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No passports required and Kids Go Free: Wightlink and the Isle of Wight offer the perfect school holiday in 2020

(23 December 2019) Families travelling to the Isle of Wight can look forward to huge savings next year, with Wightlink extending its Kids Go Free promotion across all school holidays and half terms in 2020*. For the first time next year, the offer will also be valid for seniors too, so grandparents can join in the family fun for less. Under 5s always travel free with Wightlink, but when the schools break up, families can take up to two children aged 5-15 for free with every adult or senior foot passenger day return ticket. With no need for a passport and a great deal on a family day out, the Isle of Wight should be on everyone’s school holiday agenda next year.

Research shows that 2020 will see a rise in domestic holidays, with ABTA’s Travel Trends Report revealing that 56% of Britons are planning a “staycation” next year. What’s more, the Isle of Wight is a passport-free zone, so families are guaranteed a stress-free holiday without the need for paperwork, packing or planes. Ferry crossings to the Island can be as quick as 22 minutes for foot passengers or 45 minutes for vehicles, and with kids travelling free during school holidays, booking a trip to the Island with Wightlink is the perfect solution for busy parents with limited budgets.

Commenting on the Kids Go Free offer, Keith Greenfield, CEO of Wightlink, says:

“At Wightlink, we know how difficult and expensive it can be for parents to keep their kids occupied during the school breaks. Organising activities and holidays can be time consuming and stressful, so we’re determined to take the hassle out of what should be an exciting family activity. That’s why we’ve decided to give parents and grandparents a well-deserved bonus by offering a great value day out at a time when budgets are usually stretched. We know the importance of family time and we hope that our Kids Go Free offer can give families the quality time together that they need.”

When it comes to planning a day trip to the Isle of Wight in 2020, families are spoilt for choice; from sporting events to music and food festivals, there’s something for every age and interest. In February half term, families can celebrate Chinese New Year at the popular Spirit of the Orient event at Robin Hill (14-22 February), get Hands On With History at Carisbrooke Castle (15-23 February) or go on one of Dinosaur Isle’s guided fossil walks which run throughout the school holidays. Next summer will be jam-packed full of music events, with Jack Up The Summer (7-9 August) offering families the chance to experience feel-good music from the 80s and 90s, and The Great Wonderfest (6-10 August) promising headline music acts, TV stars and fun for all the family. For sporting fans, the Round the Island Race (30 May) is not to be missed, as over 1400 boats and the biggest names in sailing come together for one of the largest yacht races in the world around the iconic The Needles landmark. The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (15-16 August) is a no-brainer for foodie lovers, with plenty of garlic and non-garlic themed samples on offer.

With all of this and more on offer during the holidays, a trip to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink is the perfect way to spend quality time together as a family in 2020. Travelling with Wightlink means families can sit back, relax and arrive on the Island within just 22 minutes from Portsmouth Harbour on the FastCat service. Families can also travel on foot from Portsmouth to Fishbourne or Lymington to Yarmouth. With the Kids Go Free offer, a family of four can travel from just £34 based on a day return ticket. For more information and to book, visit https://www.wightlink.co.uk/go/discounts/kids-go-free/. Bookings can also be made in any of Wightlink’s Ticket Offices by quoting the ‘Kids Go Free’ offer.

The Kids Go Free deal is available to book on the following dates throughout 2020:

February half term 2020 (15 February to 23 February)

Easter holidays 2020 (4 April to 19 April)

May half term 2020 (23 May to 31 May)

Summer holidays 2020 (18 July to 3 September)

October half term 2020 (24 October to 1 November)

Christmas holidays 2020 (19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021)

*Based on Hampshire school holiday dates