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Things to do in the Isle of Wight
Nestled by the lapping waves of The Solent and close to leafy Wootton Bridge, Woodside Coastal Retreat is located between the vibrant harbour town of Cowes and the charming coastal town of Ryde.
The resort offers a peaceful escape, whilst benefitting from close proximity to some of the UK’s most delightful beaches, beautiful countryside and fascinating historical sites. The island is a mere 149 square miles, making it easy to discover all the Isle of Wight has to offer. Almost half of the island is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and nearly 30 miles of its seashore is a protected Heritage Coast. The natural splendour can be seen and enjoyed from almost anywhere on the island. Discover it on foot, by car, on two wheels, from a boat or even by air! Cycle hire, water sports and pleasure flights are all available locally.
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Cultural Attractions in the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is rich in history and peppered with fascinating museums, magnificent historical houses and unique hidden gems, such as the Bembridge Windmill which was built in 1700 and is now the last surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. You can climb to the top of the building and see how it would have worked back in its heyday with its wooden milling machinery.
History buffs will enjoy a visit to St Catherine’s Oratory, which dates back to the 14th Century and is in a magnificent setting near the southern coast of the Isle of Wight. It was originally built as a penance by a local landowner who had stolen church property.
If it’s culture that you are interested in, you won’t be disappointed. With the Isle of Wight being home to numerous art galleries and theatres which present an eclectic assortment of performances.
There is also the famous Isle of Wight music festival which happens in June of each year and was first run back in 1968. Despite having originally been a counterculture event, it now features some of the most popular bands and artists around.
In the first week of August each year, Cowes also plays host to the annual Cowes Week which is one of the longest running regattas in the world, having first been run back in 1826. This really is a must see event, with over 1,000 boats taking part in 40 races across the week. There really is something for everyone at Woodside Coastal Retreat.
If you fancy getting involved in some adrenaline fuelled activities yourself, there is a wide choice of extreme sports available including the increasingly popular Sand Yachting.
You can also rent a mountain bike in Newport and explore this stunning region with various trail maps to be followed including the intriguingly named Uncle Buck trail. You can also see if you have a chance of being the next Lewis Hamilton when you get behind the wheel of a Go Kart at the Wight Karting circuit in Ryde.
There are so many little-known treasures just waiting to be discovered. ‘Foodies’ will love The Garlic Farm, a working farm with a fascinating heritage centre, well-stocked shop and a great restaurant.
Another highly rated restaurant in Newport is Thompson’s which is run by Head Chef Robert Thompson, which also uses ingredients from the garlic farm.
The Isle of Wight really is a foodie’s paradise, with a wide range of high quality restaurants to be sampled across the region.
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This is just a short sample of the many attractions which are on offer in the Isle of Wight. Need some inspiration? Any of our on-park staff will be more than happy to recommend their favourite places to go and relax in this stunning part of the country.