Things to do on the Isle of Wight

SailingClothing Store Reply Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Isle of Wight is the perfect place go on holiday as it has many things to offer due to its outstanding natural beauty and fun attractions.

Shaped as a diamond, the Isle of Wight is the largest island in England with 23 miles wide and 13 miles high.

Half of this island (population of 10,000) is protected as it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). It is one of UK’s well established holiday destinations.

There are many places to visit and fun things to do. Listed below you can find the best of what the Isle of Wight has to offer.

Sandown is a popular seaside resort on the southeast coast of the island.  This town is renowned for its long stretch of golden sandy beaches. Sandown is the perfect family resort and is home to the first purpose built dinosaur attraction – Dinosaur Isle, a fun filled family day out.

Another town known for its seaside tradition is Shanklin which can be found just south of Sandown. It has two beaches, Hope Beach and Small Hope Beach. There are plenty of beach huts available for hire.
Cowes, home of our Sailing Clothing Store, is located in the northern part of the Isle of Wight. Cowes is famous for its sailing events such as the Cowes Week held in August every year. Watching sailing races is a great family activity that gets everyone involved in the festival atmosphere of the event. You can also book sight-seeing tours and experience sailing yourself. This is a great opportunity to see the beautiful coastline of the island.

The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. It was first held in August 1968 where it was later banned. It returned after 32 years of absence in June 2002 and since then it has grown bigger and bigger. What sets the Isle of Wight festival apart from other festivals is its philosophy to plough all their profits back into the festival itself. This allows the event to improve year on year which gives festival goers a better experience.

There’s a wide range of restaurants that serve local food and drink – discovering these is a great way to get to know the local culture and experience local delicacies. It’s also worth paying a visit to the Isle of Wight Farmers’ Market in Newport.

The Island of Wight also has a rich artistic heritage. You will find plenty of opportunities to buy paintings and portraits as there are various art outlets on the island.

If you’re into shopping, then you might want to make a trip to Newport, the capital of the island. There are a variety of shops that will suit your every need from high street shops to designer boutiques. Newport’s nightlife is quite exciting with a variety of clubs, pubs and bars to choose from.

This short list of things to do on the Isle of Wight is just a snippet of what the island has to offer. For more information click here or even better book a holiday and explore the island yourself.

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