A £10 day return train ticket offer from London to Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea stations with South West Trains, combined with a discounted “Winter Smile” ferry ticket means there are even more reasons to visit the Isle of Wight this February.

The South West Trains £10 day return ticket offer (£5 for children) is valid for train travel from London to Southampton and Southsea every Saturday and Sunday until February 23.    Visitors can also use this £10 ticket offer to get an additional discount on Solent crossings to and from the Isle of Wight and “get abroad” for less than £20 for the day!

The Isle of Wight is a great place to escape to at any time of the year, but the winter months is a perfect time to ‘pop-across’ to Island from London.   In a little over two hours, you can travel by train and ferry from London Waterloo to the Isle of Wight – and see for yourself the beautiful combination of charming seaside resorts and rural beauty which it offers.  It’s also possible to explore the Island by bus, or bike, from Cowes and Ryde.

There are also stylish boutiques, craft outlets and a treasure trove of fab antique shops to explore and for those who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending some quiet time together, the Island‘s secluded beaches can offer you crowd free sand and plenty of space to soak up the Island vibe.   Or stretch your mind and your spirit by taking in a Royal palace, a Roman villa, a medieval castle or a Benedictine Monastery.

And with a range of brilliant great kids’ activities, including ‘Castle Quest’ at Carisbrooke Castle and the annual sand-sculpting event at Small Hope Beach in Shanklin, with hot chocolate and carrots dished out to anyone who creates their own “snowman” from sand, the Isle of Wight makes a great half-term day out for families.

David Thornton, Chief Executive, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Isle of Wight is well and truly “open for business” and this unbeatable offer from South West Trains offers an entire Island of exciting adventures and seaside experiences.”

More details about this offer can be found at:

For all tourist information on the Isle of Wight, visit


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail:

Notes to editors:

The Winter Smiles £10 day return from South West Trains can be purchased online at or at your local railway station. Every Saturday or Sunday until February 23rd, you can choose to travel to 195 stations on the South West Trains network for just £10 return, exclusions apply.

Catch the train and the ferry to the Isle of Wight:

The foot passenger hovercraft departs from Southsea seafront and takes you to Ryde seafront in less than 10 minutes. Leave the train at the Portsmouth and Southsea station and then follow the signs to the connecting Hoverbus shuttle service, which will take you to the Hovercraft terminal in just 5 minutes. Purchase your discounted hovercraft ticket at Ryde/Southsea Hoverport on the day of travel by simply showing Hovertravel cashiers your Winter Smiles rail ticket. Discounted day return tickets just £10 per adult (16+) & £5 per child (5-15yrs).

Red Funnel Ferries are also offering discounted cross-Solent travel between Southampton and West Cowes for Winter Sale ticket holders, just £8.90 for adults & £4.45 per child!


The ‘Castle Quest’ activity at Carisbrooke Castle will take place every day from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd, between 10am and 4pm.  English Heritage members can gain free access, while paid-for admission prices are £7.70 for adults, £4.60 for children, £6.90 concessions, and £20 for a family ticket.  Visit for further details.

Sandman Snowman on February 23rd: