A speedy 40-minute ferry crossing from the vibrant ports of Portsmouth or Lymington, the Isle of Wight is an idyllic place, famed for its slow pace of life and glorious coastline. A relaxing break here, within sight yet cut off from the hustle and bustle of mainland Britain, is the perfect way to recharge your batteries.
When you’re done relaxing on the stunning sandy beaches, there’s so much to explore. From the island’s dinosaur heritage to the beautifully preserved Isle of Wight Steam Railway, this small island has a remarkable variety of fun days out and family activities to keep even the most energetic little ones occupied.
We are proud to have four holiday parks scattered across the island. From Nodes Point Holiday Park in the east and Thorness Bay Holiday Park on the northwest coast to Lower Hyde and Landguard - just outside the seaside resort of Shaklin - there’s plenty to choose from. All filled to the brim with a wide range of activities, succulent food and drink options and eclectic entertainment for the whole family.
Not quite convinced? Read more about the Isle of Wight below.
Reasons to visit Isle of Wight
57 miles of glorious coastline, with beaches and coves to explore
The UK’s foremost sailing destination, famed the world over
Freshly landed seafood, and sweet seaside treats
Four sun-soaked holiday parks on the Isle of Wight to choose from
Fossil hunting, donkey petting and ice cream by the sea
No trip to the Isle of Wight is complete without visiting the world-famous Needles - otherworldly chalk formations off the western tip of the island.
The best way to see this iconic piece of scenery is to take a ride on the famed Needles chairlift, which provides you with panoramic views of the surrounding area, including Alum Beach’s dazzling multi-coloured cliffs.
Holidays on the Isle of Wight are synonymous with seaside relaxation - and thanks to the sheer variety of beaches available (most of them dog-friendly), you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Beaches featured in our rundown of the Isle’s most sought-after shores include Shanklin Beach, close to Lower Hyde Holiday Park, tranquil Compton Bay, which is a fossil hunter’s paradise, and historic St Helens Duver - a National Trust protected location that was once a Victorian golf course, now brimming with wildlife and offering clear views of the nearby St Helens Fort.
Besides the beaches, this small island is packed with delightful day trip ideas.
Shanklin Chine - a tree-lined gorge that cuts its way from Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach below - is a must-see, especially during summer, when it’s lit up with hundreds of lights, creating a dreamy fairytale-esque atmosphere.
If you’re hoping to get up close and personal with nature, pop by Butterfly World and immerse yourself in the wonders of these stunning creatures.
History & Culture
No Isle of Wight holiday is complete without a venture into its fascinating history. Keep an eye out for the Palmerston Forts dotted all around the island’s coast, built and named after the then Prime Minister as the threat of French invasion loomed in the mid 19th century.
Don’t forget to make time to visit the elegant Osborne House, the summer residence of Queen Victoria, and the imposing, medieval Carisbrooke Castle.
Of course, all of our Isle of Wight holiday parks offer fantastic family food, but the rest of the island is also brimming with authentic seaside treats.
The annual Bembridge Food Festival is sure to whet your appetite for food grown in the island’s fertile soil - and if you’re in the mood for sweet treats, look out for the locally produced Minghella Ice Cream, available all across the island.
Did you know that the Isle of Wight is home to one of the world’s oldest theme parks? Smuggler-themed Blackgang Chine was first opened in May 1843, and today boasts a broad variety of fun activities and rides - including the Cliffhanger roller coaster.
For a more sedate but no less exciting family day out, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is well worth a visit, as kids can get up close to these gentle creatures - the sanctuary was recently a winner of a ‘Best Place To Meet A Furry Friend’ award!
The biggest event in the island’s calendar by far is the Round the Island Race, where sailing professionals and amateurs alike race around the entire coastline of the island. The best thing to do on this glorious day is to find a perfect spot to watch the sails go by, and try to spot Olympians such as Ben Ainslie sailing past at speed.
You can also check out one of the world’s oldest sailing regattas, Cowes Week - which is an action-packed event that stretches over eight days.
Music fans should watch out for the iconic Isle of Wight Festival - with day tickets available, you could easily combine the comfort of one of our Isle of Wight holiday parks with a trip to see some of the huge rock acts that regularly play the festival.
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