The Isle of Wight is so beautiful at the moment – dressed to impress for May Bank Holiday and just waiting to welcome you. So many lush shades of green adorn the fields and hedges, with the flash of bluebells and the pretty white flowers of pungent wild garlic.
Visit one of the Island’s most beautiful gardens at Mottistone Manor and on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th you can have a rare glimpse inside the manor house – the only days it is open this year. http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/mottistone-manor-house-open-day-p1033981
Ventnor Botanic Garden, a paradise for plant lovers, has a National Collection of Puya and some have recently put up flower spikes, which are just about to bloom. The Ventnor Botanic Artists Summer Exhibition runs from May 24th to June 1st in the Garden Gallery and over the weekend of May 24th to 26th the garden has a Spring Plant Fayre with entry and parking free on these days. http://www.botanic.co.uk/whats_upcoming
Holy Trinity Church in Bembridge has a Flower Festival running from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th plus there’s a street festival in the High Street from 2pm on the Monday.
See the countryside in style from the carriage window of one of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s ‘Dinosaurs of Island Steam’ at their Spring Gala from May 24th to 26th. Take guided workshop tour, explore the Train Story Discovery Centre and tuck into Island produce, and Island beers at the real ale bar. http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/spring-gala-dinosaurs-of-island-steam.aspx
Visit Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens ‘Days of Adventure’ from Monday 26th to Friday 30th and you can test your aim at archery and get hands on with fire fighting and survival skills as part of their Bushcraft activities programme. You could even try mountain boarding. http://www.robin-hill.com/events
You are invited to a fabulous fete to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday at Osborne House over the May Bank Holiday weekend with traditional Victorian music, entertainers and sideshow games. See Punch and Judy at the private beach and play on seaside swingboats and for kids there’s kite making and dressing up as princes and princesses at the Swiss Cottage. Have your portrait taken at the Victorian Photobooth for a souvenir of an unforgettable family day. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/victorias-fabulous-fete-Osb-24-05-2014/
Get ready for Father’s Day (June 16th) by visiting Chessell Pottery to create a funny face mug for dad using their super new range of funny-face sponges, such as mad moustaches, enormous ears and brilliant bow ties. During the half term week (May 26th to 30th) there is a special 20% off the price of 1 pint mugs, perfect for a Dad-sized cup of tea. www.chessellpotterybarns.co.uk
Camp Bestival are bringing the circus to Quay Arts with a family day of Camp Bestival DJs, special guest DJs and circus-themed activities, competitions, face painting and arts and crafts on May 28th. http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/camp-bestival-brings-the-circus-to-town-56252.aspx
Go Wild in Newchurch’ at a free family event looking at the Island’s wildlife during the day and at night. Starting on the evening of Monday 26th May at 8.30pm with Star Gazing, Bat Detecting and Moth Hunting; the ‘Bioblitz’ main event is on Tuesday 27th May around Martin’s Wood, Newchurch from 10 am to 4 pm where squirrels, birds and 70 different varieties of bee can be found. www.wightaonb.org.uk
If you’ve never heard a nightjar then join the National Trust to search for them in Bouldnor Forest on May 31st. See http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/events/2014/05/31/night-walk-search-nightjars for more details.
As the sun goes down join Goodleaf at Appley Park for some Twilight Tree Time and experience the magic of an English midsummer’s evening from the canopy of a majestic oak tree in this peaceful location overlooking the golden Appley Sands. Twilight Tree Time takes place on selected Friday evenings in May, June and July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm and booking is essential. Contact 0333 800 1188 or see firstname.lastname@example.org
Push the boat out and try sailing for free at Shanklin Sailing Club on Saturday May 24th. Founded in 1931, it is a small, happy, family club, with all the usual facilities: showers, changing rooms, club house and a gear store. They have around 30 Sprint 15 catamarans and a small fleet of Picos. http://www.shanklinsailingclub.com/
Get up close and personal with the two baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs ‘Shadow’ and ‘Sheila’ at Blackgang Chine – Land of Imagination. Live performances from these two mischievous dinos will be held on May 25th, 26th, 28th and 31st at this fun-filled theme park, which also boasts a brand new Restricted Area 5 – full of much bigger dinosaurs. http://www.blackgangchine.com/events/shadow-and-sheila-live-performances
Don’t leave the Island before booking to take a Dinosaur hunting walk from Dinosaur Isle, where you will be shown how to look for dinosaur fossils, how to find dino footprints and you may even find their enormous foot casts on the beach. Dinosaur walks: May 24th – Brook, May 25th and 26th – Yaverland. http://www.dinosaurisle.com/events.aspx#may14
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Last Minute Deals
The Orchards caravan park at Newbridge is offering a last minute May Half-Term Deal saving up to £160 off of their tariff price.
HOLIDAY CARAVAN OFFER
Weekly bookings: arrival dates 23rd, 24th & 25th. Prices: Gold Offer – £525 per caravan, Silver Offer £440 per caravan and Bronze Offer £325 per caravan.
Shortbreaks: 3 nights from 23rd, 24th & 25th or 4 nights from 26th, 27th & 28th. Prices : Gold Offer -£385.00 per caravan, Silver Offer – £340.00 per caravan, Bronze Offer – £240.00 per caravan.
Orchards can also book the return ferry for you via Southampton for £66.00 for weekly bookings or £49.00 for short breaks (+£15.00 supplement on 23rd & 24th May from Southampton & 26th & 31st May from Cowes if travel is between 0900-1630)
For this and more great value deals on a whole range of family holidays, adventure holidays, short breaks and weekend stays, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/isle-of-wight-holidays/adventure-isle