A pocket adventure on the Isle of Wight is just perfect for children! The ferry trip alone is excitement enough for some younger visitors, and when combined with one (or more) of the Isle of Wight’s family-friendly attractions, you can be sure that you and the kids will all head home full of happy memories.

Read on for a few family day-trip ideas:

1) Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine is an eclectic and exquisite park which combines stunning gardens and views with an imaginary experience like no other. While the more sedate members of the party can stroll the gardens and admire the vista out over the Island, others can fight battles aboard pirate ships, go on patrol as sheriff of their own Wild West town, discover life-sized, moving dinosaurs, lord (or lady) it over a fairy castle, and much more!

There are rides to enjoy, characters to meet, gold to pan for, mazes to wander, and plenty of refreshments for when you’re in need of a pit stop!

Blackgang Chine

2) Fossil hunting

What better pocket adventure than discovering your very own dinosaur (or, at least, your very own long-extinct animal…)? The Isle of Wight is known as ‘Dinosaur Island’ in some circles, due to the proliferation of fossils along our shores.

There are some fantastic beaches and cliffs where you and the kids can spend a happy afternoon seeking out dino footprints, fossilised animals, and perhaps even some ancient dinosaur bones! The best places to seek out fossils are generally on the Island’s West coast, with Hanover Point, Chilton Chine, and Brightstone Bay being particularly fossil-rich.

On Culver Parade in Sandown, you can find ‘Dinosaur Isle’ – an interactive dinosaur museum showcasing the Island’s dino-heritage, and displaying many of the more interesting fossils found here.

Fossil hunting Isle of Wight

3) The Isle of Wight Steam Railway

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway runs back and forth between Smallbrook and Wootton. A fleet of vintage locomotives takes passengers on a trip back in time, to an era when people trundled around the Island on beautiful steam trains.

For a child, the sight of the gleaming, beautiful trains with their smoke-billowing funnels is entrancing – and many adults find the experience similarly wonderful! The train journey will take you through some of the Island’s most gorgeous countryside, in old-style luxury, and at a pace which truly lets you relax and enjoy the scenery! 

When you’ve finished your delightful train ride, you can experience the railway’s museum, which is packed full of fascinating information about the history of steam travel on the Island. There are plenty of interactive elements to keep kids interested.

Food and drink are provided by a selection of refreshment rooms, including an ice-cream parlour, and there’s a lovely little shop for anyone wanting a memento! Unsurprisingly, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has won many awards, including a Quality Scheme Gold Accolade from Visit England.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

There’s plenty more to choose from on the Island. We’ve got museums, parks, lots of animal attractions, ancient castles, water sports and, of course, some of the best beaches in the UK! Check out the rest of our blog for more inspiration.


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