Isle of Wight Things to Do

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  • Things to Do
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Isle of Wight Things to Do

  • Bucket and spade

    As a child I had a souvenir of the Isle of Wight that consisted of a glass lighthouse, filled with multi-coloured layers of sand. These cliffs are at Freshwater Bay, which is a lovely bay and beach to the West of the island. My picture was actually in Bembridge (an area of the town called Forelands), to the far East of the island. Just as you are...

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  • Amazon World

    Amazon world was created by Derek Curtis after a vist to the Amazon rainforest. Concerned by the distruction & devestation being caused there he wanted to raise awareness of how serious the situation is, Amazon World was born.....There are many ecological facts here as you walk around, many birds, animals reptiles, insects, amphibians and fish...

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  • Ventnor Botanical Gardens

    The Botanical gardens sit on the site of a former Hospital for diseases of the chest, with the advancement in medicine the hopsital was no longer needed & finally demolished in 1969 after 80 years of use. Originally called Steephill Pleasure Gardens, with the position of being under a huge cliff which created a warmer area Sir Harold Hillier...

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  • The Gardens

    The impressive new colonial looking visitor centre houses interactive displays, toilets, cafe & shop.The Gardens are split in to different areas, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Japanese, Americas, native flower meadow..... my favourite is the Palm Garden, probably becasue it reminds me of going abroad. The gardens are set within 22 acres of gentle...

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  • The Needles Park

    Above Alum Bay near the Needles is "The Needles Park". From here you can get a chairlift to the beach below (£3.50 return I think) or you could walk the 188 steps. Also there is a sand shop which is quite interesting & tacky tourist shops & amusement arcades. Entrance is free, parking £3.00. From here there are some great views over to the Needles...

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  • Brading Roman Villa

    The Isle of Wight is very proud of its association with the Romans & the time they spent here, there is evidence of them here all over the island.At the Roman Villa are some of the best Roman mosaics in Europe, plus also an interactive centre & Roman Garden. Unfortunately the Roman Villa was closed when we visited, but check out there excellent...

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  • Donkey Sanctuary

    There are about 200 donkeys with 50 acres. Visitors can join the "Adopt the Donkey" Scheme.Open from easter 1200-16.30; MAY TO OCTFREE ADMISSIONBus Route: 3,3a,7,7a

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  • Shanklyn Chine

    Around the coastline of the island are "chines". 'Chine' is a local word and now used only in the Isle of Wight and Dorset. It is of Saxon origin and means a deep narrow ravine, formed by water cutting through soft sandstone leading to the sea. The Island has a number of chines but the two largest are Blackgang, where very little of the original...

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  • Sandown Beach

    The town of Sanddown is typical of many on the south-east coast of the island and it is notable for its long stretch of easily accessible golden sandy beach. It is the site of the lost Sandown Castle. Sandown has been a seaside resort town since the Victorian age thanks to its sands and the sunny weather. Today Sandown Esplanade boasts some fine...

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  • St. Helens - The Nature

    Much of the land around the lower part of St Helens is countryside and maintained by the National Trust. By the Old Church are numerous pathways leading along the beach to Seaview, up the hill to Nodes Point and up to St Helens village. These walks are only short in comparison to other Island walks but you still take in alot of nature. In wooded...

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  • Osborne House - Swiss Cottage

    This is the Swiss cottage located in the grounds of Osborne House. It was designed by Victoria's husband Albert and built for use of the children. The area is surrounded with vegetable gardens where the Royal children used to grow food which they would later cook and serve to their parents in the cottage. The other Swiss cottage just behind the one...

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  • Bestival - the best festival on the Isle...

    Well, I admit I'm a little biased, in that I've never been to another festival on the Isle of Wight... but that aside, in my experience of festivalising, I enjoyed the Bestival immensely... at the time of (originally) writing, they will have just held this year's one which, disappointedly, I was unable to attend. And that would only be the 3rd one...

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  • Wanna buy a fort?

    Permission to use information given by the RN Museum in Portsmouthand Country Life.A secure investmentPenny ChurchillDecember 20, 2005No Man's Land fort in the Solent proves a man's home can be his castleThe property values showing little sign of falling, the fate of one familiar property, No Man's Land fort in the Solent off the coast of...

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  • The Solent Sea Forts

    These forts can be seen when you take a trip over to the Island from Portsmouth or walk along the beaches closeto Ryde or on the 'Pompey' side. I used to hear stories as a boy of how boats would go out the forts and use a horsehead as bait to catch conger eels. Fact or fiction these fortsalways visible but steeped in mystery and had a very...

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  • Walking along Island beaches

    I returned after 26 years to the Island and the cream on the cake was a visit to the West Wight!Brook Bay-Driving along the Military Road toFreshwater Bay then onto to Yarmouth then back to Newport and över to Arreton Downs where we were staying on a farm.Here is a view of Ryde from the pier.This is the town where I grew up and issteeped in...

