We all know the struggle of finding things to do to keep the small people entertained during the week. It can get expensive (ouch!), so we’ve taken a look at everything that you can do… free and otherwise!
We’re renowned here on the Island for our dinosaur credentials. Take a trip to Compton Beach to see the real-life dinosaur footprints that stride across the beach. Stop along the beach as you tread along fossilised mud… it’s where actual dinosaurs laid their feet!
Comb the beach and keep little eyes peeled for pieces of bone, teeth and even scales that have been fossilised over millions of years, providing a keepsake and the perfect show and tell item back to school.
There’s plenty of parking and it’s just a short walk down some man-made steps to the beach. If the weather’s nice we recommend taking your cossie as this sandy stretch is popular with locals and holidaymakers alike – plus there are some amazing waves to surf, jump and play in!
How much: FREE
Mosey on down to the Wild West
Gather the scoundrels and head on over to Blackgang Chine this half term (25 May – 2 June) for some rootin’ tootin’ fun as Wild West Week takes over Cowboy Town! Kids (and us grown ups too) are going to love the Bucking Bronco (how long can you hold on and be the Wild West Winner?)
The live entertainment of the Cowboy Show will definitely leave you gripped as the actors put on a show that is sure to go with a BANG!
Working during the day? Don’t worry for the first time during a May half term, Blackgang is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Be wowed by a whip-cracking, knife throwing spectacular. Yee haw!
How much: ££
Slip and slide into half term
You’ll be able to get a taste of summer at Robin Hill. They are opening a Summer Slide* for half term! Woohoo! Get the kids cossies on before going so they can woosh down the epic 100m water slide! Pack a towel too, they’re gonna get soggy!
There’s so much to do at Robin Hill beside the slide, little ones will love the Tree Top trail, Squirrel Run and Tower, 4D cinema, Toboggan and so much more.
You can take a picnic as there are plenty of perfect spots dotted around the site. Top off the day with an ice cream… yummy. Spend a good chunk of the day here and with all that running around and fresh air you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep (fingers crossed).
How much: ££ (*There’s an additional cost of £3 per person for the water slide)
The sky’s the limit
Robin Hill really is going all out this half term with another spectacular event. From 27 – 30 May the sky will be filled with over 40 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes. Little ones will be able to talk to pilots, wander inside the baskets and even have a go at making a kite in the creative workshop… that’s guaranteed to while away a few hours.
As twilight descends over Robin Hill on 27th & 29th little eyes will be wide with wonder as the hot air balloons take on a different look as they ‘light up’ for the evening. There’s a bar and food available too, so everyone will be happy!
How much: ££
Polish those manners
Who says history has to be boring? The Great Victorian Show at Osborne will arrive this half term from 28 – 30 May. Take in the parade that welcomes in the royal couple, join in arena events for some hands-on fun. You’ll be just as amazed as the children by the thrills and spills of the fire show! Want the little ones to brush up on their manners? Send them to butler school and you’ll have them well trained and serving you tea in no time.
How much: £
Get hands-on with history
Learning can be fun and Carisbrooke Castle have ensured that it is! Whether kids want to dress up as knights in shining armour or pretty princesses, what better setting than a real-life castle to act this out? Young ones can get stuck into the tales that shaped history, even take part in junior jousting (don’t worry, there’s no horses or pointy sticks to cause chaos!)
Wander around the walls and gaze over the Island from one of the best vantage points in the middle of the Island. Top off your stay with a light lunch or cream tea from the on-site café.
Tell the kids to be good or share with them the story of King Charles I and how the castle became his prison!
How much: £
There’s more to the Needles than you thought
When you think of going to The Needles we’re sure you think of the big white rocks, but there’s so much more than that! View The Needles from the amazing chair lift, hugging the rugged coastline, you’ll be taken down to the beach where you will get unrivalled views, then it’s back to the top again to enjoy all the amusements. There’s a carousel, zorbing on water, the teacups, miniature golf, traditional funfair games, a 4D cinema and so much more. Make an iconic sand-filled figure with the multiple colours, visit the glassworks and grab a stick of rock from the sweet shop. Feeling hungry? Enjoy a light lunch or something more substantial from Marconi’s restaurant. A perfect family day out!
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Step back in time and be transported back to a bygone era when steam trains ruled the railways. Hop aboard the steam train and take in the 10-mile museum. Be in awe of the stunning Isle of Wight countryside as you pass lush green fields and dense woodland.
Hop off at Havenstreet and explore the Woodland Walk, head on over to Train Story where history really comes to life – if the carriage doors are open you’re encouraged to explore!
Round off your visit with something tasty to eat in the refreshment room – serving hot and cold food all day.
During half term, the Railway is running it’s BR Black event where you can see all the engines they have painted in British Railways Black working the line from 25 – 27 May.
How much: £