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Category: Things to do

April 23, 2014
The Old Gaffers festival takes place this year on the last weekend of May, as always in the picturesque harbour town of Yarmouth on the west of the Isle of Wight. The small harbour will be filled with traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, all here for this wonderful annual event.

There will be around 100 spectacular classic and gaff-rigged boats in the harbour and exciting racing for gaff-rigged boats within sight of the shore. In addition, there will also be lots to do and see onshore.

This historic town will host a huge range of free attractions to entertain all weekend, including, street entertainment, craft and market stalls, flower festival and live music, Life boat demonstrations and childrens fun fair.

For the adults, the ‘Oooh Arrh Gaffers Bar’ will appeal to lovers of Real Ale and is the biggest Real Ale festival on the Island this year.

Wight Locations have a number of self catering cottages available in Yarmouth and the West of the Island and if you are planning holiday cottage break make sure you pay the Old Gaffers a visit.

Events, We Love!, Things to do
March 20, 2014
The Isle of Wight has always been a popular destination with ramblers and hikers and is a dream destination for keen walkers. The Island offers over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths through spectacular scenery including around 30 miles of Heritage Coastline. More than half of the Island is recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty, making it the perfect place for a walking holiday.

The Isle of Wight walking festival is the biggest walking festival in the UK and Europe, with over 250 walks taking place as part of the main event in May. It features a variety of walks and accompanying events that include celebrity appearances and talks, heritage walks and trails and fossil hunting excursions along the coast of the UK’s official Dinosaur Capital

One of the most popular parts of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is the “Speed Dating Walk” which has created some long lasting friendships and relationships over the years, and boasts a success rate that includes four marriages and one baby!

With over 150 self catering properties, the team at Wight Locations will be able to accommodate you in some lovely relaxing home from homes to rest your weary feet at the end of a days walking. For a full list of properties please click here

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival takes place twice a year, in May and October.

Events, We Love!, Things to do, Outdoor Life
March 7, 2014
The recent extreme weather that’s hit the Islands coastline hasn’t all been bad news, particularly for Dinosaur Fossil hunters on the Isle of Wight, The ‘official Dinosaur capital of the UK’

Many previously hidden areas known to be rich in fossils have recently been exposed due to shifting sand and shingle along the ‘Jurassic’ south coast of the Island.

‘Fossil Man’ Martin Simpson, runs the fossil and gem shop. Martin runs guided fossil hunting trips for school groups, families and tourists throughout the year. Guided fossil hunting trips last two hours

He is also an established expert on Cretaceous fossil crustaceans. He has produced a popular book on fossil hunting, titled Fossil Hunting on Dinosaur Island, and was heavily involved in the excavation of a significant specimen of the ankylosaur Polacanthus.

Martin isn’t the only expert offering guides and advice on the island, there are a variety of expeditions and attractions to choose from

If you’re visiting the Island and unsure of where to start looking, the best spots are detailed here

However if digging through sand and dirt isn’t your thing and you’d prefer a more digital interaction with some extinct beasties, then try the new Walking with Dinosaurs augmented reality hotspots which are dotted along the south coast of the Island.

With many of our properties located near the coast of the Island we are perfectly placed to provide you with a base for your fossil hunting trip. Click here to search our properties for a cottage which best suits your fossil hunting locations.

Things to do, Dinosaurus
February 25, 2014
Taking advantage of a stunning location between the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor and the village of Bonchurch, this delightful ground floor apartment is in easy reach of excellent seafront restaurants and pubs, but also has easy access to the incredibly picturesque village of Bonchurch.

The Apartment is presented to a high standard and has been awarded a 4 star Gold rating and from the images on our website you can see why. The design is subtle and contemporary with large open plan living area and Kitchen. The living room as has a wood burning stove, perfect for the colder nights and makes a very romantic setting set against the backdrop of the sea views.

As well as the lovely interior, the apartment also has a large Terrace, perfect for al fresco dining which has incredible sea views of the English Channel and the local coastline. Garden furniture and a BBQ are also provided.

The nearby town has a very busy schedule of events throughout the year, including Arts festivals, Music, and culinary events. The beautiful Botanic Gardens are also not to be missed.

For more information on this and our other great Holiday properties, please visit our website.

Hidden Gems, Things to do, Planning your Escape
February 17, 2014
The Isle of Wight has over 200 miles of well-maintained and signposted cycle tracks, byways and bridleways and has been described by the Lonely Planet guide as having some of the best Cycling routes in the world.

"The Isle of Wight is a cycling paradise that is home to some of the UK’s most varied terrain: lush velvet hills rolling into the sea, narrow lanes through tidy hedgerows, deep and mysterious green gullies, and the island’s most striking feature, the ridge of white chalk cliffs stretching across its breadth. Although cyclists have been enjoying its outdoor pleasures for decades now, it’s only been in recent years that Wight has started to attract young and trendy Londoners looking for a romantic weekend by the sea with a buzz – which Gastro-pubs, slick hotels and a calendar full of festivals now provide."

Cycling is great way to explore the Island, to see the sights along the way and resting with a well-earned picnic or pub lunch!  With its miles of dramatic and breath-taking coastline, picturesque countryside. Wight Locations has properties available along the routes at most of the town and villages with easy access to the Islands Cycle network. A pdf map of the routes can be found here.

The Isle of Wight cycling festival takes place each September, and provides cyclists the opportunity to get off the beaten track and experience some of the Island’s most beautiful, unspoilt, countryside. The Festival has been running for many years in one form or another and was launched due to the popularity of off road cycling on the Isle of Wight. There are a fantastic variety of rides for all levels.

Things to do, Outdoor Life
February 10, 2014
Isle of Arts Festival - Friday 2nd –Monday 5th May

The Isle of Wight has a rich History of the Arts and for the 4th year running, this Festival for the Arts will be taking place in the Historic seaside town of Ventnor in early May for 4 days. This year promises an extravaganza of comedy, drama, music, literature, film and photography.

The Isle of Arts Festival is a family friendly Festival aimed at all age groups with a mix of events, acts and workshops taking place in the large central Marquee right in the heart of town, taking full advantage of the spectacular sea views that Ventnor has to offer.

The event will feature work and performances from many very gifted local artists in addition to some more famous faces, such as the BBC’s Monty Don, American comedian Rich Hall and music from the Kyle Eastwood Band.

Ventnor has some fantastic Pubs and Restaurants within easy walking distance of the events, many right on the waterfront with uninterrupted sea views.

Event prices for the Festival range from absolutely free up to £25.

If you’re looking for local place to stay during the Festival, please see our list of properties in the area

Events, Things to do
January 31, 2014
Fly away on your Zephyr... to the Isle of Wight for this once in a lifetime chance to see rock legends

Red Hot Chilli Peppers...!

The Peppers will be headlining on the main stage on Saturday 14th June.

Others already confirmed are Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Passenger, The 1975, and The Waterboys.

Wight Locations has availability for 4 night stays (or longer) offering a late check out on Monday for all those sore heads after a weekend of revelling.

Watch this space too for some very special VIP packages which will be available soon...

Isle of Wight Festival

We Love!, Things to do
January 17, 2014
The award winning Robin Hill Country Park opens its doors once again to welcome in the new year Chinese Style.

Spirit of the Orient at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

During February half term the Park celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Horse in spectacular style with the first of the parks 'electric woods' events which display eastern lanterns and magical illuminations along the woodland pathways between 5 till 9 pm every evening.

Chinese themed dancing will entertain you as well as the traditional lion dance while the little ones can join in with the dragon procession.

Meditate and pontificate over the beautifully illuminated Golden Oriole Bridge and marble temple which has come from north eastern China.

This year you will be entertained by a very special light and sound show in the woods narrating the story of the mythical archer and the 10 suns. Or you can visit the Kung Fu cinema.

Spirit of the Orient at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight

Weather permitting there will be evening bird of prey displays.

Visitors will not go hungry as there will be chinese refereshments available and authentic Chinese tea samplings in the tea house.

And if you still haven't booked anything, Wight Locations has plenty of self catering holiday cottages, big or small, available to suit families or friends at this time of year.

Spirit of the Orient at Robin Hill

We Love!, Things to do
December 16, 2013
Awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor, The Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown on the Isle of Wight is definitely worth a visit when staying on our little Island. And it is open all year round.

The zoo may not be be big but more than makes up for it with the passion given to caring for the animals and educating visitors about their lives, plight and preservation.

Isle of Wight Zoo

The family run zoo has a special interest in tigers and lemurs with their main goals being Care, Conservation and Education. They focus on taking care of the older tigers (four of them coming from circus backgrounds) and giving them a happy retirement.

Built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown's coast, means it is located beside one of the Isle of Wight's nicest beaches. In days gone by the zoo owners used to walk tiger cubs on the beach.

Isle of Wight Zoo

There is plenty to see and do at the zoo. Just wander around or join a guided tour to learn more about these  animals and endangered cats from their knowledgeable experienced keepers and see them feeding.

Along with tigers, lions and jaguars, the zoo is home to wallabies, birds, monkeys and lemurs. 'Zoo at Home' provides an area to allow for direct handling of some of the friendly animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and bearded dragons. You can get up close and personal and meet the wallabies, or see Casper, the Isle of Wight's first magnificent white lion.

Why not adopt a tiger and help support the vital work the zoo carries out to aid the preservation and conservation of these magnificent creatures.

Isle of Wight Zoo - 01983 403883

Things to do
December 14, 2013
Built by Thomas Cubitt in the mid 1800's, Osborne House became Queen Victoria's beloved country getaway on the Isle of Wight and is an English Heritage site.

