So, the start of the summer holidays are here and taking the family on fun adventures all of the time can be an expensive business. To help out parents this year, we’ve pulled together a few ideas on some things that you can do with the whole family that are entirely free. All you’ll have to think about is your picnic, which you can enjoy making in the morning in one of our delightful country kitchens when you stay at Brook House.

A day at the beach
It might seem really obvious, but a day at the beach is truly a staple of the Brisih summer time and where better to enjoy them than on the Isle of Wight? Surrounded by water and miles and miles of delightfully sandy beaches, all with something different to offer, it’s time to pack the buckets, spades and the suncream and enjoy a trip to the nearest one. We’d really recommend heading to our beaches close by at Brook and Compton (which is a favourite for surfers due to the quality of the waves). Nearby, there are also shallow beaches at Colwell and Totland around 10 minutes away in the car – both with cafes and other amenities, including a footpath between the two for keen walkers.

Enjoy cycling around the Island
It’s time to get on your bike! With miles and miles of cycle tracks around the Island and different lengths for all ages and levels, you’ll not only get to see the Island from a unique perspective but get some exercise in as well. For families with older children you could try the Round the Island cycle route, which has various different stages and can be ridden over the course of a few days. There’s a whole host of bicycle trips and trails for families to take when the weather is glorious, all with different sights to see and sounds to hear. Take a look at the Bicycle Island page from Visit Isle of Wight for full information.

Attend a carnival
There’s nothing that the Isle of Wight likes more than a carnival and there are loads scattered throughout the summer months.  August is official carnival month and you can delight in fabulous floats, colourful costumes and singing and dancing galore across the Island at Shanklin, Ventnor, Newport and more – with our nearest taking place at Yarmouth.

Soak up some History
If exploring some of England’s richest history is in your to-do list, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to do this – and there are even plenty of things to do for free. Why don’t you go to  sit in Queen Victoria’s pew at St Mildred’s Church in Whippingham , the Queen’s family church in the 19th century or check out the Isle of Wight Literary Heroes Trail (which we’ve just featured on our blog) and brush up on the amazing literary connections of the Isle of Wight. If more recent history is your bag then you might like to discover the secret site where Britain joined the space race. The Needles headland might not seem the most obvious of places, but that’s where the government in the mid-1950s decided to develop its own rockets.

Visit Cowes Week
Experience the ultimate sailing event at Lendy Cowes Week, and for free too. Not just for keen sailors, there’s plenty for Cowes week to offer the whole family – and it’s really easy to get swept up in the atmosphere of one of the biggest events the Island has to offer.  As well as watching the sailors compete in thrilling races, there’s music in the marina and a spectacular firework show on the last Friday of the event.



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