Freshwater bay in winter, Isle of Wight

Things to do on the Isle of Wight in February

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.  In February 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.

If you’ve never considered visiting at this time, check out our blog on February Half Term on the Island – this year you’ll find ways to talk to the animals at Tapnell Farm Park, how to go on an explorer’s quest at Osborne and Carisbrooke Castle, and junior track training at Wight Karting.

Light it up

A Chinese dragon puppet in the woods at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

The Chinese New Year is celebrated at Robin Hill Country Park every year, with a beautifully illuminated event called Spirit of the Orient. This is an immersive event for the senses where you’ll experience the sounds, colours and flavours of China.

2022 is the Year of the Tiger and the park will come alive between 18-26 February. Featuring impressive light exhibits, large-scale inflatable displays, an interactive dragon procession and lion dances, you’ll be transported to another world.

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 some of 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!

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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