1. We HAVE to start with the beaches! Recognised as some of the best in Europe, Shanklin, Ryde and Sandown are the most popular, although hard to reach beaches such as Steephill Cove and secluded spots like Binnels Bay or Castlehaven in the South Wight are definitely worth the trek off the beaten track. And don’t forget Colwell Bay, right next to our resort The Bay Colwell and Priory Bay beach is a stunning one to visit if you’re staying at St Helens Coastal Resort.
2. It’s got the most photographed rocks in the world! The distinctive chalk of The Needles is always a breathtaking sight, especially on a beautiful clear day. Why not get up close and personal with a boat trip from nearby Alum Bay? The Bay Cowell is an ideal base to explore this part of the island.
3. Love sailing? Cowes Week attracts worldwide attention and for good reason! Taking place from 10 - 17 August in 2019, this regatta is a fantastic spectator sport if you’re not taking part. They say one of the best locations to watch the starts ashore each morning is the area between the Castle of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the cannons – as long as you don't mind the loud bangs!
4. It’s easy to get to! If you’re travelling in your own car, many of the larger motorways get to the ferry ports easily. South Western Railway has train services from London Waterloo to Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea, perfect for picking up the Red Jet, Wightlink catamaran or Hovertravel hovercraft to the island. Then it’s just a short 30 minute crossing and you’re ready to start your break!
5. The award winning Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June every year in the town of Newport (13 - 16 June in 2019) and is known for mixing legendary artists with the hottest up and coming acts. If you’re looking for luxury accommodation for the Isle of Wight Festival, check out our unique resorts across the island - The Lakes Rookley is just 10 minutes from the Festival site. St Helens Coastal Resort and The Bay Colwell make a great place to relax after the mayhem ready for another day of festival madness!
6. It’s the perfect place for a family holiday. There are almost endless places to explore across the island with theme parks and amusements such as Blackgang Chine or Robin Hill Country Park, or challenge the kids to a game of crazy golf on Shanklin seafront!
7. It’s steeped in history! Visit Osborne House in Cowes with its many beautiful rooms and private beach - built in the 1840s at the behest of Queen Victoria, it was her holiday residence and the monarch grieved here for many years after her husband's death. If your little ones fancy themselves as young knights, check out Carisbrooke Castle, which dates from Norman times and brings history alive to many thousands of visitors each year.
8. It has dinosaurs! Perhaps not the ‘still roaring’ kind, but the Isle of Wight has long been renowned as one of Europe's finest sites for dinosaur remains with many fossils in the cliffs and on the beaches around the island's coastline - and organised fossil hunting trips available to hunt them out!
9. It’s an all year round holiday destination! Yes, it’s glorious in the summer on the beaches, but the Isle of Wight has plenty to do in the other seasons too with many attractions open all year round and plenty of great events taking place from January to December. Rumour has it even Santa himself makes the Isle of Wight Steam Railway his special Christmas home!
10. The Isle of Wight has some great nightlife! With high quality restaurants across the island and some fantastic live music every night across a wide range of genres, whether you’re looking for a romantic meal watching the boat lights sparkle in the bay or you’re relaxing with friends, there’s truly something for everyone on this special island.
The Lakes Rookley, St Helens Coastal Resort or The Bay Colwell are ideal destinations on the Isle of Wight if you’re looking for fun activities, safe play areas and family friendly accommodation - all perfectly situated with easy access to all the island has to offer!