The Isle of Wight has been a popular British seaside holiday destination since Victorian times due to its stunning scenery and proximity to London. Being approximately 2 hours away from London means that city dwellers have quick access to some of the best coastlines in the UK and with an array of sights and sounds to experience there is bound to be something for everyone.

Here holiday cottage experts Blue Chip Holidays give us their favourite things to explore on this wonderful island.

Shanklin seafront

Shanklin, situated on the east coast of the island is one of the more traditional seaside resorts with sandy beaches and spectacular views.

Shanklin’s beach is perfect for a relaxing stroll or unwinding on a deckchair with a good book. Alternatively if you are a bit more adventurous why not try a spot of surfing or kayaking and when you’re all worn out why not try some great food and drink in one of the several cafés and kiosks, serving everything from traditional fish and chips to ice cream.

Shanklin’s promenade is filled with lively amusements bringing an array of traditional amusement games that the whole family will enjoy. Talking about family fun, the brand new attraction to Shanklin is Pirates Cove, a miniture theme park featuring an 18-hole crazy golf course, ko-karts, bumper boats and rollercoasters with beautiful sea views.

For more information about Shanklin click here.

Adventure Activities

With sites and activities across the island, Adventure Activities offers something for everybody, whatever your skill. Whether you want to get out on the open sea with a spot of paddle boarding or want to explore the island more with some bush craft then Adventure Activities can help.

The Adventure Activities Booking Centre and Activity base is situated in Afton Park in Freshwater and is open 7 days a week. This is where you can choose from nearly 30 land and water based activities across the whole island, so which one will you do?

The company can handle any size of group from smaller family groups to bigger groups including stag and hen parties.

For more information and to see the full range of activities on offer click here.

V-Dub Island

A must for all Volkswagen lovers, V-Dub Island is a festival that the whole family can appreciate. Running over a long weekend every August and in its seventh year, V-Dub Island features VW’s from all over the UK and Europe and music from over 80 bands, as well as an array of other activities to take part in.

One of the big events during V-Dub Island is The VW big drive; this organised event takes festival goers on a drive along some of the best roads on the island, ending at Compton Bay where the Run to the Surf event is held.

Other family favourite events taking place during this exciting weekend include the Show and Shine, where only the best VW’s will win and the cooking in a camper competition, perfect for all those budding cooks out there. Camping is available for those who are adventurous enough or you can stay in the bustling town of Cowes just 17 minutes’ drive away.

For more information about the festival click here.

Blackgang Chine

First opened way back in 1843 as a visitor attraction after a large wale skeleton washed up on shore, Blackgang Chine is reported to be the UK’s oldest amusement park. With lots of family activities to explore including life-sized replicas of Pirate Ships, Cowboy towns and Fairy Villages, Blackgang Chine is one of the premier attractions on the island.

When the fun gets too much and you need a well-earned rest you can choose from an array restaurants and cafes situated in the grounds and offering a variety of snacks from fish and chips to doughnuts and sweets.

For more information and to buy tickets for Blackgang Chine click here.