Top 10 Half Term Adventures

There’s so many fantastic things to do on the Isle of Wight, all year round, whatever the weather. With so much to do, and so little time, we pulled together our Top 5  picks of the best events and activities for all ages taking place over the May Whitsun half term. But it wasn't enough so we've doubled up and give you our Top 10! Whether you’re coming for one of the weekends or taking a holiday for the whole week - get out there and enjoy an Island adventure!

1. Have an Adventure

Your kids can learn Coasteering, Arrow Tag, Paddle Boarding, Archery, Kayaking, Climbing, Mountain Boarding, Raft Building, Bushcraft Skills, Mega SUP and get involved in Team Challenges at Young Adventurers Activity Days at Adventure Activities Isle of Wight based at Tapnell and Freshwater Bay. For children aged 8–16 on weekdays from 9am-5pm, throughout the May Half Term, these adrenaline filled full-days of awesome activities are just £32 per child.

2. Climb a Tree

Goodleaf Tree Climbing can teach you to climb to the top of an 70 foot oak tree in Appley Park, where you can relax in the canopy, enjoying the beautiful sea views, or hang out in a special tree top hammock. Challenge yourself to climb as much as you want to and once back on the ground, you  can chill out on a picnic blanket and enjoy a cup of tea and their home made Tree Climber’s Flapjack. 

3. Shoot Someone

Get your best cowboy gear on and mosey along to Wild West Week down at Buffalo Creek in Blackgang Chine from 26th May to 3rd June where you can pick your side and shoot it out. Be with the sheriff’s posse trying to keep the town safe or be part of the Outlaw Takeover and seize control of Pirate Cove. Learn to line dance in the Wild West dance class or see if you’ll be lucky panning for gold. The park’s friendly dodos will be getting in on the act and the rodeo is coming to town with a bucking bronco.

4. Meet Creepy Crawlies at a Castle

Carisbrooke Castle is alive with beasts and bugs and you can handle a variety of animals as creepy creatures have wormed their way into the castle. See how they move and how they feel, and have lots of fun encountering a variety of brilliant beasts. 

5. Run Away

Take part in the Isle of Wight Running Festival. Over the whole weekend from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June there’s a half iron man distance event sponsored by SpyVelo and GP Sport that includes a 1.9km open water swim in Colwell Bay, 90km cycle through the West Wight and the Needles XC Half Marathon. On Sunday there’s the Junior Fun Run, and the 13.1 mile Needles XC Half Marathon, plus there’s the killer Needles XC Marathon for veterans of the Needles Half Marathon who want to try a new challenge - one of the toughest marathons in the UK!

6. Try Disc Golf

Robin Hill have a Disc Golf championship on their 9-hole disc golf course from May 26th to June 3rd. Test your aim, complete the course and see how your score compares with daily and weekly competitions for children and adults. Winners are announced on 3rd of May, and prizes include tickets for their festival Eklectica in September.

7. Take Tea with the Queen

Queen Victoria invites you to her birthday party at her palace by the sea. This royal party runs from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st in the grounds of Osborne House, and has traditional entertainment from the 19th century such as side saddle riders, jugglers, sideshows, and of course tea and cake. Enjoy a real British celebration fit for a queen.

8. See Inside a Manor

Open for two days only every year, Mottistone Manor is open to the public on May 27th and 28th and you get the chance to see inside this historical manor house that is usually closed to the public. Then on Tuesday 29th May you can kick off the half term holiday with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ at Mottistone Gardens. Not only can grown-ups enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens on the Island, but kids can purchase a £2 kite kit to start ticking off some of the things to do before they are 11 ¾, including flying a kite, creating some wild art, or hunting for bugs.

9. Have Some Steamy Fun

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway has three Ivatt locomotives in steam together for the first time over the weekend of May 26th to May 28th, which you can ride on the tracks from Havenstreet to Wootton and Ashey. Plus there’s a Real Ale Bar serving Island beers and food from the refreshment rooms. 

10. Uncover a World of Music and Dance

Mondomix festival returns to Calbourne Water Mill over the weekend of 1st to 3rd June. One of the Island’s best family friendly music festivals, Mondomix is your chance to enjoy an eclectic choice of world music set within the beautiful grounds of Calbourne Water Mill. A three day adult ticket costs just £60 – and each child, under 17, accompanied by an adult goes free.

Alix Robinson

27 April 2018

By Alix Robinson in Articles