Spotlight: Dinosaur Farm Brighstone
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There is so much more to Lower Sutton Farm which is probably best known as ‘Dinosaur Farm’ than these incredible giants of history.
Of course with their onsite museum, Dinosaur enthusiasts will be hard pushed to find a more intriguing place to stay as the very ground upon which they will walk upon is the land where at least 30% of a brachiosaurus dinosaur, the most complete of its type in Western Europe, was found on the farm in 1992.
The farm was the Head Quarters for ‘Live from Dinosaur Island’ and many of the scenes were filmed here, most of the glorious panoramic views were from the cliff at the farm and surrounding area.
Fantastic Fossil Hunts
In 2013 former staff of the Dinosaur Farm Museum, set-up Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C., a Community Interest Company, to help the local community and visitors to the Island learn more about our unique fossil heritage and locally produced Palaeoart.
The Dinosaur Expeditions, Conservation and Palaeoart Centre have displays of dinosaur fossils, palaeoart, children’s activities and a fossil gift shop.
Walk in the giant footprints of Dino’s as organised fossil hunting trips throughout the year at a variety of locations on the Isle of Wight, led by their experienced professional guides are available – contact their team on 01983 740844 (terms & conditions apply)
Peaceful retreat by day & nights may be spent stargazing
Situated in a coastal Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI for short, the farm can be found neatly tucked away just off of the impressive Military Road (A3055) approximately three miles south-east of the pretty village of Brightstone and is set in stunningly beautiful countryside and is just 5 miles away from arguably one of the best beaches, Compton Bay.
The air is fresh and clear and not only is the area a sight to behold during the day but at night too.
A real Star Gazer’s delight as reported by the Isle of Wight County Press, by the Vectis Astronomical Society:
“One of the best sites to observe the sky is the Dinosaur Farm Museum on the Military Road”.
The farm is close to the Isle of Wight Cycle Route indeed, there are over 200 routes throughout the Island taking in all aspects of what is on offer here.
Although our Island is tiny in size there are routes to suit all fitness levels, coastal, town, countryside and not forgetting our rolling hills and awe-inspiring downs.
Hikers will love it here
Surely a walker’s paradise as from here there is great access to ‘sMiles upon miles’ of interesting and incredibly pretty walks. Choose one to suit your level from coastal to the more challenging ‘downs’ hikes, you will not be disappointed in what you will see and find on your walks here.
Beautiful beaches are close by
Less than a mile down the Military Road towards Chale you will find Shepherds Chine beach which is a mix of sand and shingle. Recently reinstated steps down to the beach have once again made for much easier access. Dogs on leads are permitted.
As mentioned before, the popular and it has to be said totally unspoilt sandy beach of Compton Bay is just 5 miles from the farm. This beach is a must for wind/kite and surfers. It is on this beach that at low tide dinosaur footprints are clear to see. Dogs are not permitted between 1st June – 1st September.
Brighstone Bay Beach is less than two miles from the farm and has a mix of shingle and sand. A great place for snorkelling and also for a spot of fossil hunting too. Dogs are not permitted between 1st June – 1st September.
Self-catering accommodation at the farm – for an incredible price!
You will find a clean and comfortable place in which to stay here at the farm. They offer five sixth berth caravans at an incredible rate of £400 per week in peak season too!
Gas and electricity are included in that price but you do need to bring all of your own bedding and towels. The modern vans have three bedrooms and are well-furnished units offering shower with flush toilet, gas cooker, gas fire & gas water heater. Fridge, kettle, microwave, toaster and colour TV.
3 miles from the farm (for this reason, it is recommended that you have your own car). The open top Breezer bus tours are very popular ways to take in the beauty of the Island and there is plenty of places en-route to stop off for lunch or refreshments.
Nearest places to eat out are in the nearby villages of Brightstone, Chale and Shorewell.
Throughout the Island, you will find that there are superb eateries serving up delicious platters of food and beverages.
The lobster platter above is served up (subject to availability) at The Highdown Inn, Totland which also offer delicious afternoon cream teas too.