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…

Dinosaur Island
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!

Adventure parks
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.

Island history
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.

Animal attractions

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!

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.

Bicycle Island

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.

Island events

The Island hosts numerous internationally renowned events each year…

The Ventnor Fringe, 9th – 14th August, 2016

Garlic Festival, 20th – 21st August, 2016

Bembridge Harbour Food Festival, 24th – 25th September, 2016

60th Isle of Wight Marathon, 9th October, 2016

Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 12th – 16th October 2016