portsmouth.co.uk Friday, May 21, 2021 46 Advertising Feature Why not head to the Isle of Wight this summer? y l i m a F 10 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. EXPERIENCESS ONTHEISLE OFWIGHT 1 Let your troubles float away There’s something special about stepping on bo oard a Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth – be it on fo oot or with your car – as it signals the start of your Isle e of Wight adventure. You might be staying for a few hou 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. 2 Family bike rides 3 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. 4 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. 5 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.