We know what you’re thinking. Rainy days on the Isle of Wight? Surely there is nothing but glorious sunshine-friendly sandy beaches to explore? But that is where you are mistaken. Yes, the Island does boast some of the best weather and beaches the UK shores have to offer, but there is much more to see and do on the Isle of Wight even when the sun isn’t shining.
Looking for something to do with the kids that is fun but also injects a little history?
Head to Dinosaur Isle, a fabulous home-grown museum that explores the Island’s connection with the Jurassic era. Here you will find out about the species that roamed our shores through skeletal reconstructions and life-like animatronic dinosaurs. And, if you fancy some fresh sea air in between the showers, join one of their guided fossil walks to find your own piece of history to take home.
For another dose of local history, visit one of the finest Roman sites in the UK at Brading Roman Villa in Sandown. This award-winning museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain with an extensive collection of Roman archaeology. If needing a place to rest weary little feet, The Forum Café on site is a great pit-stop. Serving local food and drink, The Forum Café treats visitors to superb panoramic views of the rolling countryside and Sandown Bay below.
Rainy days don’t mean being cooped up inside with nothing to do. The Island also has plenty of energetic activities for when outdoor pursuits are out of reach.
Tapnell Farm Park is a great option for those with younger kids to entertain. Whilst a farm park may sound outdoorsy, you’ll find a host of indoor activities available, from climbing walls to archery, hay bales to scramble on or tunnel through, zip wires, soft play and imaginative play zones for toddlers. With daily hands-on feeding times, there are also opportunities to connect with the animals that call Tapnell Farm home.
If you have older children in your clan, you’ll be looking something a little bit more age appropriate, and Isle Jump is just the ticket. Isle Jump is exactly what is says on the tin, hours of jumping fun in the Island’s first indoor trampoline park. Boasting 40 trampolines, a dodgeball court, an air bag for aerial tricks and a trampoline basketball court, kids will be literally jumping for joy.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let the unpredictable British weather dampen your summer plans, and get booking your trip to the Isle of Wight this summer.
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