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The Isle of Wight Theme Parks

No matter if you are a grownup, teenager or a child you need a rest from that what you have been doing all the entire year. And this period that is intended to be your vacation is usually in summer. So everybody wants to spend it the right way. Evening drinks, picnics, cycling, hanging about all these activities lack new experiences and adventures.  You can be bored of these ordinary entertainments or at least you will have just another vacation and nothing special. So do not waste your precious free time idling, struggle to find something new to see and to do.

Your kids will be beside themselves with delight

During long vacations children usually get sick and tired of their current activities such as playing computer games, running or cycling around the park on their bikes. It won’t take them long to be also fed up with all those children programs on TV. So there is only one way to prevent them from being bored and unoccupied. Let us have a look at a few popular theme park attractions on the IOW because it is they that are going to keep your kids entertained and out of trouble during all day through.

The first park in the list is in the area of Sandown and it is Dinosaur Isle. What can be more exciting and fascinate than looking at hard remains of prehistoric animals such as dinosaurs. The fossils really date back to those times when those enormously huge reptiles of the Mesozoic era walked on our planet and to be more exact they once ruled the Isle of Wight. During 120 million years various skeletons and fossils have been waiting for their hour of triumph to present them and attract all eyes. This walk through time is very educational and not scary at all.

Robin Hill Country Park Adventure is another perfect place to spend time with your children. Thanks to plenty of children’s play areas your little ones can run around having a lot of fun. Moreover this lovely area offers something for all ages. That means that the parents can entertain themselves as well while the children are busy.
For those who are interested in everything related to marine can visit Fort Victoria in Yarmouth. The Marine Aquarium is designed mainly to show local marine life. All the exponents are found in the waters or on the local seashores.

The Isle of Wight is a small island, however, to my great surprise it has plenty things to experience. Moreover the island is full to the brim with different kinds of attractions to match every age group. That is why entire families with their full complement flock to the IOW longing to have something new, amusing and affordable. Yes, this wonderful place with its Isle of Wight hotels, motels, inns and another sites providing accommodation is an appropriate holiday area for everybody. It means that you can easily find an inexpensive or reasonably priced place to stay on the island.

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Join All The Wondrous Goings of Bestival

You may have heard of the Bestival, one of the biggest lifestyle music festivals in the country, lasting three days in late summer on the Isle of Wight. To truly appreciate everything that makes up this magnificent spectacle you have to experience it for yourself. Great care has gone in to the details that give Bestival such a festive and friendly atmosphere; thousands of flags and ribbons of many colours fill the air, entertainers in fancy dress wander through the crowds amusing children and adults alike, festival-goers gasp at the bravery and skill of trapeze artists leaping overhead.

Children will be kept busy for hours by the fairy castles, merry-go-rounds, interactive puppet shows and much more. Older children may enjoy the many arts and crafts shows where master craftsmen share their secrets with everybody who is keen to learn a new skill, such as knitting. There really is something for everybody at the festival. Good food and drink is sold all over the festival so you can relax on the lush green grass and have a picnic.

You can leave your tent at home because you will not need it. Here at the festival you will not spend time lugging camping gear around, leaving you free to go and have fun. Tangerine Fields proudly present fully equipped tents for your use; they are ready-pitched, cosy and available in various sizes. You just have to hire them. However it is always advisable to book, reserving tents for your entire party, so you can be sure you’re all camped together in the same spot. The same should be done if you choose to stay at one of the Isle of Wight’s hotels. It is worth spending the time thinking about your accommodation in advance as this is the time of year when thousands of music fans and holidaymakers from all over the country flock to the Island.

Spending three days under the bluest sky surrounded by your favourite music is a fantastic experience, where you can join many others merrily dancing, clapping, and singing along to the lovely tunes of the day. It is one of those rare moments when all your favourite acts are so close to you allowing you to admire the live gigs given by the most popular musicians, singers and artists of your country. And when the sun sets the fun continues well into the night. A rousing last night of the festival with an incredible fireworks display, booming music coming from the various stages and thousands of music fans making the most of the vibrant atmosphere is the perfect end to a spectacular event.

