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 Attractionneedles-logo

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

4Lendy Cowes Week 2017cowes-shoreside

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. 


2Robin Hill Country Park

1Isle of Wight Steam Railway