Autumn has fallen, and we’re all wrapping up a little bit warmer. The pumpkin spice is out in abundance, and it’s officially acceptable to enjoy a bit of comfort food — so now’s the ideal time to glide over to the Isle of Wight aboard a Wightlink ferry to begin winding down for the winter.

Fossils in fall

Dinosaur on Ryde beach

There’s a reason the Isle of Wight is often referred to as ‘Dinosaur Island’ — it’s heralded one of the richest places for dinosaur discovery in Europe! You could dedicate an entire day trip to prehistory activities.

At the heart of it all is Dinosaur Isle, sited in Sandown, bringing to life the prehistoric story which paleontologists have been able to uncover over decades of studying  the Island’s fossils — a story which spans 126 million years. It’s open from 10:00am to 5:00pm in September and October and makes for a perfect rainy day activity.

Children can learn how to excavate and identify real fossils and handle replicas of the biggest dinosaur claws at the Dinosaur Expedition Centre, who also lead fossil hunts. You can find fossils yourself nearby at Brook Bay, from small fragments to larger reptilian bones.

Winding down for winter

Spa and massage on Isle of Wight

Autumn is the ideal time to treat yourself to a well-earned wind-down, and being beside the seaside is scientifically proven to be one of the ultimate mood-lifters. Take a trip away from it all to the beach-lined Isle of Wight for a wellness break.

Indulge at West Bay Country Club’s Island Wellness Spa, treating yourself to an all-day retreat while enjoying a charming pocket of coastal life, exploring the miles of seaside paths bordering the spa. Breathe in the sea air, freshen up, and hit reset ahead of the winter.

You can also bring the spa to you — Relax Isle of Wight is a mobile spa which caters for individuals and pamper parties, and can come direct to wherever you’re staying.

Cycle through the Autumn leaves

Cycling Isle of Wight Autumn cliff

Fall in love with the breathtaking orange and yellow hues of Autumnal nature and get closer to the Isle of Wight’s wildlife on two wheels, enjoying your own company or bringing along the whole family.

The Island’s Red Squirrel Trail offers 23 miles of mostly traffic-free cycling between patchwork fields, and it covers all landscapes: woodlands, farmlands, coastlines, and estuaries. The Isle of Wight is one of the few places where the red squirrel still thrives. This is the route to take if you want to see them — it’s teeming with the Island’s wildlife.

Take on the Taste Round the Island Trail to discover some of the Isle of Wight’s best-renowned eateries, including the Dimbola Lodge Tearooms attached to a Victorian photography museum, the nationally-acclaimed Garlic Farm, and the Brading Station — a Victorian railway station and signal box that’s been transformed into a visitor centre.


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