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Island of Isle of Wight, England

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There are lots of things to do on the island, such as visiting our amazing Beaches, getting involved in the Festival atmosphere with events such as Bestival and Rhythmtree, and taking part in many other family orientated activities.

LOCATION : Situated just off England's South coast and less than 2 hours from London via the Isle of Wight Ferry, the UK's Holiday Island andDinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year.

THINGS TO DO:
ISLE OF WIGHT BEACHES
One of the advantages of being surrounded by water is that wherever you are the beach is never too far away. Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe. With miles of award winning sand and shingle beaches, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and clear waters, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to the Island. The beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor all have very popular esplanades with a great selection of cafes, shops and facilities to enhance your “day at the beach”. Ryde and Appley offer the largest stretch of open sands, perfect for games and activities, with great views back across the Solent to the mainland.

BLACKGANG CHINE
Overlooking the stunning South coast of the Island and set in beautiful cliff top gardens, Blackgang Chine offers an enchanting experience like no other. Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides - waterforce water slides, cliff hanger roller coaster and pirate barrel ride - you'll find adventures around every corner, something for all the family.
One of our most popular attractions, Cowboy Town, will be bigger and better this season! The town has been re-modelled to include new buildings like the National Bank with its safe and gold bars, a tin tabernacle Church and a new General Stores where all would-be cowboys can stock up on provisions and get their own 'wanted' poster! For the little ones, there's a new covered tots play area.
Plus Restricted Area 5, the high security enclosure that contains life size moving dinosaurs is welcoming some NEW arrivals; a family of life size moving Triceratops! Explore Restricted Area 5, get up close and personal with dinosaurs of all types including an Argentinosaurus, bigger than a double decker bus and on one of the largest animatronic T-Rex in the country, but only if you're brave enough!

Opening Time: Park opens 21st March 2015 - 1st November 2015. See website for full details of opening times and events that take place throughout the 2015 season Some indoor attractions & rides close up to 45 minutes before park shuts. Ride operating times, cafe facilities and shop opening times vary, depending on time of season. Last admission to parks is one hour before stated closing time.

Joint Park Tickets: Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill offer a combined park ticket, allowing unlimited entry to both of the Island's favourite parks for a 7 day period. Not only does this ticket allow you the freedom to visit as many times as you like, when you like within the validity period. It also saves you money compared to purchasing tickets individually at each park. Please contact Blackgang Chine or Robin Hill for further information and prices.

Driveless see more experiences: The Islands Coaster bus travels the Islands South coast dinosaur sties and drops you off easily at the Backgang chine bus stop for this family fun historic theme park. Catch the Coaster bus at stops between Ryde and Freshwater. Alternatively take the Route 6 bus from Newport or Ventnor. Both routes carry four buses a day and the coaster bus even takes bicycles for free!

VENTNOR BOTANIC GARDEN
Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Protected by the chalk downs of the Ventnor Undercliff, VBG boasts an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants.
Normally found in protected glasshouses, that plants at VBG thrive in geographical plantings based on the Mediterranean zones of the world.
Begin your day with a meander through the Med garden, then go down under in the Australian and New Zealand Gardens. In the afternoon, chill out with the cacti and agave in the Arid Garden and then find some sun in the South African Terraces.
All ages and generations of the family can spend quality time together exploring or relaxing in the beauty and tranquility of the Garden. With Guided Tours, led by VBG Volunteers departing daily (call ahead to check availability) a complimentary Children’s Trail worksheet and an outdoor playground, everyone can enjoy healthy, natural play in a safe environment. For the young and adventurous at heart, VBG has a lot more to offer and can be explored on foot, bicycle or scooter.
Visit the Tropical House and be transported to the rainforest, take a walk along the secret tunnel to the sea or step off of the pathways to discover secret places and see the rare and exotic plants at their best.
Stop off at The Plantation Room Café or the edulis restaurant to relax and refuel. Enjoy super fresh cuisine, from light snacks, lunches and afternoon tea, made from locally sourced produce and VBG homegrown fruit, vegetables and micro herbs.
Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop to pick up a souvenir of the day or visit the Gallery to see art and exhibitions from local artists.
Admission fees only apply to those entering the Garden. Entry to the Plantation Room Café, edulis restaurant, the Gallery and Gift Shop is free.

SEAVIEW WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER
Situated in a stunning parkland setting overlooking the sea this hidden gem offers all visitors a warm and friendly interactive wildlife experience where the focus is always on involvement. The dynamic Seaview Wildlife Keeper team deliver nine daily hands-on feeding presentations where guests can get up-close and personal with a vast array of tame and exotic feathered and furry friends!
Guests looking for an exclusive experience can now choose one of the unique, personal V.I.P. Wildlife Encounters. Keeper For A Day scheme is the ultimate for any animal lover wanting to experience a ‘ behind the scenes’ action packed day or the incredibly popular Junior Wildlife Experience geared towards the younger generation of animal lovers. Personal one-on-one encounters with Penguins includes meeting ‘Dippy’ the famous Isle Of Wight Penguin or have a private meeting with the Mischievous Meerkat Mob or even push the boat out and book a Combo Encounter and spend close-up time with both!
The ‘Wildest Place for a Special Date’ includes a 5* champagne lunch and is a perfect choice for a first date, honeymoon treat, anniversary celebration, birthday present or any special occasion!

