A family walking along Appley promenade at Ryde on the Isle of Wight

Can I go on holiday to the Isle of Wight this half term?

The Isle of Wight is perfect for a half term escape this October. Just three miles yet a whole world away from the mainland, it’s the ultimate family destination. 

Our Kids Go Free offer is valid throughout October half term so is ideal for families who want extra value from their escape – up to two children aged 5-15 can travel for free with every adult foot passenger day return ticket. This means that a family of four can travel to the Island on foot for just £35.20. 

If you’d prefer to travel by car, we have October Half Term Day Returns from £49.50*.

There are also plenty of fun family events taking place too – from Wizard Week and Fright Night at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway to Once In A Blue Moon at The Garlic Farm, Autumn Evenings at Robin Hill, at Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Tapnell Farm, you’ll be spoilt for choice.  

You’ll be pleased to know that we have plenty of space for social distancing onboard in our spacious passenger lounges or outside decks. We have also achieved the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark from VisitEngland which shows that we’ve made necessary changes to our service because of Coronavirus. 

We’d recommend booking a ‘Standard’ ticket, which gives you reassurance if things change in your area or ours. There are no online amendment fees on either of our vehicle ticket types – Standard or Economy – so you won’t lose out if you change your mind about when you want to sail but our Standard vehicle ticket has the added benefit of being refundable (minus a cancellation fee of £5).  

You’ll be pleased to know that we have plenty of space for social distancing onboard in our spacious passenger lounges or outside decks. We have also achieved the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark from VisitEngland which shows that we’ve made necessary changes to our service because of coronavirus. We’d recommend booking a ‘Standard’ ticket, which gives you reassurance if things change in your area or ours. There are no online amendment fees on either of our vehicle ticket types – Standard or Economy – so you won’t lose out if you change your mind about when you want to sail but our Standard vehicle ticket has the added benefit of being refundable (minus a cancellation fee of £5).

If you’re planning an overnight break on the Isle of Wight, the first thing to do, of course, is check your own postcode area to see what you can and cannot do within the Government’s restrictions 

The Isle of Wight is currently a Tier 1 (Alert level: Medium) COVID alert level – that means if you live somewhere in England that’s also Tier 1, you can book a break on the Island. You can holiday with people from other households in private accommodation on the Isle of Wight (as long as you socially distance), but only in groups of six and under (unless your own household or support bubble is bigger). You can also stay in a hotel or B&B on the Isle of Wight with another household, but you should avoid sharing rooms with people outside your householdYou should also try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble 

If you live in Tier 2 (Alert level: High) area, you can go on holiday outside your local area as long as you don’t share accommodation with people you don’t live (or are in a bubble) with, or socialise with them in any indoor setting, so the Isle of Wight is definitely an option. Please travel responsibly; the Government recommends Tier 2 folks “reduce the number of journeys they make where possible”.  

Sadly those living in Tier 3 (Alert level: Very High) areas should not visit or stay overnight in another part of the UK, whether in a second home, a private home or guest accommodationSo we ask you to stay at home for now – but don’t worry, the Isle of Wight will wait for you and we look forward to seeing you when you’re able to visit again.  

Cycling road on Military Road, Isle of Wight

You can find more information about travelling with Wightlink during the Coronavirus pandemic over on our “What to expect when travelling with us” page.

*October Half Term Day Returns from £49.50 is based on travelling on Tuesday 27th October with a car and up to 7 passengers, out from Portsmouth at 08.00 and return the same day at 18.00.

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