Enjoy a guided tour of the house which is filled with original furnishings and priceless artworks, and get a real insight into royal family life 200 years ago.Wander through the beautiful gardens which have stunning views over the Solent.

The Swiss Cottage has child size furniture for the little ones to play in, and was built to encourage children to learn domestic skills. There is also a play area, or they can take a horse and carriage ride.

In the last year, the private beach at Osborne was opened up to the public for all to enjoy, and on display is the fully restored bathing machine that Queen Victoria used to protect her modesty whilst taking a dip.

An extract from Queen Victoria's Journal 30 July 1847 quotes: "Drove to the beach with my maids and went in the bathing machine, where I undressed and bathed in the sea (for the 1st time in my life)… I thought it delightful till I put my head under water, when I thought I should be stifled."

The Estate is home to one of the most tranquil and beautiful locations to play a round of golf, also boasting the longest course on the Island. Visitors are welcome at the Osborne Golf Club, and if you are a golf widow, you can take  a guided tour of the House and relax in the magnificent gardens while your man exercises his handicap. Watch out for the famous Red Squirrels around the 9th hole!

Osborne House - 01983 200022

We Love!, Things to do
December 2, 2013
There is no need to feel left out in the cold this Christmas - there is always plenty of festive fun and seasonal merriment to partake in here on the Isle of Wight.

30th Nov to 22nd Dec -Wight Christmas at The Needles, Blackgang Chine:

Activities include free Elves workshops and a brand new festive film in our 4D Cinema – Santa’s Sleigh Ride, Free Horse and Carriage rides, Free Children’s rides including our Victorian Carousel, Spins & Needles Tea Cup Ride, Vintage Cars, Jurassic Golf and not forgetting our traditional Games Kiosk.

7th & 8th Dec - Victorian Christmas at Osborne House, East Cowes

8th to 24th Dec - Santa Specials on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet, near Ryde

14th & 15th Dec - Cowes Christmas Festival in Cowes:

Including Artisan Market, the Cowes Food Show, competitions, childrens' entertainment, Santa’s grotto.

26th Dec - Mince Pie Specials on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

1st Jan - Hangover Special on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

It's Panto Time!

6th to 15th Dec - Scrooge at Trinity Theatre, Cowes

14th & 15th Dec - Alice in Wonderland on Ice at Planet Ice, Ryde

21st to 30th Dec - Jack & the Beanstalk at Medina Theatre, Newport

22nd Dec to 2nd Jan - Rapunzel at Shanklin Theatre, Shanklin

27 Dec - Dinosaur Isle - Guided Fossil Walk at Yaverland, near Sandown

27th to 30th Dec - Family Fun at Robin Hill Country Park and Gardens, near Newport:

Including lots of fun activities for little ones such as Colossus Swing Boat, Cows Express Junior Train Ride, 4D Motion Cinema exclusively showing 'Santa's Sleigh Ride' and afternoon Bird of Prey Displays, and the famous Dinosaur Trail.

Boxing Day - For something completely different, why not pop down to Ventnor Beach on Boxing Day to support the brave fund raisers who take a plunge for charity in the icy waters...

And if you are thinking about a last minute get away for Christmas, Wight Locations still have some special offers on a selection of our self catering holiday cottages so call our team on 01983 811418 or check the website for more information.

Things to do
November 18, 2013
Busy Bee Garden Centre first opened in 1987, 25 years ago. Now the largest garden centre on the Isle of Wight, their website does not do justice to the extensive range of gifts, crafts, and clothes on offer. This is not to mention the actual garden centre with it's abundance of plants and gardening accessories, and of course, Christmas trees.

Busy Bee Garden Centre, near Ryde, Isle of Wight

With the recently completed expansion, Busy Bee now houses an enormous range of unique gifts for the home, toys and cuddly toys for the little ones, sweets and treats, lotions and potions. You can easily idle away a few hours looking at all the displays of goodies on offer.

There are plenty of craft supplies for knitting, sewing and all variety of creative pursuits to stock up on.

Brands include the likes of Yankee Candle and Mason Cash and the very classy Klass clothes range, Hunter wellies, Neal's Yard and Jason Complimentary health and skincare products. Green and Blacks chocolate sits alongside the wonderfully scrumptious Nakd breakfast bars.

Busy Bee Garden Centre, near Ryde, Isle of Wight

You can rest your feet in the calm of the spacious cafe "The Olive Tree" which serves up freshly home made cakes daily as well as tasty lunches.

The Garden Centre has become famous over the years for it's huge magical Christmas World display which is well worth a visit during your stay here. The entrance has beautiful white furry polar bears to greet you, and throughout the store there are scenes from the Christmas story such as the stable with the shepherds and Santa in his sleigh with reindeers which will fill your children with awe and wonder.

You can stock up on stocking fillers and choose from hundreds of stockings to put it all in. As a memento you can have a photo taken of your little ones inside a snow dome.

Busy Bee Garden Centre, near Ryde, Isle of Wight

There will be a chance to meet Santa in his Grotto in the lead up to Christmas - dates to be confirmed, but probably from the beginning of the Christmas holidays.

There is plenty of free parking at the site which is on the big roundabout near the Tesco superstore on the outskirts of Ryde and Seaview.

(You can also fill up on LPG/Autogas here if you need...)

Busy Bee Garden Centre - 01983 811096

Shopping, Things to do
October 30, 2013
"A change is as good as a rest" as they say... so although the winter is suddenly upon us, and we are feeling urges to hibernate, what better way to refresh us than to book a cheeky escape for a few days and enjoy change of scenery.

Contrary to popular belief, the Island does not completely shut down in winter and there is still lots to do and plenty of wonderful places to eat. So pack your wellies, sou'wester and brolly and get packing...

Here's some ideas of what to do in the winter on our magical Isle, when it is cheaper on the ferry and you can have a whole beach to yourself...

Outdoor fun for kids of all ages: Owl and Monkey Haven, Colemans Farm ParkAmazon World.

For dinosaur fun: Dinosaur Island Trail, Fossil Hunts and Jurassic Jim Shop for your souvenirs.

For indoor pleasure: Chessell Pottery (closed Jan - Mar), Dimbola Lodge MuseumRelax and be Pampered, Steam Railway (I count this as indoors...), and of course Shopping.

For indoor activities: take in a show with the likes of Swan Lake or Take That Experience at the Shanklin Theatre, Medina Theatre, Bowling & Ice Skating and Swimming.

And who needs to be in London to see a live show when we have  live streaming to our local Cinema or you can watch the latest movie release.

For enjoying nature at its best, with its' wild and rugged landscapes: Award winning beaches, Dog friendly beaches, Wonderful Walks, Cycling Routes.

And my personal favourite activity: Pub Walks on the Isle of Wight.

Or if you just want to chillax in front of the fire with a nice glass of something, you can do that too...

Wight Locations are proud to be specialists in self catering holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight, and we are based here on the Island in the quaint little sailing village of Seaview.

With over 150 unique and individual properties across the Island the team are sure that with our personal knowledge of these homes and life experience of our Island home we can find something to suit everyone, whatever the time of year.

We are also available 7 days a week, 365 days a year should you need.

Things to do
October 23, 2013
Just outside Yarmouth in an area of outstanding natural beauty is Chessell Barns Pottery, a great place to visit whatever the weather, but especially great on cold, rainy days.

After a brief demonstration, little ones and grown ups alike can enjoy the experience of decorating their very own piece of pottery free hand or using special hand cut sponges.  Choose from one of their hand made earthenware or their exclusive Emma Bridgewater pottery.

It doesn't matter what day of your holiday you visit as you can collect it a few days later or have it posted to your home.

Prices start from £6.95 for your pottery shape to decorate and then there is a studio fee per person of £5.50.  And you can take as long as you like so whether it is a couple of hours or a whole day this is a great experience with a very personal memento of your Island visit.

Pop into the Award Winning Cafe and sample a great selection of delicious lunches and freshly home-made scones and cakes.

Try one of their Ultimate Island Cream Teas made using only the best fresh locally sourced ingredients.

And of course as well as your own unique creation, there is a gift shop for you to find a special keep sake of your experience.

Chessell Barns Pottery - 01983 531 248

Things to do
October 3, 2013
The Isle of Wight has long had a reputation as one of the worlds’ most haunted islands.

From hotels to hospitals, castles to the infamous Parkhurst Prison, every type of eerie encounter and ghoulish goings on happen here as ghosts and apparitions are said to haunt 'Ghost Island', while the spirits of smugglers and shipwrecked seamen walk the lonely beaches.

Isle of Fright, Isle of Wight

"It is reputed that this supernatural activity may be due to powerful unseen energy or 'ley' lines running under the Island, charging the earth's electro-magnetic vibrational field here, and in this in turn attracts thousands of ghost-hunters from all over the world."

This October half term on the Island will be filled with spine chilling activities and blood curdling events to make your skin crawl... Begin with picking your own pumpkin at Farmer Jacks' Pumpkin Patch.

Explore the dark dank cellars and tunnels of Northwood House to see what secrets she gives up or join in the spooky Spooktacular at Appuldurcombe.

Take a ride on the Halloween Ghost Bus Tour or see the hair raising Witches and Wizards at Blackgang Chine.

Nightly ghost walks and tours will take you on a journey of discovery to different parts of the island revealing secrets of the past and interesting facts of history.

Visit Robin Hill Electric Woods 'Lost before Time' to spy ancient creatures on the Jurassic trail, or sit back and be spellbound on the Steam Railway Wizard Week.

