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No time for a gap year? Enjoy a ‘microgap’ on the Isle of Wight with Wightlink

(7 November 2019) A trip to the Isle of Wight is ideal for a microgap – where you pack the best bits of a gap year into just a few days – with a host of activities on offer encompassing adventure, wellness, learning new skills and experiencing Island culture.

Here are Wightlink’s top recommendations for things to do on the Isle of Wight in a three or four day microgap break:

Experience new adventures

For those looking to go wild and get their adrenaline pumping, the adventure experts at Adventure Activities Isle of Wight offer a range of land and water experiences. From dry land activities such as archery and axe throwing, to water-based ones such as kayaking and paddleboarding, there’s something to suit all types of adventure seekers.

Focus on wellbeing

Take a trip to the Liz Earle store in Ryde for some much needed pampering; the well-known beauty brand was founded on the Isle of Wight. With complimentary skincare consultations and mini treatments on offer, it’s perfect for those looking to switch off, and guests can even book a massage or facial from the extensive treatment menu.

Alternatively, The Cabin in Ventnor offers marine inspired treatments with stunning sea views. Guests can visit the treatment cabin and be spoiled with a range of award-winning therapies from reflexology to facials and bespoke massages.

Learn a new skill

The Isle of Wight offers visitors the chance to learn a variety of new skills. From cookery classes to tree climbing, there’s something to suit most learning desires. For those wanting to try their hand at tree climbing, the staff at Goodleaf can teach visitors to safely scale the heights of a 70 ft oak tree or enjoy the popular two-hour climbing experience.

Alternatively, for those looking to keep their feet firmly on the ground, Thompson’s Restaurant and cook school is the place to spice up skills for the kitchen. Budding chefs can learn to cook new dishes and gain techniques from the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star, Robert Thompson, with classes and demonstrations available.

Experience history and culture

The Island has plenty of history to discover, from Lord Tennyson’s home to the holiday home of Queen Victoria. Farringford is a beautiful Grade 1 Listed Building and is open to the public between April and October, allowing visitors to learn about Tennyson’s life and his famous poetry. The Gothic house also has its own gardens for guests to take a stroll through.

At Osborne, visitors can admire the luxurious halls of the stunning 19th Century house and explore the state rooms of Queen Victoria, where guests were once entertained, as well as the family rooms that would have been used for Royal holidays. Osborne also houses a Terrace restaurant and Orangery, with dishes ranging from potato dumplings with wild mushrooms to crab sandwiches and four types of Victoria sponge to try.

A trip to the Isle of Wight is the ultimate microgap, with endless options for interesting ways to escape. Wightlink offers crossings to the Island in as little as 22 minutes for foot passengers, or 40 minutes on the car ferry. Prices start from £53.50 for a day return for a family of four on the car ferry, or from £17.00 per person as a foot passenger (based on crossings on 12th November 2019). ENDS