5 of the Best Family Days Out on the Isle of Wight 

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With so many excellent holiday destinations around the UK to choose from, it can be hard to decide where is the best place for your next family holiday. One big deciding factor is whether there are enough activities in the area for the whole family to enjoy. 

Well, the Isle of Wight offers an impressive array of family-friendly activities and attractions to choose from.  

Aside from its sunnier weather, the island is home to incredible natural landmarks, thrilling adventure rides and historical sights. All in all, holidays to the Isle of Wight are sure to deliver plenty of fun and memories for every member of the family. 

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Blackgang Chine 

Carrying the title of the UK’s oldest amusement park, Blackgang Chine has plenty of history and no shortage of modern thrills. For the older members of the family, the park boasts some thrilling rides, while the younger ones can enjoy a variety of themed areas. 

Between dinosaurs, pirates and fairy tales, the park has areas set to excite and spark the imagination of any child. With a mix of interactive exhibits and live entertainment, a day out a Blackgang Chine is guaranteed to be a big hit. 

Fort Victoria Country Park

For more outdoor adventures and entertainment, the award-winning Fort Victoria Country Park should definitely be on your radar. Set in Yarmouth, right by the sea side, this park offers in nature trails, rock-pooling and red squirrel safari, the ideal setting for some countryside adventures. 

Apart from exploring nature and the great outdoors, the park also has a reptilarium, a planetarium, museum with gift shop so also perfect as a rainy day activity when visiting the Isle of Wight.

The Needles Landmark Attraction 

Of course, in terms of iconic days out on the Isle of Wight, the Needles is at the top of the list. It isn’t all just about the landmark chalk formations and cliffs, with the location playing host to a range of family-friendly activities. 

In addition to enjoying the views from a chairlift ride down the famous cliffs, you can explore a historic rocket testing site, jump on traditional amusement rides and watch glassblowers creating beautiful souvenirs. No trip would be complete without a visit to the Sand Shop, where the family can fill their own shaped containers with layers of the colourful local sands. 

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway 

To enjoy a day spending less time on your feet, head over for a ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Experience a throwback to the golden age of steam as the train journeys through the stunning countryside, from the comfort of vintage carriages. 

It’s a bit of a more laidback activity, but the railway is a great way to watch the quaint villages and pretty landscapes roll past the window. If the kids are fans of railways or engineering then set aside some time for the interactive Train Story museum. 

Sandown Beach 

It wouldn’t be a proper trip to the Isle of Wight without visiting one of its many beautiful beaches. If we have to narrow it down to just one, then Sandown Beach is our choice. This length of sandy beach stretches along the eastern coastline, offering stunning views out over the sea and clear waters. 

The calm shallows here are ideal for paddling, with the beach also offering opportunities for swimming and water sports further out. For the less adventurous, you can simply enjoy the sun or have a go at building an impressive sandcastle or two. Thanks to the nearby promenade you won’t be in danger of going too long without an ice cream either! 

A visit to the Isle of Wight is an excellent opportunity for some great family days out, whether they’re filled with adrenaline-pumping rides or a peaceful paddle in the sea. Whatever appeals most to your kids, they’re sure to have an enjoyable time on this sunny island. 

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Acebase March 20, 2024 - 10:52 pm

Robin hill is closed down


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