Isle of Wight Things to Do

We are planning to reopen on Monday 27 July 2020. If you’re on holiday before then, here’s some other Isle of Wight things to do that we think you might enjoy…and that we know are open!

If you can’t get hold of people straight away, please do keep trying. Everyone is doing their absolute best to implement new protocols to keep everyone safe but there’s bound to be a bit of settling down as the Island opens up.

  1. John Cattle’s Skate Club. Try skate boarding or brush up on your skills with John and the team. They are offering 1-1 and family skate boarding sessions – all taking place outdoors of course!
  2. Horse Riding with Sally’s Riding is highly rated by us and our climbers. You may even get to ride on the beach!
  3. Wight Karting. The Island’s outdoor karting circuit, just 10 minutes drive from our tree.
  4. Cycling. Whether a gentle jaunt or some all out MTB, Life in the Saddle by Tim Wiggins is full of excellent suggestions for cycling on the Island.  is a great blog about where to cycle on the Island. Hire bikes from Wight Cycle Hire or Tav Cycles.
  5. Godshill Model Village. We love it for the topiary and the fantastic model villages of Shanklin and Godshill. See if you can discover some tree climbers too! Opening 18th July.
  6. Sea swimming. Some of our favourite places are Appley Beach near the tree, Sandown – along the footpath between Sandown and Shanklin and Compton Bay on the west coast. There are lots of other amazing beaches around the Island to discover too.
  7. Wight Coast Fossils. The Isle of Wight is the best place for discovering dinosaurs in Europe. Try your luck on a guided walk with an expert.
  8. Water Sports. Wight Water located between Sandown and Shanklin are currently hiring equipment out.
  9. Walking. The Island is an amazing place to walk – it’s easy to get away from the crowds, and you can usually find a cafe or ice cream stop along the way – perfect for a bit of bribery! Firestone Copse near Ryde hosts Drew’s Brews who serve coffee out of the back of a van. It’s good coffee (we’re quite particular about our coffee) and Firestone Copse is full of walks and den making opportunities. It’s also very dog friendly.
  10. Slow Wight Travel Guide. Embrace the peace of lockdown, leave the car at your accommodation and head out on foot. The Slow Wight Travel Guide takes you around the Island on foot, bike and public transport. You might want to give the bus a miss at the moment, but there’s some lovely ‘off the beaten track’ suggestions.

Head to Visit Isle of Wight for loads more ideas of things to see and do when you’re on the Island.