Autumn and half term on the Isle of Wight – Goodleaf style

Appley Park - Autumn and half term on the Isle of Wight


Although the warm days seem to have faded pretty quickly this year, it’s been glorious in the park on sunny mornings – albeit a bit quieter than we’re used to in June, July and August!

If you like getting outside, you’ll still find loads to do this Autumn and half term on the Isle of Wight.

Tree Climbing

If you haven’t been tree climbing this year then hurry!
We are still tree climbing right up until the end of October half term, but then we close until Easter 2018. During October half term we climb only twice a day as the days are much shorter, so it’s worth booking in advance.

Special Branch

Every Gateway Card holder (Isle of Wight resident) who is 8 years and over is welcome to join us for Special Branch tree climbing on Saturday 21st October at 1.30pm. Special Branch are one hour climbs for young people with additional needs. Please just drop us a line or give us a call to find out more and book. These sessions are subsidised by the Isle of Wight Council.

Family Bushcraft Sessions

fire lighting with natural materialsLed by our instructor Matt (who is also an excellent outdoor skills instructor as well as a tree climbing facilitator) these bushcraft sessions take place in private woods at Ninham Country Holidays, Shanklin. We’ve got two sessions for up to 8 people on Thursday 26th October available.

Essential Recreational Tree Climbing

We’re got just one place free on our Essential Recreational Tree Climbing course running over the weekend of the 6th October. Read more about the course here.

A nice walk…

There’s nothing better than a walk on a crisp Autumn day, especially when there’s a hot chocolate or a plate of fish and chips waiting at the end. A couple of Goodleaf family favourites are Ryde to Quarr Abbey or along the beach to The Seaview Hotel for lunch in the back bar.

The Appley Sessions

New this half term – the Appley Sessions in, yes you’ve guessed it, our home of Appley Park. Hosted jointly by Ryde Business Association and Friends of Appley, the Appley Sessions are all series of different happenings in the park from 21st to 29th October. There will be walks, art workshops, a pub quiz and more…watch this space to find out more.


Harp on Wight is another fabulous, unique Isle of Wight event with various concerts, performances and workshops popping up throughout Ryde on the 20th – 24th October. It’s organised in part by Anna who also owns one of our favourite Ryde places to eat – Michelangelo!