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 … Continue reading
Today we thought we’d visit Quarr Abbey which we’ve seen signposted near the Fishbourne ferry but never visited. It’s a catholic benedictine monastery which was built at the turn of the twentieth century, next to the site of the ruins … Continue reading
Today we thought we’d stay closer to home and off the back of the popular Carisbrooke Castle we decided to visit Appuldurcombe House. It looked great on the website, although a ‘shell’ of a house, apparently it’s great on the … Continue reading
The sun broke threw the clouds and after a day inside feeling pale and flaky we decided a day at the UK’s oldest (and best in our opinion) theme park. A real world of imagination, Blackgang Chine was the top … Continue reading
Day 3, we’d hoped it was going to be sunny, but no luck, instead it was a cold, drizzly day so we decided to google ‘best things to do in the Isle of Wight on a wet day’. Sandown Pier came up as the ‘No.1 Attraction’ for this kind of weather, so we checked the sides of the sofas, raided the change jar and headed down to Sandown.
There is parking along the sea front but there are also a couple of car parks just set back into the town centre. We ended up in the one by the Conservative club. A short walk down to the pier and we were there – in the arcade of flashing lights, nylon prizes and slot machines. We’d had the foresight to visit Cantina on the way for a late brunch so were ready to take on The Lost World adventure golf. It was great fun for an hour, we went round in two groups of 4, the littlest won the highest score, and the oldest won the lowest score. It was definitely the highlight of the visit.
The pier also boasts a soft play area for under twelves and a few bowling lanes (just to manage expectations). Of course we were visiting off season, in the summer the end of the pier is open complete with rides and slides and the beach – talk about miles of soft white sand.
For dinner we enjoyed a well-earned meal out at The Bonchurch Inn where the life changing lasagne was… well… let’s see shall we?
Yesterday the kids picked up a leaflet about spooky goings on at a haunted castle. The English Heritage have a few properties on the island and they put on some great events at key times of year. Halloween is a … Continue reading