One Winter, Hubby proposed that we spend Christmas on the Isle of Wight. Well, it was a no for me. I thought, ‘why would I want to stay on isle with beautiful beaches and not be able to swim.’ Little did I know, BUT after our recent stay I’ve there is more to the isle than its beaches. You can enjoy Isle of Wight all year round. In fact, out of season you don’t have to contend with crowds. Here is some inspiration for what you can enjoy on the Isle of Wight, during the autumn-winter months.
The Sea Is Al-Wight
Swimming in the sea is a big deal for me. On the Isle of Wight, the water quality ranges from excellent to good. Earlier this year, the isle gained ten awards for Colwell, Cowes, Gurnard, Ryde, Sandown, Seagrove Bay, Shanklin, St Helens, Ventnor and Yaverland! However, unless your used to swimming in the sea at winter, best to try activities outside of the water.
BE SURE TO CHECK THE WEATHER and your course BEFORE SETTING OUT , especially, if you are a newbie.
Cowes is the northern coastal town well known for sailing. Massive cruise ships sail through its waters. You can dine on the harbour front for hit the high street for retail therapy in boutiques and maritime vintage shops. Enjoy IOW’s own locally distilled gin Mermaid Gin in the Fountain Pub and Inn (part of the Green King Inns).
In East Cowes, there’s Osborn House, the palatial holiday of Queen Victoria. It even has its very own beach!
Move towards the centre of the isle, you can visit picturesque villages like Godshill, Arreton and Rookley. Godshill Model Village gives you a flavour of Fifties Isle of Wight, set amidst the backdrop of 3000 trees. If you are a lovely of gardens and all things fairies troll through their pixie grottos and shop for quirky pressies.
The Garlic Farm and Robin Hill are also not to be missed especially if you are visiting as a family. At Robin Hill Country Park in autumn, they host a light show and that illuminates their woodlands in the evenings.
A Wight Festive Season
Over the Halloween period you can expect Black Gang Chine to put on their Terror Island event. They say its ‘The Island’s largest scare event, with three epic on-site scare maze attractions providing a thrilling evening of entertainment!’
In November there’s fireworks and December carols in the square in Yarmouth. All that plus the other attractions I mentioned above!
Opening times will vary over the shorter darker days of winter so check first before visiting an attraction, to avoid disappointment
What do you do at when on holiday at a seaside during the colder months? Have you ever done Autumn-Winter on Isle of Wight? What did you enjoy the most?
Comment below I would love to hear from you. If you missed the blog on our staycation during the summer on the Isle of Wight, CLICK HERE . Search hashtag #tttonstaycation to see what else we get up to.