Crossing the Solent is pretty exciting as you look across the water at an Island waiting to be discovered.
Adventure begins with a journey
Hovertravel, Wightlink and Red Funnel run regular ferry services from the south coast of England: Southsea, Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington. Crossing times vary from 10 minutes by Hovercraft and 22 minutes by high speed foot passenger methods from Portsmouth or Southampton, to approx..40 minutes from Lymington, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Why not bring the car or use public transport when exploring the island. Bus stops are easily accessible from four of the five ferry services, with just a short walk required to the nearest pickup from the terminal at Fishbourne.
Bike Hire is another popular option and these days you can even go electric! Whatever mode of transport you choose, there just so many things to do on the Isle of Wight for families and one day is never enough.
Great days out with kids
So whether your child is obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, cowboys or just love discovering new things, this itinerary will help you to make the most of your visit.
With exciting cliff-top rides, life-size moving dinosaurs, pirate ships, fairy villages and a cowboy town, Blackgang Chine, near Ventnor, is positively bursting with wonderful attractions that will stretch kids’ imagination as well as their legs!
As soon as you think of the Isle of Wight the iconic image of the world famous chairlift taking you to see the needles rocks and coloured sands spring to mind. The Islands most famous landmark attraction – The Needles – has so much more to enjoy than the stunning views, it is a destination not to be missed. The range of attractions includes the spectacular chairlift ride to the beach and the sand cliffs. At the sand shop visitors can make there own unique coloured sand souvenir.
Robin Hill Country Park near Newport, also provides a fantastic blend of rides and adventure play a to delight young visitors. There’s a quarter mile downhill toboggan run, a swinging galleon and a 4D HD motion cinema. The African Adventure and Squirrel tower provide challenging adventure play for older children while toddlers will enjoy the Cows Express train ride and the mini houses of Duck Down Village.
History comes to life
Looking for a good day out that is good fun for the children but also interesting for you? Osborne at East Cowes was the family home of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children – five boys and four girls. The Queen spent many enjoyable hours at Osborne beach and her children learned to swim here. So why not take to the water and paddle or swim from Osborne’s sandy and shingle beach? Then enjoy a mouth-watering ice cream from the cafe before heading off to one of the exciting playgrounds where little ones can run and jump to their hearts content.
Make sure you visit the official Isle of Wight tourism website for travel and holiday information: www.visitisleofwight.co.uk