One of the most popular requests, other than how to access our sandy beaches, enjoy brilliant Island fayre or the best places to walk across the Isle of Wight, is how to spend time with the children whilst staying with us. Whilst there’s a whole host of attractions available, for those looking to enjoy a little bit of time in some free attractions with animals, we’ve got a list here of the best things to do with the little ones that involve our four legged friends.
Feed the Quarr Abbey pigs
For those looking to enjoy a little bit of fun by the farm, Quarr Abbey is a working Benedictine monastery near to the Fishbourne ferry port, which welcomes visitors of all ages and has some pigs which you can feed, with food purchased from the Abbey. For mum and dad too, there’s a nice coffee shop which offers cream teas and about once a week they offer free tours of the grounds, with donations of course welcome.
Search out a rare Red Squirrel
The Isle of Wight is one of the few places in England where you can still see red squirrels. They are much shyer than grey squirrels and so this makes it much more of a challenge to spot one – they certainly won’t approach you to steal a sandwich like their grey counterparts. That being said Parkhurst forest is a good and free place to start your search as it has got a ‘hide’ for visitors to sit in whilst waiting for the red beauties to appear.
Searching for crabs and other watery creatures is a great free day out and is often a favourite of the kids in the summer. Our tip would be to head over to Bembridge at low tide, where you’ll find a variety of crabs, anemones, sea snails and prawns. Other rockpooling locations include St Helen’s and Freshwater Bay, and there’s even some opportunity down at Brook beach nearby the accommodation.
Adopt a Donkey
If you’re in the South Wight, we’d recommend that you find an hour or two for the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary which offers free entry and free parking. The charitable organisation will be well recieved to any donations you do want to provide, and even offer visitors the chance to adopt a donkey if you wish, so this may be something to consider after your visit.