Freshwater bay in winter, Isle of Wight

Things to do on the Isle of Wight in February

As the winds of winter continue to embrace the Isle of Wight, February brings with it a unique blend of romance, natural beauty, family fun and island charm. It’s a month when the island may be quieter, but its allure remains as strong as ever. Within minutes of leaving any of our ferry ports, you enter the stunning UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and are on the Island itself in 45 minutes or less.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape, a tranquil retreat, or a chance to embrace the island’s natural beauty, February on the Isle of Wight has something special in store for every visitor. Here at Wightlink, we invite you to embark on a journey to discover the hidden treasures and delightful experiences that await you. Join us as we uncover the magic of February on the Isle of Wight.

Love and appreciation

A couple toasting wine next to a fireplace indoors

February is the month of love, so whether you’re celebrating romantic relationships with Valentine’s Day or appreciating your friendships with Galentines or Palentines, we’ve got just the thing to bring you togethr.  This month the Island is quiet and tranquil, making it the perfect location for those seeking a truly ‘get away from it all’ (but not too far from home) break.

Be inspired by one of the biggest love stories ever – that of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – at Osborne; enjoy a fine feast made from locally sourced ingredients; stay in a coastal retreat with stunning views; explore the Island’s natural beauty with a romantic stroll; or get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme activity such as zorbing or paragliding.

Fun with the family

A family of parents, grandparents and children walking on the Isle of Wight

You’d be forgiven for thinking there’s not a lot for families to do in the winter, but you can have loads of fun on the Isle of Wight, particularly during half term. With around 57 miles of coastline, award-winning beaches, fun attractions, expansive views, rolling countryside, and hundreds of family-friendly pubs and restaurants, the Island is the ideal escape from the stresses of everyday life and should be at the top of every family’s to-visit list.

If you’ve never considered visiting at this time of year, check out the Wightlink Explorer tool – your guide to all the attractions and events on the Island. February family favourites include Tapnell Farm Park, Osborne, Carisbrooke Castle and Wight Karting. What’s more, when you travel on foot during school holidays you can take the children for FREE with Wightlink!  Take a look at our Kids Go Free offer.

Have the Island to yourself

The best thing about the Isle of Wight in wintertime is the lack of people. And we mean that in the nicest possible sense. It means fewer queues at attractions, the beaches are practically empty, the wildlife is undisturbed, you’ll have your pick of accommodation, the best table at your favourite restaurant, and the epic views all to yourself.

One way to get a true sense of freedom is by heading to one of the Island’s key viewpoints – sweeping vistas of countryside merge into coastline and they’re enough to take your breath away. Try Blackgang Chine Viewpoint, Culver Down, Headon Warren (pictured), High Down, Brading Down Viewpoint or the hilltop at Carisbrooke Castle.

Explore the great indoors

Cake at Dimbola Museum & Gallery Tea Room, Isle of Wight

The Island is packed full of culture, history and foodie treats to enjoy away from the nip of Jack Frost. And, if you want to slow it down, there are plenty of places for a pamper too.

Keep out of the cold by visiting the latest exhibitions at Dimbola Museum & Galleries in Freshwater (home to this magnificent tea room, too) or book tickets to a show or some comedy at one of the Island’s theatres or art centres.

Book yourself into Lakeside Park Hotel for a spa day or book a hearty pub meal somewhere with a roaring fire. Or learn about the Island at indoor attractions such as Dinosaur Isle, Brading Roman Villa or Tapnell Farm Park. Or all three!

Stand in the footsteps of dinosaurs (literally) at Compton Bay

Dinosaur footprint on the Isle of Wight

Known as ‘Dinosaur Island’, the Isle of Wight has the richest source of dinosaur remains in Europe. There’s no better place to search for hidden fossils than Compton Bay, where over 20 different species of dinosaur have already been discovered. Arguably the thing about the bay are the giant dinosaur footprints that visitors can stand on; measuring 1-2 feet across, these three-toed footcasts are a must-see that will impress the whole family.  Warm up after your visit with a hot drink and a slice of cake at Chessell Cafe – it’s a short drive or a 20 min cycle ride from the beach and has log burners inside to snuggle up next to.

ℹ️ Visiting at a different time of year? Find out what else you can do during your time on the Isle of Wight on our Things to Do web pages.

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