Isle of Wight Osborne House

Set sail to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel and enjoy a slice of pure Island happiness… The Isle of Wight offers an Island escape just a few miles off the south coast of England and is perfect for a day trip whilst on holiday in the South, or a staying break later in the year. You’ll find an extensive and diverse range of places to visit and things to do, all packed into just 147 square miles. So whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it on the Isle of Wight…

For couples, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to visit for some quality time together. Sit back and enjoy the views from the Island’s coastline, including some great quiet bays tucked away from the crowds, explore stunning landscape and scenery via fantastic walking trails or recharge with a spa day. There’s also a great range of romantic places to stay, from rural self-catering cottages to boutique hotels or quirky glamping options.

Adventure Island awaits for families visiting the Isle of Wight. Enjoy a nostalgic adventure at the Needles Landmark Attraction, home of the iconic Needles chairlift, or Blackgang Chine, the UK’s oldest theme park (175 years young in 2018!), or head for the Island’s 60 miles of beaches for traditional seaside fun.

Families can also take a walk on the wild side with a visit to one of the Island’s many wildlife and farm attractions including Isle of Wight Zoo, Tapnell Farm Park, Monkey Haven, Amazon World and more. Alternatively, step back in time with a royal day out at Osborne, the former residence of Queen Victoria, head to Carisbrooke Castle for medieval fun or let off some steam at Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Or why not get active and try your hand at a wide range of water sports, explore the Island’s cycling trails or go tree climbing at Goodleaf.

The Isle of Wight enjoys a packed Events Calendar; the iconic Isle of Wight Festival in June is just the tip of the iceberg with something for

all tastes. Other highlights include the electric woods events at Robin Hill (Feb and Oct), the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (Apr/May), Newport Jazz Weekend (Jun), Osborne Horse Trials and IW Pride (both Jul), Cowes Week (Jul/Aug), Ventnor Fringe Festival, Jack up the 80s, Wight Proms and the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (all Aug), Eklectica Music Festival and IW Cycle Fest (both Sep), and the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival, the Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend and Isle of Wight Comic Con (all Oct).

Red Funnel offers award-winning ferry travel and is the Isle of Wight specialist with 157 years of experience. Departing from Southampton, you can enjoy a leisurely one hour crossing on the vehicle ferry service, or catch the Red Jet on foot and be in Cowes in less than 25 minutes. To really start your trip in style, upgrade to the Signature Lounge, now available on all three Red Funnel vehicle ferries.

Red Funnel also offers more than just ferry travel. Enjoy ferry and attraction savings when booked together, take advantage of exclusive ticket and travel offers for Island events, or book your accommodation via Red Funnel Holidays for a great choice of places to stay and 25% off ferry travel.

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The Tourist Handbook Wessex 2018-19

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