With October half term fast approaching, now is the perfect time to book a well-deserved break for the family. The Isle of Wight offers parents a variety of exciting opportunities to entertain the kids and, with Wightlink’s kids go free offer, there’s never been a better time to head to the Island.

Read on for some of Wightlink’s top recommendations for a day out on the Island this October half term:

1. Island Con 2018

Set to be the second largest event on the Island after the Isle of Wight Festival, Island Con 2018 is a must do for all lovers of pop-culture, cosplay and the world of comics and celluloid. The country’s fastest growing pop culture convention will give you the chance to meet Hollywood legends and your childhood heroes from film and TV, including an extra special appearance from Sean Astin, star of Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things and The Goonies. The event will take place at Cowes Enterprise College, in the north of the Island, on October 20 and 21. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to save 20% on ferry travel for the Island Con weekend by booking your journey online through Wightlink.

2. IOW Literary Festival Youth Zone

If you belong to a book loving family, the Isle of Wight Festival Youth Zone is a must. The theme this year is Science, and you can expect exciting authors, whizzbang inventions and terrific workshops throughout the weekend of 19th -21st October. Special guests include award-winning Matt Brown, author of Aliens Invaded My Talent Show!, and Blue Peter Award winner Kieran Larkwood reading from Podkin: The Beasts of Grimheart. The event is even hosting part of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, where you’ll be on the lookout for swishy grass and bears. Tickets start from just £2, with the event aimed at families and children 4 – 18 years old.

3. Bikes go free on passenger ferries

The Isle of Wight is also known as Bicycle Island, famed for its numerous cycle routes. Simply hop on a Wightlink passenger ferry and bring your own bikes for free, or choose from a number of cycle hires on the Island where you can rent bikes for the day. As most of the Island’s cycle routes are off-road, it’s a safe, enjoyable and active option for the whole family to take part in. The Wightlink website even has a handy guide to help you decide which route is best for you, giving details about distance, duration, plus the refreshment and rest stops available. As a family friendly way to explore the Island, cycling is a great chance to be active and enjoy the outdoors together this October half term.

4. Pirates, Shipwrecks and Smuggling

Don’t miss this swashbuckling adventure! You and your kids can compete to see who can create the best pirate ship and then test them to see how long they can float for! On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th of October, The Needles Old Battery will be hosting this arrrmazing event, and even encourages visitors to dress up to get into the pirate spirit. Entry admission is priced at £7.50 for adults and £3.75 for children.

5. Robin Hill Country Park

Robin Hill is an Adventure Park, a Botanical Park, and a Nature Park all in one, so there is plenty to see and do for the whole family. New for 2018, Jungle Heights is a great attraction which offers adventure play in the dizzying heights of the treetops. Amongst other activities, you can enjoy a 4D cinema, falconry displays and lots of rides to keep everyone entertained this half term. Robin Hill will also be home to the Diwali-inspired Festival of Light this October, including a Holi powder arena, curries and kebabs and Bollywood dancing. Ticket prices for Robin Hill start from £19 when booking online, but you can also take advantage of saver tickets which offer combined entry to Robin Hill and its sister park Blackgang Chine.

6. Blackgang Chine

Celebrating its 175th birthday this year, Blackgang Chine is one of the Island’s main tourist attractions which comprises of themed areas such as Underwater Kingdom, Cowboy Town, Fairytale Land and Restricted Area 5, so there’s guaranteed to be something to please all the little ones. If you’re looking for a Halloween themed activity, look no further than Wicked Nights, a brand new horror event which will take place from 6pm every day in the park. Combined tickets for both Blackgang Chine and Wicked Nights cost just £22 for 4 – 59 year olds.

With this great selection of exciting activities for your whole family, the Isle of Wight is a no-brainer for a great day trip this October half term. And thanks to the amazing kids go free offer on day returns when travelling by foot, Wightlink is the perfect link to this unique location.


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