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Visiting the Isle of Wight- you will probably want to visit one or two of the many attractions on offer during your stay with us. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

The Needles

The Needles are probably the most photographed aspect of the Isle of Wight. But the best way to see them is probably not from the amusement park (despite the breathtaking chair lift ride) but from the decommissioned artillery batteries above them. There is a spectacular open-top bus tour, operated in the summer by Southern Vectis that has exclusive use of the road along the cliff edge up to the Battery.

Osborne House

Osborne House - Queen Victoria's beloved seaside home, designed by her husband Prince Albert and the scene of her death in 1901. Now under the care of English Heritage, the royal apartments are open to the public as well as the extensive gardens. The House hosts picnic-style concerts in summer with acts ranging from Simply Red to Girls Aloud.

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Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle - the royal connections here are far removed from summer holidays. This is where Charles I was incarcerated for fourteen months before his execution in 1649. The castle has been described as the finest Norman building in Britain. The main rooms are in good repair and one of the chief attractions is The Well-House, still operated by donkeys. There is a Museum here with a collection of exhibits relating to the Island's history.

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway - the Island used to have 54 miles of railways, most of which were closed in Dr Beeching's reforms of the 1960s. However, some elements of those glory days can be enjoyed by taking one of the original Island steam trains from Havenstreet that run along the five miles of track between Wooton and Smallbrook Junction.

Brading Roman Villa

Brading Roman Villa - this 12 room courtyard villa is housed in an award-winning Exhibition and Visitor Centre. The villa's fine Roman mosaics are on display, depicting scenes of Roman fables and characters. There is also an extensive collection of Roman archaeological finds including coins, pottery and tools. With still more to discover, excavations are in progress on site.

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The Lavender Farm

The Lavender Farm - a family run business producing the highest quality lavender with over 230 varieties. The farm also produce their own lavender products and sell them in the gift shop. They also have a cafe where you can enjoy lunch or a cream tea.

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Dimbola Lodge

Dimbola Lodge - Dimbola Lodge was the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Saved from the bulldozers literally at the last minute, Dimbola has since been described as an "unexpected delight" and the "best kept secret on the Isle of Wight". There's lots to see at Dimbola. They have permanent exhibitions of Julia Margaret Cameron's work, a changing programme of contemporary photography and art exhibitions, a History of IOW Pop Festivals, the Jimi Hendrix Garden, and the Cameron Tearooms and giftshop. 

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Walking festival 4th to 19th May 2019

More than 300 walks to thoose from - from coast to coast!

Details of information can be found at www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk and at tourist information centres.

Hillside is the perfect place to stay when walking as the restaurant serves fantastic evening meals saving you food hunting and have the best VI-spring beds money can buy. Further Hillside has drying and cleaning facilities for your gear and of course garantee tailwind and sunshine on the route choosen.

County Show From 30 June 2019

The Royal Isle of Wight County Show Held at the County Show Ground in Northwood, the event is a traditional country show, just like it should be! Find more information about the show below

 
The County Show is a fantastic day out, combining entertainment and fun with the oppoertuniy to enjoy many aspects of Island country life and farming. 

The Main Ring is the focus of the show. There is a great package of non-stop entertainment that includes:

Carriage driving
Falconry displays
Livestock champions parade
Show jumping
Gun dog displays
Horticulture and craft tent
Goodleaf Tree Climbing
and much more...
Find more information on http://www.riwas.org.uk

Round the Island Yacht Race Saturday 29th June

The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is one of the most popular fixtures on the Solent racing calendar. Competitors come from Europe and the USA, as well as all over the UK, to follow the 50 mile course round the Isle of Wight.

 

Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy back into the Solent. Spectators can find many vantage points, both on the mainland and Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress.

Over 60 prizes are awarded for the event and every boat completing the race receives a memento of the occasion.

Whether you compete regularly or are new to the sport, you will enjoy superb racing in some of the country's best sailing waters. Whilst the fastest multihull record stands at just over three hours, the bulk of the fleet crosses the line during the late afternoon or early evening and it is often the smaller craft that carry off the top prizes!

The Island Motor Show - Sat 13th & Sun 14th July 2019

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY - HAVENSTREET

The perfect opportunity to see all the latest models.... on display in one place!

Take time out to browse around and chat to the locals, settle back for a relaxing ride while you decide which new model to choose!!

A joy for him and her.

Cowes Week 4th - 11th August 2019

Sail are again set for Cowes Week which is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars.

Cowes Week 2018 gives you a lot to see or do - all the competitors, sailors and their intensive preparation leading up to lots of races to watch or simply enjoy the festival and town atmosphere. The event boasts an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,000 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night. 

Enjoy the buzz and sea air around Cowes during the day and when dawn comes take a short ride to the south of the island and enjoy a quiet and relaxing stay at Hillside - not to forget the food.

For more information visit http://www.cowes.co.uk/