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!?

The Garlic Farm

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!

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Blackgang Chine

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.

 

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Beaches

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!

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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.

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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!).

 

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17 Responses to Summer days on the beautiful Isle of Wight

  1. Rana Singh says:

    Such a beautiful boy. Thanx for sharing your article and loved your writing skills + your photography too.
    Thanx for sharing

  2. Sonia says:

    Ooh it looks like you had an amazing time – we’ve never been to the Isle of Wight x

  3. I’d love the Garlic Farm, I came across them at the Good Food Show. #countrykids

  4. Globalmouse says:

    I love the Isle of Wight – my favourite is the beach at Osborne House. Beautiful.

  5. Kara says:

    We have the same sand picture!! Love the Isle of Wight or Wigget as we call it

  6. Otilia says:

    Such a nice place for a family holiday!

  7. Coombe Mill says:

    It looks like you had a fabulous time out and about exploring the different activities available on the Isle of Wight. The Blackgang Chine looked like a great place for the boys to run around and let off steam. The beaches look like a great place to spend the day. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  8. Sonya Cisco says:

    We had a fab family holiday there a few years back, lots to do and lots of nice pubs with crazy golf and mazes in their gardens for the kids. Must head back soon!

  9. Oh I’ve not been for many years but have fond memories of taking the children in Nannied for to Blackgang chine

  10. Rachel says:

    The Isle of Wight is something I have never been, yet so many people say it is really worth visiting x

  11. Granny says:

    Looks really good fun and lots of memories xxxx

  12. Mummy of Two says:

    I’ve always quite fancied the Isle of Wight. It is great to know there is so much there to keep the children entertained.

  13. Lori says:

    I have never been to the Isle of Wight but this and dinosaur fossil hunting has me hooked! Thanks for sharing x

  14. I’d love to visit the Isle of Wight, those beaches look beautiful and the idea of a little island really appeals to me for some reason!

  15. Sam Thurley says:

    Such lovely photos, i can remember my grandparents bringing me back a glass bottle with the coloured sand in. I wish i still had it…….Oh well, maybe a trip back is in order xxx

  16. We went year ago and thought then it would be a great place to go with kids. Your pictures are wonderful x

  17. Oh wow, I think my boys would love to go to here. It is just such a journey for us. We adore camping

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