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Carisbrooke Castle Charles 1 was imprisoned in this ancient castle, and it was once the residence of Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria. Today costumed guides take visitors on tours through the castle and colourful events, exhibitions and the museum, bring the fortress to life.

Calbourne Water Mill & Rural Museum Standing in manicured grounds, this 17th century working water mill is well preserved and as it was when mentioned in the Domesday Book. Other items of interest on the site are the wind engine, rural museum, and the cafe and gift shop, and of course, the freshly baked bread and cakes made from flour ground by the mill.

Fort Victoria Model Railway Located at Victoria Station, Fort Victoria, Yarmouth, and with a mainline orbit of over 470 ft, this model railway has the largest and most advanced design in Britain, and the trains roll through superb scenery, bringing delight to children of all ages.

Blackgang Chine - Nr. Ventnor, Ventnor, the fishermen and smugglers have long since departed Blackgang Chine, and today nothing more sinister than a 40-acre park stands atop the cliff where once darker doings were done. Frontierland, Fantasyland and Nurseryland are various themed areas for children, and they include a 300 ft water-force boat ride.

West Wight Sports Centre Sports Centre with two swimming pools. Fun sessions in the pools every day in school holidays. Snorkelling, canoeing, swimming, trampolining and lifesaving lessons throughout the holidays and some term sessions. The only diving boards on the Isle of Wight! The Centre also has a gym, sports hall, meeting rooms and licensed cafe.
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Isle of Wight Activities

Peter Pan Playground Esplanade, Ryde, kick back and take it easy while the kids do their thing and wear themselves out for the night. Located on the Ryde Sea Front, and almost opposite the Ryde Castle there is a lot going on here for family entertainment.

Xtreme Play Drill Hall Road, Newport, take your toddlers and others for some indoor climbing and playing at this great purpose built play environment for children. A cafe and separate play area for toddlers gives mothers and care-givers a break, where they can enjoy a cup of tea knowing the kids are okay.

Appley Kids Play Area Appley Park, Ryde, bring your kids here for a chance to play in the sun while you catch a few rays yourself. With sun, shade and panoramic views of the mainland of Portsmouth across Ryde this is a relaxing and pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Ryde Dotto Train Operating on a circular route from Puckpool Park along the esplanade, round town and on to Summerfields in the town centre, the kids will enjoy a trip on this train.

Isle of Wight Parks & Gardens

Adgestone Vineyard - Upper Road, Adgestone, visit the oldest vineyard on the island, and enjoy some wine tasting and guided tours of the cellar. There is a gift shop for those all-important souvenirs and cafe for a quick meal or cup of tea.

Godshill Model Village The little people must have come in the night to Godshill. Here you can see an entire village of tiny houses made to a scale of 1/10, complete with teeny little gardens and miniature trees and shrubs. Check it out if you ever have had feelings of inadequacy, it will make you feel like a giant.

Ventor Botanic Gardens Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, 22 beautiful acres of plants, trees and shrubs can be explored in Ventnor Botanic gardens, among them rare and exotic species from far off lands.

The Gardener Manor Cottage, Hoxall Lane, these magnificent gardens with formal terracing, herbaceous borders, and an organic kitchen garden were laid out in the 1970's, as a perfect settling for the Elizabethan Manor House.

Isle of Wight Beaches

Colwell Not as frenetic as the other Isle of Wight beaches, Colwell is a small, sandy beach on the west coast of the island. With panoramic views of the Solent, and great opportunities for water sports, as well as the strong safety precautions in place, Colwell is popular with locals and visitors alike. The beach has received the Water Quality award and the Seaside Award Flag.

Gurnard Displaying both the Seaside Award Flag and Water Quality award Gunard is popular with families because of its gently shelving beach consisting of sand and shingle. Windsurfing and dinghy sailing are two sports enjoyed here, and there is a cafe for nourishment and pub for refreshment, making it one of the best holiday areas of Isle of Wight.

St Helens with the Rural Seaside Award as well as the Water Quality Award, St Helens is a peaceful haven for swimmers, especially those with an interest in the wildlife and birds that flourish in the adjoining National Trust Land. The view of the Bembridge Harbour offers great photo opportunities and is quite breathtaking. A car park, refreshments and toilet are all available.

Shanklin Beach forming part of Sandown Bay, Shanklin has a sandy beach and safe swimming and is only a few minutes walk from the Shanklin centre. Lifeguards patrol the beach and provide safety, while visitors enjoy water sports and beach activities.

Isle of Wight Restaurants and Bars

Isle of Wight Restaurants

The Apple Tree Cafe Newport Road, Freshwater, set in the orchard and gardens of Afton Park, this cafe serves home cooked food that would make your mother jealous. With an eye to everybody's health, they also serve gluten-free and vegetarian meals.

The Steamer Inn 18 The Esplanade, Shanklin, enjoy your meal while gazing over Sandown Bay and the channel from The Steamer Inn's excellent waterside location. Top quality entertainment, food and drink are yours for the taking in a perfect spot.

Wight Mouse Inn - Newport Road, Chale, bring your kids along to Wight Mouse World, where they can play on swings and climbing frame while you indulge yourself in good food, good wine, real ales, or some of the 365 whisky's (one for every day of the year).

The Octopus' Garden - 63 High Street, Cowes, Trevor Macnell needed somewhere to display his Beatles memorabilia, and so The Octopus' Garden came into being. It was a good thing too as this cafe has won a number of awards, as well as giving old hippies a right-on place to hang out.

Isle of Wight children's activities

Peter Pan Playground Esplanade, Ryde, kick back and take it easy while the kids do their thing and wear themselves out for the night. Located on the Ryde Sea Front, and almost opposite the Ryde Castle there is a lot going on here for family entertainment.

Xtreme Play Drill Hall Road, Newport, take your toddlers and others for some indoor climbing and playing at this great purpose built play environment for children. A cafe and separate play area for toddlers gives mothers and care-givers a break, where they can enjoy a cup of tea knowing the kids are okay.

Appley Kids Play Area Appley Park, Ryde, bring your kids here for a chance to play in the sun while you catch a few rays yourself. With sun, shade and panoramic views of the mainland of Portsmouth across Ryde this is a relaxing and pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Ryde Dotto Train Operating on a circular route from Puckpool Park along the esplanade, round town and on to Summerfields in the town centre, the kids will enjoy a trip on this train.

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