And for any foodies like me who cannot go anywhere without sampling the local fayre visit The George in Yarmouth to experience a specially created Halloween Meal including ghoulash delights such as 'ectoplasm' and 'mashed potatogiest'...

Whatever you do, you can be sure that you will be thrilled and chilled with the myriad of events and alarming attractions on this Isle of Fright this October.

If you seek sanctuary and safe haven from all the shocks and trauma you experience Wight Locations has the perfect safe houses for you to find refuge.

We Love!, Things to do
September 23, 2013
What we've been waiting for...!

Based in St Helens and Bembridge, Tackt-Isle Adventures is a new outdoor activity centre where you can hire everything you’ll need for an hour, a day or a week to enjoy fun activities on the water.

Tackt-Isle Adventures, Bembridge & St Helen's, Isle of Wight

Ben Smith is island born and was a sailing instructor for eight years and then a senior instructor for the last six years.

All the instructors are locals who live for the water and are experienced in a wide range of water sports and activities.

You can simply rent the equipment from Tackt-Isle, or they offer tuition and everything needed for adventurous fun on land or in water, whether you are an expert or a novice.

There are also regular training sessions and group activities for all levels of ability and also a 'Wake board n Ski' club. From dinghies to bikes and crabbing lines to kites, from wetsuits to maps and Segways to Paddleboards.

Tackt-Isle Adventures - 01983 875542

Things to do, Outdoor Life
September 18, 2013
Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November

Will you make your way through the spooky maze, wander along the 'enchanting' woodland trail or watch the magic show unfold before your eyes?

With steam train rides, owls, birds of prey, Halloween craft and more, there’s fun for all the family... and there’s a daily prize for the best dressed wizard, witch or spooky character!

To find out when you can meet the Bat Man and his bats, visit Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Things to do, Planning your Escape
September 18, 2013

Friday 25th - Monday 28th October

Image by Ben Wood

Now in its 4th year, Ventnor Botanic Garden celebrates the harvest of the hops grown on site - still picked by hand, then dried and brewed into own labels, Tropic Ale and Botanic Ale by local brewery Yates.

During the festival, you'll have the opportunity to purchase a variety of speciality beers, (including the Garden’s own labels) as well as home grown produce from the food market, all whilst enjoying the live music and local performers.

To help the harvest celebrations further, there’s also face painting and drawing competitions for the children!

To find out more, contact Ventnor Botanic Garden

Island Produce, Things to do, Planning your Escape
September 17, 2013
Carisbrooke Castle - Saturday 26th October - Sunday 3rd November

'Creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore' -  that's what you're promised if you visit Carisbrooke Castle this October half term.

Why not join in the 'gruesome graveyard game' and search for the hidden tombs, or perhaps you'd prefer to make Halloween decorations... or you could take a walk around the grounds, with the castle's 'very own ghost hunter' and listen to some of his grisly tales... if you think you dare!

To find out opening times and prices, just click.

Things to do, Planning your Escape
September 17, 2013
Friday 18th October – Saturday 2nd November 2013 – 10.00am – 9.00pm

Join in the fun at Robin Hill this half term, where you can walk through the illuminated woods along the Jurassic trail - you never know what 'creatures' you may meet...

This half term, Robin Hill opens late into the evening, where you can see the owls at twilight and listen to live acoustic music at the woodland ponds, all whilst enjoying a hot mulled cider!  All the rides and attractions are open from 10am until late, with special illuminated play areas, so you enjoy all the park has to offer, day and night!

And, if you buy a 7 day return ticket during your stay, you can visit on as many days and evenings as you like, as the special late night openings are included!

To find out more, visit the Robin Hill website

Things to do, Planning your Escape, Dinosaurus
August 7, 2013
Carnival Season has begun and there will be a rainbow of colours and orchestra of sounds to stimulate the senses across the Island at the numerous carnival destinations

These are great events for all the family to enjoy and best of all they're FREE!

Wednesday 4th August - Shanklin Main Carnival

Saturday 10th August - Shanklin Illuminated Carnival 7.30 pm

Saturday 10th August - Ventnor Main Carnival

Saturday 17th August - Ventnor Illuminated Carnival

Saturday 17th August - Ryde Main Carnival

Wednesday 21st August - Newport Illuminated Carnival

Monday 26th August - St Helen's Carnival

Saturday 31st August 7.30 pm - Ryde Illuminated Carnival

Carnival Information

Things to do
July 30, 2013
For over 100 years the quaint little seaside sailing village of Seaview on the Isle of Wight has hosted a Regatta serving up good old fashioned traditional fun and games that the whole family can join in.

From beach sports to water sports, greasy pole to sack races, come and join in the real carnival spirit in this pretty little seaside resort. The whole event climaxes in a spectacular firework display.

Seaview Regatta, Isle of Wight

Sun 18 August Dance at Seaview Yacht Club

Tuesday 20 August Sailing and Tug-of-War with BBQ/Hog Roast, bar and music (note the post Tug-of-War event is run by the Community Partnership)

Wed 21 August Swimming and Beach Sports Outboard Motor Race, Diving and Greasy Pole

Thur 22 August Rowing, Prize Giving and Firework Display

We Love!, Things to do
July 24, 2013
I had the real pleasure recently of being treated to a Facial Discovery experience from our friends at Liz Earle in their Ryde store.

Being qualified in massage and aromatherapy myself I have a tendency to be extra critical when on the receiving end, but I was delighted with the holistic experience.

I met with the therapist for an initial consultation to talk about my existing skincare routine, and which treatments would be suitable for my skin type. Between us we chose a rehydrating face mask treatment with neck and shoulder massage.

Liz Earle, Natural Skin and Beauty Products, Ryde, Isle of Wight

The attention to detail and fluidity of the whole treatment from the moment I got under the duvet was exceptional. The lighting, temperature and volume of relaxation music was as just it should be, whilst all the facilities and decor shouted quality and taste.

The process very much put me in mind of a Japanese Tea Ceremony..."Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture."

The different aromas of natural oils and ingredients used wafted over me and in themselves stimulate a great sense of relaxation and contentment.

At the end I felt extremely relaxed and my skin truly rejuvenated. Before I left I was given a recommendation of products and regime specifically for my skin type. Everything about Liz Earle says quality and nature.

If any of our guests enjoy a bit of quality pampering I whole heartedly recommend Liz Earle products and treatments.

Be sure to book ahead as they get extremely booked up - 01983 813913

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July 10, 2013
Join Elton John, Franz Ferdinand, Sinead O’Connor, Courtney Pine and Fat Boy Slim!

- mingle in the mosh pit, mix it up with the festival goers, dancing and singing until the wee hours

The line-up for this year’s Bestival is as diverse as ever, from the bands of the 80s right up to today’s emerging acts.

To hear The Strypes and Dexys, The Wonder Stuff and Snoop Dogg, then you need to get along to this year’s Bestival – check out the full line-up here.

Held at Robin Hill Country Park, you can see the bands, listen to the DJ sets, watch the Films in the Forest, and visit the knees up tent!  There’s even a special Spiegeltent, a travelling Belgian ‘mirror tent’ where you can learn some dance moves in the ‘come dancing area.’

… and if you fancy returning to your own bed, with your own toilet at the end of the night’s festivities, be sure to check out the self catering holiday cottages we have available for the Bestival.

Things to do
July 9, 2013
March along the Medina, discover Culver Downs, follow the Tennyson Trail, walk with alpacas…

Join the walkers as they take part in the Autumn Walking Weekend this October, taking in the wonderful autumn scenery the island has to offer.

Image courtesy of www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

With more than 70 walks for all ages and abilities, there’s sure to be one that catches your eye, whether it’s exploring Brighstone, traipsing the Ventnor Downs or discovering historic Ryde

There’s the opportunity to walk with alpacas, take a walking tour of the Garlic Farm and participate in the special Tai Chi Qigong walk.

And, as the island is now the dino capital of the UK, you’ll find that there’s a dinosaur theme to some of the walks, linking in with the Isle of Wight’s dino reality app that allows you to actually walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs and appear alongside them in photographs!  There are six meteors located around the island where the app comes to life – and the Walking Festival has special treks to these pods – from Yaverland to Compton Bay.   There’s also a fossil hunting guided tour where you can see dinosaur footprints and fossil trees, and you can follow the Robert Hooke trail, the 17th century scientist and fossil investigator.  With a variety of geology and fossil walks for you to join, make sure you check out the programme and start making plans!

Whether it’s just the two of you, or you’d like to bring your local walking group, friends or family, take a look at the self catering cottages that are available for your walking weekend – stay for a few days, or make a week or it!

So if you’re planning a half term break, you’ll find that there’s something for all the family to enjoy...

…even the dog!  There’s a special Labrador & Cake walk around Parkhurst Forest!

Things to do, Outdoor Life
July 8, 2013
Sun, sea and cycling

14th - 29th September 2013

Once again this year, the Isle of Wight plays host to the Cycling Festival - offering fun and excitement for all ages and abilities.

The Festival gets off to a flying start on Saturday 14th September with a day of free entertainment. Starting at 11am in St James Square, Newport, you, your friends and family can watch the mountain bike shows, listen to the live music and take part in the various activities...

You can take part in the Shanklin, Shells and Sycles ride with its own guided fossil walk on the beach!... or maybe join in the Upton and Down Again cycle which involves a dash up Ryde Pier, or the Cycle Maintenance session where you can learn how to look after your bike, or try out the Spinzone Studio Cycling, participate in the Medina Meander...

Something for everybody, from the Novice, to the keen enthusiast to the semi pro!...

