Kids Go Free on Wightlink ferries
Image Credit: Electric Woods, Robin Hill
With January behind us it’s now time for families to look ahead to February half term, a time for enjoying precious time together. With a variety of activities and events to suit all ages and interests, children and parents are guaranteed to have an amazing half term on the Isle of Wight. What’s more, families can take advantage of Wightlink’s Kids Go Free offer and get free travel for two children with every adult foot passenger day ticket.
Here are Wightlink’s top recommendations for a family getaway on the Isle of Wight this February half term:
Spirit of the Orient at Robin Hill
Running from Friday 15th until Saturday 23rd February, Robin Hill Country Park’s award-winning Electric Woods event Spirit of the Orient is one of the UK’s biggest festivals celebrating Chinese New Year. Visitors will be treated to an incredible display of oriental-themed lighting and cultural entertainment, including water projections, a performance of the traditional lion dance and a chance to taste authentic Chinese street food. There are plenty of opportunities to get stuck in, with design your own Chinese lanterns and a chance to go inside the 12-metre long dragon procession. Tickets start from £15.50 and entry is free for children under four years old. There is also a four person saver discount that’s ideal for families.
West Wight Alpacas
Open all year round, West Wight Alpacas is the perfect half term activity for any animal-loving families. The farm is home to around 60 alpacas, 13 llamas and many other animals, and visitors can choose to either go on a trek with the adorable animals or just watch them roam around the farm. Entry to the farm is free for under 4s, £5 for 4-14 year olds and £7.50 for adults. Alternatively, visitors can choose from a variety of guided walks and activities such as llama agility, short and long farm walks or even, by prior arrangement, longer treks off the farm. The farm also has its own on-site bistro, The Llama Tree, which serves delicious wood-fired pizzas, perfect for a family-friendly day out.
The Isle of Wight has a diverse geology that contains a wealth of fossils just waiting to be found. There are giant dino footprints scattered around the Island’s shores and plenty of opportunities to take home a piece of history. Dinosaur Isle, Britain’s first purpose built dinosaur museum and visitor attraction, hosts guided fossil walks at sites of palaeontological interest on the Island – a fun activity for dinosaur enthusiasts young and old. There are two walks planned for this half term, each lasting around 1.5 hours. The Yaverland walk on Monday 18th February takes visitors along the seawall from the museum to Yaverland Beach in Sandown, a renowned spot for fossil-hunting. On Tuesday 19th February, families have the opportunity to explore Brook Bay, an unspoiled 2 km stretch of golden sand. Tickets cost just £16.50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children), or individual tickets are £5 for adults and £4 for children.
Monkey Haven is a family favourite on the Isle of Wight. To tie in with Valentine’s Day, this February half-term the primate rescue centre will be holding Love Week, a celebration of romance in the animal kingdom. Visitors can enjoy heart-warming animal rescue stories, Keeper talks on romances and bromances, Keeper for the Day experiences and much more. Tickets are just £8.95 for children (aged 3-14) and £10 for adults (aged 15-60), with a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) costing £37.
With a brilliant offering of activities and events planned this half term, families wanting to escape for a few days need look no further than the Isle of Wight. By making use of Wightlink’s Kids Go Free offer, a family of four can do a day trip to the Island for just £34 (based on a day return crossing as foot passengers on Monday 18th February). Or for a longer break, prices start from £88 for a family travelling by car (based on travelling out on Monday 18th and returning on Friday 22nd February).
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more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:
Belinda Hallworth 020 7680 7114 [email protected]
Radhika Sharma 020 7680 7118 [email protected]
Claire Nelson 020 7680 7116 [email protected]
Jo Kenworthy 020 7680 7125 [email protected]