Summertime on the Isle of Wight – what could possibly be better?

We know the summer holidays can be daunting, six whole weeks to keep the kids entertained is a struggle!

The Island is full of great things to do and places to go – so much so, it can be tricky to choose! We’ve chosen some of our favourite summer activities to keep the little ones busy (and keep mum and dad entertained too!).

Find out the best places to go, and top tips on how to save money too!

6The Needles Landmark Attraction

Quite possibly one of the most iconic views on the Island: The Needles. Situated on the Western point of the Island, there is more than a days worth of fun at the Needles Landmark Attraction! Take a ride on the chairlift to see the coloured sands of Alum Bay, make your own sand art, or check out the magnificent products at Alum Bay Glasswork!

The Needles has been entertaining families for generations, join the fun this summer and have a day to remember!

Cost: Free Admission – just pay to park the car! Rides and some other attractions may have admission charges.

Our top tip: Make use of the Needles website to buy super saver tickets before you visit and save up to 25% on rides and attractions!

5Blackgang Chine

On the Isle of Wight, if you say ‘theme park’, thousands of little voices scream ‘Blackgang Chine’ in reply! One of the worlds oldest theme parks, there is never a dull moment.

Check out the Cliffhanger rollercoaster or Waterforce water slides, meet the dinosaurs in Restricted Area 5, or take a dive deep under the sea with the Underwater Kingdom! Play in the cowboy town or be a fairy princess in the princess castle!

Throughout July and August (28th), Blackgang Chine opens late with it’s ‘Magical Mondays’, and remember the fireworks extravaganza every Wednesday evening! Check out the Blackgang Chine website to see the full list of fantastic events taking place over the summer!

Cost: Standard admission from £19.50, concessions and discounts available.

Our top tip: Remember that standard entry tickets into Blackgang Chine give you unlimited re-entry for the following seven days after your first visit!

4Lendy Cowes Week 2017

Lendy Cowes Week is back for 2017, bigger and better than ever! Hosted in the town of Cowes for over a century, Cowes Week could well be the world’s oldest regatta.

If sailing doesn’t take your fancy, try out the many shoreside activities including shopping and live music across the town. Take in the bands and food galore at the Cowes Yacht Haven, or have a walk along the promenade and explore the local stalls.


Every year at the end of Lendy Cowes Week, a huge fireworks display fills the sky with fun. Free to watch from the shore, it’s a must do with the kids this summer! If you fancy the best view of the fireworks along with a great evenings entertainment, check out our fireworks cruise!

Cost: Free! Some activities may charge.

Our top tip: Use the Cowes park and ride to get to Cowes with Southern Vectis to avoid struggling to park in the bustling town. 


The Isle of Wight has a long and varied history when it comes to Festivals. This summer has one of the biggest Festival lineups ever!

V-Dub IslandIf you like great music and great vehicles, V-Dub Island could be for you! This family friendly festival – now in it’s seventh year – takes place at Fairlee Farm from Friday 11th until Sunday 13th August 2017. The fancy dress theme for this year is ‘nautical neon’ which is sure to be remarkable!

With over 80 bands on three stages, V-Dub Island is perfect for all ages!

Cost: Family weekend tickets start at £80 (2 Adults and 2 Children).

Fairweather Festival

fairweatherFairweather Festival is in it’s first year and is set to take place in Los Altos park in Sandown. Set up to help raise money for the mental health charity Mind, acts such as Atomic Kitten, Dappy, and more are all set to perform.

Cost: Adult tickets start from £25.

Our top tip: Book early for festivals as ticket prices can rise as the event draws closer!


2Robin Hill Country Park

Sister park to Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill Country Park takes the best of nature and entertainment and puts them together! With attractions and rides such as the 4D cinema, giant swinging ship ‘Colossus’ and the staggering Squirrel Run, there won’t be any disappointment here!

Late opening times this summer are now in full swing every Tuesday and Thursday with extra evening entertainment for all.

Kids and adults alike will find something they love. Robin Hill Country Park is set in acres of beautiful countryside and promises a full day of family fun.


This year Robin Hill Country Park is set to launch it’s first music festival: ‘Eklectica’. With top tribute acts and entertainment alike, it’s one for the whole family. See more about Eklectica here.

Cost: Tickets start at £15.50. Concessions available. Eklectica ticket rates can be found here.


1Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Five miles of Steam Railway are all that remain from a line that expanded 55 miles across the the rural parts of the Isle of Wight. Travel back in time to find when it all began with the first line opening in 1862. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a true heritage day out!

Experience the thrill of steam, all whilst the kids are enjoying a ride on a train that could be from Thomas the Tank!

Throughout the summer, Railway Folk is also held at the Steam Railway. Family friendly live entertainment and more is available. Whilst at the railway, why not check out the museum and explore the other stations!

Cost: Adult tickets from £11.50. Concessions and upgrades available.