Last Summer we took a family break to the Isle of Wight. It was our first time ever to the Isle of Wight and we stayed in our trusty tent for four nights at the Adgestone Camping and Caravan club site. The site was lovely – it even had an open air pool! We spent many afternoons just chilling on the site whilst the boys had fun in the pool (under our close supervision obviously – as well as the rather over zealous lifeguard!) and in the play areas.
The weather was amazing – looking at the photos you would think we were in the South of France!
Close to the campsite there is a vineyard selling their own produce. Honestly that was not the reason we camped here but we did pop in for a bottle and it was delicious!
So, where did we go!?
Here we had a tractor/trailer ride around the farm with the owner, Colin Boswell no less, giving us the lowdown on the family’s history at the farm and reassuring us that he certainly is the aficionado on all things garlic!
We also had a garlic themed lunch in the cafe, after trying out lots of yummy food products, and the kids enjoyed feeding the chickens and playing in the fields. A great day out!
I don’t think you can visit the Isle of Wight without going to this theme park. It was perfect for the kids – lots of things to climb on, look at and ride on. It had a quaint charm to it and amazing views.
The boys favourite bit, I have to say, was the (probably not very politically correct but brilliant nonetheless) Cowboy Town where lots of children were basically running around with cap guns shooting anything that moved. There was the county jail, saloon bar and livery stables and I thought we were going to be there all day! There really is too much to do in one day at Blackgang Chine so it is really good that for one visit you can go back as many times as you like in the week! We did go back again for the fireworks one evening which were spectacular.
There is nothing more than kids like than a beach to dig and the sea to paddle in and the Isle of Wight has some beautiful beaches. We loved the one at Ventnor, which also had a delicious tapas bar on the seafront.
The Isle of Wight is also famous for its fossils and dinosaur remains that can be found on the beaches. We visited Brook Bay and scavenged through the stones, taking home a stack for the boys to show at school. There were some amazing shapes and colours!
We also paid a visit to the Needles, where you can get a cable car down to the beach and even a boat out to the peninsular. There is also a funfair/park and from what I had heard I expected it to be a bit tacky but it was actually quite good and we had fun.
In the sand shop the boys chose a glass shape and filled them with the different coloured sands from Alum Bay.
We only had a few days on the Isle of Wight as we were heading to the fantastic Camp Bestival but I would love to return this year to the Isle of Wight to sample more of the delicious food, visit more of the beaches and also go to Osbourne House, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s family home.
I also quite fancy the Isle of Wight festival which this year has Billy Idol headlining (scream!).