On the Island, Spring comes early because of our southerly position and our unique maritime climate – so it’s a great time to get outside. Enjoy the countryside and look for the banks of wild daffodils and crocuses which all arrive earlier than on the mainland. The Island’s nature reserves are a great place to visit, too, as migratory birds pause here on their way north for summer.
Celebrate the month of the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and take Fido on a trip to the Isle of Wight. It’s a very dog-friendly destination and we have all the information you need to make your trip run smoothly. On our vehicle ferries, you’ll find dedicated lounges where you can relax with your pet, and they’ll always travel with us for free.
The Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr is monastery situated close to our Fishbourne port. Quarr is home to a small group of Benedictine monks and you can learn more about the abbey in the visitor-centre and enjoy visual arts in the gallery. From the Tea Shop you can watch the wildlife through the windows – red squirrels can be seen, buzzards fly overhead and other birds perch waiting for a cake crumb or two. Light lunches are freshly prepared and make the most of the organic produce grown on-site.
Take home a taste of the Island in the new Farm Shop you’ll find ale, honey, jam and chutneys, some of which have been produced within Quarr Abbey itself.
Head to the Boojum&Snark Spring Beer Festival in Sandown. This craft beer tap room, art gallery and micro-museum with onsite brewery is hosting a shindig from 18-20 March 2020. They will be unveiling the Snark, a pale ale that features antipodean hops Vic Secret, Nelson Sauvin and Rakau as well as Voyage, a red IPA. Another beer features the American dwarf hop Jarrylo named after the Slavic God Jarilo who, as well as being a bit of a warmonger, was the go-to God for fertility, springtime, and vegetation. Jarrylo has delicate citrus, wine and green notes, perfect for a refreshing brut pale.
Or make your own beer trail and pop into an Island pub (or three) to sample ales from across the Island. Celebrate Spring with Island Brewery’s delicious Wight Gold, a golden-brown beer with rounded malt and hops throughout. Goddard’s Inspiration is a pale, refreshing citrus-y ale packed full of hop aromas and flavours.
A trip to the Isle of Wight makes the perfect gift, offering mothers and their families the chance to get away from it all and enjoy some of the Island’s best features. From treating her to afternoon tea to joining a flower arranging workshop together, there’s something for every mum on the Isle of Wight. Take a look at our Mother’s Day blog for more inspiration.
Up until 13 March you can celebrate the guitar genius that was Jimi Hendrix at Dimbola Museum & Galleries. Iconic Jimi showcases photographs taken in early 1967 when Gered worked with Jimi Hendrix and The Experience during two sessions at his Mason’s Yard studio in Mayfair. These sessions produced images of Jimi that would go on to become some of the most iconic and widely known portraits of the great musician. The gallery features complementary artworks, album covers and a sculpture by contemporary British sculptor Guy Portelli.
Compliment your visit with a night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream at Quay Arts on 5 March. VOODOO ROOM are an exciting Classic Power Trio, paying tribute to the incredible music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton & Cream. Expect a high energy, world class show in total appreciation of these musical pioneers.
*Photography by GERED MANKOWITZ © BOWSTIR Ltd. 2021/Mankowitz.com
British Pie Week comes early in the month (starting 7 March), but we won’t judge if you indulge throughout the whole month. Try The Taverners – they’re offering Pie & Paddles every Wednesday where you can enjoy hand crafted pies, sides and flight of three different cask conditioned ales.
The Fishbourne Inn is planning a National Pie Week Feast where you’ll be able to snap up Pie and a Pint offers on a wide selection of pies washed down with an Isle of Wight real ale or a lager.
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.