The summer holidays are just around the corner, so if you’re looking for days out with the kids to keep the whole family entertained, look no further than the Isle of Wight! It’s incredible how many things the entire family can enjoy with just 12 hours on this beautiful island.

To help you on your way, we’ve pulled together an itinerary perfect for trips to the island with the kids, whether you’re driving or using local transport.

10.00am: Hop aboard a Wightlink Ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (as a foot passenger or with your car). It’s always a lovely journey with beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere.

Wightlink Ferry Portsmouth

10.45am: Welcome to the Isle of Wight! Take a short trip around the corner from the ferry terminal to The Fishbourne, a quality dining pub with sea views, nestled in a picturesque wooden enclave. Enjoy brunch in The Fishbourne. The outdoor seating provides a wonderful place to eat.

11.45am: After you’ve fuelled up, ready for the day ahead, bear east to explore Ryde’s high street and seafront shops, both offering marvellous views across the Solent to the mainland. Highlights include The Chocolate Apothecary, a boutique chocolate shop, and Pink Elephant, an old-school sweet shop stocking wall upon wall of pick ‘n‘ mix jars, imported American candy, milkshakes and refreshing slushies.

Then make tracks to Appley Beach — there’s a car park if you’re driving — and climb Appley Tower, a distinctive gothic landmark doubling up as a fantastic vantage point for broad Solent views. When you’ve taken it all in, stroll into Appley Park.

1.00pm: This is something you’ll want to book in advance: two hours with Good Leaf Tree Climbing – a recreational tree climbing experience which gives the entire family a unique thrill. You only need to bring yourself — instructors will provide equipment and, well, show you the ropes!

Good Leaf Tree Climbing

3.00pm: Travel to Sandown. When you arrive, head into Dinosaur Isle, open ’til 6:00pm during the summer months. This purpose-built dinosaur museum serves as the ultimate starting point for exploring the Isle of Wight’s exciting prehistory, and will have you hunting for fossils in no time.

Sandown rocks

5.15pm: Go a little further south to Shanklin and make a pit-stop at The Waterfront Inn for dinner, where the seaward views impress and the broad menu serves all tastes, including vegetarian-friendly dishes and gluten-free offerings. There’s also a children’s menu, with everything priced at just £6.00.

Waterfront Inn Shanklin

6.15pm: Take a short walk along the seafront to Pirate’s Cove, Shanklin’s very own 18-hole pirate-themed crazy golf course. Pirate’s Cove also features go-karts, bumper boats, water zorbs, trampolines and bouncy castles. They even have a new rollercoaster! Hours of fun can be had here, and they’re open ’til late during the summer season.

8.30pm: Head back to Fishbourne and hop aboard a Wightlink ferry back to Portsmouth.

10.00pm: Welcome home! With tired-out children and relaxed parents, you’re bound to enjoy a great night’s sleep.


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