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Destination Focus: The Isle of Wight – a Pocket Paradise!

Escaping the mainland and hopping over to an island always adds a touch of magic to any break, however long or short, and what could be easier than the quick passage across The Solent to the Isle of Wight?

Situated just off the south coast of England - just over 2 hours from London via ferry or hovercraft - the Isle of Wight is simple to get to and a wonderful holiday destination all year round to explore.

Known for its great beaches and seafront proms like sandy Shanklin Beach and Ventnor, this pocket-sized Isle punches well above its weight!

You'll find buzzing year-round events, an impressive landscape of dramatic cliffs, wildlife-rich estuaries, patchwork fields and secret woodlands.

The Isle of Wight is dotted with enchanting towns and villages and picture-postcard pretty coast and countryside. Discover the unspoilt natural beauty of gentle cliffs, farmlands and creeks in the north west or the chalky cliffs, grasslands and rolling countryside in the south west, all part of the Heritage Coast. 

Check out the calendar of events for a trip to remember. Aside from the globally renowned Isle of Wight Festival, are scores of other events. Choose from the less well-known Jack Up Summer Party in August or the landmark sailing event of Cowes Week, from 30 July, the Round the Island Race, 25 June, the Hot Air Balloon Festival at Robin Hill, Ventnor Fringe Festival or family friendly Rhythmtree Festival in July. Check out a full events list here.

The Isle is regarded as one of the richest for Dinosaur discoveries in Europe with plenty of opportunities for enthusiasts including fossil hunting with experts on Dinosaur Fossil Hunts and Footprint Tours. There’s even the chance to encounter two baby Tyrannosaurus Rex in the new Dinosaur Experience at Blackgang Chine. Or visit The Needles Landmark Attraction to enjoy the special effects of The Lost World 4D at the recently added 4D Cinema. 

As stately homes go, few beat Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s family home and perhaps the Isle’s most famous attraction. Expect overblown Victorian opulence and extravagant interiors but also extensive grounds with stunning sea views, a beautiful walled garden and hothouses crammed with exotic plants. 

The Isle of Wight’s signature local produce is also well worth savouring, not least its Isle of Wight Gin Distillery in Ryde, its garlic, cheeses, tomatoes and gourmet tomato-based products, the iconic Minghella Ice Cream and Grazed Knee Cider. You can even sample the delights of Adgestone Vineyard Island Wines. 

Destination Focus: The Isle of Wight – a Pocket Paradise! Destination Focus: The Isle of Wight – a Pocket Paradise!
Destination Focus: The Isle of Wight – a Pocket Paradise!