Offbeat adventures on the Isle of Wight
People come to the Isle of Wight for many reasons – the sun, sea and sand among them. But they also come because of our quintessentially English seaside holiday experiences. There’s lots of different things to do on the Isle of Wight, as well as quirky places to stay and adventures to try. Here’s just a few of our favourite offbeat adventures on our beautiful island.
FORAGE FOR YOUR SUPPER
Join foraging expert Paul Noakes on a walk from his base at St Helens and discover what you can and can’t eat in the natural environment. Paul has been foraging on the Isle of Wight for more than seven years and no one has more knowledge than he does about edible seaweeds, razor clams, cockles, wild garlic and elderflower, among many other delights. After an afternoon’s forage, you get to cook what you found either on the beach or in the woods on an open fire – perfect! See more at Paul’s website here.
RYLSTONE GARDENS AND CRAZY GOLF
A proper hidden gem, Rylstone Gardens are well worth a visit if you’re in need of a gentle adventure. Hidden away at the top of Shanklin Old Village, Rylstone Gardens are an oasis of vintage, idiosyncratic charm.
There’s an outdoor tea room serving delicious home-made cakes. The tea rooms also incorporate a unique crazy golf course…pop over and see for yourself.
The tranquil gardens are the setting for regular concerts in the bandstand. Proper old fashioned seaside fun!
There’s great Channel views from the cliff top benches.
Yes, you did read that right! West Wight Alpacas offer a properly unique experience – taking an alpaca for a walk.
It’s a quite unusual experience to have an alpaca or llama on the end of the lead as you walk around country fields!
The Alpaca farm was set up in 2010 and has since blossomed into fascinating place to visit. It’s good for children of all ages as younger children can walk their alpaca with their parents.
The farm has around 70 alpacas, 12 llamas and other dwarf animals – the little goats are particularly cute.
They offer various different lengths of alpaca walk and lots more to do at their beautiful site. You can even take along farm walk with alpacas and have a picnic in the grounds.
THE NATIONAL POO MUSEUM
Have you been yet?!
The brainchild of our artist collective chums Eccleston George, The National Poo Museum is at the Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown. The Museum has garnered worldwide media attention since it was opened in March 2016 – they’ve even featured in the New York Times.
The exhibition is dedicated to faeces from lots of different animals, with 20 illuminated resin spheres showing off the different kinds of poo. It’ll be housed at the zoo all the way through the summer before going on tour, so catch it on the Isle of Wight first!