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Days Out on the Isle of Wight

We have looked at the most popular tourist towns on the Isle of Wight and tried to plan a whole day of activites for a family to do. Each day is broken into a Morning, Lunch & Afternoon activity, with an optional Time Filler in case your left waiting around.

We hope you enjoy our days out and please do feel free to send in your own for us to add to this section, email us at


Cowes

Morning

Enjoy a walk along Cowes High Street which has boutiques, antique shops, galleries and maritime shops. Don’t miss the world famous IW Model Railway at Cowes, a world of railways in miniature

Lunch

Anchor Inn
- Cowes High Street

Afternoon

Osborne House
www.english-heritage.org.uk
- Take the chain ferry from Cowes to East Cowes and visit Osborne House Queen Victoria’s favourite seaside residence

Time Filler Blue Green Picture Gallery
www.bluegreenpictures.com
- Marine, nature & travel photography viewable in their own gallery on Bath Road, Cowes

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Newport

Morning

Carisbrooke Castle where Charles 1 was imprisoned. Exhibitions, museums and a 16th century wheel still worked by the donkeys

Lunch

Newport has a wide choice of eateries including bistro’s cafes, restaurant’s & pubs

Afternoon Quay Arts Centre
www.quayarts.org
- Newport Town Centre has a variety of well-known national chain shops, small craft shops and the Quay Arts Centre
Time Filler Cineworld
www.cineworld.co.uk
- Multi-screen cinema in the heart of Newport

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Ryde

Morning

IW Steam Railway
www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
- at Havenstreet, travel through beautiful countryside pulled by locomotives powered by steam.

Lunch

See below

Afternoon Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter
www.flamingoparkiw.com
- help feed the penguins, wallabys, flamingo’s and other wildlife.
Time Filler Planet Ice
www.iowfigureskaters.co.uk
- Ice skating, Quay Road, Ryde

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Sandown

Morning

Dinosaur Isle
www.dinosaurisle.com
Discover how dinosaurs lived at Dinosaur Isle

Lunch

Caulkheads
- Sandown seafront

Afternoon Sandown Pier
- play 10 pin bowling, adventure golf, magic island, dodgems & amusements
Time Filler Browns Golf Course
www.iwight.com
- Pitch and putt & crazy golf

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Shanklin & Godshill

Morning

Visit Godshill Model Village and afterwards have a cream tea at The Old Smithy & Gardens, Godshill

Lunch

The Steamer Inn
-
Esplanade, Shanklin

Afternoon Shanklin Chine
www.shanklinchine.co.uk
- a historic gorge with dramatic waterfalls and nature trail
Time Filler Shanklin Olde Village
- Enjoy a walk around a well maintained oldie world of Shanklin

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Ventnor

Morning

Coastal Visitors Centre
www.coastalwight.gov.uk
– Exhibition of all aspects of the Island coastline including management of landslides, aquarium of sea life etc

Lunch

The Spy Glass Inn
-
Esplanade, Ventnor

Afternoon Ventnor Botanic Gardens
www.botanic.co.uk
- Enjoy 22 acres of gardens with exotic themes from around the world plus displays and exhibitions
Time Filler Isle of Wight Glass
www.isleofwightstudioglass.co.uk
- Hand blown glassmaking, showroom & shop

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West Wight

Morning

Walk from Freshwater Bay (begin near the Albion Hotel) to Tennyson Monument and admire the breathtaking views across the sea.

Lunch

Sandpipers Hotel, Freshwater Bay or the Red Lion at Freshwater

Afternoon The Needles
www.theneedles.co.uk
If you are still feeling energetic visit Alum Bay and take a walk from Needles Park to Needles Old Battery which is set in heritage coastline with spectacular views over the Needles rocks and Lighthouse.
Or visit Needles Park which offers many attractions including Alum Bay Glass, Sweet Factory and chairlift to the beach & amusements.
Time Filler Dimbola Lodge
www.dimbola.co.uk
- Extensive list of activities, events and exhibitions take place in and around Dimbola to support the trust and to support photographers from all over the world

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