The Isle of Wight is a popular holiday destination and ideal for a short break either midweek or weekend.
To get to the Isle of Wight you will need to take the hovercraft or ferry. There are frequent transport links to the island. The quickest takes approximately 30 minutes from Lymington in the New Forest to Yarmouth which is operated by Wightlink ferry services. You can also go from Portsmouth to Fishbourne which takes around 45 minutes again using the Wightlink ferry service. Another popular route is from Southampton to East Cowes (takes approx 1 hour). This service is run by Red Funnel.
Once on the Isle of Wight you will be spoilt by things to do, it’s not just home to Sailing and Festivals. The Isle of Wight has some lovely beaches. The first week of August is a very busy time on the Island due to Cowes week. This week long sailing regatta attracts up to 1000 boats with daily races and thousands of spectators. Don’t forget to book your accommodation early during this busy time in Cowes.
The Isle of Wight is popular with walkers with over 500 miles of footpaths to explore. During the months of May and also October there is the Isle of Wight Walking Festival. It is also a great place for cyclists with over 200 miles of cycle tracks. The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival takes place in September. There are many guest houses on the island that have lockable storage facilities for bicycles.
If you enjoy festivals, don’t forget to come to the Isle of Wight Festival in Newport which takes place in June. It’s another popular event, so if you are not planning to camp, it’s advisable to book a b&b, guest house or hotel early to avoid disappointment.
The Isle of Wight has numerous places to visit. There are museums, galleries and historic sites including the famous Lighthouse and The Needles Rocks which are a favourite with families. There is also the Isle of Wight Zoo, Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens, Bembridge Windmill, Osborne House, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Yarmouth Castle, Ventnor Botanic Garden, Blackgang Chine, Dinosaur Island Trial, Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Quarr Abbey, Island Planetarium, Chessell Pottery Barns, Owl & Monkey Haven, Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium and Butterfly & Fountain World to name just a few.
For more information on The Isle of Wight visit https://www.iow.gov.uk/visitors/