portsmouth.co.uk Friday, May 21, 2021


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Why not head to the
Isle of Wight this summer?


Full of wide open spaces, sandy beaches,
quintessential British beauty, and its own
‘island magic’, it’s perfect for a day trip,
weekend break or proper summer holiday.



Let your troubles float away

There’s something special about stepping on
oard a Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth – be it on
oot or with your car – as it signals the start of your
e of Wight adventure. You might be staying for a few
urs or a few nights, but as you wave goodbye to the
mainland you can literally feel your troubles lifting from
your shoulders. Crossings take from just 22 minutes.


Family bike rides


Hop on a steam train

Whether you’re a family that cycles
together at home or your kids are just
starting out, the Isle of Wight is the
perfect place for a family bike ride. From
riverside pedals with stops for takeaway
coffee and cake (the Medina Greenway
Breeze) to a flat seafront route with plenty
of opportunities for ice cream (Sandown to
Shanklin), you can enjoy time as a family in
the great outdoors.

Discover the golden age of travel on
an historic steam train while you take
in the rolling scenery of the Isle of Wight.
Relax on the 10-mile journey with a whole
compartment, exclusively for your
household group at the Isle of Wight Steam
Railway. Then take time to discover 150
years of railway history, and an impressive
collection of locomotives and carriages at
the Train Story Discovery Centre.


Try tree climbing

Try a spot of recreational tree
climbing in a beautiful, mature oak
tree set back from the golden sands of
Appley Beach in Ryde. It’s a chance to
experience a unique place that very few
people ever get to visit – the canopy of a
tree. The tree is around 15 metres high and
you’ll use rope and harness to climb it – so
this one is for families with older children,
aged 8 and over.


Have fun at a festival

The iconic Isle of Wight Festival has
moved to 16-19 September this year
(usually in June), meaning it’ll be closing
the summer season in style! It’s a great
festival for all the family. Confirmed artists
include Liam Gallagher as Friday’s
headliner; Saturday headliners Snow Patrol
and David Guetta; and Sunday’s headliner
Duran Duran.