On the Isle of Wight you’ll never be stuck for something to do. We have fantastic attractions to suit all ages, beautiful beaches and glorious countryside – all within the best climate in the UK!

With more ferries, on more routes going more often, we’re your link to an unforgettable family break. So book today with the Best Family Ferry Operator 2017 – as voted by Family Traveller readers.

175 years of Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine is the UK’s original theme park and a wonderland for children. In 2018 this magical land will be 175 years old with a range of birthday festivities planned throughout the year.

From life-sized dinosaurs, to having a cap gun fight at the Cowboy Village, to watching the Dodos, Blackgang Chine is guaranteed to light up your Isle of Wight trip.  This will be a year of celebrations, with many fun events taking place.

Families can enjoy firework nights and immersive street theatre, and follow the story of ‘Blackgang and the Curious Timeboat’ which centres around an inventor and a pirate who have to find crystals throughout their journey.

Beach bliss

There is nothing quite like spending time on an Isle of Wight beach with the family. From sand castle building to swimming in the safe, family-friendly water; spending time on the coast will take you back to your own childhood holidays. Try a spot of sunset crabbing at Bembridge, enjoy a picnic on the beach at Sandown or try learning to surf on Compton beach.

On the west of the Island, you’ll find a beach with a bonus at The Needles Landmark Attraction. Enjoy a spectacular chairlift ride down to the beach, take a boat ride, make your own coloured sand souvenir and watch glass blowing at Alum Bay Glass.

Animal magic

There are plenty of ways to get up close with animals on the Isle of Wight. Whether it’s big cats, monkeys swinging by or just a glimpse of a red squirrel, there is something for everyone.

Monkey Haven is home to capuchins, marmosets and cotton top tamarins with their shock of ‘mad professor’-style white hair. In all, there are more than 12 species to discover. The Haven is also home to various species of owl, amphibians, meerkats, and magpies!  Kids will love the fun-filled children’s trail around the site.

At Amazon World Zoo Park you can learn about conservation and the world’s rainforests, as well as coming ‘nose to snout’ with over 200 of the world’s most unusual, beautiful and endangered creatures. Get up close with a screaming hairy armadillo, marvel at a red panda, try to spot the many species of tropical bird flying through the rainforest above your head or count the crocodiles in the pond.

Home to all things donkey, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary aims to provide a home for unwanted donkeys. Usually there are more than 100 animals in the care of the sanctuary – with over 90 donkeys plus 25 horses and ponies.

Isle of Wight Zoo houses a variety of species, but specialises in two particular areas – tigers and lemurs. The keepers here have their own specific sections, which allows them to get to know the personalities of each animal in their care. You will find animals from around the world such as lions from Africa, indian tigers from Asia and coatis from the Americas.

For cute farmyard animals in a picturesque setting, make sure Tapnell Farm Park is on your radar. Meet the animals in the Farmyard Barn, wander round the Wallaby Walkabout and admire the marvellous meerkats as they stand guard.

Or visit West Wight Alpacas, where you’ll find 23-acres of picturesque countryside and a herd of unique Suri alpacas and wooly & Suri llamas. Enjoy the farm café and shop or book an alpaca or llama walk around the farm.

Wonderful woodland

With 88 acres of ancient woodland to explore and adventurous rides for children and adults alike, Robin Hill Country Park is a firm family favourite attraction.

In the autumn and winter months, Electric Woods events light up the park, so you can enjoy a spectacular illuminated woodland in the dark.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – on the Isle of Wight

We’ve teamed up with the makers of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ for some very special Isle of Wight family adventures in 2018. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild and create your own unique family Bear Hunt adventure as you travel around the Island finding new things to see and do.

Pick up one of our Adventure Guides (at our ferry ports or on board) or join us at a Bear Hunt Adventure Weekend at National Trust properties this year – you might even meet the Bear!

A haven for history

Carisbrooke Castle is a stunningly situated castle that once imprisoned Charles I. Today, enjoy beautiful views from the keep, meet the donkeys operating the 16th century treadwheel and feel history brought to life.

In East Cowes you’ll find Queen Victoria’s favourite family holiday home Osborne. Relax in the gardens, wander down to her private beach, enjoy the ambiance of the royal house; it’s a must-visit.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway takes you on a nostalgic journey to the days of steam travel – ride on the train, visit the falconry and find out more at Train Story.

Kids Go Free

Don’t forget that during the summer break (23 July – 2 September 2018) you can take up to two children aged 5-15 for free with every adult foot passenger day return ticket.  You can book the offer online or quote “Kids Go Free” at our ticket offices.


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