On the last day of our 7 day exploration we went to Arreton Barns. Don’t judge it from the car park. It’s when you get past the farm and craft shops things really start to get interesting. They’re both perfectly good and well stocked outlets and worth checking out while you’re there but certainly aren’t a destination in themselves. Arreton Barns is actually a craft village and hosts a number of artisans including leather work, wood turning, glass works, and
Visit each studio to watch the crafts people at their work, both glass studios give a really interesting insight into how they make some of their most intricate and beautiful objects. Mulberry Tree Wood Turning offer 1:1 workshops where you can make your own wooden bowl (book in advance).
The village is complete with it’s own pond, ducks and 12th century church. A great place to spend a couple of hours.
As it’s Halloween there was a lot going on today so we went later in the afternoon to have an early dinner at the Dairyman’s Daughter before going to the Halloween Bonfire and Firework finale. It was a very British affair with Bloodstone Morris dancers (who knew there was a dark side to Morris dancing?), fire eaters, a huge bonfire and the best value fireworks ever. A fitting end to our 7 day Isle of Wight odyssey.