There’s so much to see and do here on the Isle of Wight, it can sometimes be hard for our visitors to decide where to start! So, to help them out, we’ve come up with a quick bucket (and spade…) list of things to do whilst staying with us. These are a little bit different from the usual, and so we’re sure that you’ll find something here that you can do that you hadn’t already thought of!
Get lost in a Maze
Nope, it’s not a metaphor, we mean an actual maze, and there’s more than one to choose from. On the south of the Island, you’ll find the world’s oldest theme park – Blackgang Chine, which has a large traditional topiary maze, which a fair few visitors have got lost in!
Find a Dinosaur
The Isle of Wight forms part of the UK’s ‘Jurassic Coast’ which means it’s teeming with Dinosaur fossils, many of which can be found along the cliffs at Brook beach and Compton Bay. The Dinosaur museum in Sandown has many examples of specimens found on the Island. If you’re patient and know what you’re looking for, you may find your very own fossil whilst exploring the south coast, including some very well-preserved Dinosaur footprints at our very own Brook beach.
Explore a Forest
The Island has a few Forests to explore, which are popular with Dog Walkers, mountain bikers and families alike. Parkhurst Forest near Newport is the largest, and is popular with Wildlife enthusiasts keen to spot one of the Islands famous Red Squirrels. On the South of the Island near Brook House and high up on the Downs is Brighstone Forest, which is a little hillier than Parkhurst, which may appeal to the bikers. Between Newport and Ryde, you’ll find Firestone Copse, which is wheelchair accessible and leads down to the Lake at Wootton Bridge.
Walk the Wight
In mid-May, hundreds of visitors and locals take part in a charity event, organised by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice which involves walking the entire length of the Island, taking in some incredible rural and coastal scenery. Walk the Wight is part of a wider two week walking festival, so there are shorter walks organised for those not able to do the whole 26.5 miles. If you’re not on the Island in May, there’s plenty of other walking activities to do all year round and the Island has plenty to offer, with over 500 miles of footpaths through the countryside and along the coastlines.
The Isle of Wight has an all-weather, floodlit go kart track, perfect for adrenaline junkies and families alike. With a range of carts available, racers can now join in from just 5 years of age with a parent, or eight years of age driving their own karts. These petrol powered karts fly around the track, with full safety measures and marshalls in place at all times to ensure maximum safety and maximum fun. The WightKarting clubhouse even has a licensed bar and cafe, for enjoying some refreshments after your drive.
Go to a Music Festival
The Isle of Wight is synonymous with Music festivals, dating all the way back to 1968, and the infamous first Isle of Wight Festival. Since the revival of this event in 2002, the number of music ‘festivals’ on the island has grown each year, and we now have dozens of events taking place throughout the year. If Wellies and warm lager in a paper cup isn’t your cup of tea, you could always try one of the alternatives, such as Ventnor Fringe, Eklectica, Jack up the 80’s, VDub Island, Jazz Weekend or Classic Isle.