Famed for its wonderful beaches, vintage coloured beach huts, iconic attractions and windswept cliff tops, it’s little wonder why the charming Isle of Wight is a hot spot destination.
All the best things come in small packages, and that certainly rings true for this little island. As a hub of activity, with plenty of places to visit and things to do all year round, your holiday will be jam-packed with adventure. Explore all of our favourite reasons to discover the Isle of Wight.
However you like to spend your time at the beach, this island has a beach for you. Sunbathing, surfing, sandcastle building or walks along stretches of golden sand. In Ryde, you’ll discover some of the most spacious beaches on the island. With gentle sand shelves and warm bathing waters, Beaches in Ryde are perfect for families. For a little more adventure head to the other side of the Island. Compton Bay is an unspoilt sandy beach, popular with surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers. At low tide, you mid even catch a glimpse of dinosaur footprints…
Turn back the clock 125 million years or so and the Isle of Wight was the perfect habitat for dinosaurs. Today, the 11 mile stretch of coastline that runs between Compton and Sandown is a hotspot for fossil hunters. Over 25 species of dinosaurs are currently recognised to have live on the Isle of Wight. Several locations along the coast reveal huge casts of dinosaur footprints which can be discovered at low tide. There is no telling what you could find on your holiday on the Isle of Wight!
The beautiful island celebrates its reputation as one of the best cycling destinations in the world. Not only home to some of the best landscapes, but there are also over 200 miles of cycle tracks for you to discover. Whether you’re an expert or casual cyclist, there are plenty of routes for you to try.
One of the most iconic features of the Isle of Wight, the famous Needle rocks and coloured sand is a destination not to be missed. The three distinctive chalk stacks are an unforgettable sight, so much so that the landmark has been named one of the seven wonders of the UK. The Needles got their name from the fourth missing rock which was a needle shape, known as ‘Lot’s Wife’. Lot’s Wife collapsed in a great storm in 1764 but despite the relatively stumpy shapes of the remaining 3 rocks, the name stuck. Surrounding the rocks you can find an array of attractions: travel the iconic chair lift for the best view of the landmark, boat trips around the lighthouse, dino jeep safari, glass blowing and more.
The Isle of Wight offers a fabulous range of eateries to cater for all. As soon as you step off the ferry you will be spoilt for choice with an array of pubs, tearooms, quality restaurants, cafes and more. From freshly caught seafood with a sea view to hearty Sunday roasts and a local ale. The Isle of Wight offers a range of tasty eating experiences.
Half of this wonderful island is protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to ensure one of England’s finest landscapes is conserved for generations to enjoy. Often described as a low maintenance England in miniature, The Isle of Wight has a rich variety of distinctive landscapes. From dramatic cliffs, hidden beaches, quiet estuaries, rolling countryside and the open chalk downs. There is so much to be explored during your stay.
The Isle of Wight is home to both wonder and adventure, tranquility and calm. There truly is something for everyone who visits. Whitefield Forest Touring Park offers the perfect base to explore all the best of the island from your base in the countryside near Ryde. Situated in a quiet forest setting, welcoming families, couples and dogs, discover Whitefield Forest Touring Park here.