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.
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.
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.