A Perfect Holiday Destination
The Isle of Wight is one of Great Britain’s best-loved, traditional holiday destinations. Favoured by many over the years because of the sheer variety of attractions, landscape and history, it has played host to the annual family summer vacation now for nearly 200 years.
Visit some of the little towns and you could be forgiven for thinking you had gone back in time to a bygone age, yet others are continually attracting young, modern ‘stay-cationers’ in search of this hip, festival location. There are holidays in the Isle of Wight to suit everyone.
Those who appreciate their Royal history will already be aware that Queen Victoria’s island home, Osborne House is situated in East Cowes. It was the Queen’s love for the Isle of Wight that first drew it to the masses’ attraction and tourism started to take off.
The home is open to the public and this year marks 150 years since Prince Albert’s death, which is being commemorated with a series of walks to his favourite Isle of Wight places.
Cowes is best known for being a sailing mecca. The annual Cowes Week sailing regatta is embraced by all and sees thousands of people descend on the Isle of Wight, wanting to watch the races, soak up the jovial atmosphere or wangle access to exclusive sailing parties.
Of course, the Isle of Wight festival also brings the hoards over, promising big name acts. This year’s June event boasted Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters, Kasabian and many others. Predominantly festival goers camp over night, but many book bed and breakfasts, returning year after year.
Visitor Hot Spots
Families with children must visit the Isle of Wight, it is the law – or it ought to be! There is so much for the children to do: bottling different coloured sands at the Alum Bay Sand Shop, visiting the Needles or Carisbrooke Castle. Don’t forget the Donald McGill Post Card Museum, fantastic adventures at Blackgang Chine and or the magnificent tigers at the Isle of Wight Zoo.
Ultimately, it is a great holiday destination. A temperate climate, great accommodation and lots to do – perfect for the whole family. No wonder we love the Isle of Wight so much!