Rainy Days

Tapnell Farm

Eat, Drink, Play...Repeat.... these are values that our friends over at Tapnell Farm hold dear. They want you to indulge in the very best holiday experiences at the Farm and so have endeavoured to bring you all manner of activities, all under one roof...

Amazon World

Wight Locations, Amazon World, Arreton

Amazon World Zoo Park in Arreton is the Islands largest exotic animal attraction, with a large array of creatures from all over the world (not just the Amazon)

There are a variety of different areas to explore, including jungle rainforests with colourful rare birds flying above you and crocodiles watching you from the pond, and hot sandy desert area with armadillos, giant tortoise and the always popular and mischievous Meerkats! There’s also a Madagascar region where you can get up close to some very friendly Lemurs.

JR Zone

This large indoor play facility is based in Newport and is the perfect place for the kids to let off steam on a rainy day. It caters for toddlers keen to explore their environment, right up to after-hours laser tournaments for the teens.

The play area is open from 10am - 6pm, seven days a week, and the cafe serves hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks - so that's lunch taken care of too!



Dinosaur Isle, Sandown

Wight Locations, Dinosaur Isle

Situation a stone’s throw from Sandown seafront, Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur attraction. Built in 2001 with help from the Millennium grant commission, this modern building has been designed to be reminiscent of a flying Pterosaur.

Once inside you will see dinosaur skeletons as they are found by the fossil hunters and can watch the experts preparing the latest exciting finds from the Islands beaches.

Brading Roman Villa

Brading Roman Villa, Wight Locations

Brading Roman Villa can be found at the very end of the quiet village of Brading, nestled underneath the Downs. It can count itself as one of the finest Roman settlement sites in the UK. The award winning visitor site and museum has received lottery funding and offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain. An extensive collection of Roman archaeology is exhibited there as well as some of the best preserved mosaic floors in Northern Europe.

Open Studios

Our arts scene explodes in July when local artists welcome art-lovers to their studios or to view demonstrations of their work in public venues across the Island. Visitors can enjoy art of all kinds, watch artists at work and talk to them about their styles and influences.


Chessell Pottery & Award Winning Cafe, Chessell, Yarmouth

Wight Locations, Chessell Pottery, Chessell

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.

Swimming on the Isle of Wight

Wight Locations, Swimming, Ryde

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:

Medina Leisure Centre, Newport - 01983 523767

The Heights, Sandown - 01983 405594

Year round fun on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Wight Locations, Steam Railway, Haven Street, Ryde

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.