There's the Tiny Tots Cycle Adventure which involves a short ride around Bevois Farm in Niton, taking in the animals on the way and even a geocache trail, and a gentle cycle from Bembridge through St Helens to Brading and back, known as Ducks, Coffee and a Leisurely Cycle!

And, if you feel up to it, you can take part in the charity Wightlink Wight Challenge on Saturday 21st - that's a 19 mile mountain bike ride followed by two miles of open canoeing and finishing off with just an eight mile run!! But don't worry - you can do it in teams of three - think you'll need to be pretty fit though!

Though may be not as fit as you'll need to be for the 70 mile British Heart Foundation endurance road ride which takes place on Sunday 22nd. There are four different start points so that it doesn't get too crowded and don't panic, there's a shorter 50 mile route available!

With the Toddlebike Try Out, Wight Mountain Chevy Chase off-road endure ride, a Triathlon and what's known as the Hills Killer where you can opt to cycle up three, seven or fourteen hills... there's something to appeal to everyone, whatever your ability, whatever your level!

We've just selected a few of the highlights... but there are more than 60 rides throughout the festival to choose from - find out what else it has in store here.

And to find the perfect base from which to start your cycling adventure during the festival, just click here.

If you can't make it over for the festival, but want to bring the bike on your next holiday, why not take a look at the dedicated cycle routes the island has to offer and then search our Special Offers to see what's available for your trip.

Images courtesy of www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Things to do, Outdoor Life
June 12, 2013
Isle of Wight Adventure Activities is a real one stop shop on the Isle of Wight for all your outdoor adventure activities.

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, Freshwater

With their office in Freshwater, the activities are based across the whole of the Island and the team are dedicated to providing the best outdoor adventures available on the Isle of Wight.

The list of activities is endless!

Rib rides, Kayaking, Orienteering, Paddleboarding, Mountain boarding, Day tours, Archery, Rock climbing, Coasteering, Fossil hunting, Sunset paddle, Horse riding, Laser quest, Outdoor walks, Kayak fishing, Tree climbing, Wight walks, Clay shooting, Falconry and Bushcraft.

Anyone of any age is welcome. The team specialise in taking out family groups but can cater for all. What better way to get out into nature, take part in something fun whilst enjoying the Island's natural habitat.

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, Freshwater

There are plenty of onsite activities, free parking and loads of space to relax in between activities and indulge in the homemade cakes in the cafe or the garden.

Our friends at Isle of Wight Adventure Activities are offering Wight Locations guests 10% off of activities any Monday or Friday up to the 25th July.

Call our team on 01983 811418 to request a voucher.

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities - 01983 755 838

Things to do, Outdoor Life, Island Offers
June 6, 2013
The Mad Hatter tearoom at Dimbola Museum has been presented the Museum & Heritage Award for Excellence for the best project on a limited budget, beating off stiff competition from the likes of The British Library and National Galleries of Scotland.

"Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the most important early photographers and is now recognised the world over as a pioneer of photography as art.

A woman ahead of her time, she was ambitious and freethinking when most Victorian women were passive and demure. She took on the challenges of handling large cameras and dangerous chemicals at a time when photography was known as "The Black Art"'.

Her former home is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe, and includes vintage camera displays and a fun Victorian dressing-up room".

The museum holds regular events and is currently running a Pavey & Gilbert Exhibition until 30th June.

Lunches are served on weekdays with Traditional Sunday lunch on Sundays. Cream Teas & Cakes are served all day with a choice of menus with vegetarian options. The museum is also now licensed to sell alcohol.

Partake of a Victorian High Tea with Cucumber Sandwiches, Smoked Salmon Sandwiches, Small Scones of fruit, cherry almond, or plain, Wedges of Victoria Sponge, and a steaming pot, of Tea and Coffee.

Dimbola Lodge - 01983 756814

We Love!, Things to do
May 30, 2013
Being a country girl but with a yearning to live by the sea, I found myself living in Bonchurch, and I maybe biased but I really believe that it is the most magical place on the Island.

Unchanged in hundreds of years, the village of Bonchurch comprises mainly of one very steep zig zag road of Victorian stone buildings, leading down to the seafront adjacent to the old town of Ventnor.

Down the very steep Shute is the 19th century Bonchurch Inn, an old coaching inn with cobbled courtyard and terrace. You receive a warm welcome from the hosts and staff - a lovely Italian family who have been there for over 30 years, who serve authentic Italian food and quality pub meals, whilst you can enjoy tap and spile beer out of the barrel.

Further down the Shute is a beautiful church, the new St Boniface, and on the next bend is a 12th century old St Boniface church which is left open in trust for visitors to experience the peace and quiet contemplation of this stunning little sanctuary unchanged in a 1000 years.  The visitors’ book logs complimentary comments from all over the world.

From here the Shute leads down into the old village where the quaint pond is home to a few lucky ducks and fish. The Pond Café opposite is a fine dining eaterie offering haute cuisine in the most magical of settings.

From the church you can meander down a path passing a gushing stream of clear water in the ancient woodland, to the seafront at the bottom called Monk’s Bay.

From here you can wander along the seafront to Ventnor and take a stroll along the beach.  Stop off at the Met Bar for a sophisticated, grown up delicious tapas meal, whilst taking in the views across the Solent.

Or if you want to sit out al fresco watching all the action on the beach and esplanade, visit the Spyglass Inn at the end of the beach, with a great pub lunch for all the family.

For a real taste of freshly caught seafood, go to Ventnor Haven Fishery to try their daily caught delicacies such as lobster and rock salmon with big proper chips, recommended by the Hairy Bikers.

After recharging the batteries here, take the walk behind the Spyglass, up the hill following the coastal path along to the hidden gem of Steephill Cove.

You cannot pass by the Ventnor Botanic Garden without a visit, especially as it has just changed ownership and is undergoing a great transformation.

A stroll of about half an hour will take you to a real hidden gem.  Secluded and sheltered, Steephill Cove is a beach tucked away, with a smattering of cafes and one restaurant, serving their famous crab sandwiches.

If you are keen walkers, why not go back into Bonchurch Village, near the pond and take the ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ – over 100 stone steps straight up through the middle of the village taking you to the top of St Boniface church just a short crawl to the Bonchurch Inn and your reward…!

We Love!, Things to do
May 23, 2013
With the stringent new EU Bathing Waters Directive requiring an “excellent” standard to achieve an award, this year more than 50 English beaches have attained Blue Flag awards, recognising their high standards and water quality.

133 more beaches in England were rated clean enough to be awarded Seaside Awards (formerly known as Quality Coast Awards) by Keep Britain Tidy.

Isle of Wight Best Beaches

The Isle of Wight won the most awards nationwide, with a total of 4 Blue Flags and 13 Seaside Awards, including Cowes, East Cowes, Springvale, Seagrove, Gurnard, Ryde East, St Helens, Totland and Shanklin.

Holidaymakers and day trippers want the reassurance of quality benchmarks and these will certainly help promote the Island as a great beach destination, whether it be swimming, sunbathing, rock pooling or crabbing.

The 4 Island beaches that realized Blue Flag Awards are Sandown, Ventnor, Yaverland and Colwell, which gained it’s first Blue Flag in over 20 years.

We Love!, Things to do, Outdoor Life
May 14, 2013
Enjoy a unique tree top adventure this summer with award winning Goodleaf Tree Climbing. Using the latest gear, learn the ropes with their qualified and experienced instructors before taking to the canopy.

Try out your new tree climbing skills and at the top enjoy the stunning countryside and Solent views, relax in the tree top hammock or simply enjoy swinging around on rope 18 metres off the ground!

Tree climbing is a fantastic activity for the whole family and Goodleaf offer a discount on groups of 7 of more climbers.

It’s perfect for families who want to climb together, so gather up your chums and take the opportunity to ‘hang out’ in the Goodleaf canopy.*

2013 Prices for a two hour session: £37 for adults, £27 for children
Contact: info@goodleaf.co.uk, 0333 800 1188

*Ts & Cs
Goodleaf recommend climbers are age 8 and over but can sometimes accommodate younger climbers. Contact then for more info.
Minimum of 2 adults must climb for discounts to apply

Goodleaf Tree Climbing - 0333 800 1188

Things to do, Outdoor Life, Island Offers
April 26, 2013
Don't be confused by the location - Wight Waters adventure watersports centre is not on a lake but based at Dunroamin Beach between Lake and Sandown, here on the Isle of Wight.

With over 25 years knowledge and experience Wight Waters offer a wide range of water based activities to suit all needs from beginners to advanced.

Wight Waters Adventure Watersports, Lake, Isle of Wight

Every watersport is catered for with equipment hire or tuition available. Anyone at any age can safely try  kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding, surfing or windsurfing under the professional eye of the team.

They even organise beachside events such as BBQs, where families and pets are welcome and summer parties with local DJs providing the tunes.

Wight Waters Adventure Watersports, Lake, Isle of Wight

Beach Games are also run and organised of beach cricket, volley-ball, beach frisbee, boules when ever the demand is there.

The on site café provides a lunch menu of varying sandwiches and fillings and hot drinks.

Our friends at Wight Waters are offering Wight Locations guests 10% off any activity.

Email enquiries@wightlocations.co.uk for a voucher.

Wight Water Adventure Watersports Centre - 01983 866269

Things to do, Outdoor Life, Island Offers
April 25, 2013
Whatever the weather there is always lots of fun to be had on the Award Winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Discover the history of the locomotive engines and how they work in the museum, or just soak up the scenery as you chug along in the beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages.

The Steam Railway holds regular events throughout the year from Wine and Beer Festivals to music events such as the Jazz weekend and Victorian nostalgia weekends.