Isle of Wight Bestival Photos

Photos by encosion and Darran Gange

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The Isle of Wight Big Advantages

Sometimes people joking saying that the Isle of Wight seems to be a separate geographical place located somewhere in the tropics because of the rare rather hot summer periods. However these few hot days do not frighten the holidaymakers off. To be more precise and serious the Isle of Wight climate is very similar to the climate that can be found in the Mediterranean. Being cooped up in the buildings by cold and gloomy winter weather wearing for the sun to come, people dream to go the Isle of Wight because the entire island is bathed in sunshine.

Pick Your Time to Take The Action?

As the Isle of Wight is a favourite destination for almost all British holidaymakers it is highly recommended to pick your time of visiting the island carefully. Otherwise the height of the season or a festival going on will provide you with crowded beaches and higher hotel rates. As you can see it would be a bit difficult to find an appropriate Isle of Wight accommodation. However if you are in money visiting the Isle during a festival time will make your holiday more exciting and gripping. In short this is for you to count the cost. As the Isle of Wight houses many festivals and they are held during definitive time you should better consider this beforehand, thus taking into account the time period of the festival you want to attend will help you to plan your holiday and enjoy it very much. All the necessary information can be easily found in the Internet. You can find a lot of articles about the festivals and get detailed information about the time and place of the performance.

One of the most fantastic features of the Isle of Wight is its affordability and all-round attractiveness. There is no need to puzzle your brains who to leave your kids with or beseech your parents to look after your darlings while you are on vacation for the simple reason that there are many interesting things to do for every member of the family on the Isle of Wight. Taking your children with you will give you peace of mind and you will be touched watching your precious being so busy having fun. Believe it or not, but your children will love this place. Moreover after homecoming, they will be looking forward to going to the Isle of Wight again and again.

A Matter of Taste And Money

With so many various places to stay the Isle of Wight seems to be the place to match even a small budget. The range of Isle of Wight accommodation is wide and various; it includes the following types of dwelling: hotels, self catering cottages, caravans and campsites. Each of the mentioned types can provide you with many options so you can make the best choice for you. The same can be observed with food providing. Different multiple restaurants, snack bars, pubs, fast foods with various menus can offer you their service. Even the most fastidious children begin to enjoy eating.

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Self Catering Isle of Wight Holidays

The strangest and unreasonable way of spending holidays is to shack up in an expensive hotel that is on the coast and swim in the swimming pools. Less strange but still unreasonable to stay home only because you think that your personal budget will not let you to have a deserved holiday. The Isle of Wight turns to be the most popular and beautiful place in the UK and it may be the most hospitable as well. Holidaymakers of every budget can have a wonderful time on this truly fascinating island, blessed with the best climate and gaseous natural scenery. The Isle of Wight itself is passionate about providing the visitors with the highest levels of service both in planning their holiday and during their stay on the island.


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Self catering Isle of Wight holidays is what you need visiting the island. Here you are able to find any type of accommodation to stay in: from cottages and bungalows to caravan parks. Moreover the location of the dwellings is in some of the most picturesque locations on the Isle, thus all windows of your room look onto “a garden or sea”. So there is no doubt you will find the right property to suit your needs.

Romantic caravan parks

One of the most popular choices for a family vacation is the caravan parks. These accommodation units have all the conveniences: central heating, their own cooking and washing facilities, as well as luxurious furnishings. In addition the surrounding is equipped with playgrounds and safe places for couples to enjoy one another’s company. Furthermore the calm sea waters of the Solent have uniquely easy accessibility. Some owners of such units even give their client a lovely free gift pack upon the arrival. As you can see no accommodation can be more romantic that this.

