Adventures can take place at most places around the island, and here’s a list of some of the best adventures you can take part in!
Fun for Kids
Goodleaf Tree Climbing Adventures is one of the best adventure activities in the UK. It’s located in a secret field in the Isle of Wight, and you can begin your ascent up the tree at your own pace. The views from the highest point of the tree are worth the trip, followed by some homemade refreshments and a cup of tea! And once you’ve done all that you will then have the opportunity to explore the tree some more with branch walking and hanging upside down. This is a great activity for all the family, but if you have children under 8 you will need to contact them before booking!
JR Zone is the local indoor activity centre and laser arena on the Isle of Wight and what’s even better it’s suitable for any age! The adventure play is of course for the younger ones, up to the age of 12, but the laser storm can be booked for families or an adults only party! The play area is open from 10am to 6pm every day, and it’s a single price for an all days play session! So if the weather does take a turn for the worse whilst you are on holiday, the indoor centre will please you all!
If you fancy taking a stroll through the country but fancy doing it differently why not get in touch with the Allendale Equestrian Centre. Located on its own Bridleway just outside Godshill, you are off the main roads, and get to enjoy some of the islands best scenery. All rides are escorted so even those who aren’t that experienced are in safe hands! Or if you fancy learning to ride you can book in to take a lesson with them!
Island Recon is the islands only Airsoft Combat, located in Shorwell. A full day of combat, otherwise known as Paintballing, you can take part in the fun with a small group or the family. It’s a great idea for the groups that visit the Island, making it an ideal base for those celebrating a special occasion here on the Isle of Wight. Having only being formed in 2007, this is relatively new to the Isle of Wight, but is still a resounding success!
Paragliding and Flying
Looking to take a ride far above the Island? Then look no further than the Vectis Gliding Club! The club offers trial instructional flights to people of all ages, and are a perfect present for your other half! You can only fly at the weekends, and on Wednesdays between March and October, and of course the weather could play a part in your flight not being able to lift off! But all that aside, it’s a trip like no other, and you could always book to do it again with one of their special offers!
High Adventure is a fully registered British Paragliding and Hand Gliding Association (BPHA) school, and based here on the Isle of Wight. You can take a short course, lasting either one or two days to get you started or you could come along to get either your student or club pilot’s license, or you could simply do a Tanden flight with one of the instructors. So if you fancy seeing the Isle of Wight from a slightly different point of view, then you could treat not only yourself but your family or partner to a trip they’d never forget!
The Isle of Wight is also very popular for its water activities. From sailing to diving to kayaking you can do pretty much anything around the coast!
Wight Water Adventure Watersports can offer a broad range of water based activities for all ages and levels of experience. They cater for groups and individuals as well as small families with children of all ages. Have you ever wanted to learn how to bodyboard or kayak? Then Wight Waters can help. They are based on the East side of the Island, at Lake, which is between Sandown and Shanklin, and host BBQs, summer parties and beach games as well as the organised water sports activities. Get in touch with them and make those dreams of surfing and windsurfing a reality on the Isle of Wight.
If you want to take to the water and do some Kayaking, try the Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking company for a great day out. They are regarded throughout the UK as one of the South’s Sea Kayaking specialist’s. Activities vary from exposed tidal races to the more sheltered harbours and creeks and can help develop your experience however little you may have. You can spend the day kayaking visiting some of the island’s cliffs, caves and sheltered bays by kayak, as well as spending the day with the family or meeting new people who want to experience the same journey as you. There are three trips a day apart from Friday’s and Monday’s, where there are two trips, so you can pick the best time to suit you!
Island Divers are located in Cowes and offer a full range of PADI courses from beginner to technical diving. Suitable for children aged 8 and up, you can experience Scuba diving under the watchful eye of the instructors, and even get to grips with it in the pool at UKSA. If you’ve been diving before you can jump into some of the more experienced diver’s courses or you could go pro if you’ve done it plenty of times before!
Paddle boarding is the new craze that has taken the seas by storm. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding or SUP, is suitable for all ages and abilities, and once mastered you can go anywhere to experience a different level of boarding. “Board Meetings” are taking place in Sandown and Gurnard, so you can learn on flat water and then transfer your new skills to a more dramatic tidal front.
Pedal and Paddle are the Isle of Wight leaders in Paddle Boarding and have plenty to offer guests coming to the Isle of Wight. If you have never paddle boarded before a one hour course at Colwell Bay or Gurnard will get you started at your own pace! As well as this, they also offer Isle of Wight SUP Rentals using Red Air inflatable paddle boards. These boards can fit in the back of a car or be carried on your back so you can take it away and enjoy SUP all over the Island. They provide free delivery if hiring for 2 days or more. You can either just rent boards for your holiday (if you have paddled before) or have a lesson with them and take it away for the rest of your holiday.
