While we’d love to be able to control the weather on our beautiful Island, unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan. But, fear not faithful readers! The Isle of Wight is brimming with days out activities come rain or shine for all the family. Sometimes you just need a helping hand for inspiration!
Step back in time
The Island is steeped in history and is home to what we like to think of as some of the country’s greatest heritage attractions.
The favourite home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children, Osborne has many different elements to discover. Wander around the main house to see how the Royals spent their time on the Island, before heading to the grounds to explore the children’s Swiss Cottage and spectacular private beach. There’s also a selection of food and drink offerings to choose from whether grabbing a casual sandwich at the café in the Petty Officers’ Quarters or looking for a little more opulence in the elegant Terrace Restaurant.
The Island’s Royal connections continue at Carisbrooke Castle, which started out as the prison for the deposed Charles I for 14 months before his execution in 1649. Visitors can explore the rooms from which he attempted to escape as well as the rest of the Castle’s turrets and grounds. When the sun is shining head out to meet the resident donkeys and climb the steps to the Norman Keep for some of the best views of the Island.
Tour the Island’s foodie hotspots
Fresh local produce is something that the Island has become famous for, so why not spend the day taking a tour of some of the best places to try what is on offer? The Island boasts some exceptional eateries that offer both indoor and alfresco options.
The Garlic Farm should be on every foodie’s lists when visiting the Island. The Farm shop is a treasure trove of garlicy goodness and the adjacent meal is full to the brim with delicious dishes that have garlic at its heart. Catch a tractor trailer tour during the summer months to learn more about the farm and the many varieties of garlic grown on site.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, Thompson’s is a restaurant that should not to be overlooked. An ambassador for Island food, Chef Robert Thompson has designed a modern British restaurant concept that values lightness and freshness. Thompson’s reputation has placed the Island on the foodie map, so any foodie worth their salt should make sure to book a table and tuck right in – we’d definitely recommend the 8-course tasting menu!
Our final foodie recommendation comes courtesy of The Hut at Colwell Bay. This easy going beach restaurant epitomises seaside eating with a menu that ticks all the boxes. Open all day in the summer season, take a seat on the deck to catch some rays or step inside the light and airy dining space for casual, yet delicious dining. Using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, visitors to The Hut are sure to leave with a taste for Island life.
So what are you waiting for? Book your trip to the Isle of Wight today. You never know, you may never want to go home.
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