Welcome to the wonderful world of island life. Pack your bags for a holiday you won’t forget. Enjoy the luxuries of staying in a self catering cottage on the Isle of Wight by getting out to explore the island this February half term.
If you’re planning on a short break or spending the whole half term on the island, there are plenty of things to keep all of the family busy. You might want to spend a few days in your cottage, getting acquainted with your surroundings and enjoying some quiet time together. But if you want to make the most of your trip and get out straight away, we’ve found a whole host of things to keep you (and the kids) busy throughout your stay.
From exhilarating watersports to calming sea views, whatever you’re looking for the Isle of Wight can deliver.
I like to ride my bicycle
There are plenty of cycle trails scattered across the island. A bike is possibly the best way to get around here. From the cliffs of Culver Downs to the streets of Cowes, cycling lets you explore places that you wouldn’t see whilst driving. Cycle from Ryde to Seaview and enjoy a little diversion around Puckpool Park for a relaxed afternoon doing something active and an easy way to make sure the kids sleep well that evening.
Lighting up the dark nights
From 10th to 25th February, Robin Hill Country Park is host to the Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’ exhibition. A beautiful light show embedded in the walks around the park. This event is popular with visitors and locals alike who return year on year to see the lights. A lovely way to lighten up those January blues. Do something a little different on the island this February half term.
Trekking the white cliffs
Much like Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, and Somerset, the Isle of Wight benefits from beautiful stretches of unspoilt coastline and well-maintained coastal paths. With an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty to the west of the isle and plenty of forests further inland, there’s a huge scope for places to explore. The white cliffs are particularly prominent around the Needles and Freshwater bay, making for some fantastic photographs.
Delving into island heritage
The Isle of Wight has a colourful heritage. Between beautifully preserved Roman villas in Brading and Newport and gorgeous Victorian landmarks, there’s plenty of history to discover on the island. Osborne House, the summer home of Queen Victoria, have Victorian fun and games to try from 12th to 16th February.
Searching for red squirrels
Red squirrels are the cutest. And with them being a speciality to the Isle of Wight, where they’ve been protected from angry grey squirrels by the Solent, the biggest challenge of your break should be trying to spot one. Searching for red squirrels is a great way to keep kids going on longer walks (and keeping them quiet, too). Top spots for finding reds include the grounds of Osbourne House and Borthwood Copse on the east of the island.