Haven Falconry has demonstrations most days of their impressive birds of prey.

As guests of Wight Locations, you can save money with our friends at the Steam Railway with Discount on Entry. Adults save £1.50 while Children (5 to 15 years) save 50p per ticket.

To take advantage of this offer Email us now to enquiries@wightlocations.co.uk and we will send you a voucher.

Don't forget the various classic car meets and the Christmas Mince Pie and Santa Specials!

Isle of Wight Steam Railway 01983 882204

Things to do, Island Offers
April 19, 2013
The Isle of Wight is not blessed with an abundance of swimming pools or fancy gyms and indeed we could really do with an Esporta or Virgin Active here, if you happen to see this Richard...

But for keen water babies you will always find somewhere on the Island to make a splash:

Waterside Pool, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Medina Leisure Centre, Newport - 01983 523767

The Heights, Sandown - 01983 405594

Waterside Pool, Ryde - 01983 563656

The 25 metre pool has a retractable roof so brings the sunshine to your swimming pleasure during the summer season.

West Wight Sports Centre - 01983 752168 - I personally like this one the best as, when I go on a Sunday morning there is never more than about 10 people in the pool at one time...

Things to do
February 8, 2013
It's been a long cold and wet winter which we thought would never end, but finally we are beginning to come out of hibernation and see the signs of Spring.  There is a glimpse of daylight at the end of the working day and the Daffodils are emerging from the previously dormant earth.

And so we make our mental markers of things to look forward to... and the first thing around this seasonal corner is Valentine's Day, followed by Mother's Day.  So why not treat Loved ones and Mothers of all ages to a weekend away just across the water on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

Massage and Spa experiences on the Isle of Wight

Stay in one of Wight Locations wonderful self catering properties and enjoy the flexibility that brings. Indulge in breakfast in bed, take a bracing walk in the beautiful countryside or along a wind swept beach, return for a bubble soaked bath and order in a lovely takeaway.

And during your stay why not spoil yourselves to an afternoon chilling at the fabulous 4 star Lakeside Park Hotel with a massage treatment before or after a delicious 2 course lunch with wine or afternoon tea.

You can spend some quality time in the hydro experience which includes a 10 x 5 m heated indoor hydro-pool with integrated shoulder massage jets, spa pool, sauna, steam room and the ultimate in hydrotherapy - a fragranced 'Experience' shower to stimulate, awaken and revitalise the senses.

Massage and Spa experiences on the Isle of Wight

Or if you want to be really lazy why not get the pampering and massage to come to you with Relax Isle of Wight. Relax are professional beauty and holistic therapy specialists who will come to you in your holiday home and can do anything from facials and beauty treatments to Indian head massage, body massage, Reflexology and Reiki.

If you just want an excellent massage I personally recommend Catherine and Deborah at U Beauty in Godshill (in my opinion as a qualified holistic massage therapist, the best massage on the Island) - 01983 840613.

But who needs an occasion to just get away from it all. And if you're single, no need to miss out.  Bring a friend or three and enjoy all the same treats!

Things to do
January 28, 2013
Isle of Wight - UK's Jurassic Capital

Yes it’s true… according to a new Dinosaur Map of Britain compiled by Dr Paul Barrett, Merit Researcher from The Natural History Museum, the Isle of Wight has just been declared the UK’s Jurassic Capital, even beating the famous Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Obviously, as Islanders, we already knew this, as can be seen by some of the great Dinosaur attractions we already have on the island.

Where to Go...

One of these, and an authority on the great beasts that roamed our small island millions of years ago is Dinosaur Isle. What is great, is that they even have monthly Fossil & Geology walks, Exhibitions & other events, so whenever you want to visit, there is an event for you.

With many of our properties located on the East coast of the Island we are perfectly placed to provide you with a base for your fossil hunting trip… Whitecliff Bay is described as “a geologists heaven”, other key areas on the Island can be found on the UKfossils website.

  • Eotyrannus, a relation of the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex, was found by Isle of Wight based amateur collector Gavin Leng in 1997 in the south of the Island. There is now a one third scale model — about one metre high — has been created.

  • Visitors to Compton Bay can also see four different types of dinosaur footprints, including Eotyrannus and the fearsome Neovenator raptor, in the display.

  • According to the experts, 125 million years ago the Isle of Wight, then part of the mainland, was an ideal dinosaur habitat. Fossil collectors and paleontologists find the area known as the Wealden Outcrop, is prime dinosaur hunting territory. The south coast, between Compton and Sandown, erodes by as much as 30 feet a year, uncovering a layer of soft clay that regularly gives up dinosaur bones and other fossils.

  • Today, visitors exploring at low tide near the island's south and east coastal cliffs can see giant fossil footprints at Hanover Point just along Brook Beach in West Wight and they could find much more. A bone from the neck of a giant Sauropod, believed to be 85 feet long, was found along this coast.

Click Here... to search our properties for a cottage which best suits your fossel hunting locations.

We Love!, Things to do, Outdoor Life, Dinosaurus
January 21, 2013
As we enter winter it's nice to have something to look forward to so why not book a long weekend away. Put aside the money saved on giving up smoking, wine, treats or whatever indulgence you used to partake in and use this for a little break away, or just reward yourself for achieving your mid term goals.

Wight Locations has some fabulous properties which are cosy and comfy this time of year, so check online or give us a call on 01983 811418.

Pack your wellies and come and explore the Island on foot, taking in the wonderful sights on some of the famous walks and get some fresh air and exercise at the same time.

Ray Mears visited the Isle of Wight to film for 'Wild Britain' in 2013. The ancient woodland undergrowth is undisturbed as the Island has no deer, providing a perfect habitat for different species such as badgers, stoats, newts and the very cute but endangered dormouse. And of course there is a thriving Red Squirrel population here.

Fresh Air and Walks on the Isle of Wight

Godshill to Appuldurcombe Circular Walk

Coastal Path Dinosaur Walk - Brighstone to Niton

Chilton Chine & Brighstone

Cowes to Yarmouth Coastal Path

Medina River Walk

Nunwell Trail

Ryde to Cowes Coastal Path

St Lawrence to Sandown - Coastal Path Pub Walk

Tennyson Trail

Yarmouth & Fort Victoria Country Park

The Boat Trail - Cowes

Things to do, Outdoor Life
December 13, 2012
Monday 27th May 2013 3 day Refresher Training - All ages - All classes - All levels

Monday 15th July 2013 All Members Training Week - All ages - All classes - All levels

Monday 22nd July 2013 Adult Week - Aged over 18 - Pico, Topper, Laser, 420, S.V.O.D., Mermaid. – All Levels

Monday 29th July 2013 Senior Cadet Week + Opi Squad - Aged 12 to 18 - Pico, Topper, Laser, 420, Buzz, Wayfarer, S.V.O.D. Hobie 16– All Levels + Opi squad

Monday 29th July 2013 3 day Cockles Club - Ages 2 to 4 & Ages 5 to 7 – Lots of Fun Activities (including some afloat) but no Sailing.

Monday 5th August 2013 Junior Cadet Week - Aged 8 to 12 - Opi, Pico, Topper, Wayfarer – All Levels

Monday 12th August 2013 All Cadets Week - Aged 8 to 18 – Opi, Pico, Topper, Laser, 420, Buzz, Wayfarer, S.V.O.D. Hobie 16 – All Levels

Monday 26th August 2013 3 day Refresher Training - All ages - All classes - All levels.

RYA Instructor Courses available for Dinghy sailing, Keelboats, Multihulls or Powerboating.

Seaview Yacht Club - 01983 613268

We Love!, Things to do, Outdoor Life
December 6, 2012
Liz Earle is a multi award winning Natural Active Skincare beauty brand which was created in 1995.

Based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, the company has always followed strong principles and philosophy about the ingredients and processes used to affordable choice of products that work on every skin type.

Liz Earle, Natural Skin and Beauty Products, Ryde, Isle of Wight

If you fancy a bit of pampering whilst staying on the Island, or would like to get an extra special gift to take home to a loved one, take a visit to the shop in Union Street, Ryde or better still book a treatment.

Take the on line skin consultation test to see what products best suit you.

"Liz, through her in-depth research, became a specialist in botanical ingredients, natural health and well being. As a beauty editor, author of over 30 books and TV presenter, she became a well-known and respected authority in these areas. Meanwhile, Kim gained an in-depth understanding of the beauty industry and developed expertise in the formulation, packaging, retail and marketing of cosmetics."

Wight Locations has an increasing number of great self catering properties in Ryde and surrounding areas.

Liz Earle - 01983 813913

Shopping, Things to do
December 1, 2012
Want to make the most of your holiday by planning everyday in advance?

Wight Locations are delighted to be working with Islebookit.com, a new website offering a growing number of activities and services that can be pre booked.

Islebookit Plan your Holiday activities and treats before you arrive on the Isle of Wight

There is also an opportunity to take advantage of some great discounts.

Whether you want to book a round of golf or a pampering massage, an excursion on the Steam Railway or sea kayaking in Freshwater, the site enables you to secure a booking before you arrive on the island.

One less thing to worry about. Don't waste any of your precious holiday time trying to decide or organise things to do or places to see once you are here, jump online and pre book with Islebookit.com.

We Love!, Things to do, Planning your Escape, Island Offers
October 6, 2012
Ever wondered what those circular lumps of concrete were in the middle of the Solent when you are sailing over to the Isle of Wight?

Spitbank Fort was an historic sea fortress off the coast of Portsmouth. It was formerly home to hundreds of soldiers guarding the Portsmouth coastline, storing a mass of arms and ammunition to ward off potential invaders.