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  • Osborne House

    Queen Victoria's hideaway on the island. Apparently the Queen and her husband loved the area so much on a visit, that they commissioned the building of a holiday home here for themselves. Osborne House is reachable by bus and requires a good couple of hours to see the house and grounds. We went in August and expected it to be busy, but in fact it...

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  • Osborne House

    Ever since Queen Victoria died in 1901, Osborne has in some way or another been neglected. Her son Edward closed off half the household with a big iron gate just after she died. And later the royal family sold bits of Osborne off until none of it was a Royal Residence. Since it fell into English Heritage hands it hads realy taken off. Especially in...

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  • Freshwater/Yarmouth - The Causeway

    From the pillbox in Freshwater, there is an old Causeway which runs right into the centre of Yarmouth. It is a wide, gravelled pathway which is popular with walkers, cyclists, dog walkers and families, who spend either a Sunday or Bank holiday walking along it. Along the way there are numerous viewpoints, benches, and the old Tidemill. Built in...

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  • Freshwater

    Alot of people just use freshwater as a stepping stone to Alum Bay where they play with coloured sand, but never actually stop in Feshwater. This is a shame as Freshwater has it's fair share of attractions. It has beaches, a green, Margaret Cameron museum, the monument to the poet Tennyson, one of the only thatched churches in England, the pillbox...

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  • Freshwater - All Saints Church

    Just up the road from where the Pillbox lies, is Freshwater's All Saint's Church. It is not necessarily the church that is the attraction is the grounds that surround it. If you wander through the vast graveyard there is alot hidden away which you don't see in the guide books. The yard is filled with varieties of poppy and daisy, all which are...

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  • St. Helens - The Old Church

    If you follow the footpath from St Helen's down to the Duver then cut through the hedges by the National Trust car park, you will find your self on a beach over looking Bembridge. If you turn right from there past the Baywatch cafe you will find yourself, at what used to be a church. Originally built in the 11th century, it was attached to a...

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  • Freshwater - River defence

    During the Second World War the British government were always worried about the risk of invasion, and no-where else in Britain was more of a target to the Nazi's than the Isle of Wight. If invaded it could provide as a great stepping stone from France to Great Britain, and the government seriously realised this. A number of defences were put in...

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  • Brighstone - National Trust shop and...

    Just off Brighstone main road is a collection of three buildings all recently restored. Two of which join. The first one of the latter two you come to is the National Trust shop, which sells books, toys, cards, china, bathroom products and CD's. A door then joins this shop with the furthest building, which is a museum. It is only small but is a...

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  • Brighstone - Church of St. Mary

    Despite it's roadside position, the Church at Brighstone is set in a peaceful location, overlooking most of the village. Originally built in the Norman period, it boasts many stained glass windows (some from the surrounding villages), old relics and has a peaceful churchyard. The Chruch yard is home to many old grave stones, some more special than...

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  • Brighstone - Special Grave stones

    At the bottom of the graveyard between two nearly illegible gravestones is a small wooden sign which reads:"Behind the grave of Lifeboatman Moses Munt, who was drowned along with Thomas Cotton during the rescue of the Sirenia in 1888, lies that of the Salter family.On April 5th 1913, the three children, Ethel, Albert and Vera, drowned whilst...

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  • Brighstone

    Brighstone is a little secluded village in the South of the Isle of Wight, filled with thatch cottages and home to St.Marys Church and Brighstone tea rooms, this traditional English village reflects its history in the name itself which was first recorded in 1212. It is in a less travelled area of the Island but is a great place. There are a number...

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  • All aboard - travel to a bygone age.

    My paternal grandfather was a railwayman, and I suspect that it was this that gave me my deep love of trains, especially steam trains. It was inevitable, therefore, that on a visit to the Isle of Wight, I would go for a ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. I certainly wasn't to be disappointed as it was one of the highlights of my trip.Opened...

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  • Australia on the Isle Of Wight

    The Ventnor Botanical GardensA lovely place, entry's free but if you want to park that costs.22 acres of garden. There's a lovely fish pond, an Australian section, one for New Zealand, the Americas, the Med, Japan, a green house with tropical plants (entry £1) you can also buy plans here, they had a buy two get one free offer on when I was there....

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  • The Needles Old Battery

    Aside from being an historic Victorian gun battery, this is the best place on land to view the Needles. This is a National Trust Property. From their web site (listed below):"The threat of a French invasion prompted the construction in 1862 of this spectacularly sited fort, which now contains exhibitions about the Battery's involvement in the First...

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  • Bestival Isle Of Wight 2006

    Rachid Taha Band with special guest Brian Eno • Raf Daddy • Ricardo Villalobos • Ricky Redhead • Richard Barbieri • Rob da Bank • Rob Luis • Rodney P • Ross Allen • Rumble Strips • Sasha • Scissor Sisters • Scritti Politti • Semi Finalists • Shantel • ***disco • Skream • Softrocks • Solid State Revival • Sombrero DJ's • Son Of Dave • Soul Jazz...

