Things to do on the Isle of Wight in November

Ah, November, the month when the Isle of Wight wraps itself in a serene embrace of autumnal tranquility. While the summer crowds have bid their farewell, the island retains its captivating allure, beckoning travelers to experience a different kind of magic. At Wightlink, we’re here to guide you through the wonders of November on this enchanting island, where nature’s beauty and cultural delights blend seamlessly.

Picture yourself strolling through tropical gardens awash in the golden hues of autumn. Imagine an evening at the theatre, where the stage comes alive with captivating performances. And when the crisp air calls for warmth, cozy pubs await, offering solace and hearty fare.

Join us as we uncover the treasures of November, a month when the island reveals its quieter, more intimate side.

Amazonian water lillies in the tropical house at Ventnor Botanic Garden

Get tropical in Ventnor

The Isle of Wight’s subtropical gardens, such as Ventnor Botanic Garden, thrive in November’s mild climate. Here, exotic plants from around the world create a lush tapestry of colors and fragrances, providing a serene escape from the brisk outdoors.

Sheltered by the Niton Undercliff, Ventnor Botanic Garden grows plants that won’t grow outdoors anywhere else in the UK due to its unique microclimate. Warm up in The Tropical House which is designed to reflect the curvilinear conservatories of the Victorian era. You’ll enter through a derelict mineshaft that opens up into tropical heat.

The gardens offer regular wellbeing classes and at the Puya Boutique you can pick up local art and photography, home and garden wares, and products made using ingredients grown in the garden.

An aerial shot of a coastal nature reserve - Newtown Nature Reserve Isle of Wight

Birdwatching at Newtown

As migratory birds make their stopover on the island, November becomes a paradise for birdwatchers. Grab your binoculars and witness the graceful dance of nature as various species take center stage.

Newtown National Nature Reserve provides perhaps the best opportunity for bird watching on the Isle of Wight. During the winter the creeks and estuary are visited by migrating wildfowl and waders. Several bird hides offer the chance to get up close to the many species there and knowledgeable volunteers will help you identify them. At their Seabroke hide the solar-powered telescope gives you a close look at the birds.

Shanklin Theatre entrance at night

Take a trip to the theatre

The island’s theatres, including the Medina Theatre and Shanklin Theatre, come alive in November with a diverse lineup of performances. Whether you’re into drama, comedy, or music, the stage awaits your applause. Why not enjoy a bite to eat locally beforehand to make a real night of it.

At Shanklin Theatre Sarah Millican, Kevin Bloody Wilson, Bradley Wiggins and Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be appearing live in November. At Medina Theatre you can enjoy an evening with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, The Carpenters Experience and The Neil Diamond Story.

A winter walk from Yarmouth

November invites you to explore the Isle of Wight’s natural beauty through scenic walks. The landscape may be adorned in autumnal hues, but its charm remains evergreen. From coastal paths to woodlands, there’s a trail for every adventurer.

Take a walk along the Western Yar Estuary – there’s an easy ramble starting from Yarmouth Sailing Club, close to Wightlink’s port. You’re bound to spot a wealth of wildlife; its tidal waters, salt marsh and mudflats are home to a wide range of plants and animals. One hundred years ago, this wasn’t a cycle path but a railway line, with trains operating from Yarmouth Harbour to Freshwater, or inland towards Newport.

Cosy up in the pub

Real ale, cosy interiors, home-cooked grub, great views and friendly locals – for some there’s nothing more appealing than a warm pub in the colder seasons. And after an autumnal walk, it’s hard to beat heading to a local hostelry to warm up with a pint and a bite to eat by the fire.

Your experience doesn’t have to stop at the bar, either. There are so many characterful inns in which you can stay throughout the year. Try the Spyglass Inn (spectacular views and self-contained apartments); the Fishbourne (newly refurbished rooms and just a stone’s throw from our port); The Wight Mouse Inn (300 years old with ocean views); or The Boathouse (rated one of the top bed & breakfasts in the UK).

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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