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EXPERIENCE THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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beach-406426_640Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe.  With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island yields a fantastic array of beaches, which were awarded a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in 2014 – more than any other destination in England!

With miles of award winning sand and shingle beaches, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and clear waters, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to the Island.

One of the advantages of being surrounded by water is that wherever you are the beach is never too far away.  Even during the autumn and winter months walks along rural beaches are especially popular as they provide some of the best landscapes and views of the Isle of Wight’s heritage coastline areas.

 

The Needles Park

When you think of the Isle of Wight the iconic image of the world famous chairlift taking you to see the needles rocks and coloured sands spring to mind.  The Islands most famous landmark attractions includes the spectacular chairlift ride to the beach and sand cliffs, sand shop where visitors can make their own unique coloured sand souvenir.

In 2013 a new 4D Cinema was introduced where you will be drawn into an exciting world in 3D – everything you hear is in powerful surround sound, with the added fun of feeling the action too!

Alum Bay Glass

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Very educational as well as fun where you can watch the fascinating art of glass blowing and see craftsmen make a variety of crafted glassware.

Isle of Wight Sweet Factory

Watch skilled sweet makers create sweets that you will not find anywhere else, a sample of the sweets is compulsory!

Children’s Attractions include traditional Victorian carousel, Spins and Needles Tea Cup ride and Games Kiosk – tin can alley and hook a duck.  Win a prize every time.

Great favourites too are The Spin Cycle and Water Walkerz, The Vintage Cars that allows the younger visitors to drive their own car!

There is a prehistoric adventure Jurassic Golf which features a 9 hole course with some 3 and 4 par holes all beautifully set off by imaginative water features and story boards depicting 9 different dinosaur species.

The Needles Park has great shops including The Pier Head Shopping Emporium where you can find an interesting range of souvenirs to suit all budgets and tastes.

Shanklin

The most charming of traditional seaside resorts with glorious long wide sandy beach set against a backdrop of dramatic sandstone cliffs.  You can relax on the golden sands, hire a beach hut or try the water sports on offer.

Shanklin Theatre is the most recognised attractions and buildings in Shanklin which is located on Prospect Road at one of the highest points of Shanklin town.  Since it opened originally in 1874 the Theatre has offered a brilliant variety of entertainment over the years, from music, comedy and theatre to ballet, circus and even wrestling!

Shanklin Seafront is an award winning seaside resort that has everything you need for the perfect family day out at the seaside!  With golden sandy beaches, a range of attractions and eateries endless activities whatever the weather.   There is something for all the family with three miniature golf courses, Pirates Cove Adventure, 18 hole Crazy Golf and the Jungle Trail.

Shanklin Chine is an historic Gorge with dramatic waterfalls and nature trail.  Discover over 150 varieties of wild plants growing including ferns, wild garlic and many more.  The Horsetail plant has been around since the time of the Dinosaurs!  In high summer, subtly illuminations create a magical world.

The lovely Vernon Cottage Gift Shop sells gorgeous homemade produce, including jams, honey, pickles, Island Ales and Belgium Chocolate Fudge, plus Shabby Chic, Vintage Floral, cards and unusual gifts.

Les Routiers Gold Member – Fine Nammet – Shanklin

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This is a must fine dining restaurant to visit whilst in Shanklin you will not be disappointed.   A place where dining out is something special.  Their signature dishes include Dunsbury Lamb (infused with lavender flowers and served with rosemary mash) and Hancocks fishmongers fillet of Seabass (served on a bed of creamy leaks, sauté potatoes and beetroot purée).  All produce is purchased daily depending on what’s available from local farms, fields and what has been caught and grown. All of their meats come from island farmers, the fish come from local waters and they use seasonal Isle of Wight vegetables.

You can expect wonderful food and warming atmosphere with their lovely fire, relaxing acoustic music and the smell of fresh ground Bristot coffee that you will love.  Discover everything that makes Fine Nammet so appealing.

They serve 17 wines by the glass all of which are quite new world, as is fitting with our style of restaurant. Amongst those on offer are Isle of Wight wines which come from Adgestone vineyard and have proven to be very popular this year. Prices vary from house wine at £16.95 a bottle to Neptune point at £23.99. They also serve individual bottles of Prosecco to start the evening, larger bottles of Prosecco and Moët Chandon Brut imperial champagne for celebrating something special.

 Isle of Wight Zoo – Sandown

The Isle of Wight Zoo is home to one of Britain’s largest collection of tigers, many of whom are rescue animals. With several superb new enclosures modeled on natural tiger habitats in India, the zoo is a fantastic place to see these wonderful animals relaxing.

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight.  Protected by the chalk down of the Ventnor Undercliff, an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants.  Begin your day with a meander through the Med garden, go down under in the Australian and New Zealand Gardens.  Chill out in the afternoon with the cacti and agave in the Arid Garden then find some sun in the South African Terraces.  All ages and generations of the family can spend quality time together exploring or relaxing in the beauty and tranquillity of the Garden.

The Waltzing Waters in Ryde – The world’s most elaborate water, light and music production.  A triumph of artistry and engineering like nothing you have ever seen before.  Visitors are overwhelmed by thousands of dazzling patterns of moving water synchronised with music in spectacular fashion.  This indoor production is an entertainment that one never forgets.  Don’t miss this unique show.

 

August 28, 2014 | Les Routiers UK

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