Learn about the top attractions on the Isle of Wight
A very welcome addition to the West Wight a few years ago, Tapnell Farm has seen extensive expansion to the attraction over the last couple of years with even more planned for 2020, with the inclusion of an outdoor water park.
The Farm has multiple areas suitable for all ages, although the main play areas are aimed at young children. The enormous play-barn at the far end of the park, contains a very large haybale climbing area, which includes tunnels and slides. Alongside this you’ll find a climbing wall and trampolines and a fast Zip line for the slightly larger kids. One end of the barn opens onto a tarmacked race circuit for the numerous peddle-cars available to pick up and race.
The centre of the farm hosts a multitude of animals to see and touch, including some more exotic species as well as plenty of farmyard favourites such as pigs, lambs, donkeys, etc. There are regular feeding and interactive events taking place daily.
Outside, the growing collections of attractions includes, climbing frames, sledge runs, jumping pillows and more animals to see, including Wallabies and Meercats.
Tapnell Farm is open daily, 9-5, and for more information and address, click here
Robin Hill is a vast country park located just outside of Newport near the centre of the Island and easily accessible by Car or Bus. The 88 acres of beautiful countryside have been carefully transformed to include a very eclectic mix of individual attractions within the Park, including live falconry displays, ornate oriental themed gardens and woodlands, many children’s play areas including the new Jungle Heights and Squirrel Tower.
This award-winning attraction boasts a whole day of entertainment and more. With great rides – including the quarter mile downhill toboggan and a 4D motion cinema.
The park hosts a range of themed events throughout the year and is open for illuminated evenings during the February and October Half terms. Although many of the attractions are aimed at children, there’s plenty for adults to enjoy too, and this really is a destination for visitors of all ages!
Events take place throughout the year so take a look at their website for further details.
On the north East Coast of the Island, just a short hop from the Red Funnel Car Ferry, you’ll find the palatial holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, at Osborne House in Whippingham. Osborne was built by Thomas Cubitt in the mid 1800’s, Osborne House became Queen Victoria’s beloved country getaway on the Isle of Wight and is an English Heritage site.
The House and gardens are open to the public all year round, and you can enjoy a guided tour of the house which is filled with original furnishings and priceless artworks, and get a real insight into royal family life 200 years ago.
Wander through the many acres of beautiful gardens, a private bathing beach, private apartments and guided walks, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
The private beach at Osborne has been opened to the public for all to enjoy, and on display is the fully restored bathing machine Queen Victoria used to protect her modesty whilst taking a dip.
For anyone who has visited the Isle of Wight as a child, Blackgang Chine provokes strong memories of fairy-tale creatures, dinosaurs and Cowboys. The oldest theme park in the UK at over 175 years, Blackgang chine has changed quite a bit since the doors were first opened in 1840.
Over the years the site has changed dramatically, thanks to the ever-changing landscape of the area and the need to occasionally move the part further inland, away from the dramatic cliffs and coastline. The Park overlooks the stunning south coast of the Island and is set in beautiful gardens.
Let your imagination (and children) run wild as you fight pirates on-board your own ship, play cowboys and Indians in the frontier town, discover life size moving dinosaurs or experience the magic of being a fairy princess in your own castle!
These are just some of the fun things to do here, in addition to the giant water slide, roller coaster, underwater land and many other attractions which are updated annually.
The Garlic Farm
Mrs Boswell grew her first garlic bulbs on the Isle of Wight over 50 years ago. Now, as a third-generation family farm, we continue to offer quality garlic from our own fields and those of partner farms in the UK, France and Spain. Our passion for this superfood bulb has led to the creation of a multitude of garlic infused products, from Mayonnaises and Chutneys to Garlic Beer and Ice-Cream. Heading towards organic farming, supporting local businesses and being a living wage employer, we are also showcasing the respect we have for the planet and its people. This is solidified in our bid to become a B-Corp certified member and our ethics and ethos statement can be found on our website.
The Garlic Farm’s renowned shop and restaurant make for a unique and memorable visit. Learn all there is to know about garlic, browse our shop full of delicious garlicky products, enjoy exceptional gourmet food in our restaurant and enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces. Feel free to explore the farm on our farm walks; maps are available to buy in the shop.
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