Fishing and Angles

Walking down the coastal beaches you can find yourself in one of the island’s many fishing villages. Here, you’ll be able to take advantage of one of the best attractions of a self-catering holiday – the low cost of a fresh seafood dinner. Bass are the main quarry for beach anglers, but pollack, conger, mackerel, pouting, horn-back rays, flatfish and wrasse, with occasional tope, are also taken. You can either buy some of the daily catch from the local fishermen, or you can try your hand at sea fishing yourself. So you will be pleased too, if you find any fish at one of your angles.

It`s time to have a snack

If you managed to put away a few chips there are many pubs shops and restaurants where you can get good food at reasonable price. These are special places where you can indulge yourself without spending a fortune.

Attractive attractions attract

If you fancy spending some of the money lots of attractions of every sort and kind for adults and children are available on the island. Wildlife parks, museums, galleries, gardens as well as amusement parks, tenpin bowling, an ice-rink can make your holiday more captivating. For the adults, a nightclub and several great pubs with some fine ales and cider are on offer. As you can see there is so much to do and look at Isle of Wight

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The Isle of Wight Museums

There are many interesting places in the United Kingdom that really deserve your attention. However the Isle of Wight is considered to be the destination that can provide you at once with all possible pleasures: pure air, picturesque nature, swanky hotels and exclusive service. It is also the place where you can be entertained, have time to relax, and enjoy even some extreme sports. Moreover it is reach in many other attractions and one of such is a variety of museums. This very attraction is a wealth of educational resources. So if you want to have memorable holidays and are looking to expand your horizons the Isle of Wight with deepest pride and greatest pleasure proudly presents some of the museums that you do not want to miss.

Osborne House

Osborne Housephoto by amandabhslater

Osborne House is a delightful estate museum. Can you imagine that centuries later you can cross the threshold of a favourite home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert? Visitors can see round the royal apartments and Victoria’s private rooms. Photographs, sculpture and paintings together with personal possessions of the royal pair are on display. A walled garden and small cottage where the children used to play add charm for the visitors.

Swiss Chalet. Osborne Housephoto by amandabhslater

Brighstone Village Museum

Brighstone Village Museum© NTPL / A F Kersting

The Brightstone Village Museum is a charming thatch-roofed cottage. In spite of the fact that the museum is small it can tell you much about the village lifestyle helping you to experience local culture and history. There is a stunning exhibit about village life in the 19th century that all visitors of the museum love. The museum atmosphere brings you back to those times and allows you to better understand what it was like to live back then.

Brighstone Shop and Museum
North Street, Brighstone, Isle of Wight PO30 4AX
Telephone: 01983 740689


Classic Boat Museum

Classic Boat Museumphoto source Classic Boat Museum & Gallery

The Classic Boat Museum currently houses an exciting collection of sailing and power boats, of both local and national interest and importance that allows tourists the opportunity to discover more about the culture and lifestyle of the Isle of Wight. The aim of the museum is to preserve and present the best of those boats that demonstrate the workmanship of past generations for the delight of the present and it is run entirely by volunteers. The collection contains not only classic boats, but also tools, artefacts, books, photographs, film and archival items that relate too much of the history of boat building, sailing, yachting, cruising and racing over the last century.

Find more information – Classic Boat Museum & Gallery


Cowes Maritime Museum

Cowes Maritime Museum  is another museum that displays the part of the national maritime heritage. This museum will tell you everything you ever wanted to learn about the maritime history of the island. The collection of photographs and paper archives from the yachting and shipbuilding industry tell the tale of the high seas, yachting, and shipbuilding traditions in the area. The collection is situated inside a library which includes over 7,000 books and periodicals.

Museum Of Island History

The Museum of Island History explores the history of the Isle of Wight from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day. The museum contains touch screen computers, microscopes, hands on exhibits, quizzes, and games. It is a fun place to visit for the entire family.

