Take a trip to the Isle of Wight this autumn and discover the unspoilt landscapes, towns and villages. If you haven’t visited during this time of year before you’ll find the experience quite different as the pace of life slows down from the hustle and bustle of the busy summer months.
Visiting in autumn offers a romantic and relaxing holiday on this island escape, with stunning scenery, unequalled outdoor activities and lots of attractions still open with a full programme of events and activities to enjoy.
There’s something especially romantic about the Isle of Wight, and so many have fallen under its spell, this time of year is the perfect time for a couples retreat. The island offers many secluded and quiet settings for romantic adventures and chilled evenings.
If you have little ones and want to avoid the busy school holidays, an autumn break can offer a great chance for the kids to experience an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with cutesy villages and outdoor fun.
In between exploring, there is plenty happening on the island for you to enjoy, from carnivals to light displays, we have picked some of the sights and events not to be missed this autumn.
After a long, hot summer, September is the ideal time to explore the clean, well kept beaches on the Isle of Wight. Famous for its beautiful beaches and seafront promenades, such as sandy Shanklin Beach and south-facing Ventnor Beach, which is dotted with vintage beach huts. Dinosaur remains, and fossils can be seen in areas like Compton Bay and Yaverland Beach. On the island’s western point, The Needles are 3 huge, white chalk rocks, guarded by a 19th-century lighthouse.
If you’re on the beach on September 23rd, you may even get to see the ocean full of boats, as residents take to the seas for Isle of Wight Day’s ‘Float Your Boat’ event.
Isle of Wight Day
With the run up to Isle of Wight Day in full swing, September is the ideal time to get a taste of what the island is really like, to meet members of the community and get involved in their celebrations.
A carnival of events across the Island to celebrate all that is good and magical about the Isle of Wight. With live entertainment, parades, food and drink and parties across the Island, you'll want to make sure you're here for this celebration.
A host of fun and exciting events are held on the island during Autumn, so whether you’re into exploring, dancing or something more relaxing, the Island has it all.
Electric Woods at Robin Hill – Festival of Light Inspired by Diwali – 2020 DATE TBC
Electric Woods is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, colour and sound set in a five-acre pocket of ancient woodland at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens in Newport on the Isle of Wight.
Isle of Wight Literary Festival – 2020 DATE TBC
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival will take place on Thursday 11th October – Sunday 14th October. Most of the activities take place in and around Northwood House, a Grade II listed manor house set in over 20 acres of Park in the heart of Cowes.
Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival – 2020 DATE TBC
The Autumn Walking Weekend gives you the opportunity to breathe in the beautiful scenery and autumnal colours that the Island has to offer. With over 60 walks to choose from there are walks for all ages and abilities, and led by friendly and knowledgeable leaders, who will take you on a journey of mystery, intrigue and exploration as you traverse the Island’s countryside, woodland, pastures, meadows and footpaths.
There is a huge variety of tourist attractions to visit while you're on the Isle of Wight, meaning there is always something to see or do to keep you entertained during your stay.
Less than 15 minutes from Rookley Park, this is the UK’s oldest amusement park, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2018. Blackgang Chine is themed around the smugglers and dinosaurs that have made these cliffs famous.
This 12th century English Heritage castle is just over 10 minutes from Rookley Park, with beautifully-preserved fortifications and a permanent historical exhibition.
Near Sandown on the east coast of the Isle of Wight, you’ll find this ‘pterodactyl-shaped’ building. Contained within this interactive museum are 1000 of the best fossils on the island, alongside animatronic dinosaurs and welcoming staff, who offer regular guided walks.
Isle of Wight Zoo
Just next to Dinosaur Isle, on the coast to the north of Sandown is the island’s zoo. There are a variety of species, large and small at the Isle of Wight Zoo, including lions, monkeys and farm animals.
During the autumn months Rookley Park and The Bay Colwell come alive with autumnal colours and are great places to set up base to explore the island’s art and culture.
At Rookley Park you can still enjoy a morning swim with our indoor heated pool. With a restaurant, bar, cycle hire and fishing lakes, Rookley Park is the ideal location for families to have a great break with plenty of facilities to entertain all ages.
The Bay Colwell also has an indoor heated swimming pool and play facilities for the little ones. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, enjoy one of our Hot Tub Cottages and discover why the Isle of Wight is gaining a reputation as one of the best places in the UK to see inky black skies.