We went to a place in the village of Brading just outside Sandown and found a place called The Brading Experience. Set inside the oldest building in the village is a brief history and waxwork chamber of horrors, Also a selection of vintage vehicles and a display of stuffed animals. Excellent tour but a lot of stairs to climb.more
Ask anyone to describe a traditional British seaside resort and the first thing they are likely to mention is the pier. I think the pier holds a certain romantic place in the hearts of many British people, myself included. Sandown has a magnificent example of a pleasure pier and it is well worth a visit, even if you are not lured by the dubious...more
Given the generally old-fashioned feel of the whole Isle of Wight, I suppose this tip was almost inevitable. The island is very much a reminder of a bygone age, from the traditional pier entertainments to the numerous small, frinedly guesthouses and old-fashioned fish and chip shops. I suppose, for me, that is a large part of the appeal.If you...more
Over the years several of England's most famous stars have appeared at the pier's theatre, which was the largest on the island; these included the Nolan Sisters, Jimmy Tarbuck, Gene Pitney, Sir Bernard Miles, Sir Harry Secombe, Pam Ayres, Jasper Carrott, Diana Dors, Roy Castle, Cannon and Ball, Jim Davidson, Matt Monroe, Cilla Black, Lenny Henry,...more
Post-war YearsAfter the war the pier needed to be repaired, especially the landing stage. During the 1950s Sandown enjoyed popularity while bucket-and-spade holidays became popular again, and often held the all-England sunshine record. Between 1957 and 1959 there was even a direct passenger service to Portsmouth from Sandown Pier (a journey of 75...more
The World War YearsDuring the war Lord Alverstone died, and the Sandown Urban District Council offered Lord Alverstone's trustees £2500 for the pier, after which the pavilion was enlarged and the Sandown Prize Band2 often played on the pier. After the war bathing machines were no longer used, except as changing cubicles, and the town adopted the...more
Building the PierPlans to build a pier were considered as early as the 1860s, yet it was not until 1874 that an Act of Parliament allowing work to begin on the pier was passed, and work began in 1876. By 1879 the pier opened, but was only 360 feet long. The Sandown Pier Company had ran out of funds.In 1887 a new company, the Sandown Pier Extension...more
Sandown PierSandown is comfortably near the middle of a five-mile long stretch of golden sand known as Sandown Bay. Despite being in the Domesday Book1, it was not until 1789 - when John Wilkes, a former mayor of London, retired to Sandown - that it became known as a watering hole. Previously it had been little except a fishing village, castle and...more
Stayed at the Cygnet Hotel 10th to 14th August. Hotel under new management; hotel rooms clean, with...more
Unfortunately I received a very nasty bout of food poisoning whilst staying at this hotel. I missed...more
Prior to traveling we noted mixed reviews of this hotel on Trip Advisor and were not too sure what...more
Yea man! it was the '70's and I was wearing
platform shoes (or clogs), Birmingham Bags,
Ben Sherman shirts with hugh collars, tank tops,
love beads and I was a real beach bum after
taking my O' Levels. Scandanavian female
language students were invading the beaches,
I was selling ice cream on the beach next to Sandown
Pier and life was never better.
The Best Disco, but not the closest was
I spent one Summer in Sandown,
well I took the bus home now and then to
change clothes and show up at home.
The Tunes that Summer or '75 were
"Do the Hustle" The Fat Back Band
Mungo Jerry "The Pushbike Song"
Carl Douglas "Kung Fu Fighting"
Disco was hip then
Dress Code: I will have think about this one..LOL
We used the Portsmouth - Fishbourne ferry to get from mainland UK to the IOW.
A short 30 minute crossing on a comfortable ferry, cafe onboard to pass the time.
SANDOWN HAS CLEAN BEACHES BUT GETS VEY CROWDED AND PARKING IS A PROBLEM. THE BEST ATTRACTIONS ARE THE DINOSAUR MUSEUM WHICH IS FASCINATING. THE ISLE OF WIGHT IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO LOOK FOR FOSSILLS AND THE MUSEUM IS GREAT FOR ALL AGES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF TOURIST THINGS TO SEE AND DO LIKE CRAZY GOLF, SURFING, WALKING AND SUNBATHING. THERE IS A SMALL ZOO WHICH HAS THE BIGGEST SELECTION OF TIGERS IN EUROPE. WELL WORTH A VISIT. THE NIGHT LIFE IS O.K FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION. THERES A DISCO WHICH OPENS UNTIL 2AM AND PLENTY OF PUBS. IF YOU PREFER MORE SCENIC VIEWS AND WALKS THEN VENTNOR,FRESHWATER BAY AND OTHER TINY HAMLETS WILL BE BEST.
Fondest memory: WHEN I WAS A CHILD MY PARENTS ALWAYS TOOK US TO PLAY CRAZY GOLF AND THEN HAVE AN ICE CREAM AFTERWARDS. IT SOUNDS CORNEY NOW BUT THEY WERE GREAT TIMES.