The Isle of Wight is incredibly welcoming to families and Seaview is a stunning location for your family holiday or simply for a day out on the island. During school holidays, especially in the summer, the village and its surrounding beaches are a thriving hub of family fun and things to do. A perfect day out by the sea.
Things to do
The name of the village kind of gives it away, Seaview is by the sea. And many of the streets can see the ocean. Finding its fame as an Edwardian beach resort, Seaview has miles of coastal promenade overlooking the golden sands. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a beach nearby, there are four spots just a short walk from the village.
Springvale beach has the best views of all the beaches in Seaview. It looks straight across the Solent towards Portsmouth, catching sight of the Spinnaker tower and the famous Solent forts. Springvale backs on to Puckpool Park, a great place to let the kids loose for a run around.
Puckpool Park occupies the space between Seaview and Ryde. There’s a walk between the two places if you’re feeling particularly energetic or hop on your bikes and enjoy seeing the island on two wheels. You could spend a whole day exploring Puckpool Park; there’s a children’s play area, mini golf and tennis courts set among the beautiful gardens. Stop off at the park cafe for lunch or a mid-afternoon cup of tea, it’s the perfect place to take a quick rest before getting back to your adventures.
On the village doorstep is Seaview Beach. This is where you’ll find most sailing and watersports enthusiasts launching their chosen vessel and there’s a yacht club on the front. The proximity to the shops and cafes of Seaview makes this an ideal spot to stop for a quick ice cream with your toes in the sand.
Slightly further east from Seaview you’ll find Seagrove Beach and Priory Bay. When the tide is out Seagrove Bay is a huge expanse of golden sand, a playground for an array of beach games and activities. One of the most popular beaches in the area this is definitely the place to take your bucket and space for the day but check the tides before you head out as the sand disappears altogether when the tide comes. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year round so prepare for a whole day with every member of the family. Priory Bay beach is between Seaview and St Helens. The sloping sandy beach tends to stay quiet throughout the year but has no facilities so pack yourself some lunches and bottles of water. Access to the beach is via the woods next to Seagrove beach and your dog is welcome to come along with you.
Places to eat and drink
Finding food and drink during peak times of the year is fairly easy in Seaview. Most businesses will try to stay open for as long as they can over the summer months. When the village gets a little quieter you might find it more difficult to find a good spot. However, we’ve found a few cafes that tend to be open all year round. If you’re really keen to go somewhere for lunch or dinner on an out of season break, be sure to check their website for opening times.
Puckpool Park cafe has been mentioned earlier but it really is a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat. If you’re looking for somewhere in Seaview, we like the Old Fort Cafe who serve tasty slices of cake and Lily’s, just around the corner from our office on the Isle of Wight. Both use fresh produce in their recipes and offer wonderful service and even some top tips on where to go on the island if you ask nicely.
For dinner you might want to treat yourself with a trip to the luxury restaurant of the Seaview Hotel. The establishment boasts incredible vistas across the Solent as well as a creative yet affordable menu and several prestigious awards in the last few years. The Seaview Bistro is a very popular restaurant with locals and serves a varied menu. You’ll definitely need to book a table with the Bistro as it can get very busy.
Not far from Seaview
There’s also Brading Roman Villa for history lovers. Take a look around the surviving ruins of a Roman settlement and let little ones learn about the colourful history of the Isle of Wight.
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