It is now the most exclusive luxury hotel and venue on the south coast,  offering nine bedroom suites, three bars, three restaurant areas, and spa facilities.

Only accessed by boat, you can hire your own private fortress for exclusive use, special events, private parties, wedding receptions, music videos and corporate hire. How cool is that?

Spitbank Fort - 01494 682 682

Whilst on holiday in one of Wight Locations' many self catering properties on the Island, why not book an experience to remember? You can treat yourself to a 3 course Sunday lunch at £95 pp or a 4 course  Twilight Dinner at £125 pp at this unique and special venue.

Top Tip - Book up well in advance to ensure you do not miss out!

No Man's Land Fort is nearly three times the size of the Spitbank Fort and is going to be completely refurbished over the next two years to transform it into an amazing spa, hotel, events venue and filming location. Ideal for the next James Bond film I would think...

Dining Out, Things to do
September 12, 2012
Whatever the weather there is always lots of fun to be had on the Award Winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Discover the history of the locomotive engines and how they work in the museum, or just soak up the scenery as you chug along in the beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages.

The Steam Railway holds regular events throughout the year from Wine and Beer Festivals to music events such as the Jazz weekend and Victorian nostalgia weekends.

Haven Falconry has demonstrations most days of their impressive birds of prey.

Don't forget the various classic car meets and the Christmas Mince Pie and Santa Specials!

Isle of Wight Steam Railway 01983 882204

Things to do
August 27, 2012
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival - 22 to 30 September

With the glorious victories of the British cycling legends that are Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy along with the whole team GB cycling team, we have a lot to be proud of and a renewed enthusiasm in cycling in this country.

The Isle of Wight's annual Cycling Festival returns again where metal is tested on this most hilly of Islands (not to mention the roads – Top Tip - bring puncture kits…)

But why not join in the renaissance and come along for the ride?

You can be as lycra clad and committed, or relaxed and amateur as you like – do the gruelling Hills Killer challenge or saunter along on the more easy scenic routes such as Yarmouth (I personally like the pub routes – punishment and reward…).

And there are bikes to hire of every type – I am a big fan of the electric bike – perfect for easing yourself into a new hobby.  Cycle until you feel stretched and then let the bike take the strain – brilliant…

The Island is beautiful at this time of year and if it's anything like last year the weather will be too. Wight Locations has plenty of availability for this time, so book one of our lovely self catering home from homes and enjoy all the Island has to offer.

Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

Wight Cycle Hire

Isle Cycle

We Love!, Things to do
August 1, 2012
Oasis is really like an oasis, an treasure trove of a shop out on it's own in St Helen's, selling great gift ideas and tasteful items to dress the home, as well as a selection of unique natural wood furniture, with lots of items originating from Bali and all around the world.

They have a huge array of scented candles, glassware, jewellery, dried flowers and art.

The surprising thing about this store is that everything is very reasonably priced.

And if you get carried away, they can arrange delivery to the mainland for you!

And after all that shopping, put your feet up in their cafe, where everything is freshly made, from the sausage rolls and pasties to freshly baked scones daily and bread pudding.

Oasis, St Helen's - 01983 613760

Shopping, Things to do
July 18, 2012
Calbourne Water Mill is one of the oldest working water mills in the country dating back to the Domesday Book over 1000 years.

Located to the west of Newport in 35 acres of beautiful countryside of oak woodlands, ponds and mill stream the mill makes a fascinating and fun filled day out for all the family.

View the milling process at 3pm daily and visit the pottery to see the potters at work and get your hands dirty in the family Clayplay area.

You can take a punt down the river, play golf on an 18 hole putting green or croquet on the lawn. See all the animals roaming the grounds, from badgers to red squirrels and feed the peacocks, doves, ducks and fish.

The fully licensed cafe restaurant is a 17th converted cattle barn and serves up delicious freshly made snacks and meals.  Sunday roasts are so popular you are advised to book.

Guests of Wight Locations can enjoy a 10% discount on Entry and then any further visits will be FREE during their stay. Contact us on 01983 811418 or email enquiries@wightlocations.co.uk for your voucher.

Calbourne Water Mill has plenty going on in a wonderful setting to make a fabulous day out for all the family.

And why not finish the afternoon with a lovely meal at the Blacksmiths Arms just down the road, serving great home cooked food and reputedly the best Sunday roasts on the Island

Calbourne Water Mill - 01983 531227

We Love!, Things to do, Island Offers
July 11, 2012
With over over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths, around 30 miles of Heritage Coastline and more than half of the Island recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Isle of Wight is a wonderful place to enjoy a spot of horse riding.

A few stables such as Sally's Riding School in Bembridge will even saddle you up and take you for breathtaking rides along the beach, subject to the tides of course. They will guide you along picturesque bridleways, country lanes, and beaches within close reach avoiding roads wherever possible.

They have a mix of horses and ponies so they can take children and adults, experienced and novice riders. They will provide hats, and basic tuition as required.

Brickfields Horse Country is BHS (British Horse riding Society) approved and offer rides out in the country. Hacks are available for half an hour, an hour or more.

Other horse riding stables include the Allendale Equestrian Centre (BHS approved) near Godshill, which offers country rides and picnic pub rides and Hill Farm Stables in Freshwater.

Horse riding fans should visit the Island at the end of March and enjoy the Grand National & Ashey Scurry, or take a visit to Mottistone Manor and Gardens where the now legendary War Horse spent his retirement years.

Things to do, Outdoor Life
June 18, 2012
Being an island, it is inevitable that a lot of activity, fun, competition and focus is on the water surrounding us.

The island has long had a reputation for sailing and over the years Cowes has become a Mecca for sailors of all types.  Whether it be in a dinghy, a rib or a super yacht, sailors from all over the world make the pilgrimage here to compete and compare and generally make a splash.

Cowes is the harbour town where all the sailors congregate, the races start from and the shops reflect this, with the likes Musto and Henri Lloyd available on every corner.

So with summer upon us there are many sailing events bringing Cowes to life.  One of the first will be The Round the Island Yacht Race in June, followed by the Superyacht Cup, Cowes in July, and then, of course, Cowes week in August which attracts competitors from amateurs to Olympic and World champions.

Whether you are participating or a spectator Cowes is buzzing with an air of carnival and festival.  There are plenty of great vantage points around the island to settle down with a picnic and your camera and take in the spectacles.

And why not take to the water yourself for a bit of a thrill?  Try a half hour rib ride and take in the sights of the island from a different viewpoint or you can choose a more classic boat and take a leisurely cruise round.

There is no shortage of great places to eat and drink and be merry in Cowes any time of year.  For fine dining try Lugley’s, or The Red Duster.  For great pub grub a little way out of Cowes but in a fantastic location at the water’s edge is The Folly. Corrie’s Cabin does the best Fish & Chips and there is a great selection of Asian restaurants to indulge in such as China China and Saffron.

For a bit of culture pop over to Osborne House in East Cowes and see how Queen Victoria lived in her self catering holiday home on the Island…

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle for a couple of hours, visit the peaceful and serene Quarr Abbey to while away a few hours in quiet contemplation and visit the Tea Garden and Farm Shop.

Gurnard, just along from Cowes has a lovely beach and fantastic views across to Portsmouth.  Northwood Park has 26 acres of gardens to stroll through and The Little Gloster is a fantastic place to eat and sit out enjoying the views and the Woodvale offering great pub dining and the best sunsets over the Solent.

There are countless ways to enjoy the water here such as Surfing or Windsurfing and even the little ones can enjoy the water too with Wightwaters Adventure Watersports offering Wight Locations guests 10% off. Or how about a fishing trip with Cachalot Charters?

Or do you prefer to be in the water?  One of the nicest places to swim is Whitecliff Bay, a beautiful, sheltered long sandy beach near Bembridge.

(Photo courtesy of Available Light).

However you enjoy the water, Wight Locations has over 140 self catering properties across the Island for you to choose from including many new properties with summer availability.

And don't forget Wight Locations guests get discounted rates on Wightlink and Redfunnel and 20% off Hovertravel.

Things to do, Location Spotlight, Outdoor Life
June 18, 2012
To celebrate the London 2012 Olympics, The Superyacht Cup Cowes 2012 will take place from 22-25 July 2012 in Cowes, UK.

In association with the Royal Yacht Squadron, this event was made famous by the first America's Cup in 1851, originally called the Hundred Guinea Cup.

The Superyacht Cup Cowes takes place over three days racing and four days social activities and will include social functions ashore at the Royal Yacht Squadron and various other venues.

Come and watch these amazing crafts navigate around the Island from one of the many great vantage points. We can all dream!

After the regatta, owners will have the opportunity to watch the start of the sailing Olympics in Weymouth, or attend the Olympics Opening Ceremony in London.

We still have some self catering holiday cottages available for July so book now to avoid disappointment.

Things to do
May 24, 2012
Mottistone Manor is a National Trust property in the village of Mottistone on the west of the Isle of Wight. The Elizabethan Manor is a listed building with beautiful gardens and has since found fame through the recounting of the story of Lord Mottistone’s War Horse.

The Mediterranean styled garden is set in a sheltered valley making the most of its southerly position.

Explore the olive grove, a small organic kitchen garden and a traditional tea garden set alongside The Shack, a unique cabin retreat.

The family still live in the house but bequeathed the estate to the National Trust.  It's not usually open to visitors but once a year the family invites you to step inside and take a look around their home.

Come and see where War Horse and his owner Lord Mottistone  enjoyed their well earned retirement years.

