Summer holidays on the beach are what great childhood memories are made of. Beaches are absolutely fantastic for children and adults alike! Sand and pebbles make the best toys, and any child will have hours of fun exploring the wet and wonderful nooks of our coastline. The Isle of Wight is more blessed than most places with beaches and child-friendly beach-based fun – here are a few ideas for family beach days on our wonderful Island:

 

Scavenger hunts (with fossils!)
There’s no place better than a beach for scavenger hunts. The Isle of Wight has a major edge over most other British locations when it comes to scavenger hunts – our beaches are full of dinosaur fossils! What better way to fire a child’s imagination than with the prospect of finding their very own bit of dinosaur? Beaches like Compton Bay, Whitecliff Bay, and Shanklin are great for family-friendly fossil hunts. What’s more, if you want to take the fossil hunting a bit further, there are plenty of guided fossil walks from Dinosaur Isle taking place on Island beaches throughout the year.

 

Build sandcastles and pebble towers
Ok, it gets everywhere, and you’ll be finding it all over your house for weeks, but sand remains one of the most fun things a child can play with – they can dig holes, build sandcastles or run races along the beach. If you prefer a pebbly beach children can get an equal amount of enjoyment out of building pebble towers, skimming stones, and generally clambering around on the rocks. The Isle of Wight has a great mix of sandy and pebbly beaches (often not far from each other), so you can take your pick.

 

Go Paddling
Paddling and swimming in the sea is a great way for kids to enjoy themselves, develop their confidence, and learn a bit about the planet. Children can have a splash in the rock pools and search for crabs, or the more adventurous can dip their toes in the sea –There are lifeguards and flags on the beaches so you know where it’s safe to swim! It’s a brilliant way to cool off on a warm day!

 


Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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