When you’re visiting somewhere new you want to make sure you see the best the area has to offer. You’d hate to spend all week squashed onto a busy tourist trap beach when there’s a pretty, little-known bay just around the corner!
If you’re planning a holiday to one of our destinations on the Isle of Wight, we’ve put together a useful cheat sheet and interactive map to help you explore the island like a local. From events and festivals, to picturesque walking routes, our handy guide will help you make the most of your time on the island.
Areas to visit
Our Warner locations are either in the North-West of the island (Norton Grange Coastal Village) or on the Easterly coast (Bembridge Coast Hotel). Both allow you to enjoy being close to the sea, but if you want to explore a little further afield during your holiday the Isle of Wight has plenty to offer.
Cowes is a popular destination with tourists and well worth a visit, particularly if you’re a keen sailor. The town is actually host to the largest boat race in the world during ‘Cowes Week’ in August, when an impressive regatta of boats descend on the town.
Vetnor has all the charm of a traditional British seaside town, with a sea front walkway and houses set back into the hillside facing the coastline. On the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, the town also boasts a sunny micro-climate that rivals the Mediterranean!
Best Kept Secrets
The best holiday stories all start the same way, “We found this great little place…” and the Isle of Wight has all sorts of brilliant hidden gems just waiting for you to discover them.
Sit back and drink in the good life at Rosemary Vineyard, a local winery that produces a delicious selection of English wines, all available for you to sample and purchase. Or take a trip to the Garlic Farm. You’ll find a fragrant selection of themed foods and drinks available at the farm shop and you could stop for a delicious lunch at the restaurant.
Special Events and Festivals
It may be a small island, but there’s a lot happening on the Isle of Wight! During the summer the island is host to a diverse and lively calendar of festivals. From classic cars and music to food and wine – there’s something for everybody.
The island is famed for its music festivals, but if you’re looking for something a little gentler there’s the Real Ale Train or the local Cycling Festival to check out too.
Welcome to the Garden Isle
The island’s natural beauty is a source of great pride. The Isle of Wight has a quintessentially British landscape: rolling hills, plush greenery and dramatic cliff tops, earning it the affectionate nick-name, the ‘Garden Isle’.
It’s hard to go wrong if you’re looking for scenic places to visit during your stay. However, there are several well-kept gardens open to the public, including National Trust properties like Mottistone Gardens or the more tropical Botanic Gardens in Ventnor.
Walking and Cycling
If you ask us, one of the best ways to take in all the gorgeous scenery on the Isle of Wight is with a walk or a cycle. The island offers routes for all abilities, whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or a longer ramble there will be a trail to suit your mood.
If you’d like to know more about a holiday on the Isle of Wight take a look at our interactive map of the island. It’ll suggest loads more places and activities for your trip and, of course, booking a stay at either our Norton Grange Coastal Village or the Bembridge Coast Hotel will place you right at the centre of the action.
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