Set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside nestled in the Island’s stunning Arreton Downs, you start exploring immediately and are totally immersed in all the park has to offer. Owned by the Dabell family who also run the hugely popular Blackgang Chine the Dabell’s clearly know how to keep both children and adults stimulated.
Robin Hill Country Park is so well conceived and covers so many different elements, you’ll want to keep returning. It’s also the venue for the incredibly trendy annual music festival Bestival, which draws in crowds of 50,000 and various groups of hugely talented global musicians. The award-winning park can count a ‘Tourism & Leisure Award for Excellence’ and the myIsleofWight Award for Best Place For Something For The Family for the past three years among its accolades too.
Now for the attractions – there are so many, it’s hard to know where to start. As soon as you enter the park, get diverted on a brilliant outdoor activity course nestled among the trees with a trip wire and a scramble net. But there are plenty of play areas peppered throughout the park, which cater for all ages from toddlers upwards. You can literally spend an entire morning sampling them out and watching your family run riot until their hearts content. Have a go on the Tree Top Trail, a trail surrounded by trees or for younger children the Snake and Hillbilly Slides, which are set into the hillside. For even younger children Tot’s Play is a safe haven full of stimulation.
Watch out for Colossus, a swinging galleon boat ride that will have all the family belly laughing. The hugely popular Toboggan Run is a must with its 300 metre twisting and turning course of metal, designed as a track for toboggans. Parents can share a toboggan with smaller children and you can whoosh down the course at whatever speed you dare to. Go forwards and backwards in time with the impressive time machine, a 28-seat motion platform simulator. If you fancy good old-fashioned fun there’s a large wooden maze to get lost in. For the younger children the Cows Express train ride is an instant hit while for older children, something called Total Wipeout – a watery-based rollercoaster loop system by air and water gets the adrenalin pumping. Duckdown Play Village, a small child sized village is great for all the family to go exploring or marvel at the African Adventure playground and get transported off to tribal Africa.
For any wildlife enthusiasts, the Squirrel Tower is a must to spot all those elusive red squirrels. Also not to be missed are the amazing daily falconry displays, which are Island famous. The owl shows are exciting displays set in the new 300 seated woodland amphitheatre. After all that fun, anyone suffering weary legs can jump aboard the Great Big Green Tractor ride, which is on a permanent loop around the park to scoop up and drop off. By then you’ll easily have earned your pit stop at one of the park’s eateries; the Oasis Café, Squirrels Café or Ice Cream Hut.
Bring it on….