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The Classic British Seaside Holiday

Situated just three miles from the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight boasts warmer temperatures than the mainland. Combined with relaxing beaches and many places of outstanding natural beauty, holidays in the Isle of Wight are an attractive prospect for any visitor. With traditional pier entertainments, friendly guesthouses and quaint shops, it’s the perfect place for anyone looking to relive the nostalgic British seaside holidays. With the numerous things to do on the Isle of Wight, it is a perfect destination for a family break, while the island is also a great place for couples who are looking to enjoy the boutique hotels, gastropubs and music events which have sprung up in the last few years. In short, Isle of Wight holidays have something for everyone.

A Relaxing Sea Break

The beautiful beach of Sandown on the south coast is a popular holiday destination on the island. With its old-fashioned pier and seafront shops and cafes; a hotel along the seafront will offer gorgeous views across the water in a quaint setting.

If you’d rather stay in a town, Newport is known locally as the capital and is home to plenty of signs of the island’s history. Victorian and Georgian buildings are nestled between modern shops and restaurants, while highly-rated markets sell local goods and produce twice a week. For a mix of beach life and entertainment, the town of Ryde offers both. A spacious beach provides the perfect place for outdoor games and sporting activities.

Top-rated activities at any time of year

Holidays in the Isle of Wight have so much to offer visitors, with the majority of attractions staying open year-round. History lovers will enjoy the many much-visited castles and manor houses, while those looking to relax can enjoy a stroll along the beach or a visit to one of the beautiful open gardens. The summer tends to be the most popular time to visit for tourists in search of a seaside break, but the consistent warm temperatures throughout the year mean that there’s no bad time to visit – even the Ventnor Botanic Garden on the south coast is open all year.

Families will love the range of seaside amusements and entertainment that Isle of Wight holidays conjure up, such as the pier at Sandown or the adventure park on Shanklin Seafront. Couples will find satisfaction in the tasty and enjoyable romantic dishes made using local produce at the island’s many superb restaurants. The island also boasts the UK’s oldest theme park at Blackgang Chine, though you’ll need to get there quickly before it is swallowed up by the sea. For music enthusiasts, the award-winning Isle of Wight festival draws in a crowd of thousands every year with an impressive line-up of acts, while the smaller but equally popular Bestival takes the festival biscuit in early September. With such a wide variety of things to do, you’ll want to come back again and again.

Out and About on the Isle of Wight

The island’s most recognisable landmark has to be The Needles. This famous rock formation is also home to an attractive lighthouse. After getting your fill of the two you can then head down to the nearby Needles Park to enjoy activities for all the family. If you crave even more outdoor entertainment, try the Robin Hill Adventure Park or take a ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Of course, relaxing on the beach is the main reason to enjoy a holiday to the Isle of Wight. The island has a fantastic choice of seaside stretches all maintained to a high standard. There are also a number of ferry tours and sailing charters if you want to explore the island by water. If you’re a keen surfer you’ll find solace in the great breaks sitting off of the shore, making the Isle of Wight a fantastic surfing destination.

Shopping enthusiasts will love the range of boutique and independent shops in the island’s towns, with the strong artistic heritage of the island ensuring there’s plenty of interesting items on offer. Don’t forget to try some local food – the island is famous for fresh seafood which you can find at many restaurants and local farm shops.