Although, the Island is quite small, there is lots to do and see. There are plenty of Isle of Wight attractions to suit all tastes and ages. Places of interest, historical buildings e.g. Osborne House & Carisbrooke Castle, are waiting for you to explore. The Island is a walkers paradise, with over 300 miles of footpaths and also ideal for cycling.
Some notable local attractions are:
A chine is a deep narrow ravine formed by water cutting through the soft sandstone. Formation of the Chine has taken over the last 10,000 years and today it is an area of peace and tranquillity with lots of natural fauna and flora.
The Shanklin Theatre is housed in a building dating from 1879 which at one time became the town hall. It is open throughout the year where it hosts a professional summer season, as well as local amateur dramatics, a children’s stage school, the Isle of Wight Dance Festival and workshops for visiting school parties. At Christmas time there is a pantomime.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Most of the Isle of Wight’s 54 miles of railway was closed between 1952 and 1966. However it has a unique atmosphere which has been preserved by the largely volunteer-run Isle of Wight Steam Railway, which began operating trains in 1971. The locomotives and carriages have been lovingly restored to pristine condition. The oldest locomotive dates back to 1879.
Isle of Wight Walking Festival
The Celebratory Walking Weekend in October 2008 was so popular that it is now an annual event. The island has over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths around 30 miles of Heritage Coastline, while more than half of the Island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Sun, Sea and Sand Cycling
This annual cycling festival takes place in September and attracts riders from all over the country
The Isle of Wight Festival
Dating back to 1968, one of THE annual festivals!
Isle of Wight County Press
the local newspaper helps you see what it going on…
Isle of Wight Zoo
The zoo is home to Britain’s largest collection of tigers but also cares for a wide range of other animals including lions, leopards, jaguars, lemurs, monkeys, snakes, spiders and lizards. All the animals are housed in naturalistic enclosures that encourage them to display their natural behaviours. place throughout the day.
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