ISLE OF WIGHT ACTIVITIES
With over 500 miles of footpaths the Isle of Wight is one of the favoured walking destinations in the UK, and it has also been voted one of the best places in the world for cycling!
The Island is also a great place for horse riding, with exciting opportunities to retread the steps of the famous war horse Warrior, and even go riding on the beach!
Discover Pure Wight and fill your time here with a range of exciting outdoor adventure activities including mountain biking, paragliding, sea kayaking and coasteering.
The Island is the perfect playground, boasting a hugely varied landscape just waiting to be explored - from sand dunes perfect for Segway riding to coastal caves surrounding colourful clear water ready to be dived into!
If it’s a more relaxing break you’re looking for, you could make the most of our wide range of wildlife and take a day out to go bird watching.
The Isle of Wight offers a wide range of courses, including yoga, art and golf!
You can also enjoy a peaceful days fishing by a lake, or go for a bit more of a challenge with a sea fishing charter.
The Island also offers some great festivals that you can take part in, including the Walking Festival and the Cycling Festival.

FOOD & DRINK
Finding great places to eat is one of the highlights of any holiday, and the Isle of Wight offers a fabulous array to cater for all tastes and appetites.

PAVILION CAFE-BAR: The Pavilion Café- Bar is situated on Ryde Esplanade, adjacent to Ryde Superbowl and the beautiful beaches and marina and within a few minute’s walk of the mainland travel links.

ROYAL HOTEL, VENTNOR: The visit to this award-winning restaurant will be the talking point of your stay on the Isle of Wight.

PRIORY BAY HOTEL, SEAVIEW: The award winning rosette restaurant serves local and home-made produce. It offers seasonal a la carte menus in our candlelit Regency Dining Room.

QUAY ARTS, NEWPORT: Quay Arts’ award-winning riverside Café Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a reviving hot drink or to relax for lunch.

THE PIANO CAFÉ, FRESHWATER BAY: The Piano Café and Mezze bar was once home to Queen Victoria’s Piano Tuner and has now been lovingly renovated to the popular café it is today.

BLUEBELLS AT BRIDDLESFORD CAFE, WOOTTON: Bluebells is the cafe and education facility and is located in what used to be the cows winter housing.

THE CLUBHOUSE CAFE AT SHANKLIN SEAFRONT: Club House Cafe is the ideal location for hot and cold light bites including sandwiches, panini and fish and chips.

CAFFE ISOLA, NEWPORT: This Italian coffee and panini bar in Newport serves a great selection of coffees including their very own roasted blend.

TRADEWINDS CAFÉ, SHANKLIN: Tradewinds Beach Cafe is a quirky eclectic seafront venue. With a surf shack style it serves great coffees and tasty food while you chill by the sea.

HELEN'S BISTRO AT THE BAYHOUSE: Helen's Bistro at The Bayhouse offers relaxed dining with local produce where possible. Stunning views of the bays, this is the perfect spot for an intimate meal for two or a special occasion.

THE PEARL CAFÉ, BRIGHSTONE: The licensed Pearl Cafe is the ideal place for a welcome break on your journey around the Island. You can enjoy freshly prepared, homemade lunches, snacks, cakes and cream teas whilst gazing over great views of the English Channel.

THE CEDARS, WOOTTON BRIDGE: With a lovely garden dominating two sides of the pub, The Cedars in Ryde isn't short on outdoor space. It's just as much fun inside too, where a warm welcome meets great beer and fabulous food.

THE BEACH SHACK (SANDOWN), SANDOWN: The Beach Shack is the first café on the Sandown to Shanklin revetment, a pedestrianised path which runs under the cliffs and along the beach between the two towns.

THE TAVERNERS, GODSHILL: The Taverners is a real country pub that is popular with locals and tourists alike. They buy their produce daily depending on what is available at the markets, from the farms & what has been caught, foraged, shot or hunted.

ACCOMODATION
When it comes to Isle of Wight accommodation, there are ample of stay options to suit all tastes and budgets!

Royal Hotel
Belgrave Road, VENTNOR, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ
Tel:01983 852186
Fax: 01983 855395

The Seaview Hotel
High Street, SEAVIEW, Isle of Wight, PO34 5EX
Tel:01983 612711
Fax: 01983 613729

Luccombe Hall Country House Hotel
8 Luccombe Road, SHANKLIN, Isle of Wight, PO37 6RL
Tel:01983 623029
Fax: 01983 863082

Tom's Eco Lodge
Camping & Caravan Site
Tapnell Farm, Newport Road, YARMOUTH, Isle Of Wight, PO41 0YJ
Tel:01983 897091

Shanklin Villa Apartments
Self-Catering
6 Chine Avenue, SHANKLIN, Isle Of Wight, PO37 6AG
Tel:+44 01983 866899

The Orchards Holiday Caravan & Camping Park
Main Road, Newbridge, Isle of Wight, PO41 0TS
Tel:01983 531331
Fax: 01983 531666

Chale Bay Farm
Bed & Breakfast
Military Road, CHALE, Isle of Wight, PO38 2JF
Tel:01983 730950
Fax: 01983 731661

BEST TIME
Whilst a beach holiday is often associated with good weather, the Isle of Wight benefits from an all year round appeal. During the autumn and winter months walks along our rural beaches are especially popular, as they provide some of the best landscapes and views of the Isle of Wight’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Neighbouring beaches Compton Bay and Brook both offer sandy shores with easy access to the coastal paths, and further round the West Wight coast is the picturesque Colwell Bay.

TRAVEL TIP
Please note some of our beaches have restrictions on dogs at certain times of the year


Source / Review By : http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/

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