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Gardens of The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is probably the only place in the UK that can provide a fantastic blending of cleanest air, amazing nature and exclusive grade of service of Isle of Wight hotels. That is why it is considered by right to be the best getaway area in the UK. But the most grandiose advantage is the island`s gardens. They are just incredibly gorgeous. The beauty of the gardens will help you to penetrate the secrets of nature and history. Every garden narrates its own true story and enables visitors to become a party to it. Here are a few words about some of the top gardens in the area.

Adgestone Vineyard

The oldest vineyard on the island is Adgestone Vineyard. To visit this garden you don`t have to make sure that it is open because Adgestone Vineyard invites visitors all year around. Visitors to this vineyard will not only experience wonderful beauty, but they can also enjoy wine tastings. Admission is free. But if you want to make a personal guided tour of the garden, enjoy appetizing food at the cafe or do some shopping at the gift shop in this case of course you need some money.

Afton Park Nursery

Afton ParkThe Afton Park Nursery is a botanical garden. It is a unique park on the Isle of Wight. This park incorporates a popular farm shop, cafe, plant nursery, wildflower meadow and apple orchard. Visitors can also stay in eco friendly yurts amongst the apple trees at Afton Park. It work seven days a week, the only time it is closed is a Christmas period. It is open from 9am to 5pm in summer and from 10am to 4pm in winter. There is even a farm shop that offers fresh meat delivered every Friday. Also vegetables, whole foods, preserves, cheeses and many other artisan foods are available.


Godshill Model Village

Another area with amazing gardens is Godshill Model Village. It is one of the most photographed villages on the Island. It is quintessentially English with thatched cottages, tearooms and gift shops…and of course the amazing Model Village! Many of the models have real thatch. In the midst of the gardens and models there are miniature trees and plants.Your children will love getting up close to the models and feeling really BIG for a change! You will appreciate this gorgeous garden and the creation of this fabulous setting. Godshill Model Village is a unique and fun environment. You will be astounded by what you find here. It is open every day from 10 am.

Mottistone Manor Garden

One of the most picturesque gardens on the Island is the Mottistone Manor Garden. This is a 20th century Mediterranean garden. It sits in a valley and there is a beautiful panorama of the sea. The garden surrounds a beautiful historical architecture. Elizabethan manor house is colorful and beautiful. It does not have a status of museum thus visitors can only observe the house, however they are not allowed inside. They can walk around the grounds as long as they like. Opening times  It is open late March to October. Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 5.30pm.

Rosemary Vineyard

Rosemary vineyard is another vineyard on the island which is approximately 30-acres in size. As the climate is ideal for the vegetation many kinds of grapes as sweet, table and wine are grown on the vineyard. It is a very picturesque and peaceful environment that visitors can admire all times of the year.

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Isle of Wight Tourism Sector

Where can you find a perfect place for a great British holiday? The Isle of Wight is one of the options you may lie to consider. It is an unspoiled paradise of natural beauty and the special laid back our of time spirit of the IOW will plunge you immediately into a pleasant bygone age.

Tourism is a prime sector of IOW economy, IOW tourism brings an essential amount of income supporting into the IOW livelihoods of many of its residents. It contributes around 350 million pounds every year. This is a significant sum of money and it is vital for the IOW survival. There are many and varied accommodation types on offer all over the Island, The prospective visitor can select from hotels, B & B`s, guest houses, campsites and other types depending on your preferences and budget. Tourism on the IOW is growing and flourishing due to some interesting factors such as its close position to that of the mainland making the trip short but adventurous, a nice climate and super weather conditions. Couple this with its beautiful natural surroundings, historic heritage and hospitable people makes Island a place not to miss.

Another great set of attractions is the hundreds of tourist events and attractions that are being run year round all over the Island. These all add value as economic components over and above the accommodation and pure beauty that the Island has to offer, which includes sunny and sandy beaches, spectacular sea views, magnificent rural areas, historical places, various parks, zoos and countryside. Among big IOW events we can say about Isle of Wight Festival, Cowes Week, Garlic Festival to name just a few.

