I would have to say one of my favourite things to do is camping. Look, I know it’s not for everyone, but I love it! So this summer I went on multiple camping trips, one of which was in the Isle of Wight. Here is my little guide for this beautiful place!
WHERE TO STAY
While in the Isle of Wight, I camped at Ninham Country Holidays in the ‘Willow Brook’ pitches. This campsite is East of the island in Shanklin. This was the perfect campsite for us, while we didn’t use all the facilities such as the swimming pool, it definitely had everything we needed. Toilets and shower blocks were very clean and the area had lots of lovely walks for the dog (the woods beside the campsite was a favourite!). I also loved that the campsite is trying to be as eco-friendly as possible and have made big steps to be sustainable! They also organised the Ferry for us, getting the best price possible. I definitely recommend this place! The Isle of Wight is pretty small so where ever you stay, it doesn’t take long to get to different parts of the island.
THINGS TO DO
The Needles – If you’re going to the isle of wight, it is a must to go here, especially if you’re into photography. This is a day trip, with many things to do when you get to the attraction. During August they are open late on Thursdays, with music, entertainment and this year in the evening they had a Greatest Showman themed fire, pyrotechnical and fireworks display. You pay per attraction (Chairlift, 4D Cinema, Water Walkerz, Adventure Golf etc) for me personally I preferred that as they were aimed for kiddies. However, for a family, I think pricing this way made it a bit expensive. We paid for a chairlift return, it takes you down to the beach and from there you can pay for a boat trip out to the Needles or just play on the beach and appreciate the cliff’s colours.
TOP TIP!! Make sure you go for a walk along the cliff or follow a National trust walk. You get amazing views over the park and Alum Bay.
Ventnor Botanical gardens – I am a lover of gardens and seem to seek them out where ever I go. These gardens were beautiful, covering 22 acres, there are around 6,000 species of plants and trees. There was also wildlife that I don’t see at home including wall lizards and red squirrels, they enjoy the slightly warmer climate of the IOW. A very insta worthy place;)
Donkey Sanctuary – As a big ol’ animal lover, I had to see these donkeys! This sanctuary looks after 97 donkeys and 26 ponies who have been rescued or abandoned. The work they do here is amazing, the donkeys themselves also take part in therapy programmes for people suffering from Alzheimers and stroke patients. It is free to park and enter, however, I would encourage you to donate what you can.
Chale Show- We were just heading out for a drive with no proper destination in mind when we come across this show. It was a brilliant way to spend the afternoon. There was plenty to look at but I particularly enjoyed the main arena shows, which this year included a motorbike stunt show (if you know me, that’s totally my thing!).
Cowes Week – It is said that nothing beats Cowes week, unfortunately, we just missed it. This event is the largest and oldest annual sailing race in the world, with 8,000 competitors. I believe the week next year starts on the 8th of August, something to put in your diary!
WHERE TO EXPLORE
Sandown- Nothing beats a day at the seaside, and this is a perfect place to do that. Miles of beach to explore and a pier with lots of entertainment. The esplanade has plenty of cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops to look in, making it an excellent stop for a beach day!
Shanklin- The best place to sit and chill in the evening. Shanklin seafront was close to the campsite, so we often came here at the end of the day to have a game of mini-golf and munch on some fish ‘n’ chips! There is plenty to do here, especially for children, but it was also nice to just walk up and down the beach.
Freshwater Bay- One of my absolute favourite places in the Isle of Wight, the walk along the cliff was just breathtaking. Driving the coastal road to Freshwater, I think I decided there and then I loved this place. One evening we stopped here in the camper, for a cuppa and just admired the surroundings. Beautiful place to walk around!
Godshill- Thatched roofs and winding streets. This place almost looks like you have stepped back in time. So many little trinket shops, with local hand-made goodies, Godshill is a lovely place to wander around. A traditional cream-tea is also a must while you’re here!
It was so nice to spend some time this year exploring England and the Isle of Wight, what are your favourite places in the UK? I would love to hear them!
Thanks for reading!
Travels of Eden