The February half-term presents the ideal opportunity for taking the family away and a break on the Isle of Wight with its traditional seaside resorts and activities to suit toddlers through to teens, will give the whole family a holiday to remember.
This half-term, you could also be one of the first to see rescued tiger Simi in her new Isle of Wight home, or swing by the award-winning Monkey Haven – a sanctuary for monkeys and other animals in need. And if it should rain on the ‘sunshine isle’ you can always jump for joy at the Island’s new all-weather trampoline park with its 40 interconnecting trampolines, or set a new record at the Island’s all-weather karting track.
These and more great adventures can be enjoyed on the Island this February half-term:
Sandman Snowman Spectacular
Come to Small Hope Beach in Shanklin and build a sandman/snowman. Past years have seen the beach populated by mermaids, dolphins, dogs, sandmen, sand ladies and a whole array of other characters. There’ll be hot chocolate on hand to warm chilly fingers and the nice people from Gift to Nature will also provide the coal and carrots for your creations – you just need to bring a spade, the creative ideas and bags of enthusiasm.
Date: 21st February, 2-4pm.
Where: Small Hope Beach, Shanklin, PO37 6EA.
Cost: £2 per person – suitable for adults and children.
More: Call 01983 201565 for more details.
Electric Woods: Spirit of the Orient
A stunning spectacle of Oriental themed light, sound and entertainment will mark the Chinese New Year at Robin Hill’s award-winning ‘electric woods’ during February half-term. Visitors can enjoy a series of new sound ‘and light displays dispersed around the woodland and children can join in the celebration by taking part in a fun and interactive dragon procession with a 12m long dragon costume. There will also be an amazing falconry show in the amphitheatre, which includes the falcon, Baldric, showing off his new ‘head cam projection’ where visitors literally get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the show.
Date: February 13- 21, from 5pm to 9pm.
Where: Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens, Downend, Near Arreton, Newport PO30 2NU.
Cost: Tickets cost £10.95 per person (aged 4+) and are available to purchase in advance from the website: www.electricwoods.co.uk
Victorian Fun and Games at Osborne
Experience a range of fun games and pastimes played by children in Victorian England and learn how the royal children would have lived and played at Osborne.
Date: 15th to 19th February
Where: Osborne, York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX.
Cost: £10.50 (adult), £6.30 (age 5 to 15), £9.59 (concession) £27.50 (family). Free for English Heritage members.
Woodland event at Borthwood Copse, near Sandown.
Have fun exploring the ancient woodland at Borthwood Copse at this National Trust family event. Find out more about the life of the Island’s native red squirrels, woodland trails, wild art and balancing poles. Have a go at creating your own squirrel dray and make a squirrel mask. Bring a picnic lunch and wear trainers, or walking boots, with good grip for balancing on wooden poles.
Date: February 17, 11am to 3pm
Where: Meet at Borthwood Copse (SZ 566 844). Parking limited, Bus route No. 8
Cost: Free – donations to cover cost of materials welcome.
Activity Days at Newport Roman Villa
The well-preserved remains at Newport Roman Villa provide a fascinating insight into country life in third century Britain. The villa has a superb bath suite with under floor heating and remnants of mosaic floors. This February half-term families can get hands on at two fun activity days: ‘Clay Day’ on February 15 and ‘Crafty Day’ on February 17. Visitors can also find out more about the Roman occupation of the Isle of Wight by exploring the exhibition area, which displays artefacts found throughout the Island.
Date: February 15 (Clay Day) and February 17 (Crafty Day), 11am to 3pm
Where: Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Road, PO30 1HA
Cost: £1 per person to include entry to site and all activities – no booking required.
More: For more information call 01983 823433 or e-mail email@example.com
Wildlife Activity Day at Freshwater Fruit Farm
Amphibians and reptiles are hibernating at this time of the year but there are red squirrels in the garden and a wide variety of birds. So get out of doors and join members of the Wight Squirrel Project for a range of activities that include searching for wildlife around the farm, storytelling, plus homemade hotdogs for lunch.
Date: February 16th, starting at 11am
Where: Freshwater Fruit Farm, Wilmingham Lane, Freshwater, PO40 9UG. Parking is available on site.
Cost: £3 including lunch for children and £1.50 for refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) for adults.
More: Please call 01983 753413 to book your place and for any queries.
Half-term fun at the Garlic Farm
There are lots of fun activities taking place throughout this February half term at the Island’s Garlic Farm. So come along to the farm and learn all about garlic with regular talks and demonstrations.
Date: 13th to 21st February, 11am to 3pm
Where: The Garlic Farm, Mersley Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0NR
Cost: Entry to the farm is free and activities are individually priced – see website for more details.
For more fun and frolics this February half-term, go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/february-half-term