Whilst we all love a longer holiday, there is something special about short breaks on our own shores. Not only do they provide much needed escape from daily life, but they also give us so many more opportunities to explore the destinations on our doorstop. And the Isle of Wight is no different!
Of course you’re going to say that, you’re thinking. Well yes, we do believe that the Island is perfect for those looking for a short holiday, and with an Island of possibilities at your fingertips there is so much to see and do.
To help you to plan your break, here are our top tips for short breaking on the Isle of Wight.
1) Leave the car at home
The saying is true – you really can drive less and see more on the Isle of Wight. Catching the FastCat from Portsmouth Harbour, you’re dropped in Ryde in just 22 minutes and from there have various Island bus and train connections to whisk you off to wherever you are calling home for the next couple of days. Not only are you doing your bit for the environment, it’s that much more relaxing letting someone else do the driving while you soak up the epic scenery that the Island boasts.
And this summer, for the first time ever, visitors can catch the bus to our friends over at Tapnell Farm, thanks to a new pilot bus service being introduced by Southern Vectis for the summer holidays. The new Route number 27 will operate every day throughout the six-week school break, starting Saturday 21 July – Sunday 2 September, providing a new travel option for visitors.
2) Take your time
One of the best things about the Isle of Wight is that you feel thousands of miles away without having had to jump on a plane and, what’s more, it’s easy to come back time and time again. So take your time to enjoy the Island at a slower pace because there’s nothing less relaxing than dashing about trying to fit everything in!
Rent a bike from one the Islands many cycle hire outlets (most of the major towns have at least one, with a great range of bikes to choose from) and explore on two wheels. With 30 miles of Heritage Coast, and over half the Island designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s a route to suit everyone whether a novice or more serious cyclist.
3) There’s more than just glorious beaches
The Island boasts some of the best beaches on UK shores (check out our pick of the top 10 beaches here), but there is so much more on offer to those wanting something a little bit different from their short break.
Culture-vulture? Check out two of our fabulous English Heritage properties, , Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle, for a dose of history. Adrenaline junkie? Climb the great oak at Goodleaf or ride the Toboggan Run at Robin Hill. Foodie? Try the eight course tasting menu at Thompson’s or hunt out the different varieties of garlic at The Garlic Farm.
4) Check out what’s on
Our calendar is jam-packed with events both big and small year-round, so be sure to check out what’s on before you plan your short break so that you don’t miss out.
During the summer we have festival classics Jack Up the 80s and The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, as well as new arrival Eklectica Music Festival in September. If you’re looking to visit outside of peak season October is a great option. The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend on the 13 and 14 October brings a whole different vibe to the Island and Newport Quay.
5) Get your taste buds ready
The Isle of Wight is fast becoming well-known for its dynamic dining scene, so make sure to prepare to have your taste buds tickled with the fresh local ingredients at the heart of many of our restaurants, cafes and concession stalls dotted across the Island. Be sure to try as many of our locally grown products as possible – from tomatoes and garlic, beer and gin, to cheese and bread there is so much to try.
And if you don’t get the chance to try it all on the Island, you don’t need to miss out. Our Wight Taste shops on board St. Clare and at our ports are fully stocked will loads of tantalising treats for you to take home.
So what are you waiting for? Plan your short break on the Isle of Wight now – you never know, you may just want to keep on coming back for more!
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