Park Lodge, Ventnor Park with 18 hole putting green behind

Things to do on The Isle of Wight:

Well perhaps you've been to some attractions or maybe you do not fancy seeing some on this particular day and wish for a change -  here are some ideas and places:

Beaches.  If the weather is fine try one of The Islands great beaches! There are 12 personally recommended beaches in our beach guide.

Gift Shop browsing.  There are many places but some very popular ones spring to mind especially the smaller picturesque villages such as Shanklin Old Village, Godshill, and Bembridge.  Larger places are also good such as Sandown, Shanklin Town, Fishguard, Cowes, Ventnor, Newport, Brading, etc.

 Walks.  Well there are lots of 'em.  Large ones, small ones, coastal paths, forest walks the list is endless, but there are just a few which we have done above, go on get some FRESH AIR!

Try the The I.O.W. Cam site.  There are various types of walks, trails and maps with plenty of information and many really good pictures.  See also my links pages for other recommended websites about walking.

Boat trips.  There are some pleasure trips available from various coastal locations on The Island and one we have been on and recommend is the small boat trip from Alum Bay to The Needles Lighthouse.  This was not too long, and interesting because you can see a lot more from a boat than you would peering from Alum Bay and it was educational as well.  See The Needles, some of those pictures were taken from the boat on our trip.

Esplanade walks/browsing.  Our favourite is Shanklin Esplanade which is a good length with a quiet part toward the South end near to The Fisherman's Cottage pub and Shanklin Chine.  Some amusements and cafe's and the usual beach shops, pitch and putt with crazy golf.  3 Car parks and Esplanade parking, two lots of toilets.

Second has to be the Victorian look of Ventnor Esplanade which is less than half the size of Shanklin's.  One amusement arcade, some cafe's and The Spyglass Inn { and it's small antique shop opposite} and two other pubs with a few beach shops in between.  One car park behind and above The Spyglass and Esplanade parking, toilets.

Even larger and very commercialised is Sandown Esplanade and Pier.  Even bigger still is Ryde with it's own funfair although everything is spread apart somewhat.  Cowes and East Cowes are also an option.

Pubs. Plenty of these on The Island! See the pubs lucky enough to be in my recommended Pub Guide - from personal experience.

Next page for a combination of things to do in Shanklin Old Village area or take a look at local events for 2012.