Easter has snuck up on us again, so what a relief it is that the Isle of Wight is full to bursting of activities and events to keep the whole family entertained for the two-week break, and that a holiday on the island is just a short Wightlink ferry trip away.
Here are five ideas for making your Easter trip to the Isle of Wight special, exciting, and memorable for the whole family:
1) Whitecliff: the first resort for families
A heated indoor pool complete with a slide, outdoor cinema screenings where you can sit on hay bales or in deckchairs, laser tag, hoverboards, zorbing, archery — Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park has it all, and it’s ideally sited right next to its very own beach.
The resort’s Nab Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and streams live football, and there’s an indoor jacuzzi to unwind in.
From Friday 14th to Monday 17th April, there are Cadbury Easter egg hunts at Bembridge Windmill, just a quick drive or a half-hour walk away. The windmill also host a ‘Signs of Spring’ plant and animal trail from Saturday 8th to Sunday 23rd April.
2) Exploring nature at Newtown
Fulfilling your great outdoors fix gets a fairytale twist when you take the whole family on the self-led Pied Piper Trails in Newtown, the medieval part of the Isle of Wight that’s now renowned for its bustling wildlife. Kids love discovering clues linked to Newtown’s Pied Piper.
Another outdoorsy recommendation for Newtown over the Easter break is a spot of geocaching — with or without the kids! — across woods and meadows, using your own smartphone or GPS to uncover hidden map pinpoints. There are few better ways to relax during the holidays than losing yourself while finding geocaches.
3) Racing ducks in Newport
It’s one of those traditions that brings a smile to everyone’s faces: hundreds of little plastic ducks, bobbing along the water. Everybody shouting encouraging words after their mascots. The annual duck race raises money for young people’s charity Challenge & Adventure. It takes place in Newport during Easter, on Saturday 15th April.
One of the places selling plastic ducks for the event is The Bargeman’s Rest, also in Newport. It’s a perfect place for the family to refuel after a day of Easter activities, offering great food, real ales, live music, and a handsome harbourside location.
4) Easter madness at Robin Hill
Robin Hill Country Park is a must-visit for families any time of the year, but it‘s even more special during Easter, as the 88-acre land of adventure and imagination play host to their Easter Egg Dash on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
Youngsters will dash to win prizes, enjoy Easter activities, and even meet the Easter Bunny, who’ll be making a guest appearance! The question remains, however: who’ll win themselves a golden egg?
5) Great times in Great Yarmouth
Head to the west of the Isle of Wight and stop off in Yarmouth for their annual Easter fair, returning from 20th April. The market stalls will be, as always, eye-catching and diverse, and there’ll be exhilarating rides in the city centre.
Also in Yarmouth, one for the grown-ups: the Tap ‘N’ Ale (best pun on the island, as far as we’re concerned) Easter special at The Cow Co. on Tapnell Farm: a music and club night featuring a high-energy four-piece, a hiphop group, and a silent disco from 11:00pm.
Easter Tap ‘N’ Ale takes place on Easter Sunday. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat beforehand, The Cow Co. is the prime place to enjoy the food and produce the island has to offer — vegetarian options included!
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