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Explore the Isle of Wight from Woodside Bay

What’s on offer when you stay at Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat?

Ideally located by the beautiful shores of the Solent, and still nestled in the stunning woodland, Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat is perfectly placed to explore the breathtaking Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight is popular and known for the outdoor and surfer activities available, and with TV personality Bear Grylls being born here, we are sure you will find something to bring out your adventurous spirit too.

With everything from cycling, sailing and go karting to hiking, yachting and kayaking, there will be something for every one with an active lifestyle here. The island is also steeped in history with the Carisbrooke Castle being nearly 1000 years old. If you are looking for a relaxing, sunbathing holiday, there are plenty of sandy and shingle, Isle of Wight beaches to take a choice of, lay back and soak up the sun.

There is an endless list of things to do on the Isle of Wight, with the island being only 147 square miles, making it easy to explore all it has to offer. Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat is the perfect base to start from.

Recommended Local Attractions

Carisbrooke Castle – 1000 years of history in Newport

Carisbrooke Castle

The 1000 year old Carisbrooke Castle.

Newport is often referred to as the capital of the Isle of Wight, as it is located in the centre of the island. Home to the Robin Hill Adventure Park and, the popular animal attraction, Owl and Monkey Haven, Newport has plenty to offer its visitors. With high street shopping, delicious restaurants and the beautiful Quay Arts Centre all ready to be explored.

But the most famous place to visit is just outside of Newport, the Carisbrooke Castle, being nearly 1,000 years old, this medieval castle is steeped in the history of the island. Housing the local history museum, with over 27,000 items all connected to the Isle of Wight this stunning castle is at the heart of the island’s history.

Over the centuries it has been an Elizabethan artillery fortress and Princess Beatrice’s, Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, summer residence. But it is mostly known as King Charles I’s prison, from 1647 to 1648, before his eventual execution in London. Today it can form part of your Isle of Wight Holiday as you can visit the castle, museum and grounds to marvel at the history, see the local loveable donkeys and the beautiful Edwardian garden. A lovely, picturesque and informative day out for everyone, all in a stunning town.

Cowes – a tale of two towns

Cowes Harbour

Visit Cowes and its bustling harbour.

Cowes is the most northern town on the Isle of Wight, and is unique as it is split in two by the River Medina. Known as Cowes and East Cowes these towns are full of life and beautiful beaches, and for one week every year it is the host to the world’s biggest sailing regatta, called ‘Cowes Week’.

So unsurprisingly sailing is very popular here, you can hire all kinds of sea worthy vessels to test your sea legs on. If you don’t fancy that, don’t worry there is plenty more going on, from the award winning beaches to sit back and soak up the sun in or the vibrant shopping scene, with everything from high street stores and nautical shops to independent boutique and quirky gift shops.

As well as the award winning restaurants serving locally sourced food, plenty of pubs and bars also serve meals. You will also find plenty of places where you can pick up a tasty snack or ice cream to enjoy while taking a stroll. There is something for everyone, and Cowes is less than 10 miles away from the peaceful sanctuary of Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat.

Ryde – Family Fun Harbour Town

Ryde Hovercrafts

Hovertravel ferries line the seafront.

Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and has an expanse of sandy beaches all along the towns shore line. Along the seafront the hovercraft and passenger ferry links are in a prominent position, as are the plethora of restaurants that line the seafront and flow into the town, with worldly cuisine and bars serving traditional ‘pub grub’ too.

One of the most popular and well known eateries is the Orrey Café, which is famous around the world for its walls which make up a planetarium. The café is also part of the Donald McGill Museum.

Being just over 4 miles from our Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, Ryde is the perfect family entertainment destination, with an ice rink and a Superbowl, that has 22 lanes of computerised 10 pin bowling, the Wight Karting purpose built 500m, all weather, go karting track and the Goodleaf Tree Climbing company offering a canopy experience like no other. As well as the many beautiful sandy beaches on offer, the vibrant town of Ryde has something for everyone.

Ventnor – A Traditional Seaside Resort

Ventor Beach

Enjoy the golden sands of Ventnor Beach.

Ventnor is only 12 miles away from Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, but is one of the most southern towns on the island. This traditional seaside resort town is one of Britain’s most famous Victorian health resorts, due to its vey unique micro-climate and being a sun trap with both sand and shingle beaches on offer.

There are countless delicious restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from, so there will be something for every food palate. It also has a vibrant shopping scene with everything from the big high street names to beautiful, independent and handmade items in boutique stores.

Ventnor promenade has a traditional arcade with a wide range of amusements, fit for all ages, whether entertaining the little ones or feeling nostalgic yourself. The beautiful and colourful beach huts line the back of the beaches, and the Ventnor Haven Fishery sells the best local crab and lobster along the seafront.

The stunning Victorian Ventnor Park is a sight to behold, winning Park of the Year in the South England Britain in Bloom 2014. Close to the park are the Ventnor Botanic Gardens where you can witness the towns micro-climate in all its glory, this 22 acre sub-tropical paradise is a must see. Challenge yourself to find the islands best kept secret beach, the Steephill Cove. Known as one of the most relaxing beaches on the island, it is tucked away and only accessible by foot, with the beautiful beach huts and fisherman’s cottages, you can lose yourself in this peaceful sanctuary.

With a delightful beach café and delicious restaurant, serving locally caught seafood during the season, this cove is a true hidden gem of the island. Ventnor is a vibrant seaside town just waiting to be explored.

Ask the Woodside Bay Staff

These are just a small sample of the places to visit and things to do on the Isle of Wight. If you wanted to know more about the Isle of Wight, please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly reception staff for more ideas.