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  • Bestival Isle Of Wight 2006

    Holloways • Hot Chip • Hot Club De Paris • Howard Marks • Howdi • Hush The Many • Huw Stephens • I Like Trains • Ian Knocka Dore • IDC • James Priestly • James Yorkston And The Athletes • Jamie T • Jamsin & Emma-ra • Jazzanova • Jeggsy Dodd • Jeremy Warmsley • Jim Noir • Jimpster • Joana And The Wolf • Joe Driscoll • John Martyn • John Metcalf •...

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  • Bestival Isle Of Wight

    8 - 9 - 10 September 2006 Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, Isle of WightScissor Sisters to headline Sunday night and Pet Shop Boys on Saturday with Gogol Bordello on Friday. 8 stages of boutique festival fun - live music, top DJs, cabaret & super strange happenings. Supported by BBC Radio 1 - More acts and headliners to be announced!The full...

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  • St. Mildred's Church

    St. Mildred's Church is best known for its connection with Queen Victoria. The Queen had two aisles added around 1855 to accommodate herself and her household. Queen Victoria often visited the church as it was only a short distance from her home at Osborne House.Have a look inside and see where the Royal Family had their private corner, the Royal...

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  • Shanklin

    Shanklin was the base for our stay on the island and we loved it here. It is a charming little coastal town with a beautiful old village, Shanklin Chine, sandy beach and many hotels. The beach is sheltered by tall cliffs and can be easily accessed by the cliff lift. The village is extremely pretty with its thatched cottages, quaint shops and old...

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  • Godshill

    With its thatched cottages and tearooms, Godshill is considered one of the prettiest villages on the island . Godshill's medieval church is located on a hill from where you will have beautiful views over the local countryside. It also has unusual churchyard monuments.In the village you can visit the "Model Village", which depicts the entire area in...

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  • Carisbrooke Castle

    Carisbrooke Castle is a Norman castle in the middle of the island, on a hill near Newport. It has a rich history, and was originally built to defend against the threat of Spanish invasion.One of the castles most famous visitors was Charles I, who was imprisoned here.Today, it is open to the public. There are two medieval wells, of which one is...

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  • The Needles

    The Needles is a famous natural landmark on the Isle of Wight. The Needles are a series of chalk stacks at the western most point of the island. At the end there is a lighthouse. To see The Needles you can go to the nearby Alum Bay, which is famous for the coloured sand. At the top of the cliff there is a pleasure park and a chairlift to the beach.

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  • Osborne House

    Osborne House was once the country retreat and family house of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Queen Victoria lived here until her death in 1901. You can visit the house and garden. Little has changed since 1901. The interior of the house is very lovely with marble statues, great paintings, beautiful furniture and state rooms and a room full of...

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  • Pretty villages, quaint pubs

    Isle of Wight was mostly associated in my mind with beach holidays, but there is wonderful countryside inland, and some very pretty villages - I recommend doing a tour inland and not just sticking to the coast. This is Britain's smallest county and it would make a good place for a walking or cycling holiday. There are high chalk down to the West...

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  • Brading Roman Villa

    In the mid-C19th, two Victorians, in the manner of the time, decided to dig an area of farmland between Sandown & Bembridge, where strange artefacts had been turning up. They began digging and quickly unearthed the lovely Bacchus panel. The villa was recently saved by lottery money. It is a great place to visit, on a sweep of downland, with fine...

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  • Osbourne House

    Osbourne House was Queen Victoria's pile overlooking the English Channel. I can only describe the style of the exterior as Victorian Italianate. And the interior, I can only describe as extreme. If something didn't have a bow or curlique or heroic greek insignia or something oriental and exotic on it, then you probably won't find it here!Don't let...

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  • Victoriana and Arts & Crafts -...

    The presence on the island of Queen Victoria, at Osbourne House, and her Poet Laureate, Tennyson, drew eminent Victorians to the island. Darwin and Thackeray lived here for a time. The main picture is of Tennyson's home, at Freshwater: Farringford House, now a lovely hotel. The building was begun early in C19th but was later embellished with the...

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  • The Solent Sea Forts RN History Museum

    By the time the forts had been completed, the "invasion" scare had long since passed and although the forts were armed and re-armed as technology advanced, they were never needed in the capacity in which they had been planned for. Even though they were armed during the First World War, two were used as naval signal stations and a line of concrete...

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  • The Solent Sea Forts RN History Museum

    With the advances in steam propulsion, defence policy of old, where warships could maintain a close blockade on enemy ports, was no longer viable. Additionally, advances in ordnance manufacture had improved range and accuracy, giving an enemy the chance of bombarding coastlines from the sea and out of the range of coast defences. The government set...

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  • The Solent Sea Forts RN History Museum

    From the Royal Naval Museum Library, 2005The information in this fact sheet is correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the library for a bibliography of further reading materials, if available INFORMATION SHEET NO 88.SOLENT FORTSThe four...

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