You’ve almost made it… Spring is just around the corner, making the perfect excuse to visit the Isle of Wight. So we’re encouraging you to get out more this March, making the most of the amazing spaces; without the crowds.
If the weather doesn’t live up to your expectations, we’ve got that covered too. Read on for our recommendations for enjoying the Island this month.
The great outdoors
Explore the iconic Needles Landmark Attraction – parking and admission is free here during the winter months, so you can enjoy the stunning views, long walks, watch the glass makers in action and warm up with a bowl of hot soup in Marconi’s Bar & Restaurant.
Or visit West Wight Alpacas, where you’ll find 23-acres of picturesque countryside and a herd of unique Suri alpacas and wooly & Suri llamas. Enjoy the farm café and shop or book an alpaca or llama walk around the farm.
For culture vultures
Hidden Heroes celebrates the lives of innovative and inspiring people connected to the Isle of Wight, from the 7th – 21st Century; including everything from fossil hunters and record breakers.
The Hidden Heroes exhibit at Quay Arts includes local museum artefacts, talks, performances, debates and drop-in workshops – plus newly commissioned responses by artists to heroes Joe Carstairs, Isabella de Fortibus and King Arwald. Catch it up until 24 March.
At Carisbrooke Castle Museum the heroic stories include the father of Seismology (the study of earthquakes), intrepid smugglers turned life-saving lifeboat men, people who celebrated and saved the Island’s culture and heritage and those who took a stand for what they believed in, often against the established ways of their time.
At Dimbola, the former home of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, you can enjoy a new exhibition from Jan Ramscar: Plants in a Different Light. Jan works in a darkroom, shining light through flowers and seeds onto photographic paper to create unique and intricate images of some of the smallest elements of the natural world.
Food & drink highlights
Quay Arts in Newport hosts its second annual Beer & Blues Festival from 2-4 March. Celebrating its heritage as a former beer store for the Mew Langton Brewery, the arts centre will have a hand-picked selection of over 30 international ales, as well as three new beers brewed by Island Ales using Mew Langton recipes. Enjoy home-grown blues with performances from some fine local bands.
On 10 March, The Seaview Hotel Restaurant (holder of a Michelin Bib Gourmand), is hosing A Modern Wight Cuisine Dinner. Enjoy a tasting menu designed around Isle of Wight produce, championing everything that is good and great about the Island’s suppliers. Matching wine flights are available, too.
Get ready for Easter with a special Cook School at Thompson’s restaurant on 15 March. Chef Robert Thompson will guide you through his Easter Sunday menu that will be sure to impress. The half-day course includes drinks in the bar and a three course set lunch.
Fun for families
There’s all sorts of family fun to be had on the Island this March.
A visit to Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest amusement park, promises endless adventure. The park re-opens on 17 March with a number of exciting events to help celebrate its 175th anniversary this year.
You can meet the animals at Tapnell Farm Park, Isle of Wight Zoo and the tropical environment of Amazon World. At Tapnell Farm you’ll find a wide range of hands-on animal experiences, plus indoor and outdoor play – with loads to keep kids and adults entertained. The park is surrounded by stunning 360 degree views over the Solent, Newtown Creek, Tennyson Down, and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival site!
Wight Karting is home to the Isle of Wight’s only all-weather, outdoor, 500m, floodlit go-karting track providing unrivalled fun, excitement and safety for families of all ages; 8 to 88. Don’t miss your chance to get to the top of the all-time score board and leave a champion!
And if you’re planning your Easter holidays, don’t forget that Kids Go Free with Wightlink between 29 March and 16 April – meaning two children can travel free with every adult on foot.
So what are you waiting for? With more ferries on more routes going more often, we’re your link to making the most of March.
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