In other words, IOW is an ideal place for a holiday adventure, here you can find a lot of things to do and review and have a great time having fun and enjoyment. Recent research over the past few years has shown that the amount of holidaymakers coming to the Island is growing year on year. And this tendency illustrates that these figures are a good sign for the coming years, which in turn has given investors reasons to plough further monies into building more accommodation hotels, parks, attractions in many parts of the Island. Most of people who have visited this island once come back here time and time again. The Isle of Wight is a green island shaped like that of a diamond on its side. It is really a jewel of the Great Britain. Here you can relax and feel the fresh breath of the sea while marveling at its outstanding natural beauty.

One of the famed landmarks on the IOW is the Needles. You most certainly never forget it once you have stood on the downs at Alum bay and look down over the cliffs and see these magnificent chalk needles that run out into the English Channel. Here you can also see an interesting natural phenomenon, multi- coloured sand. It is caused over many years by the mixture of different minerals layered into the sandy rock face. Not far away from here you can view the lighthouse on the edge of the needles rocks. Travel Isle of Wight and you will have a marvellous trip on the island.

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A Day Out- Donkey Sanctuary

There so many articles written about the Isle of Wight. Even those holiday- makers that had never stepped this island can feel like that they made a trip to this island by reading any of them published items. But there is always another story to tell, today I will draw your attention to wonderful story of the Islands own donkey sanctuary.


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The donkey sanctuary is situated between Shanklin and Ventnor, on the road to Wroxall. The history of the sanctuary is as follows, set up in 1987, the main motive of its establishment was to help and support donkeys that were either left over`s from the days when they were being used as beach attractions or as an unwanted child`s seasonal present.

These nice and cute animals need people`s assistance. They are so lovely and defenseless. In some cases they are suffering and in distress. I think that every human being`s mission on this Earth is to help animals if they possibly can.

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What are the reasons for these donkeys ending up in the sanctuary? There are various causes as already described why donkeys find their way into the sanctuary. Often a donkey suffers from a malady or disease and will need professional treatment, this is not cheap and if they have not been insured may well just end up being neglected by their owners. Eventually the owners throw in the towel and either call the RSPCA or the sanctuary direct to see if they can help. This and many other reasons are why these donkeys end up entering the sanctuary. In the sanctuary they can find care, feed, warmth and love and they have never turned away a donkey in need.

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Often people say that donkeys are stupid a bit and stubborn. I can say that it is completely the wrong view. Those people who do not know these nice animals and who find them obnoxious express opinions like this.

A male donkey is called jack and female one is a jenny and in reality donkeys are very sensitive and gentle animals. They are very good natured creatures that are prepared to work very hard given the right encouragement. They love visitors and children and like very much to interact with the public, if the public are nice to them. In bygone years the donkey evolution and progress meant that they have lived with people and worked with them as companions for centuries, often they were very badly treated but still remained friendly to people. The sanctuary donkeys obviously have no great workloads and spend most of their days frolicking and pandering to the public` s attention. It is a great fun for the whole family, especially for children. Together they will have a good time and pleasant interactive communications often take place.

If you are pet lover, then you will have wonderful pastime in the donkey sanctuary. Here the animals live, breed and grow in beautiful natural surroundings. Here you will have an opportunity to communicate with these nice animals as well as enjoy picturesque scenery. I can say that one or two hours out with donkeys provide you with as unforgettable holiday experience. It is well worth taking time out to visit the donkeys! Choose a wonderful day with sunny weather and enjoy a day out with donkeys. Your children will be grateful to you for such a wonderful surprise. If you want to spend your weekend near the donkey sanctuary, you can rent a suitable Isle of Wight accommodation in Shanklin or Ventnor.

By the way, you can buy Christmas Cards with donkeys on. Making your small contribution to the donkeys assists the overall continuation of the sanctuary and the card will remain as a nice memory about your trip. Support these animals of inquisitive nature and gentle spirit!