Wight Locations have a growing number of unique and individual self catering properties on the West of the Island.

We Love!, Things to do
April 19, 2012
The Island has over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths, round 30 miles of Heritage Coastline and more than half of the Island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With over 140 self catering properties, the team at Wight Locations will be able to accommodate you in some lovely relaxing home from homes to rest your weary feet at the end of a days walking.

Check  Self Catering Cottage Availability for The Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2012.

The unique micro climate means we are always a few degrees higher than the UK, and the weather in May usually being lovely, makes this a popular holiday Island for walkers, attracting over 17,000 visitors in 2011.

Click here for a full calendar of events

Things to do
April 5, 2012
The displays are held at Appuldurcombe House, once the grandest and most striking house on the Isle of Wight.

Created in 18th century baroque style, this can still be seen today in the partly restored building. Capability Brown was known as Englands greatest gardener, designed over 170 parks, one of which was Appuldurcombe with its 11 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens.

Take a picnic, stroll around the grounds, seek out the red squirrels, watch the falconry displays and generally relax... What a perfect day out!

Appuldurcombe House

White Falconry

Things to do
March 20, 2012
Tennyson Down just south of Totland provides exhilarating walks over beautiful open downland 482 feet up with sheer chalk cliffs and dramatic sea views. Once a favourite haunt of Alfred Lord Tennyson, these stunning downs are named in his memory and are home to flower-rich grassland, butterflies and cliffs teaming with sea birds.

This National Trust owned land was named after the famous Poet Laureate who lived at the nearby Farringford for 40 years. Whilst scaling the heights you must visit Tennyson's monument erected in 1897 in his memory.

Discover the last 150 years of the headland's military history at the Needles Old Battery and New Battery, and take in the spectacular rock pinnacles after which the headland was named.

This spectacularly sited cliff top fort, built in 1862 due to the threat of a French invasion, contains military history exhibitions spanning both World Wars.

In the 1950s and 60s the famous Black Knight and Black Arrow rockets were secretly tested here before being launched from Australia. The Needles New Battery now contains an exhibition about the part the site played in Britain's race for space.

Headon Warren is the largest area of heathland on the island, with impressive limestone cliffs which tumble into the sea at Totland Bay. From the summit, you can really appreciate the stunning panoramic views of the West Wight and the Dorset coastline and explore the distinctive Bronze Age burial mound on the top of the hill.

Wight Locations has an increasing number of quality self catering accommodation on the west of the Island if you want to base yourself in this beautiful area.

Things to do, Outdoor Life
March 16, 2012
Speedway bikes have no brakes, one gear, a clutch and 500cc engines which run on methanol and can accelerate to 60mph, faster than a Formula 1 car!

To get round the tight corners of the circuit the riders have to accelerate to bring the rear wheel out and initiate a skid.

For fast and furious family entertainment visit the track at Newport for ringside seats.

Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm.

Check the site for the latest fixtures.

Isle of Wight Speedway

Things to do
March 8, 2012
No matter what the unpredictable British weather is doing, there is no need to be stuck indoors. The whole family can get competitive playing Ten Pin Bowling or taking a few turns on the Ice.

Ryde Super Bowl, Ryde, Isle of Wight

At the Ryde Superbowl there are some great deals to be had for family tickets, 2 game deals,  or evening sessions that include a drink.

Ryde Superbowl

To enjoy the thrill of the ice and music, why not take advantage of the Disco Sessions which take place 4 times a week.

Or if you prefer, try the Nice 'n' Easy Sessions every day.

And if you want to perfect your triple salco you can learn to skate with professional coaches, the Galaxy Gliders!

Planet Ice

Things to do
March 7, 2012
Situated just below St Catherine's Down near Ventnor on the south coast of the Isle of Wight is Blackgang Chine.

Established in 1843, the amusement park is allegedly the oldest in the UK. It combines a great mix of amusements, natural pastimes and historical exhibitions.

The park has 2 heritage attractions in The Cliffhanger Roller coaster which is 400ft up right next to the cliff's edge  and the 100ft long Waterforce water slide.

With the Hedge Maze, Butterfly Walk, and Smugglerland being some of the many attractions the little ones will be kept occupied for hours.

For a taste of history, check out the award winning heritage exhibition at the World of Timber in the setting of the Old Water Mill.

There is plenty for all ages to enjoy an action packed day out.

Buy a 7 day ticket and you can visit as many times as you like and also get entry to the wonderful Robin Hill Country Park.

Blackgang Chine

Things to do
March 3, 2012
Wight Locations is a big fan of Robin Hill Country Park which has 8 acres of beautiful landscaped woodland gardens to explore. You can learn about red squirrels and nature or find out about our rich Roman history.

The park has a huge variety of play areas and four main ride experiences for the little ones including an exhilarating toboggan ride, and why not catch a Free Ride with the Big Green Tractor Train.

There are daily falconry displays where you can learn more about our feathered friends and experience them flying right over your head!

White Falconry has over 5 years of experience and prides itself on the quality of its birds, having just enough birds for the demonstrations.

White Falconry also commit a large part of its resources into rehabilitation of wild birds of prey.

A 7 day ticket allows you unlimited access to Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine.

Robin Hill Country Park

White Falconry

We Love!, Things to do, Outdoor Life
February 13, 2012
The Island has plenty of golf courses for visitors to enjoy, without the need to be a member.

Whether you want to practice your swing, putting or get straight to the 19th hole there will be a course on the Island for you.

For the real professionals, Sandown & Shanklin course and Freshwater Bay have 18 holes, while others have 9 or 12.

Some offer training sessions with the Explanar training system, such as Westridge Golf Centre which is a 9 hole 'Pay as you Play' course.

Map with Contact Info of Golf Courses on the Isle of Wight

Things to do, Outdoor Life
February 1, 2012
Puckpool Tea Gardens and Park in Seaview near Ryde, was once a Victorian Fortification Battery guarding the Solent. It is situated in a sheltered bay with a very sandy and gently sloping beach making it great for the little ones.

Now an historic monument with amazing sea views, sandy beaches, and beautiful gardens, it has a children’s play park, tennis courts, mini golf, petanque, putting.

A fourth generation baker cooks up speciality ‘Pucka Pizzas’ to order in a stone based oven, and there is a full menu of daily specials, homemade burgers and snacks and cream teas.

There is also a licensed bar serving wines, beers and cocktails to help you with your crazy golf! There is also a putting green, two tennis courts and kids park.

Things to do
January 27, 2012
Isle of Wight Pearl showcases the largest collection of pearl jewellery in the UK with pearls originating from around the world.

‘In Greek mythology Pearls were created when Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, rose from the foam of the sea and cried tears of joy which fell as Pearls. Since that time Pearls have been associated with love and beauty. Pearls are the only truly organic gem, produced by a living creature.’

We are delighted to announce that Isle of Wight Pearl are now offering Wight Locations guests an Exclusive Offer of a voucher entitling you to £5 off when you spend £40.

Click here for your £5 Discount Voucher - coming soon!

And our friends at Isle of Wight Pearl are also offering Wight Locations guests a special discount at The Pearl Cafe when you book The Pearl Academy!

In a 30 to 40 minute interactive talk at the Pearl Academy you will hear all about the history of pearls, culturing and farming them and how to tell the difference between real and synthetic pearls.

Remember to book! - 01983 740 352

Isle of Wight Pearl

Shopping, Things to do
January 27, 2012
All Zumba addicts relax!

When staying with Wight Locations, there is no need to miss out on your regular Zumba session while here. You can find a session in the vicinity of your self catering accommodation across the Island and you do not need to be a member.

For those who do not know ~ Zumba is basically high energy dancing to music ~ great fun for anyone who is (like myself) allergic to gyms!

'Zumba was created by Beto Perez from Columbia who one day forgot the music for his aerobics class. The only music he had was a selection of CD's from his car. With that mixed bag of music, the class he taught proved to be very popular & the rest is history'.

Zumba uses the principles of resistance training and fitness interval training to enhance a calorie output.  It is a method of combining easy dance steps with movements that sculpt the body.

This is a great fun filled hour for all the family on a rainy day...

A 1 hour session cost £4. Top Tip ~ Take water!

Zumba on the Isle of Wight

Things to do
January 16, 2012
Guests of Wight Locations can now enjoy a Special Temporary Membership rate to The Isle of Wight Sports Club in Seaview.

So while staying in our self catering holiday homes, there is no need to miss out on your fitness regime!

Facilities include an Olympus all weather tennis court, badminton, squash, air conditioned gymnasium. There is a lovely indoor swimming pool with poolside steam room and Male and Female saunas.

Adults pay just £8 per day, Juniors £4 and Children £3. Juniors and children must be supervised by an adult. The club is open Monday to Friday 8am to 9.30pm and weekends 9am to 7pm.

Contact our team on enquiries@wightlocations.co.uk and we can email you a Discount Voucher

Isle of Wight Sports Club, Seaview - 01983 613 108

Things to do, Island Offers
January 5, 2012
Rib Charter is a fantastic and exhilarating way to enjoy the sea and view the spectacular coastline of the Isle of Wight.

Like a big dinghy with a massive engine on the back, the Rib is very safe and stable. Described as the 4x4 of the sea, as used by the Coastguard, Army, etc.

The boats are lightweight and powerful, so they can reach very high speeds on the water and tend to bounce across waves giving a thrilling ride at sea.

Available for 1/2 hour, 1 hour and 1/2 day or 1 day charter.

If you do not fancy the rib why not try the 42ft Gentlemens motor yacht for a more leisurely, smoother and more comfortable ride.

High speed rib trips from Yarmouth Harbour to the Needles start from £15 per person.

