Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight is the place of adventure and relaxation all in one. Being transported across the water to a little island of paradise, you won’t be short of days out. If you’re someone who likes to have your adrenaline pumping, our watersports at The Lakes Rookley in the heart of the island won’t go a miss. With single or double kayaking, see how fast you can paddle across the lake without getting wet. Or enjoy a leisurely float on our paddleboards but try not to get wobbly knees.
The Isle of Wight is famous for its sailing, so it would be rude not to find your sea legs, hop on a boat and feel the exhilarating breeze on your face. Or if you’d rather bob about on the water letting someone else do the hard work, a skippered boat trip is just right for you. To make it even better, there are boat tours around the Needles, now that’s something you’ll remember for a long time!
Want to tone it down a notch? The island has plenty of little shopping villages for you to mooch around in. Cowes town centre is a go-to for some more hustle and bustle, but if you want something a bit quieter, Shanklin is a little village with lots of independent shops that you’ll fall in love with (including a Christmas shop… it’s never too early!).
Why huddle up on dry land when you can take to the sea and get the best view of all. Jump on a Jurassic Coastal Cruise for a round trip from Poole to Swanage where you’ll see the dramatic coastline and stunning landforms. You’ll want your cameras at the ready, as the sights are something to remember.
Escape to your own paradise at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. The blue seas will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island and it’s ideal for the little mermaids and mermen to splash around while the sun is still shining (hopefully!).
Hop on the ferry across to Brownsea Island where you’ll be greeted by different species of wildlife. 10 points if you can spot the rare red squirrel too. There’s a café for you to stop of for a quick bite to eat, and you can’t say no to an ice cream while you're there.
Pop down to the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery near Filey Bay where you’ll be shown how Yorkshire’s beloved whiskey is made… maybe have a little taster too! There is also a Pot Still Coffee Shop with melt-in-your-mouth homemade goodies, you won't want to miss out on.
If you’ve got the little ones with you, Glen Gardens has the space for them to run to their heart’s content. Whether the sun is shining, or the clouds are floating above, it’ll brighten your day to see all the different coloured flowers. And let’s not forget about the spectacular sea views. Grab a putt and see if you can get a hole in one on crazy golf. Or find a coin to make a wish in the wishing well. Your four legged friend will love chasing a ball here too. It’ll be your own haven of happiness.
Scotland is full of stunning views, picturesque landscapes, and exciting wildlife, so it would be silly not to grab your hiking boots and make the most of it. Grey Mare’s Tail is a must see, with one of the UK’s highest waterfalls plunging 60m from Loch Skeen… it really is a wow moment! Look up to the sky and see if you can spot a peregrine falcon or an osprey fishing in the loch.
Take a stroll through Moffat’s community nature reserve where there are pops of colour wherever you look. You may think that by late summer all the nature would have calmed down, but you won’t be short of beautiful sights such as wildflowers blossoming and swans elegantly standing tall.