The Isle of Wight has all the ingredients for the perfect trip!

Visiting in spring means an island escape full of brighter days and colourful blooms. Throw in impressive scenery, unmatched outdoor activities and lots of local attractions, it’s no wonder so many having fallen under its spell. This time of year is the perfect opportunity for a couples retreat or to set sail for a family getaway – one for the memory box for sure.

In between exploring, there is plenty happening on the island for you to enjoy. We have picked some of the sights and spots not to be missed… 


Walking spots 

 We HAVE to start with the beach walks, memories are made in flip-flops after all!  Recognised as some of the best in Europe, Shanklin, Ryde and Sandown are the most popular, although hard to reach beaches such as Steephill Cove, Binnels Bay or Castlehaven in the South Wight are well worth the trek off the beaten track.  

Freshwater Bay has stunning sea caves when the tide ventures out, don’t forget to bring the paddle board for when the tide is in too so you can get splashing! 

Walks along Gunard Beach on the seafront early evening are not to be missed. It makes for a lovely spot to mooch along the coastal path and when the timing is right, settle in to watch the sensational sunset.  

If you’re looking for somewhere offering coastal views (787ft above sea level to be exact) and plenty of open space for spotting wildlife, be sure to venture to Ventnor Downs. Rising steeply above the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor, it makes the ultimate viewpoint. 

And don’t forget Colwell Bay, right next to our resort The Bay Colwell, and if you’re staying at St Helens Coastal Resort, Priory Bay beach is picturesque and looks across the Solent to Selsey Bill on the mainland. Shhhh, Whitecliff Bay has its own private beach accessible straight from the park too, what a treat! 



The Isle of Wight has some great nightlife! With inviting restaurants across the island and some fantastic live music across a wide range of genres, whether you’re looking for a romantic meal watching the boat lights sparkle in the bay or relaxing with friends and family, there’s treats and eats for everyone on this special island. 

The Cow – The Cow Restaurant & Bar is a local relaxed, family (and dog!) friendly eatery serving flavoursome home-cooked, award-winning burgers. Situated at the heart of Tapnell Farm in a converted Swiss barn, it makes for a beautiful setting to enjoy some good grub. 

The Best Dressed Crab – Want to sample the best of the island’s seafood? Join the team at The Best Dressed Crab and indulge in deliciously dressed crab platters during your visit.  

Fisherman’s Cottage – nestled just beneath Shanklin Chine you will find the stunning thatched dining pub on the beach, the Fisherman’s Cottage. Your dog is welcome outside too so bring them along on a warm summer’s day and let them tuck into some appetizing snacks with you! 

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The Cow Tapnell Farm
The Best Dressed Crab
Fisherman’s Cottage


The island really makes the perfect place for a family holiday. There are almost endless places to explore with theme parks and amusements such as Blackgang Chine or Robin Hill Country Park. Why not challenge the kids to a game of crazy golf on Shanklin seafront? 

Osborne House – A great value family day out where you can wander among flower-filled gardens and take a glimpse into the beloved home of Queen Victoria who said, ‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’. 

The Garlic Farm – With over 40 years of growing garlic and an opportunity to shop, taste and take a tour, the Garlic Farm is not one to miss when visiting the Isle of Wight. Time to get garlicky and learn everything you need to know about the distinctive herb. 

Harvey Browns – During your stay, we recommend visiting Harvey Browns farm shop, offering the complete Isle of Wight food experience with the finest range of local, regional and international produce. Yum! 

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Visit Isle of Wight
The Jolly Majestic
Harvey Browns

The Lakes Rookley, Whitecliff Bay, St Helens Coastal Resort or The Bay Colwell are ideal destinations on the Isle of Wight if you’re looking for fun activities, safe play areas and family friendly accommodation – all perfectly situated with easy access to all the island has to offer above! 

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