Isle of Wight Close Up

Less than 30 minutes from our Solent Breezes Holiday Park you can find bustling Portsmouth harbour. Why not hop aboard the Isle of Wight ferry from there to explore what makes the island so very charming?

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The Needles

Originally part of a 120ft high cliff, now eroded into huge stacks of chalked rock which rise majestically out of the sea, The Needles on the Isle of Wight is a rightly famous attraction showcasing the island’s natural beauty. Be sure to bring your camera (or use your phone but take care not to drop it!) to capture stunning views from the famous chairlift or cherished memories of a boat trip around the Needles rocks and lighthouse. 

At the top of the chairlift ride you can immerse yourself in an exciting 4D cinema experience. Alternatively why not satisfy your sweet tooth at the nearby Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory or pick out your own unique souvenir, as crafted by local glassblowers at the Sculptglass studio? You can also watch daily demonstrations on this traditional and fascinating practice.

 
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The Isle of Wight festival

Revived in 2002, the Isle of Wight festival has grown in popularity over the intervening years bringing around 90,000 music fans to the island annually, and with acts like David Bowie (RIP), Coldplay, Bon Jovi and Kings of Leon having performed recently it’s not hard to see why. Held on the 13th – 16th June 2019, this year’s line-up includes performances from George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Rick Ashley, Madness, Keane, Noel Gallagher, Wet Wet Wet & Bastille (to name but a few), and is a festival always popular among music-lovers of all ages.

 
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Beaches

The Isle of Wight beaches are some of the most picturesque in the UK with a real variety of great coastal activities to choose from.

The secluded Steephill Cove remains unspoilt with no direct car access, perfect for those looking to escape the buzzy distractions of day to day life. A short walk away from a well-reviewed cafe and seafood restaurant and just 5 minutes away from the seaside resort of Ventnor (which has plenty to explore), this idyllic location is perfect for a peaceful day out.

For those looking for a bit more action, Shanklin Beach is popular for a variety of water-sports including canoeing, jet skiing and sailing. Fishing equipment and pedalos are both available for hire so if it’s your first time, or you just don’t fancy packing an extra bag, you can still enjoy an active day in the sunshine. Other attractions on hand include an amusement arcade, a pirate-themed crazy golf park, tenpin bowling, go-karting and even an indoor play area (in case of the odd shower).

 
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The Isle of Wight zoo

This sanctuary - formally known as ‘Sandown Zoo’ - is home to many exotic animals, including lions, tigers, monkeys and lemurs. It became a charitable trust in 2017 and has had considerable success breeding several endangered species.

As part of ‘The Wildheart Trust’ their mission statement is “to make a meaningful impact on the health of the natural world while actively improving the well-being of animals in human care.” The Isle of Wight Zoo is wonderful for animal lovers providing experiences which allow you to get up close to some of the world’s most beautiful animals.

 
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Osbourne house

The Isle of Wight is also rich with history.

Osbourne house was once a royal residence - built between 1845 – 1851, as a ‘holiday home’ for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The stunning views from the garden across the Solent are said to remind Prince Albert of the bay of Naples.

The house is now open to members of the public and includes a restaurant where you can experience famous desserts associated with the house such as the popular (and very tasty) ‘Victoria Sponge’.

Solent Breezes Holiday Park

Stunning location with magnificent views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. If you like relaxing by the sea and watching the boats and ships sail by, then you’ll love Solent Breezes Holiday Park.

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