How to get to the Isle of Wight

There are various routes to get to the Isle of Wight, and all of them will involve getting a Ferry across the water to start your magical island journey! There is a choice of ports that you can arrive to from along the South Cost. Both Portsmouth and Southampton run a fast cat foot passenger ferry service, where visitors can park their cars up and travel to the Isle of Wight by […]

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Christmas on the Isle of Wight

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Every year we get asked what is there to do at Christmas on the Isle of Wight. Whilst many think the Isle of Wight shuts down, there is actually a lot to see and do over the winter months. The Christmas festivities always start in early November with the Osborne House Victorian Christmas. You can experience the spirit of a true Victorian Christmas where Queen Victoria and her family often […]

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Play at Tapnell Farm

Tapnell near Freshwater opened in 2016, and has been a huge success as a family venue. The jumping pillow has been the star attraction , but the playbarn and restuarant have a big following. Also you can hire bicycles- info@wightcycle.co.uk or join in other activities through contact@adventureactivitiesuk.com. Head for Freshwater Bay PO410YJ www.tapnellfarm.com and it is on the Newport to Freshwater road.   The restaurant specialises in cow meat from […]

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Red Squirrels

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On the Isle of Wight only red squirrels are present and, with the Solent as a barrier, it is imperative that it stays this way. The red squirrel is the only native squirrel species in the British Isles. They have declined significantly on mainland England, mainly due to the introduction of the American grey squirrel. On the Isle of Wight only red squirrels are present and, with the Solent as […]

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Fly Fishing in association with Marvel Cottage

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Nestling in glorious scenery in the Medina Valley south of Newport are the Isle of Wight’s biggest and best stillwater fly fishing lakes. Formerly a syndicate members only fishery, a small number of rods are now available for visitors to the Island with priority being given to residents of Marvel Cottage and other self catering and Bed and breakfast properties within the Isle of Wight Farm and Country Holiday Group.   A cracking copper rainbow from Blackwater […]

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The Isle of Wight At War

Due to its strategic position near the entrance to Portsmouth and Southampton harbours, the Isle of Wight has been the focus of many a military invasion. Local author Fidelis Morgan marches briskly through the island’s bellicose history. “… As we learn by their own accounts, at the very moment such mist swirled over the surface of the sea that the hostile fleet, on station at the Isle of Vecta as […]

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Smuggling and Piracy on the Isle of Wight

blackgang chine used by smugglers

By Fidelis Morgan . . . On 8 March, a drug smuggler was jailed for 26 years for leading an operation to bring a record £90 million consignment of cocaine into Britain by yacht. He and five of his accomplices were caught by 150 Customs officers on the Isle of Wight after the smugglers’ landing was hampered by storms at the end of a 3,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic from […]

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Bats on the Isle of Wight

Bats are one of the most feared, intelligent – and threatened – species in Britain and they have their own hospital here on the Isle of Wight. Serena Allott talks to the couple who run it. Bats are the only mammals with natural flight; their large wings make them look bigger than they actually are. Their wing has similar bones to a human hand and arm, with very long extended […]

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Annual Brambles Cricket Match, Isle of Wight

Local writer and Cowes resident Fidelis Morgan is an enthusiastic fan of the annual Brambles Cricket match: When the full or new moon hits its perigee, usually as summer becomes autumn, the spring tide hits an annual low and at this point the dreaded Bramble Bank – a vast sandbank on which many a vessel has run aground –  is exposed for half an hour or so and becomes a […]

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Fort Walk, Isle of Wight

Local writer Serena Allott describes a summer tradition. For at least half a century a growing throng of people have marked the lowest tide of the summer by trekking through the shallows from Ducie Beach off Bembridge to St Helens Fort, set some three-quarters of a mile out into the sea off the Isle of Wight. The walk is a fixture of the Isle of Wight summer season and each […]

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Golf Courses on The Isle Of Wight

Despite its diminutive size, the Isle of Wight boasts seven golf courses. Two of these have 18 holes, several have stunning views and they all welcome visitors. One of our members, a golfer of 50 years standing, has played them all. Here he gives his candid opinion. Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club The Fairway, Lake, Sandown Tel:   01983 403217 www.ssgolfclub.co.uk Green Fees:   Mon-Fri £32.   Sat-Sun £40. After […]

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Literary Wight

A romp through the Isle of Wight’s literary connections and associations, by author and novelist, Fidelis Morgan, who lives in Cowes. …. come to the Isle of Wight: Where, far from the noise of smoke and town, I watch the twilight falling brown All around a careless ordered garden, Close to the ridge of a noble down. You’ll have no scandal while you dine, But honest talk and wholesome wine. […]

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Shipwrecks of the Isle of Wight

Many of the Island’s most dramatic wrecks were carefully recorded and described by twentieth century Isle of Wight resident Fred Mew.      The Isle of Wight has 60 miles of coastline, many of them treacherous. Over the centuries thousands of ships have been wrecked and many lives claimed. Towering cliffs, off-shore ledges of rocks and boulders lurking invisible beneath the sea, deep chasms which cause the sea to boil […]

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Carisbrooke Castle

Novelist, Vanessa Hannam, who has a house on the Isle of Wight, takes a tour of Carisbrooke Castle , which provided the inspiration for her latest novel. To understand the dramatic role the Isle of Wight has played in English history it is essential to visit Carisbrooke castle. As you walk up the steep incline to the moated and gated entrance, you will find yourself in a place with a […]

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Isle of Wight Weather

The Isle of Wight is one of the most southerly regions of the United Kingdom and enjoys the luxury of a milder climate and more sunshine than most other places in the UK, even others along the south coast of mainland Britain. The brighter, warmer climate is the reason why increasing numbers of visitors come to the island each year, some to the seaside resorts on the south-east coast, but […]

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Bed and Breakfast on the Isle of Wight

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Our bed and breakfast holidays on the Isle of Wight have everything for discerning visitors who really want to get away from it all in style. The island has a mild climate that’s the envy of the rest of the UK and its rural landscapes of unspoilt scenery offer a stunning backdrop to an indulgent, relaxing break, regardless of the time of year. The Isle of Wight’s hospitality is renowned […]

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Farm Holidays on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for visitors who want to explore the great outdoors and enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle of the towns of this beautiful island retreat. The Island boasts a surprising number of beautiful farmhouses set amidst magnificent landscapes with picturesque villages, countryside idylls with a relaxed, rural lifestyle and all offering delightful hospitality to visitors who are looking for a more […]

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Ferries to the Isle of Wight

There are various routes to get to the Isle of Wight, and all of them will involve getting a Ferry across the water to start your magical island journey! There is a choice of ports that you can arrive to from along the South Cost. Both Portsmouth and Southampton run a fast cat foot passenger ferry service, where visitors can park their cars up and travel to the Isle of Wight by […]

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Fossil collecting – Isle of Wight Geology and Palaeontology

A FOSSIL HUNTER’S PARADISE ISLAND “No other area of comparable size in England has such a variety of formations in easily accessible exposures and containing such a diversity and abundance of fossils.” (Alan Insole, Brian Daley & Andy Gale. 1998. The Isle of Wight. Geologists’ Association Guide No.60. London) An almost complete succession representing deposits laid down from the Early Cretaceous to the late Paleogene, a time span of almost […]

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