Things to do

Walking with Dinosaurs...

Wight Locations, Walking with Dinosaurs

Ever wanted to...

  • Walk with a Polacanthus
  • Run with a Valdosaurus or
  • Fly with a Caulkicephalus?

When you visit the island on holiday, you can tread in the footsteps of these prehistoric creatures in the very place they were discovered 130 million years ago.  And, at the same time, you can find out more about their relatives, the dinosaur characters from the movie…Parksosaurus (the star!), Ankylosaurus, Gorgosaurus, Troodon…

The dinosaur hotspots!

Best Half term Free activities

Wight Locations, Rock Pool, Seaview

The school holidays don’t have to cost a fortune, especially when the Isle of Wight has so much to offer completely free!
We’ve picked some suggestions for keeping the family busy during the upcoming May half term, which are open to all and don’t come with any annoying entrance fees.

Half Term Happiness

Wight Locations, Amazon World, May Half Term

Planning your half term getaway to the Island isn’t just about picking the right cottage or booking your ferry crossing. Choosing the best activity to keep the whole family entertained is hugely important to planning a happy break.

We've picked some of our favourite recommendations below which should keep the smiles fixed for as long as possible, whilst you’re here on our wonderful Isle of adventure!

Easter at the Steam Railway

What's on at the Steam Railway this Easter

The iconic Island steam railway puffs its way around the Island this Easter. All aboard!

With fun for all the family there will be all manner of craft activities, the obligatory Easter treasure hunt, as well as stories and juggling fun provided by children's entertainer Greg Chapman. Don your Easter bonnet and join in the daily parade for the chance to win a prize.

The Steam refreshment rooms will be open for meals and the amazing Haven Falconry team will be presenting ferret racing and flying displays - not to be missed (or confused ;-)!


Ploughing Match

Now in it's seventh year, the Isle of Wight Ploughing Match is an event in memory of four local ploughmen, held in high esteem by the local community. It's a great opportunity to watch heavy horses plough alongside vintage and modern tractors. Entry is free and any monies given on the day are donated to Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Venue: New Wolverton Farm, Shorwell (signposted Shorwell Church)

Time: 9.30 - 4.30

For more information click here


Festival of the Sea

We have a number of wonderful music festivals now established on the Island. And we also have a festival which celebrates the sea rather than singing. That's right, Festival of the Sea sails into 2016, now in it's third year and having successfully navigated the perilous seas to safely come ashore as one of the Island's successful yearly events.

Electric Woods at Robin Hill

electric woods at robin hill

It was a cold clear night last week when we arrived at Robin Hill for their February half term Chinese New Year celebrations. I’ve been meaning to go for years but up until now, the two Little Boys have been too young, and the weather too worrisome. This year I was determined and we set off with much excitement and hats rammed on heads.

Our round up of Island music festivals

Acoustic Isle
24 Feb - 6 March
Hundreds of local musicians take to pubs, bars and restaurants to perform over this 12 day music festival. Simply book a table in a participating venue and enjoy your meal to your chosen musical genre!

Tapnell Farm Animal Rescue

Wight Locations, Seaview Wildlife, Wallabies

Back in November 2015, we were all very saddened to hear that the amazing and popular Seaview Wildlife Encounter would be closing its doors for the last time, after delighting visitors both young and old for the last 44 years!

The family run Park has always been a favourite of mine. When friends visit the Island with their children, it was always at the top of the list of attractions to visit, and I was always happy to join them to go and feed the Wallabies and Penguins.

Acoustic Isle

Roll back the years to the 1960’s and nobody would be surprised to hear that the Isle of Wight was a hot-bed for new and emerging musical talent. 1969 saw Bob Dylan plugging in his acoustic guitar and playing the Isle of Wight Festival rather than Woodstock. 120,000 people flocked to see him, opening the floodgates for over 600,000 fans the following year eager to lay eyes on the legendary Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.