{"LocationDetails":{"Id":536,"Name":"Shanklin","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Shanklin holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust as Sandown, its near neighbour, Shanklin is a continuation of the superb gently sloping sandy beach. There are pitch and putt, amusement arcades, cafes, pubs and all you would expect to find on a seafront Esplanade. Shanklin beach is a very safe place and enjoyed by all manner of water users. Where necessary, there are allocated areas to keep bathers apart from jet skiers and other motorised water users. On the Esplanade, you\u0026#39;ll find Pirates Cove Fun Park where you can try your skills in the water zorbs, or on the trampolines or the mini go-karts. There is a new rollercoaster too with some great views over the sands. If you prefer something a little more sedate, why not try your hand at the 18-hole Pirates Cove Crazy Golf? With lots of challenging features including waterfalls, palm trees, caves and a fully rigged pirate ship to test your skills.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Shanklin\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eShould the fancy take you, you could pay a visit to Shanklin Chine. It\u0026rsquo;s easy to imagine you are in a sub-tropical rainforest as you follow the leafy gorge. The steep sides and waterfalls are magical alongside the rare plant life.\u0026nbsp;There is a written guide so you can see areas of special interest or where there are seats. The heady scent of rhododendrons fills the air and the range of tree species encourage a wide range of wildlife such as cockatiels, Senegal parrots, Asian blue quail, and island bred chipmunks, and, if you are really lucky, you might spy a kestrel on the cliffs, or one of the many species of butterfly. There is a hide with lots of educational materials for the children.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere is also a live-feed camera watching for the red squirrels that inhabit the chine.\u0026nbsp; New for 2017, the Chines bicentenary year, is a new exhibition telling the chines story. The route of the Chine takes you from Shanklin Old Village all the way down to the seafront Esplanade. Shanklin Chine has an entrance next to the Crab Inn in Shanklin Old Village and another on the esplanade, both well signposted.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnother lovely area to visit, other than the amusements on the seafront, is Shanklin Old Village. Here you will find some of the oldest houses on the island with their thatched roofs and chocolate box frontages. Vernons Cottage tea room has lots of information leaflets and guides to help you plan your stay on the Isle of Wight. You can take advantage of their patio and seats to peruse your maps or talk to the helpful staff on where to visit next.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eShanklin restaurants\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor a good old fashioned seaside meal, it has to be fish and chips and you won\u0026rsquo;t have any regrets if you pay a call at The Happy Haddock in the High Street of Shanklin Old Village. All their food is cooked so order so is piping hot and delicious. If you happen to be a pensioner then do tell them as there are special reductions. As with a lot of island establishments The Happy Haddock is dog friendly too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor a meal with a sea view then it has to be The Waterfront Inn on the Esplanade. Here you will find very helpful and friendly staff and some of the tastiest food. The Waterfront Inn is also dog friendly, has an outside terrace and a wide ranging menu which includes sharing platters, breakfasts, snacks, seafood, vegetarian meals and childrens meals. All this and a lovely view over the golden Shanklin beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Shanklin\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eShanklin is also the terminus for the island\u0026#39;s only railway. The train runs from Ryde Pier head through to Sandown, Lake and Shanklin. Follow Regent Street to its end and you will see the railway station in front of you. The carriages are refurbished London underground carriages. For an afternoon of seated country views you could take a round trip from Shanklin to Ryde and back. There are beautiful countryside views along the route with the advantage of sitting down all the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"shanklin","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Shanklin.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"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. 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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. 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":"Walking Shanklin to Ventnor","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHolidays on the Isle of Wight are all about putting on your walking boots, checking the weather and walking for miles and miles along the coastal path \u0026ndash; and the section between Shanklin and Ventnor is one of the most popular.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt should take anywhere between one to two hours, and with a difficulty grading of moderate due to some steep areas this walk enjoys panoramic coastal views and the chance to see some of the Wight\u0026rsquo;s beauty spots. 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. You can either retrace your steps back to Shanklin or catch a bus back.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6298,"LocationLongitude":-1.1723,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Down2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"shanklin/ventnor-south-coast/walking-shanklin-to-ventnor","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Ventnor Down2.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? 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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 Steamer Inn","Body":"\u003cp\u003eShanklin\u0026rsquo;s a relaxed corner of the Isle of Wight, and The Steamer Inn combines a gorgeous sea view from its terraces with a quirky atmosphere and decor. 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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This safe sandy beach ticks all the boxes for sunny days on the sand as a family and its clear waters make it one of the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s finest beaches.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe shape of the bay means the beach is shielded from the wind, and as it\u0026rsquo;s also backed by Dunnose Point it\u0026rsquo;s a dramatic and picturesque spot to take some time out. So that\u0026rsquo;s scenery, sand and location sorted \u0026ndash; all you need now is a view to take your breath away. How about the looming cliffs over at Luccombe and the landscape of St Boniface Downs in the distance? And while mum and dad sit back and enjoy the setting there\u0026rsquo;s plenty to keep the kids entertained.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a pitch and putt course beside the beach, as well as children\u0026rsquo;s amusements (well it wouldn\u0026rsquo;t be a proper dad at the seaside without them). There\u0026rsquo;s a handy lift which takes people up to the cliffs to enjoy the views from the best vantage point, but those with the energy can make their way up via a flight of steps. Now all you need is an easy way to reach the beach, and there\u0026rsquo;s a land train that runs between the town centre and the village throughout the day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6295,"LocationLongitude":-1.1722,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/10/iStock_000008970391Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/shanklin/shanklin-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/10/iStock_000008970391Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Sandown Pier","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSandown Pier has been welcoming families since 1879, and it\u0026rsquo;s every bit as charming as visitors found it way back when. This is what seaside breaks with the kids are all about \u0026ndash; rides on the helter skelter, an indoor amusements arcade and traditional seaside cafes. The pier is home to all kinds of fairground rides to entertain children (and grown ups come to think of it), as well as a crazy golf course and the enormous Magical Island play area.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBear the pier in mind if you get a shower during your stay in Sandown, as much of it\u0026rsquo;s indoors so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to keep the children entertained and dry at the same time. Try your hand at ten-pin bowling or succumb to nostalgia and try your luck on one of the penny slot machines\u0026hellip;you name it, Sandown Pier probably has it. If your children prefer showing off their skills on video games they\u0026rsquo;ll be in their element when they discover the video game machines, and the pier\u0026rsquo;s home to all the sweet treats that taste just like the seaside.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe pier\u0026rsquo;s the perfect place for a slow walk high above the sea too, and you\u0026rsquo;ll enjoy some of the finest views on the island from the end of it. 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So what better place to spend Halloween and join the fun of Isle of Fright, an event that sees all kinds of attractions host special activities to make things extra creepy during the spookiest season.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find it all, from ghost walks that\u0026rsquo;ll have you jumping out of your skin, to the chance to carve your own pumpkin and even paranormal investigations. 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