Cycling and Cycle Hire
Apart from the usual water activities and adventure activities you can also do a lot in land and outside! A good way to get about on the Isle of Wight is to go Cycling. So whether you want to bring your own bikes or arrange to hire some there’s plenty of people out there who can help you get around.
There are a range of places where you can hire bikes from on the Island.
If you don’t fancy the traditional bike rides around the island then try AXcess Electric Bikes Ltd, based in Lake. They are available from around £25 per day, and are only available for those over 14 years old, but are a particular favourite amongst those who don’t find bike riding that comfortable. They can be easily charged up as they have a Lithium Ion Battery fitted to them. They can be used with or without the electric charge behind them, so you can cycle like normal half the way and then flip the switch to power the bike up and make it easier for you.
1st Call Car, Van and Cycle Hire are based in Sandown, and offer bikes for all ages, with all varieties of tag on’s. So if you have very small children then you can add a trailer tent onto the back of your bike and put up to two small children in there, meaning everyone can get involved! Or if you’re a couple and fancy riding together, then why not hire a tandem for a different cycle ride!
Based in Cowes, Top-Gear Car, Van and Cycle Hire also offer bikes for all ages and have a variety of tag on’s. So if you can’t get to Sandown, then try Cowes for bike hire and tandem hire in the West of the Isle of Wight.
For the real keen riders out there, come along in September for the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival. With a wide range of organised cycles, some free and some with donations, the most popular cycles will need to be booked in advance! So bring your own bikes along for a great week of on the Isle of Wight cycling.
If cycling and Watersports aren’t your cup of tea, what else has the Isle of Wight got to offer you? Well Sailing is a favourite on the Isle of Wight, and whether you’re a complete novice or an expert looking to dip your toe back in the water, there is something to suit everyone!
Sailing and Fishing
Griffin Marine Services – The RYA Motor Cruising Powerboat and PWC Specialists are based in East Cowes and offer powerboat training, Jet Ski training and motor cruising. To do some of the courses you will need experience, and you will need your own boat, Jet Ski or powerboat!
Based in Ventnor, Ocean Blue Sea Charters offer a variety of adventures from their main location. You can discover the beautiful south on a sea safari or take part in a short mackerel fishing trip! These are great on a sunny day and a brilliant way to discover all the sea’s creatures from the safety of the boat!
If a day’s sailing is what you fancy then Sail for Fun has it all. If you want full hands on experience or to simply sit back and relax then they can cater for all your needs. A day on the Solent is perfect for any occasion, and you could either stop somewhere around the island for lunch or eat at anchor, the choice it up to you.
And if you’d prefer to simply see the island by boat there are a number of cruises available around the coast. Some of the most popular ones are Solent and Wight Line Cruises Ltd and the Needles Pleasure Cruises. You could tour around Cowes or pop over to Portsmouth for a day trip to visit the Spinnaker Tower or Portsmouth Naval Base with Solent and Wightline Cruises. Or if you fancy seeing the needles up close, the Needles Pleasure Cruises depart throughout the season from Alum Bay beach and take you on a tour around the coast.
Fishing on the Isle of Wight is another great hobby here, and there are a variety of boats and locations around the coast where you can go off for a day’s jolly. Otherwise there are lots of local spots where you can bring your own fishing gear and settle downs for a day’s peace all on your own.
For a variety of trips Blackrock Charters offer trips for the whole day, or just half the day. You can turn your hand to mackerel fishing, salt water fly fishing or winter cod fishing trips. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own rod or no experience, you can hire equipment from them, and they’ll show you how to use it!
Or you could go Sea Angling with Cachalot Charters. They’re licensed for 12 and fully equipped for a day’s fishing at sea! Rods, tackle and bait are all available to hire and beginners are also very welcome!!
Finally, the Isle of Wight is very popular for its walking. Wherever you are based on the Isle of Wight there will be plenty of local walks, and even those that are over the other side of the island are easily reach by public transport or car. There are walks to suit your mood, the most obvious ones being beach and coastal walks. There are walks through the countryside, off the main roads and in peace and tranquillity. There are walks that can last from as little as you desire to a circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight, around 60 miles long. The best place to get information on Island walks are the nearest tourism information office’s, where they will be able to help you tailor a walk to your needs and abilities. Otherwise try some of these National Trust recognised walks.