The Isle of Wight is steeped in history and if you haven’t been here before, you are missing a real treat.
It is the largest island in England, located in the English Channel and separated from the mainland by a strait called The Solent. It also has some exceptional wildlife and is one of the richest locations of dinosaur fossils in Europe.
It enjoyed a brief status as an independent kingdom in the 15th century and was once governed by Lord Mountbatten. It has been home to many well-known poets and to Queen Victoria, who owned a summer residence and final home on the Island, Osborne House at East Cowes. It is also home to the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival, Bestival and the Isle of Wight Fesitval.
The best bits
Stunning countryside, quiet villages and amazing coastlines – still need convincing? How about the national monument that is The Needles, an incredible rock formation that is one of the most photographed coastal sites in the UK. Or the unlimited choice of Britain’s best beaches – there are 60 miles of unspoilt beaches on this island, 13 of which have won awards!
Autumn events on the Island
- The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2012, 22nd-29th Sept. Get off the beaten track and enjoy the beautiful, unspoilt countryside. The festival starts in Newport with a day of family entertainment, including the hilarious Sink or Swim. Watch from the riverbank as homemade pedal-powered crafts attempt to cross the River Medina without getting wet.
- IW Vintage & Retro Fair, 23rd Sept. Visit a variety of vintage & retro traders and enjoy entertainment, music, vintage/retro dressed competitionand the opportunity to take a vintage steam train ride.
- The Isle of Wight Sweetcorn Fayre, 29th-30th Sept. Join in the celebration of the sweetcorn harvest with local food stall, crafts, plants & gifts. Help send a sweetcorn into space, make the world’s biggest sweetcorn fritter, have a go making popcorn and try the sweetcorn speed eating competition. All this, plus the Dairyman’s Daughter beer festival, terrier racing, fun games, tractor rides, children’s entertainers, live music and more.
- Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend, 19th-22nd Oct. From amblers to ramblers with over fifty walks in the programme, the festival offers you a wide choice of walks for all ages and abilities, giving you the chance to enjoy the colour of our autumnal walks.
- Time Travellers Go… Ghosts and Ghouls at Carisbrooke Castle, 27th Oct-4th Nov. Enjoy the creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! Take part in a knee trembling trail around the grounds to find the hidden tomb and discover who lies within. Create terrifying decorations in the craft area and wander the grounds with a ghost hunter as he tells gruesome tales of times gone by!
- Witches & Wizards Days Out at Blackgang Chine, 23rd, 25th, 30th Oct & 1st Nov. 4 days of magical fun for all would-be wizards & witches! Seasonal games and competitions including
Conkers, apple-bobbing, magic shows, face painting, ghost stories, fancy dress competitions, plus loads of prizes and give-aways!
5 Reasons to book a Park Resorts Break to the Isle of Wight:
- Ferry is included in the price of caravan holidays. Short breaks start from just £104 per caravan
- 4 fabulous Parks to choose from
- Great savings on local attractions – booklet given when you check-in
- 60 miles of unspoilt beaches, 13 of which have won awards
- Panoramic views from many cycleways and stunning walking paths. There’s so much to do that you’ll be spoilt for choice!