Links, Events and things to do

For things to do and whats on, please also look at:
http:/www.events.onthewight.com
http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Isle of Wight beach guide

http://www.isleofwight.co.uk/inspire/isle-of-wight-beach-guide/

Walking

Step outside the door and start your walk with over 500 miles of footpaths and with  over half the island designated as and area of outstanding beauty the Isle of Wight is a walkers paradise.  Being an island whichever way the wind is blowing you can select a sheltered walk, beautiful beaches and  glorious countryside to choose from.
The Isle of Wight Walking festival. The dates for the 2018 festival are from the 28th of April to the 13th of May

https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/festivals/waulking-festival

https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/activities/walking/walking-routes

“Walk the Wight” event on Sunday 13th May 2018, in aid of the Earl Mountbatten

 You can walk the whole route or do the first half, second half or the flat walk. Read below for all the information you need about Walk the Wight. 

Cycling
we offer lockable storage for your bikes.

The Island recently scooped top spot in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 World Cycling Routes. Serious mountain bikers will head straight for Freshwater to try out the single track challenge known as the Seven Hills Killer. On the Island there are over 200 miles of cycling routes from coastal paths to quiet country lanes. The island is famous for some of the best off road routes in the country but equally there are some quite flatter routes for just an enjoyable day in the countryside , it is possible to get a tremendous variety of views on a relatively short ride.
The Isle of Wight Randonee is a non-competitive cycle ride established by the Wayfarers in 1985
The 2018 Randonee will take place on Sunday 6th May 2018

https://www.cyclewight.org.uk/wayfarers-randonee.html

 

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/eight-reasons-why-cycling-on-the-isle-of-wight-is-simply-brilliant-211485
http://www.wightcyclehire.co.uk
Explore the Island by bike have a bike delivered and picked up from Three Gables.
http://www.extremists.co.uk/
http://www.axcess-electric-bikes.co.uk/
http://www.the-bikeshed.com/
Please follow the links bellow to find some great cycle routes on the Isle of Wight which can be easily
followed or downloaded to most smartphones!
Bicycle Island: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island
Red Squirrel Trail: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island/red-squirrel-trail
Chalk Ridge Extreme: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island/chalk-ridge-extreme
Round The Island: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island/taste-round-the-island-route
Day Rides: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island/day-rides

Golf

There is a wide range of golf courses on the island. All abilities are catered for from the low handicap, weekend golfer to the occasional player. Our nearest at Freshwater has the most breathtaking views and fresh sea air, or try a round on a peaceful parkland course or just whack some balls at the floodlit driving range.

There are eight golf courses on the Island.
Cowes
Freshwater Bay
Newport
Osborne
Ryde
Shanklin and Sandown
Ventnor
Westridge

Freshwater Bay and Shanklin & Sandown are 18 hole courses, the remainder are 9 hole courses, with the exception of Ventnor which has 12 greens.

Horse Riding

Enjoy miles of bridle paths and coastline by horseback
 
Allendale Equestrian Centre
Lake Farm Equestrian Centre
Sallys Riding School

Watersports

Where better to learn a watersport, given that even from the most central point of the island you are only ever 15 minutes away from a beach.

Surfing/ SUP 
With the right conditions, Freshwater Bay can offers surfers four-foot (1.3m) waves at up to three-quarter tide. These can swell to eight feet (2.6m) with wave faces twice that height overhead. Because of the rocks these breaks are not for the inexperienced.
Experienced long- and short-boarders head for the very popular Hanover Point in Compton Bay. The beach near Brook Chine is the place to be with windsurfers.
Colwell Bay on the north west coast is more sheltered and popular with stand-up paddle boarders (SUPers). As is Newtown creek, the Yar river both accessible via public slip ways.

In gentler seas… and throughout the year… you will see people in kayaks setting off from Freshwater Bay to paddle round past the Needles to Totland Bay. Take a trip with adventure activities.

The local base for sailing is Yarmouth. There are boat trips to Hurst Castle in summer and rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to charter. Boat trips to the Needles start at Alum B
Have a day on the Solent in a rib or push the boat out and charter a luxury motor yacht for the day    
http://www.uksa.org/
http://www.wightwaters.com/
http://www.islandactivities.co.uk/
Why not try your hand at fishing
http://www.oceanbluequay.co.uk/
http://www.cachalot-charters.co.uk/
http://www.blackrockcharters.co.uk
www.wightsapphireboatcharters.co.uk Mackerel trips June – September.  Deep sea fishing all year round.  Weekends available.


Round the Island Race 7th July 2018
A spectacular view of this race can been seen from many vantage points on the West Wight coast.http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk
4th-11th  August  2018 Cowes Week the world famous yachting event,  a fabulous sight to watch with the grand finale fireworks on Friday.
http://www.lendycowesweek.co.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?section=home

 

Flying

Take a trip from Sandown or Bembridge airport for fabulous country and coastal views of the Island you can take off in anything from a microlights to a helicopter – pleasure flight to one-on-one tuition.

If you are not scared of heights and fancy being a bit more adventurous why not try your hand at paragliding.  the Isle of Wight enjoys some of the best weather in the UK and escapes the worst of the low pressure, which means there are more flying days here than anywhere else in the UK , this also applies for gliding. There are 12 flying sites on the Island , all which cater for varying wind directions.

Butterfly Paragliding
High Adventure
Vectis Gliding Club

Tree Climbing

Goodleaf offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the UK's newest adventure activity in a secret field in the north east of the Island. We provide everything you need to enable you to ascend through the canopy to the tree top at your own pace. It's a great family activity for ages 8 and over!
Goodleaf Tree Climbing

 

Festivals

http://isleofwightfestival.com/ 21st-24th June

18-19 th August , The  Garlic Festival A great day out and not just for garlic lovers http://www.garlicfestival.co.uk/

Isle of Wight scooter rally 2018 https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/isle-of-wight-international-scooter-rally-2018-p1461021


5th -27th September, Isle of Wight cycling festival http://www.sunseaandcycling.com
 http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org/


Take a look at this web site for lots of information about the island,
http://www.gifttonature.org.uk

Other events
car boot at Calbourne every Friday during the summer months
Farmers Market Newport every Friday

 

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