The top 5 things to do on the Isle of Wight this summer!

The Isle of Wight is the perfect place for the ultimate summer holiday. There are so many fun days out for the whole family to enjoy, from fossil hunting to adventure parks! Take a peek below at what’s on on the Isle of Wight this summer…

Cowes Week

The Isle of Wight is world-renowned for it’s sailing, and Cowes Week is no exception. Watch competitors from all over the world race, sample local food, listen to live music, and enjoy the fun atmosphere! Plus, don’t miss the famous Friday night fireworks display.
6th – 13th August 2016

The Garlic Festival

A great day out for the whole family, The Garlic Festival is the Island’s biggest summer show. You can expect an abundance of local produce and delicious food, children’s entertainers, arts and crafts stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and a big beer tent. Make sure you try the garlic ice cream!
20th – 21st August 2016

Fossil Hunting

The Isle of Wight is also known as “Dinosaur Island” as it is one of the richest sources of dinosaur fossils in Europe. Become an archaeologist for the day on a fossil hunt with a local expert, or take a trip to Compton Bay to see the dinosaur footprints at low tide.

Delicious local food

Our small Island boasts a huge selection of local produce, and our food rivals the world’s best. Here are some of our favourite local foodie specialists…

– Off The Rails – Yarmouth Station was built in the early 1880’s, and is now home to the Off The Rails restaurant. Serving bird watchers, cyclists, and families alike, don’t miss their BBQ weekends from July to September.

– Minghella Ice Cream – this local, family run business has been making ice cream on the Isle of Wight for over 60 years! For a truly special experience, visit the vintage Minghella ice cream van on Brading Down and enjoy spectacular views towards the English Channel.

– The Garlic Farm – the Boswell family have been growing garlic for more than 40 years, and The Garlic Farm is a firm favourite with locals and visitors. Visit their farm shop and restaurant and sample everything from garlic beer to garlic ice cream!

If you don’t want to venture too far from your West Bay home-away-from-home, don’t forget our local foodie heroes pop-up events and delicious Clubhouse menu.

Steephill Cove

Hidden beneath the Ventnor cliffs, Steephill Cove is a peaceful and secluded beach accessible only by foot. Here you will find a small bay full of character, surrounded by colourful beach huts, fishermen’s cottages, deckchairs and lobster pots. Kids will love paddling in the crystal clear water and exploring the rock pools for crabs. There is also a café and restaurant serving locally caught seafood and Isle of Wight produce.

Don’t forget to slow down, relax, and switch off… pamper yourself with a Summer Indulgence Spa Day or a Liz Earle Naturally Active Facial at The Island Wellness Spa and indulge in a little ‘me-time’.