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The Isle of Wight’s own Ryde Harriers announces the 2009 Marathon

The Ryde Harriers based on the Isle of Wight announces the 2009 Marathon, now being run in October! It is an old event with a great deal of history. Established in 1957, the marathon is the longest running organised marathon in the United Kingdom. It is an exciting event in the sport life of all those people interested and taking part as well as for the spectators. The marathon has its devoted runners,  every year they return to it and enjoy the Islands roads. One of the oldest athletics clubs in the UK being Ryde Harriers,  has been organizing club events and runs since 1886.

IOW_MarathonPhoto source: Ryde Harriers Photo Album

On 4th of October, 2009 all trained runners are welcomed to take part, this is a not an event for runners who have no experience or who have not be trained to run this kind of distance. It all kicks off on the Sunday morning  with a 11.00 am  start on the south side of Ryde Boating Lake after registration in Ryde Rowing Club.

The UK Athletics rules the for a marathon dictate it has to be 26 miles 385 yards long. The route of the marathon consists of one anti clockwise circular route of the Island and includes Ryde, Binstead, Wootton, Newport, Arreton, Sandown, Brading and back to Ryde.

IOW Marathon1Photo source: Ryde Harriers Photo Album

On each mile point the runner will see indicators of the distance covered. During the competition the competitors get rather thirsty and thus break points and water stops are frequent along the route.

If you wish, you can ask for own drink supplies to be placed at various stages but there is a need to register this requirement beforehand.  Of course, some runners are very used to running these type of marathons and thus it becomes second nature, however the Islands route is covered in many hill climbs so is regarded as one of the toughest in the UK.. Though some people really do like and enjoy it, but for the new runners it might be another issue. So, you have to be prepared for some special conditions during your running, preparation preparation preperation as the trainers say.  All finalists are awarded a runners medal at the end of the competition.

IOW Marathon2Photo source: Ryde Harriers Photo Album

So, everybody is welcomed to take part in this stimulating Running Marathon Race. It is a really splendid spectacle to witness as the runners go past , make sure to clap and cheer them on.

If you are a driver, please be must be more attentive and careful while driving your car as there are people running are tired and can easily make a mistake.

Of course, there is a great desire to win the Marathon but have time to appreciate all that take part for whatever reason they are running. It gives a sense of satisfaction and completion, but I can tell that the process is also exciting and exhausting. So damn the torpedoes full speed ahead  and join in if you dare, open up your hidden capabilities and have fun.

The Ryde Harriers based on the Isle of Wight announces the 2009 Marathon, now being run in October! It is an old event with a great deal of history. Established in 1957, the marathon is the longest running organised marathon in the United Kingdom. It is an exciting event in the sport life of all those people interested and taking part as well as for the spectators. The marathon has its devoted runners, every year they return to it and enjoy the Islands roads. One of the oldest athletics clubs in the UK being Ryde Harriers, has been organizing club events and runs since 1886.


On 4th of October, 2009 all trained runners are welcomed to take part, this is a not an event for runners who have no experience or who have not be trained to run this kind of distance. It all kicks off on the Sunday morning with a 11.00 am start on the south side of Ryde Boating Lake after registration in Ryde Rowing Club.

The UK Athletics rules the for a marathon dictate it has to be 26 miles 385 yards long. The route of the marathon consists of one anti clockwise circular route of the Island and includes Ryde, Binstead, Wootton, Newport, Arreton, Sandown, Brading and back to Ryde.

On each mile point the runner will see indicators of the distance covered. During the competition the competitors get rather thirsty and thus break points and water stops are frequent along the route.

If you wish, you can ask for own drink supplies to be placed at various stages but there is a need to register this requirement beforehand. Of course, some runners are very used to running these type of marathons and thus it becomes second nature, however the Islands route is covered in many hill climbs so is regarded as one of the toughest in the UK.. Though some people really do like and enjoy it, but for the new runners it might be another issue. So, you have to be prepared for some special conditions during your running, preparation preparation preperation as the trainers say. All finalists are awarded a runners medal at the end of the competition.

