We were delighted to host Channel 5’s ‘Celebrity 5‘ when they chose to go camping on the Isle of Wight. After visiting Hampshire and Dorset, Bobby Davro, Michelle Collins, Stephen Bailey, Cheryl Baker and Tim Vincent headed to the Island. Wightlink provided their link to the quirkiest glamping options, campsites, foodie hotspots and attractions.
You can recreate their experience with our guide to their locations….
The Celebrity 5 explored Galahad the helicopter, The Shack coach, Aunt Sally the Shepherd’s Hut and the shower shack (complete with disco shower) at the quirky Windmill Campersite. The small, family-run site is totally unique and perfect for big groups of friend or multi-generation families thanks to the communal cooking and eating areas.
The Garlic Farm
The campers met Colin Boswell the garlic farmer at The Garlic Farm; Cheryl and Michelle planted elephant garlic with him while Stephen tested the tractors. Enjoy the unusual taste of black garlic ice cream, take a walk around the pretty farm and take away some delicious treats to cook by the campfire.
English wines are having a but of a ‘moment’ right now, so it was timely for the campers to check out Adgestone Vineyard during their tour of the Isle of Wight. You too can have the grape-to-glass experience with a tour around the 10-acre site (and, of course, a chance to sample them at the end!).
In search of spooky stories, the campers visited English Heritage’s Carisbrooke Castle, where King Charles I was imprisoned following the English Civil War. Peer down the ancient well where a woman once fell or wander through Princess Beatrice’s Garden based on the original garden retreat of Queen Victoria’s daughter.
Hare & Hounds
The Hare and Hounds, a beautiful thatched pub that sits high on the downs, holds a grisly secret from the 1700s. Today you can enjoy a family atmosphere, great pub food and ale… but beware; Michael Morey’s restless spirit is said to still roam the area.
The Spyglass Inn
Our campers popped into The Spyglass Inn for a hearty pub luch. It’s perched on the water’s edge in Ventnor bay, which for centuries was the haunt of smugglers with contraband being carried from the French coast only a few hours away.
Ventnor Botanic Gardens
Not only is this Britain’s hottest garden, but Ventnor Botanic Garden is reputedly the most haunted place on the Isle of Wight. The campers learnt how, built on the site of the Royal National Hospital which treated TB, some patients still haunt the site. It’s a great place to enjoy some time out. As Ventnor is on average five degrees warmer than mainland UK, the garden boasts an impressive collection of over 30,000 rare and sub-tropical plants and trees.
High Adventure Paragliding
Want to leave the land behind for a while? Why not make like the Celebrity 5 and try a paragliding experience flight with High Adventure Paragliding? You’ll get in the air above the Isle of Wight in a tandem paraglider with an instructor at the controls.
The Green Barn
The Isle of Wight is a foodie hotspot – and whether you decide to eat out or cook by the campfire, the Island has the perfect ingredients. After a busy day of exploring, the campers popped to The Green Barn to pick up some Isle of Wight goat curds for their Medieval lamb dish cooked on the fire. Be sure to say hello to the goats while you’re there.
Open-top bus ride
Hop on a Southern Vectis Breezer service to explore even more of the Isle of Wight like our campers did. Enjoy the stunning scenery from the open top bus; The Needles Breezer is one of the most spectacular bus rides in Britain!
Perhaps one of the most iconic Isle of Wight landmarks, The Needles, is more than just the three distinctive stacks of chalk rising from the sea. There’s plenty to do here; Cheryl and Stephen took a close up view with a rib ride around the rocks and lighthouse, while Bobby, Michelle and Tim enjoyed the picturesque journey down the cliff on the chairlift.
Our campers finished their Island adventure in Yarmouth, with afternoon tea at The George. Dine on the terrace and take in the views of the Solent, or step inside the brasserie-style restaurant. Adjacent to our Yarmouth port, it’s the perfect final stop before hopping on your Wightlink ferry to Lymington.
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