As you know we had our family staycation on the Isle of Wight this summer! We went via the Wight Link from Portsmouth and docked at Fishbourne. Oh sight of the beautiful turquoise clear waters made me feel that I was on a magical isle. I had done my reach, so I had days out planned from coastal walks to beach fun to amusement parks and more. The Isle of Wight is a place for the adventurous.
I planned for us to spend as much time as possible on the beach. However, I had a few rainy day alternatives, just in case. The attractions I had in mind were:
- Carisbrook Castle
- Black Gang Chine
- Dinosaur Isle
- Ventor Botanic Garden
- Shanklin Esplanade Beach
Although we drove around a bit to take in the sites, we stayed mainly on the eastern side of the isle. From my list above we only visited Shanklin Esplanade Beach. Check out my previous post see how we spent our time there. We visited the pretty seaside town, Ryde. It has a ferry terminal, cute boutiques and a gorgeous ‘lido style’ swimming pool named Waterside Pool which is close to the sea. We didn’t swim there but we did dine on the best fish and chips at Wights! A couple weeks later and I’m still thinking about it (Side Note: if you are a beauty fanatic you might be interested to visit the Liz Earle store, it was the brands original HQ).
I was torn between Black Gang Chine and Robin Hill Country Park. Despite being recommended the former, the YouTube videos I found didn’t inspire me. We went to Robin Hill instead. It was possible to purchase joint entry tickets to Black Gang Chine and Robin Hill but we didn’t do that. Robin Hill is set in 88 acre country side. Amongst its attractions there is: adventure play area, falconry, gardens, rides and slides. They also feature seasonal attractions, in August, there was a Carnival. It’s a beautiful park with activities for the young and young at heart. We visited twice because we bought frequent visitor tickets. On day one we began by taking the Canopy Skywalk followed by a Squirrel Tower decent. The kids loved the African Adventure play area. The highlight for hubby was the Tobbagon Run. I’m sure you will not be surprised that the gardens were my favourite. I had my Big Butterfly Count and Great British Wildflower Hunt charts with me but I was so in awe of the space I simply went with the flow.
On Day 5 of our trip after our second visit to Robin Hill, we went to the Garlic Farm. The Garlic Farm as another place that was recommended to us. I’m so pleased we made the time to pop in. Hubby and the kids checked out the education room and the shop, while did the meadow walk in their garden. I was able to see many varieties of garlic in the garden. I then joined my family in the shop. The aroma from the café was killing me, sadly we didn’t; have time to dine. Who know there was Garlic ice cream too!
Dinosaur Isle was one of my rainy weather options. It’s purpose-built dinosaur museum and features educational fossil walks with displays. As luck would have it the weather was mainly sunny and I was adamant to swim in the sea. I will never forget our seven glorious days on the IoW. I can hardly wait for next summer. I think this time we will make a two weeks trip!