A day out in Godshill


Picture of thatched houseWe love our family days out in the gorgeous village of Godshill. Famous for cream teas and thatched cottages, it’s chock full of other fab things to help us while away  the odd sunny afternoon when we’re not climbing trees.

Godshill is between Newport and Ventnor in the South East of the Island – easy to get to from Ryde and the Goodleaf Tree! Buses run there regularly and Godshill is on The Sunshine Trail cycle route.



Godhsill Model Village


Number 1 on your list should be Godshill Model Village which has been delighting children and adults alike since 1952. Scale models of the old villages of Godshill and Shanklin are laid out, complete with beautiful trees and shrubs that have been pruned to the exact scale of the buildings. It’s pretty much quirky family fun perfection. This year some of our Isle of Wight Red Squirrels have been spotted hiding out in the shrubbery – see how many you can spot as you go round!





Freemantle Gate, AppludurcmbeOne of our favourite family walks sets off from Godshill. It’s known in our family as the Broad Bean walk for all the fields of sweet smelling broad beans that were planted there one year. After fortifications of tea and cake at the Model Village cafe (as you know, no Goodleaf family day out is complete without tea and cake!) we head out from near The Griffin pub.

The Broad Bean walk encompasses about three miles of gorgeous countryside, stunning views and the famous Freemantle Gate at Appuldurcombe House.




If you’re ready for something more substantial after the walk, we’d choose The Taverners for lovely Isle of Wight produce, a great menu and gardens to eat in. For a lighter bite – and recommended by guests of The Model Village – The Old Smithy on the High Street is a good choice.

In fact, there’s plenty of cake options in Godshill – exactly we like to hear!