First Contact Boat Charters

Solent Rib Charters

Top tip - Enjoy your lunch and refreshments after your thrilling ride! The Bugle Coaching Inn in Yarmouth is a member of the Good Pub Guide and a great place to get your breath back.

Things to do, Outdoor Life
December 15, 2011

Over 750 feet above sea level on St Catherine's Down above Chale, is the 35ft tall octagonal tower St Catherine's Oratory, locally known as the Pepper Pot. This medieval light-house was built in 1312 and is believed to be one of oldest in Britain.

The Oratory was named after St Catherine of Alexandria who lived here from about 287 to 305 AD. Further along St Catherine's Down is the Hoy Monument, built by Michael Hoy in 1814 to commemorate the visit of the Tsar of Russia to Great Britain.

There is a second light-house on the coast at St Catherine's Point built in 1836 and later another one that it is still in use.

Because it is so far above sea level and built on a mound in the middle of the downs, this National Trust area around the Pepperpot is a bird watchers paradise as the birds are all at eye level.

After a bracing walk on the downs, refresh and refuel with a lovely meal at the Wight Mouse Inn in Chale. They have an extensive quality menu and huge dining area. This family friendly pub restaurant has a very large garden out the back and plenty of parking.

Hidden Gems, Things to do, Outdoor Life
December 15, 2011
Built around 1700 this is the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight and and has most of its original machinery intact. It last operated in 1913 and this year celebrates 50 years of ownership by the National Trust.

You can climb the four floors and take in the fantastic views from the top, then follow the milling process back down.

There is an I Spy trail to keep the children entertained and National Trust members get FREE entry. Refreshments are available, but please note there is no toilet there.

The Windmill marks the start of the Culver Trail, which takes you on a 3 km stroll round Whitecliff Bay and Culver Down.

Relax back in Bembridge with a nice pub lunch at The Windmill Inn or a lovely meal at the renowned Crab and Lobster Inn.

For those preferring a nice tea and cake must try Lottie's in Bembridge for home made cakes to die for.

Things to do
December 13, 2011
Like something out of myth and legend, Carisbrooke Castle is best known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. You can see the room from which he twice tried to escape, before eventually losing his head at the Tower of London.

The castle is wonderfully preserved considering it has lived through more than 800 years of service, including resisting a siege by the French and seeing off the Spanish Armada.

Families can enjoy a great value day out here where children can dress up as soldiers or follow a Donkey Quest and Carrot Trail meeting the castles famous donkeys that still work the well in the Medieval Well house.

Grown-ups can play bowls on the very green Charles used and can explore the new Edwardian style Princess Beatrice Garden. Or they can venture to the battlements and climb the keep leading to fabulous views across the Island from the top.

Comedian Phil Jupitus narrates a film about characters from the castles past and there are interactive displays to try out, including a crossbow to fire and costumes to try.

Carisbrooke Castle

Things to do
November 26, 2011
Once the Islands capital, Newtown is in the north west of the Isle of Wight. It is on a spider shaped inlet on the River estuary, Newtown Creek, and the area is a National Trust Nature Reserve.

The 17th century quay began life with boats delivering coal and taking corn and developed into a major seaport trading local salt and oysters. It is now popular with yachts and sailing dinghies.

Today, Newtown is a tranquil place where you can wander along the footpaths through the old streets and visit the beautifully restored Victorian church, and the town hall.

The combination of salt marshes and mudflats, woodland, hedgerow and meadow means that it supports an abundance of rare wildlife and it is a paradise for both birds and birdwatchers.

After soaking up the views and wildlife relax and refresh in the nearby UK Good Pub Guide Award winning dining pub, the New Inn at Shalfleet.

Things to do, Outdoor Life
November 16, 2011
The Old Smithy in Godshill is a real surprise, stocking an extensive range of stylish boutique clothes and accessories from fashion houses around Europe.

Stroll through the beautiful gardens and browse the shops. There is a huge range of gifts from cards to collectable's, books, pictures, candles, pens, pottery, glassware and much more.

You can find a perfect unusual gift for someone or just treat yourself!

There is a also cafe on site which serves hot food, lovely cakes and cream teas.

The Old Smithy

Shopping, Things to do
November 15, 2011
Godshill Park Farm in Godshill is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Enjoy a 2 hour trek with these beautiful creatures through the 270 acres of undulating farmland and unspoiled woodland and ponds. Enjoy the peace and fresh air, and being at one with nature for while...!

After your leisurely trek enjoy the best cream tea in Godshill at The Hollies Tea Garden, served warm and complete with fresh strawberries.

Walking with Llamas & Alpacas

Things to do, Outdoor Life
November 7, 2011
The Owl & Monkey Haven is the Isle of Wight's newest award winning attraction.

It provides a safe, happy environment for homeless primates & birds of prey. The Haven is not a zoo or animal collection, but a sanctuary built to the highest standards with large bespoke enclosures to suit the inhabitants needs.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit this exceptional sanctuary, where many rare and endangered species that have never been seen on the Island before are cared for.

Owl & Monkey Haven

We Love!, Things to do
November 4, 2011
When the surf's up the Isle of Wight has quite a few spots on the Island to ride the waves.

So whether you are a hotdogger or a sponger or just want to spectate, you can enjoy the best of the Island's beaches!

Compton Bay and Freshwater are both popular watersport beaches.

Isle of Wight Surf Club

Surf Report

Surf Report

Things to do
November 4, 2011
Steephill Cove is a traditional, unspoilt fishing cove with a sandy beach, nestled between rocky cliffs and smugglers' coves. And it has a great reputation for the freshest crab and lobster.

Enjoy traditional pleasures, from rock- pooling, watching children building sandcastles, the fishermen unloading their catch, to feeding the donkey or simply relaxing in the sun.

Possibly the prettiest place on the Island, it is situated by the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor. The bay has no road access, so it is noise and pollution free beach.

Steephill Cove

Hidden Gems, We Love!, Things to do
November 1, 2011
The Indian summer may be over but the Island takes on a wild and rugged feel in the winter and holds a different kind of beauty.

Whether you are a nature lover, a keen walker or you just want to get out and enjoy the magnificent views of landscapes and seascapes, there are plenty of walks and even guided walks on the Isle of Wight for you to enjoy.

And after a bracing wander through national trust countryside or over stunning cliff tops you usually find yourself in a warm, welcoming and cosy pub to refresh and relax in!

Check out these sites for more information:

Wight walks

Walking Routes

Gift to Nature

Pub Walks

IOW Ramblers

Things to do
October 19, 2011

Being fortunate enough to have a sea view here on the Isle of Wight, I love to gaze out of my window and spot the cruise ships go by.

Ship SpottingEverything that leaves Southampton and Portsmouth sails past my window through the channel to somewhere exciting.

When I spot a cruise ship in the distance I jump on my computer and go to this website which tracks them live, so I can see which ship it is and which wonderful destination it is heading off to.

Live Ship Tracking Isle of Wight

Cruise Routes and Timetables

Things to do
October 18, 2011
Sometimes its the one off experiences or activities that make our holidays so memorable.

Particip8 Events & ActivitiesWhile planning your trip to the island, why waste your precious holiday time when here? Why not plan some special activities in advance?

Particip8 is a one stop shop designed to take all the work out of booking and arranging special things to do or see, and may even inspire you with ideas to try something different.

Take a ride in a luxury fast charter or indulge in a photography experience. Join in a pamper party or try your hand at wine tasting. Take part in a home cooking course and provide some great fayre for your stay whilst in our self catering properties.

Particip8 Events & Activities

Things to do, Planning your Escape
September 22, 2011
London Olympics & Cowes Week

For those early planners amongst you who are already getting organised for next year;

whether you want to join in the excitement of the London Olympics or escape to island instead, the Olympics event is taking place from 27th July through to 12th August.

For this reason, Cowes Week here on the Isle of Wight has shifted to week commencing 10th to 18th August, so remember this when you decide to pay us a visit!

2012 London Olympics

2012 Cowes Week

Things to do, Planning your Escape
September 8, 2011
As part of the lead up to the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival on the 17th-25th September, Wight Locations are publishing a few of their favourite cycle routes around the Island. Here's our first!

Newport to Cowes

The off-road Medina cycleway between Cowes and Newport is ideal for a short there-and-back ride. Part of National Route 23, this picturesque cycle track is a great way to enjoy the spirit of the Isle of Wight life. Starting at a super little pub in Newport called The Bargemans Rest and bringing you into Cowes to finish at a similarly fine establishment in the heart of Cowes - The Pier View Hotel.

Newport to Cowes with WightLocations

Things to do, Outdoor Life
September 5, 2011
Situated in stunning parkland in Seaview, just down from Wight Locations, is this multi award winning wildlife attraction.

The interactive park encourages visitors to join in with daily hands on wildlife events that are fun, educational and interactive.

Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Seaview, Isle of Wight

Come and enjoy the amazing array of birds and animals, from Penguins to Parrots, Wallabies to Meerkats. Observe the playful Otters, exotic Alpacas, Pelicans and over 100 beautiful flamingos.

Follow Dippy the Penguin on Facebook...

Seaview Wildlife Park

We Love!, Things to do
August 23, 2011
Axcess Electric BikesWhen staying with Wight Locations, why not hire an electric bike? There are many cycle routes on the island and these are great for exploring and enjoying the fantastic views of sea and countryside. A great percentage of the island is National Trust land and areas of outstanding natural beauty so well worth the outdoor adventure. And you can do as much or as little of the hard work as you like!

Axcess Electric Bikes

We Love!, Things to do
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