by Jeeves Williams (Team Locals)
Quaint and quirky eateries, calming countryside walks, and serene seaside strolls are all a graceful 22-minute Wightlink catamaran ride between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde — an easygoing and exciting day trip for you and your mum this Mothering Sunday, on foot or by car. Here are our high-lights for a memorable Mother’s Day jaunt around the island.
1) Afternoon tea at The Royal Hotel
Treat your mum to a traditional Sunday lunch or indulgent delicious afternoon tea with a live piano performance at The Royal Hotel in Ventnor — an elegant historic jewel which has called Ventnor its home for over 180 years.
The surrounding area of Ventnor is beautiful, with a suntrap beach and award-winning Victorian Ventnor Park primed for quaint walks, as well as the bandstand structure, laden with intriguing tiles showing the distance to major cities, and offering stunning seaward views.
2) Relax on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Every Isle of Wight day trip should feature a charming journey through the countryside aboard their railway, followed by lunch in the ‘Refreshments Rooms’ — a special Mothering Sunday carvery will be served between 12:00pm noon and 3:00pm.
Every mum taking a trip on the steam train will be gifted spring flowers to make her feel even more special!
3) A picnic by the Bembridge Windmill
It’s the last windmill left on the Isle of Wight, and it’s surrounded by perfect picnicking plains. Climb to the top, see how the windmill would have worked back in the day, and explore the surrounding nature trails. You can even buy some flour to take home — perhaps bake a cake for your mum!
Alternatively, after seeing the windmill, venture into Bembridge to treat mum to something yummy, keeping it quirky with a visit to The Beach Hut — an eatery specialising in fresh and simple locally-caught seafood dishes which offers beautiful views across the chilled sandy beach.
It’s a fun way to bring fascinating history and good food to your day trip, while you and your mum enjoy the stunning scenery the Isle of Wight has to offer.
4) Freshly-made scones with clifftop views
Traditional afternoon tea in untraditional surroundings. Take your mother for freshly-made scones, sandwiches, cakes, and tea in a World War Two signal station: the Old Needles Battery.
Delicious, uniquely historic, and with spectacular clifftop views of The Needles, you can’t visit the Isle of Wight without witnessing this famed vista.
Booking is required. Call 01983 754 772 to reserve a space for you and your mum.
5) Three-course dining at The Garlic Farm
The Garlic Farm — national leaders in what they produce — have prepared a special menu for Mothering Sunday, with two-course and three-course options available. The farm’s restaurant fea-tures natural wood interiors, a log fire, and idyllic views across the valley.
There’s also a farm shop, and the Garlic Farm website is packed with garlicky recipe inspiration, so if you want to stock up on cooking supplies and make mum a meal of your own, The Garlic Farm have your back! Book by calling 01983 867 333.
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