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Easter on the Eggs-quisite Isle of Wight

Tuesday 11th April 2017


We have officially kicked off the Easter Holiday with the sunny side up! The Isle of Wight is a hotspot for tourists over the holiday season; in 2016 annual visitor numbers stood at 2.36 million (which doesn’t include people who arrived by private boat or yacht, which was estimated to be a further 300,000!).

Here’s some of the reasons why the isle of wight is so popular during the easter holidays...

The Needles

    Thousands of people travel to The Needles Landmark Attraction at the South – Western tip of the Isle of Wight, to explore the wonderful natural coastline. Visitors can take a short ride down to the beach via the chairlift and take a boat ride and discover the world-famous Needles Rocks and Trinity Lighthouse from Alum Bay – the Island’s most iconic location. Tourists can also observe how Isle of Wight glass is made and have the opportunity to purchase a piece or two to take home.

Osbourne House

      Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought the Osborne estate on the Isle of Wight in 1845. There they created a private home away from court life by 1851. Victoria used Osborne for over 50 years, entertaining foreign royalty and visiting ministers, finding solace there after Albert’s death in 1861. Today, many of the rooms are still filled with original furniture and works of art, while the planting in the grounds is to Albert’s designs. Visitors are welcomed to enjoy a grand tour of the house, explore the stunning grounds and even take a trip down to Osbourne beach for an ice-cream in a deckchair!

Carisbrooke Castle

    Carisbrooke has been a central place of power and defence on the Isle of Wight for over 1,000 years. Visitors will learn how the castle has been a Saxon fortress and a castle of the Norman conquest, much remodelled during the Middle Ages and under Elizabeth I. Most famously, Charles I was held prisoner here during the Civil War, shortly before his execution.

Blackgang Chine

   

The very word ‘Blackgang’ has a legendary ring about it, summoning up visions of smugglers, shipwrecks and wild storm lashed shores. Visitors can let their imagination run wild as they venture on a journey of discovery… Fighting pirates on-board their own ship, discovering life size moving dinosaurs and escaping from danger, being sheriff on a cowboy town, rounding up the outlaws and locking ’em up – or experiencing the magic of being fairy princess in their own castle!

Ventnor Botanic Gardens

    The Ventnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous 'Undercliff.' With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown. The Garden is unrivalled for its collections of subtropical plants grown unprotected out of doors.

The Easter Bunny has already arrived in our offices! Wishing you all a lovely, well deserved Easter break!

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