver","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWalking the Isle of Wight isn\u0026rsquo;t all about long hilly hikes, there are plenty of beautiful open spaces that suit those days when you want to let the dog explore ahead of you while you have a wander and enjoy the scenery \u0026ndash; and one of them is Helen\u0026rsquo;s Duver.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThese fluffy sand dunes have a royal history that might surprise you as they were once part of a Victorian golf course with royal patronage.These days you\u0026rsquo;ll see families heading for the sand and walkers strolling the woodland footpaths behind, but in its day this area was visited by the rich, famous and royal thanks to the golf course.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe car park close to the Duver means you won\u0026rsquo;t have to trek to reach the beauty spot and once there you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to admire the views across Bembridge harbour.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach here can get quite crowded during the summer, but if you make your way along the shore for awhile you\u0026rsquo;ll find more space if you want to relax on the sand. The Duver is popular with wildlife lovers as you never quite know what you\u0026rsquo;ll see there and the view over the harbour means this is a prime spot for spotting water birds.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.696,"LocationLongitude":-1.09922,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/09/st-helens-duver.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/st-helen’s-duver","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/09/st-helens-duver.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"St Helen\u0027s Beach ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSt Helen\u0026rsquo;s Beach sits quietly at the end of one road so it\u0026rsquo;s often overlooked by holidaymakers. Located opposite Bembridge harbour, this sandy beach has a car park, rock pools and the ruin of a church tower. The rest of this Norman priory was washed into the sea during a storm in 1703 and the tower is all that remains to act as a landmark for sailors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach\u0026rsquo;s position slightly off the beaten track means there\u0026rsquo;s always lots of room on the sandy beach so it\u0026rsquo;s a nice one to visit on a sunny day when some of the neighbouring beaches are packed. Dogs are welcome throughout the year so owners can bring their dogs to enjoy the shore too, and the beach huts are made from old railway wagons, so expect a beach with character and plenty to see. Speaking of character, look out for St Helen\u0026rsquo;s Fort which stands opposite the beach, it was built in 1967 and is a defence Spithead Fort.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eStrong currents mean that there\u0026rsquo;s no bathing at St Helen\u0026rsquo;s but it\u0026rsquo;s a great spot for water sports. It\u0026rsquo;s common to see kite surfers making the most of the wind, as well as jet skis, kayaks and windsurfers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6951,"LocationLongitude":-1.09719,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/WOMAN-DOG-SEA.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/st-helens-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/WOMAN-DOG-SEA.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":"Newtown National Nature Reserve ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s only one nature reserve on the Isle of Wight and Newtown National Nature Reserve has something for everyone. This sleepy backwater is owned by the National Trust, and don\u0026rsquo;t be fooled by the tranquillity you\u0026rsquo;ll experience today because it actually has a bustling medieval past.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe reserve is home to hay meadows and ancient woodlands that look over to the harbour where sailing boats bob happily on summer days...sound idyllic? It looks it too. The woodland attracts its share of wildlife too, including fluttering rare butterflies and the Red Squirrels that are known throughout the island. The reserve is just as peaceful from the water as on the land, and if you sail your way close by you\u0026rsquo;ll be in just the position to admire the wildlife in the wetlands.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere were plans to construct a nuclear power station close to the entrance of the harbour during the 1960s and it was saved by locals who proved to the authorities just how important to wildlife the area is. 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Dickensian characters roam the halls, children sing carols and a travelling theatre show revives old traditions in the grounds. Other events include Punch and Judy and theatre brings the Christmas stories we all know and love to life for all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGuided tours of Osborne House are still available throughout December but they\u0026rsquo;ll take on a festive theme, and the house will be ready for Christmas with sparkling trees and decorations in the style of its heyday. Queen Victoria loved Osborne House, and much of it is just as it was when it was a private home for a royal family. 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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":"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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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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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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