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, enjoying eating out at some fantastic gastro pubs and restaurants or just relaxing with your feet up.

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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

Also check out https://isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/ 

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

They plan  to have it on Sunday the 8th May 2022 https://www.mountbatten.org.uk/news/walk-the-wight-returns-and-next-years-date-revealed

 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.

Some lovely guided walks on the Island are available too.

TryπŸ‘‡

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

Isle-of-wight/trail-running  Isle of Wight festival of running

 

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

https://dinowight.org.uk/the-dinosaurs/

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Beaches 

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

Cycling

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.
The Isle of Wight Randonee is a non-competitive cycle ride established by the Wayfarers in 1985.  
It will be held 1st May 2022 πŸ‘‰ IOW randonnee 2022πŸ‘ˆ
stage 8 of the Tour of Britain will be held on the Island September 11th



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.ukExplore 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 25th June 2022
A spectacular view of this race can been seen from many vantage points on the West Wight.
round the Island race


Cowes Week 30th July-6th August 2022 the world famous yachting event,  a fabulous sight to watch

Cowes week 2022

 

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

click here πŸ‘‰List of Isle of Wight FestivalsπŸ‘ˆ
The IW Story Festival 25th-26th February  at the Quay Arts

isleofwightfestival 16th -19th June 2022

https://isleofwightfestival.com

20th -21st August 2022The  Garlic Festival A great day out and not just for garlic lovers 
https://www.garlicfestival.co.uk/

Isle of Wight scooter rally  26th and 28th August 2022 Isle of Wight scooter rally ,

 

Classic car rally 3rd-4th September 2022 isle-of-wight-classic-car-extravaganza

Now in its 19th year, 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 on the 11th and 12th September2021. 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.

 6th-9th October  2022 Isle of Wight literary festival


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

places to go

Garlic farm https://www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk/

West Wight Alpacas http://www.westwightalpacas.co.uk/

Bus museum https://www.iwbusmuseum.org.uk/

Steam Railway https://iwsteamrailway.co.uk/

Isle of Wight donkey sanctuary https://www.iowdonkeysanctuary.org/

Chessel Pottery https://chessellpotterycafe.co.uk

House of Chilli https://houseofchilli.com

Island originals island originals holliers park

Mermaid Gin https://isleofwightdistillery.com/collection/mermaid-gin

Quarr Abby https://quarrabbey.org

 

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