The Isle of Wight is framed by 60 miles of picturesque coastline with subtropical temperatures. The south east of England is the driest in the country. The island has one of the largest volume of all weather attractions for its square mileage in the UK.
Various events and festivals take place year round. Outdoor pursuits include sailing, surfing, paddle boarding, windsurfing with Cowes week and Round the Island Yacht Race taking place annually. There are also the benefits of fishing, Horse Riding, Golfing, Paragliding and cycling with many safe cycle routes. The most popular events are the Isle of Wight Rock Festival with many top artists, Garlic Festival, the largest Walking Festival in the UK, Cycling Festival, Powerboat Racing and the up and coming Beer Bus weekend.
There are plenty of places of interest to see, these include the famous Needles and Alum bay with its coloured sands, Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Godshill with its historic church and numerous tea gardens, many historic mansion houses plus lots of fun-filled attractions for the younger visitor to keep happy and entertained.
Once you board the ferry of your choice to bring you across the Solent, your Isle of Wight experience begins. After arriving on the island you will find the resort of Sandown on the sandy south east coast of the Island. Sandown bay has award winning blue flag beaches, its very own pier, lovely esplanade, the Heights Leisure Centre, local train and bus services. You may find Ferncliff and Battery Gardens from which you can enjoy coastal walks along the cliff path towards Shanklin where you can take in breathless sea-views of the Bay from the various seating areas.
Sandown bay has a beautiful large award winning safe sandy beach with various water-sports, its very own pier with entertainment for all ages, including café & bar, young children’s fair-ground attractions and sea fishing. Along the esplanade and in the High Street you will find bars, restaurants and tea rooms. Go-karts, crazy golf, pitch & putt, trampolines can be found within Sandham Gardens adjacent to the sea front. The Isle of Wight Tiger Sanctuary, Dinosaur Isle for those geologists are located further along the sea front as well as Yaverland’s beach which is very popular. For those of you who feel energetic take the opportunity to use the Heights Leisure Centre, which is only a few minutes walk away from the Parterre. Its facilities include Gym, Sauna & Spa rooms, fitness classes, indoor swimming pools and poolside café. The Sandown Bay Open Top Tour Bus is an ideal form of transport for commuting around the bay.