Things To Do

There is something for everyone on on the Isle of Wight, plenty of beaches, miles of walking, fossil hunting, historic buildings, adventure activities, eating out at some fantastic gastro pubs and restaurants or just relaxing with your feet up enjoying our lovely views.

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Walking and Running

Step outside  our 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 no matter which way the wind is blowing you can always find a sheltered walk, we have some beautiful beaches and glorious countryside to choose from. The πŸ‘‰The National Trust πŸ‘ˆhas some fantastic walks listed, you can find out more here πŸ‘‰walking-routes πŸ‘ˆ and here is a list of walks you can down loadπŸ‘‰ Public-Rights-of-Way/Local-walks-and-trails-on-the-Isle-of-WightπŸ‘ˆ

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11th-19th May 2024 Spring festival 5th-13th  2024 October autumn festival

 “Walk the Wight” is an annual event normally held as part of the Island walking festival.

They plan  to have it on Sunday the 12th May 2023

 You can walk the whole route or do the first half, second half or the flat walk. The 26.5 miles of the whole Walk the Wight route starts from Bembridge and finishes at The Needles, Alum Bay. See πŸ‘†for more information about the whole route.

 Feeling fit? how about the  Isle of Wight Ultra challenge  106, 53 or 25km  its on the 4-5th May 2024 

Some lovely guided walks on the Island are available too.


Fruitofthelandforaging-walks-with-paul Why not give foraging ago , take a walk with Paul and discover free food to eat on the Island

dinosaur isle for guide fossil walks great for adults and kids alike

also Wight coast fossils guided-tours and dinosaur expeditions.

If  you’re a keen runner we have have some fantastic runs for you too Running the Wight Ways


8-9th June 2024  isle-of-wight-festival-of-running-2024   


Don’t for get to check out this site for a host of other free things to do on the Island

πŸ‘‰free stuff to doπŸ‘ˆ

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The Island is blessed with some wonderful beaches, sandy ones and kiss me quick hats at Sandown and Shanklin, rocky ones at Bembridge and Steephill cove  , pebbly at Totland   boulders at Castlehaven wild ones, at Compton and Brook πŸ˜€

πŸ‘‰Isle of Wight beach guideπŸ‘ˆ


We offer lockable storage for your bikes and a charging plug for e 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.

Check out the top 20 cycling routes cycling-in-the-isle-of-wight

The Isle of Wight Randonee is a non-competitive cycle ride established by the Wayfarers in 1985.  
It will be held 5th May 2024 πŸ‘‰Isle of Wight Rondonnee.πŸ‘ˆ the Island by bike have a bike delivered and picked up from Three Gables.
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:
Red Squirrel Trail:
Chalk Ridge Extreme:
Round The Island:
Day Rides:


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.
Freshwater Bay
Shanklin and Sandown

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


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
Why not try your hand at fishing Mackerel trips June – September.  Deep sea fishing all year round.  Weekends available.

Round the Island Race 15th June 2024
A spectacular view of this race can been seen from many vantage points on the West Wight. Round the island race 2024

Cowes Week 27th July-7th August 2024 the world famous yachting event,  a fabulous sight to watch Cowes Week 2024

If old boats are your thing come and see some beautiful restored boats at the maina and old the water in Cowes
15th-20th July


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!  I
Goodleaf Tree Climbing


click here for all πŸ‘‰ Isle of Wight FestivalsπŸ‘ˆ

Real Ale Festival  4th-6th May   
Isle of Wight festival 20 -23rd June Isle of Wight festival
Isle of Wight bio sphere festival 29th-30th June Isle of Wight biosphere festival
Isle of Wight Pride 19th-21st July  Isle of Wight pride
Isle of Wight Literary festival  3-6th October Literary Festival

17th-18th August 2024The  Garlic Festival A great day out and not just for garlic lovers

Isle of Wight scooter rally 2024, 23rd and 26th August 2024

Classic car rally 7h-8th September 2024   Isle of Wight classic car show     

The famous Isle of Wight Charity Classic Car event promises to be the biggest and best ever. Vehicles from all over the UK and mainland Europe will be attending this unique two-day show. There will be a spectacular collection of vintage, classic, custom and retro cars and other rare vehicles. This two-day event will guarantee to delight children and adults of all ages.


Take a look at this web site for lots of information about the island,

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

places to go

Garlic farm

West Wight Alpacas

Bus museum

Steam Railway

Isle of Wight donkey sanctuary

Chessel Pottery

House of Chilli

Island originals island originals holliers park

Mermaid Gin

Quarr Abby