Fun Days Out
There are plenty of fun days out on the Island for the whole family to enjoy, from fossil hunting to adventure parks…
The Isle of Wight is known as “Dinosaur Island” as it is one of the richest sources of dinosaur fossils in Europe. There is a great range of dinosaur attractions and activities available, including museums and fossil hunts with local experts. Visit the Dinosaur Isle museum to discover the amazing history of dinosaurs on the Island, or take a trip to Compton Bay to see the dinosaur footprints at low tide!
Whether you’re looking for rollercoasters and excitement or pirates, fantasy and adventure, thrillseekers will love the variety of adventure parks on the Isle of Wight. Kids can explore fantasy themed worlds at Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest theme park, or visit its sister park Robin Hill for an exciting day of rides, falconry displays, woodland play areas and much more.
There are lots of exciting places for kids to find out about the Isle of Wight’s rich and varied history. Visit Brading and Newport Roman villas for a look at Roman life on the Island, or discover the Island’s royal connections at Carisbrooke Castle, where King Charles I was imprisoned before his execution in 1649, and Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s seaside retreat. You can even take the whole family on a journey across the Island on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway for a fun and unique day out.
There is a brilliant variety of animal attractions, wildlife parks and zoos to be enjoyed by children of all ages, including the Isle of Wight Zoo and Amazon World. You will see some of the world’s most beautiful and rare animals, ranging from tigers, lions and leopards to monkeys, meerkats and lemurs! Tapnell Farm Park is a brilliant place for children to hang out and meet friendly animals including wallabies, meerkats, goats, miniature donkeys, sheep, pigs and alpacas.
Family friendly beaches
With 57 miles of varied coastline, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any family visit to the Island. Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe with a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards – more than any other destination in England. Discover our favourite family friendly beaches here.
The Isle of Wight has been named by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide as one of the top 10 destinations in the world for cycling. With over 200 miles of cycle paths, exploring the Island’s beautiful landscape and rugged coastline couldn’t be easier. To make sure you get the very best cycling experience, our Country Club team of qualified trail leaders have put together a series of recommended cycling routes, complete with easy to follow maps for every ability – from total beginners through to advanced cyclists.
The Island hosts numerous internationally renowned events each year…
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival, 2- 4th June 2017: A spectacular street party throughout the town, with boat racing, classic cars and lifeboat demonstrations.
Summer Nature Trail, 22nd July to 3rd September: Visit the National Trust owned, 300 year old Bembridge Windmill and look out for rare butterflies on a scenic trail.
Cowes Week, 29th July to 5th August: The biggest and most celebrated sailing regatta in the world. With thousands of competitors, Cowes becomes a week long party of music, food and drinking – with opportunities to try sailing for yourself and an unmissable spectacular firework display on the last night.
Victorian Weekend at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, 5th & 6th August: Visit the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway and step back in time to the Victorian era, discovering a world of travelling theatre, songs from the music halls, and being transported through unspoilt countryside in a beautifully restored steam train with liveried staff.
The Ventnor Fringe, 8th – 13th August, 2017: This unique celebration of all things creative, it showcases new and established talent as well as providing special events for children ranging from puppetry to giant pong pong. It’s a perfect family-oriented festival.
Garlic Festival, 19th – 20th August, 2017: A vast array of eats, treats, sights and sounds to suit all tastes and ages. There are huge garlic and food marquees, cooking demonstrations from top Island chefs in the all new theatre kitchen, children’s entertainers, archery and a giant fun-fair.
61st Isle of Wight Marathon, 8th October, 2017: A brand new course of one lap featuring the much quieter roads on the west of the Island.