Isle of Wight

A week in the Isle of Wight – Day 6 – Quarr Abbey

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


A week in the Isle of Wight – Day 3 – Sandown Pier

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?

A week in the Isle of Wight – Day 2 – Carisbrooke Castle

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


A week in the Isle of Wight – Day 1 – Ventnor

There are so many things to do in the Isle of Wight, but with so much choice how do you decide what to do when you’re over? We’ve spent the half term working out exactly that and we’re going to … Continue reading


Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 5-27 September 2015

The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival this year is a 22 day celebration of fun, cycling and breathtaking scenery. Launching on Saturday 5th September there is fun for all the family as well as more serious events for the committed cyclist: Hills Killer – mountain … Continue reading


The Garden

The back garden is a great social area, enjoying the sun throughout the day. As the house is built into the side of the cliff the back garden is actually at first floor level accessible via the back door. The … Continue reading


The Library

Take a break from Ventnor beach and stay at home. Enjoy a book our well stocked library filled with all genres of titles and DVDs, play on the bar billiard table or have a game of Scrabble, Solitaire or Dominoes. … Continue reading