We went away for a stay the other weekend in the Isle of Wight. My Mum and Dad used to go there before we were born but haven’t been for years. After all that time we weren’t sure what there would be that we would like but we were still really looking forward to going.
We got the Wightlink ferry at lunchtime on the Friday and it was so quick- we were there before my Mum had finished her coffee! It was really strange to be able to be able to see Portsmouth so clearly at the same time.
We couldn’t get on to the campsite and into our mobile home until 4pm so we went to Newport for a walk. From the bit we saw Newport was a bit like every other town, busy, lots of cars and the same shops as most other places and I didn’t really see what all the fuss was about because it was just like our own town centre. We left the town and went for a drive across the Island and suddenly everything was really peaceful and quiet and much more like the place my parents said they remembered.
We went for a walk around Shanklin, the beach looked really nice and we had a look at the tourist shops. We got some treats from the rock shop, where they have amazing fudge and then after a little bit more of a walk we headed over to the campsite. This was back across the Island in Thorness Bay.
We were staying in a Parkdean Mobile Home and it was good, everything in the mobile home seemed really new, the only tricky bit was that we couldn’t park near the mobile home. The site had things to do like a pool and shows at night but we weren’t really there long enough to do any of these things, we did use the park though which Sam really liked.
The next morning my Mum and sister wanted to go the The Isle Of Wight Pearl. I stayed with Dad and Sam but Mum and Lottie said there was loads and loads of jewellery on display to see and buy and also lots of interesting things like huge oyster shells and wedding dresses. They ended up getting Lottie a little bracelet and then fishing for an oyster to make a necklace for my Mum. They picked the oyster and watched as it was opened and the pearl was taken out and then saw how it was filed down slightly to be set in the necklace Mum had chosen.
We spent most of the rest of the day at The Needles. There was quite a lot to do there and it was a strange mixture of old and new with arcades and rides but also history and interesting things to read and see. I loved watching the sweet making tour, it was really good how they made these fruity sweets so quickly and we even got to try a still warm sweet which was AMAZING! I would have liked to have seen the glass making but we missed that session and would really like to go back and see that another time. We did look in the glass shop and they have loads and loads of different shaped glass in all the colours you could imagine.
We also saw all the different colour sands that form and each got to fill an ornament with it which looked really good. The lady showed us how you pack it in really tight and add water to make it not mix but she was able to poke a stick in and make a pattern in the sands for us too if we wanted. You could also go to the funfair, crazy golf and the chair lift out to see The Needles there but with three of us this sort of thing is sometimes very expensive so we didn’t do that.
We then went and played football on one of the beaches, it was early evening by then and there was hardly anyone else there.
We were heading home on Sunday but had enough time to visit the donkey sanctuary near Ventnor. It was a really nice place to visit. My sister had fun checking off the names of the donkeys on an activity sheet and seeing if she could spot them all and you could read a little bit about each donkey.
Some of the donkeys would let you stroke them, they were very friendly! We paid £5 and Lottie was able to groom a donkey which she absolutely loved. You just make a donation to go in and it was a good place to spend a couple of hours, we couldn’t believe they had nearly 100 donkeys who had needed to go there and it was nice to be able to read about them all. We also had a cream tea at the donkey sanctuary and that was delicious- the scones were huge!
It was soon time to head back to the ferry but fortunately it doesn’t take long to get there! There was loads of other places we would have liked to visit and now we know there is so much to do for the whole family we will definitely be asking to go back to the Isle of Wight for a longer visit- I would like to visit the Robin Hill Country Park, Lottie wanted to go to Amazon World and Sam would have loved the Steam Railway- maybe next time!