So, everybody is welcomed to take part in this stimulating Running Marathon Race. It is a really splendid spectacle to witness as the runners go past , make sure to clap and cheer them on.

If you are a driver, please be must be more attentive and careful while driving your car as there are people running are tired and can easily make a mistake.

Of course, there is a great desire to win the Marathon but have time to appreciate all that take part for whatever reason they are running. It gives a sense of satisfaction and completion, but I can tell that the process is also exciting and exhausting. So damn the torpedoes full speed ahead and join in if you dare, open up your hidden capabilities and have fun.

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Ventnor is my Favourite Town

I want to start my story with one of my most favorite my emotional experiences whilst on holiday. I have been to the Isle of Wight and I liked the island very much. It is a green and covered in super flora and fauna and is nice and tranquil and one of the best places in Europe where my soul and mind can rest for a while from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But the town I lied most of all was that of Ventnor.

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If you are going to visit the IOW, do drop into Ventnor. It`s a lovely seaside resort with a long tradition, perfect for a family holiday as it has a real Mediterranean feel to it and is one of the hidden wonders of the island. It is situated right on the south coast tip of eh Island looking out over the English Channel towards France. Built in part upon the inclined cliffs, it nestles in the shelter of steep sided hills and falls steeply towards the sea offering some magnificent views from the many viewing points one can stop at. This town is very nice because of its mild climate and therapeutic sea air. Just a minute or two from the town centre you feel this splendid atmosphere of sheltered tropical weather as Ventnor often receives the highest amount of sunny days for the whole of England.

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Historically speaking, Ventnor began its life as just a small fishing rural community. Often associated with smuggling and the odd costal ship wreck due to the notorious Ventnor ledge, which used to catch unfamiliar sea captains unaware and cause catastrophic damage to their ships. In 1866 the Isle of Wright Railway was constructed and this date initiated fabulous growth with the community, the town prospered, flourishing with growth all over Ventnor. Due to the type of warm weather, Ventnor became a therapeutic centre with the UK`s largest sanatorium for TB, which at the time was untreatable and deadly. Nearby Bonchurch became the haunt of a number of famous writers, including Charles Dickens.

He stayed in this village for a while very close to the Old Bonchurch Church, which has a really quaint plaque saying “Refurbished in 1086″ outside on the wall. This small village is almost unchanged, with its village pond and pretty cottages can be reached by a pleasant and easy stroll along the sea wall from the harbour.

Ventnor Botanical Gardens is one of the most famous attractions just outside the town.

Ventnor_Botanic_Gardenphoto source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahsking/

It is very beautiful and has a tremendous variety of flora and fauna on display, the local microclimate of Ventnor allows for many tropical and sub tropical plants of all kinds to grow, making for really fantastic experience as you walk through the many styles of gardens on display. Here you can find gorgeous plants from Japan, New Zealand and Australia. All through the village is the perfect place for growing many a rare flower or plant.

The temperature and humidity sees many flourishing tropical flowers just growing wild in many of the cottage gardens. However, around about in this area you can observe many features created by the landslip, as the surrounding hills are vulnerable to slippages due to their makeup and the steep hillsides they cling to. This geological aspect is called Graben. Due to this factor several houses have moving over the centuries as well as underground pipes and cables of supplies being destroyed as the movement occurs.

All in all Ventnor still remains one of the popular destinations to vacation to, Its sandy beach is great for relaxation; a walk along the coast path takes you to the famous 22 acre Botanic Gardens, Steephill Cove- one of the island`s hidden gems, do try and go there, take a camera it`s just fantastic. Ventnor town has several supermarkets and a good mix of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurant, together with a great choice of accommodation and fine dining. Ventnor is considering one of the main IOW attractions. Isle of Wight Hotels with open doors all year round.