If you fancy getting away from your caravan park and want to know what there is to see and do in Isle of Wight the list below offers some ideas of places to visit on your holiday.
Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens
Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens has a lot to offer for the whole family including rides for children of all ages, including a toboggan run and a a winging galleon. For the older kids there is are Mountain boarding taster sessions, and a newly refurbished 4D HD motion cinema.
It is one of the last places in the UK where you can see a wild red squirrel, so the woodland is definitely worth a visit, but if you can’t find a squirrel there are also birds of prey on display twice daily during the peak season
There are plenty of activities to keep adults busy, including a sculpture trail, and archery, and if you really want to ‘take something away with you’ how about a lesson in bush-craft skills where you get to learn how to light a fire and more, you never know when it will come in handy!
There is a charge for visiting the park, however you can go back as many times as you want in a seven day period which should be plenty of time to experience all it has to offer. www.robin-hill.com
Isle of Wight Zoo
The Isle of Wight Zoo is a unique venue, with many animals being ‘rescues’, and many of them born at the zoo. It has one of the best collections of big cats in the UK, which is something you don’t see at many modern zoos.
Many of the cats come with a story, and adoption is offered (not full time!), which is a great way to tech the kids about conservation and the environment. Big cats at the zoo include lions, jaguars and Indian tigers.
On the cuter end of the furry scale are lemurs from Madagascar as well as reptiles and other mammals form the island. There’s a daily meerkat feeding session which is one of the reasons that it won a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2103 www.isleofwightzoo.com
Dog Friendly Beaches
There are obviously many beaches on the island, although not all of them are dog friendly. The main beaches can be used by dogs between September and May, but only some beaches can be used in season. The following are just a few of the more popular dog friendly beaches.
Seaview – great sandy beach area, which is usually fairly quiet. The South beach is slightly more sheltered from the weather. Bonchurch – both sandy and shingle incorporating the Horseshoe and Monks Bay beaches.
Seagrove – sandy expanse of beach located between the Seaview and St Helen’s beaches. Dunroamin – runs from Lake slipway up to sandy beaches of Hope Beach, Shanklin. Players Beach – another of the Island hidden secrets, tucked away below Ryde Golf Course at Binstead. www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Ventnor Botanic Garden
You may have seen Ventnor Botanic Garden on television, it is in a remarkable location that has its own micro climate. It is very sheltered, and its southerly location allows the growth of many plant species from the sub-tropics.
The garden has regular themed walks as well as occasional courses, and a restaurant where many of the ingredients have been grown in-house. The attraction is probably more suited to adults, but if your child has expressed an interest in plants you may be pleasantly surprised by the way they take to the educational aspect of the garden.
No thrills and spills, just an interesting wander form of the most unique gardens in the UK, and a great way to view Mediterranean flora without hopping on a plane. www.botanic.co.uk