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standard-title Things to do A guide to attractions, wildlife, walks and activities that are available to you when you visit the Isle of Wight

Things to do

A guide to attractions, wildlife, walks and activities that are available to you when you visit the Isle of Wight

From hunting dinosaurs to collecting coloured sand!

Welcome to our essential guide for things to do on the Isle of Wight. We are famous for sandy beaches; wild surf and beautiful gardens; cliff top walks; boat trips; and iconic attractions such as the Needles, Osborne House, Brading Roman Villa and many more… But also lots of surprising new, different and fun things to do.
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The Isle of Wight is a great family holiday destination, with so many fun attractions and activities suitable for all ages to enjoy all packed into our little Isle it makes finding something to do during your stay a breeze, and due to our compact size nothing is too far away no matter where you are staying on the Isle of Wight.

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There are plenty of artists galleries and craft exhibitions to explore on the Isle of Wight . Get your creative during your visit and try your hand at pottery painting and other crafty workshops or spend some time perusing the many galleries showcasing some of the Islands best work.


Leading Isle of Wight watersports schools offer tuition in every activity, including kayaking, sailing and surfing, for those who want to make the most of the picturesque coastline. Fans of more extreme pastimes should not miss the chance to improve their powerboating, paragliding and kitesurfing skills across the Island.


There are some amazing gardens and countryside to explore on the Isle of Wight which can be enjoyed by the keen gardeners and novices alike – one of it’s most renowned gardens is that of Osborne house which was the Summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who set about creating a fashionable garden taking inspiration from around Europe. Another garden with a royal connection is the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle which opened in 2009 and was designed by Chris Beardshaw.


The Islands natural wonders led Queen Victoria, its most famous resident to build Osborne House in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and since then many visitors have been charmed by the Islands spectacular landscapes and ancient history including some famous poets, writers and photographers such as the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron who’s work can be seen at Dimbola Lodge.

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Explore the charm and shops of the Islands towns where you can find everything you need for your holiday as well as picking up some souveniers and gifts for friends and family back home. In Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown you will find a range of great seaside shops selling your essential beach and holiday needs such as inflatables, beach towels, sun cream and games as well as some charming local craft and produce shops displaying work by Island artists and Island produced treats. For clothing and more of a high street feel pop along to Cowes , Newport or Ryde and explore the many boutiques, galleries and specialists shops, a trip round Yarmouth is a must for those wanting to explore the secret treasurers of the shops hidden away down one of it’s many small side streets.


You will experience an abundance of flora and fauna as you explore the Island, from the famous Red Squirrel to the Glanville Fritillary Butterfly, a species unique to the Island. Rare and protected species such as dormice, voles and Ventnor’s famous wall lizards inhabit the ground whilst raceful birds of prey and rare bats add interest to the skies. The Island is scattered with dense forests, woods and copses alive with wild flowers, and a visit to Brighstone and Parkhurst forests make a pleasant contrast to the walks on the windswept downs.


There are a number of stunning and interesting walks to be enjoyed on the Isle of Wight no matter your fitness level, from small country walks to the more adventurous full coastal walk spanning the whole Island. With miles of accessible footpaths to chose from there are walks to be found no matter where you are staying on the Island. All the Island walks are clearly signposts and easy to follow and provide one of the best way to enjoy some of the Isle of Wight most spectacular views and scenery.