Winter is a glorious and magical time, with Christmas just around the corner, bright lights and plenty of delicious winter food. Wightlink has recommended the top activities and places to visit if guests get caught on a rainy day on the Island this winter, as there’s still lots to see and do whatever the weather.
Rainy days can often lead to craving some comforting food in a cosy restaurant and the Isle of Wight certainly has plenty of places that can satisfy the appetite. One great choice is Arty Shakes in Shanklin which allows chocolate bars or sweets to be added to milkshakes, in an almost Willy-Wonka style! After enjoying a milkshake, customers can participate in craft activities such as pottery painting, which are also available as adult evening sessions. Another popular location for a treat is Quarr Abbey’s Tea & Farm Shop – a delicious spot to enjoy a cup of tea and locally-made cakes, as well as a light lunch.
Experience the past
For those that have an interest in history, Dinosaur Isle in Sandown is a must visit destination. Perfect for a rainy day, this museum has interactive exhibitions, displays over 1,000 of the best fossils from the collections and fantastic animatronic dinosaurs. There are plenty of other museums on the Isle of Wight to discover, including Brading Roman Villa which offers an insight into Roman life in Britain. For guests interested in military history, Newport’s Wight Military and Heritage Museum allows visitors to learn about life during the war, experience guided tours and discover military artefacts.
Visit the theatre
Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight is the ideal venue to relax and feel cosy while watching a show. From Christmas pantomime shows like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, local amateur dramatics to tribute bands, there’s something for all theatrical interests and it’s perfect for escaping the rain or cold weather this winter. The theatre is open throughout the year and even attracts top stand-up comedians such as Jason Manford and Jimmy Carr.
For a spot of royalty, visitors can explore Osborne – once the holiday home of Queen Victoria. Guests can walk through the luxury halls of the stunning 19th Century house and explore the state rooms of Queen Victoria, where guests were entertained, as well as the family rooms. There’s plenty of choice for somewhere to eat at Osborne, including a Terrace restaurant and Orangery. Dishes include potato dumplings with wild mushrooms, crab sandwiches and four types of Victoria sponge.
Indulge in a spa retreat
Watch the rain tapping against the window while enjoying a relaxing spa day at the Island Wellness Spa at the West Bay County Club & Spa. Guests can book in for a massage or facial and forget about the stresses of everyday life. The spa also includes the exclusive ‘House of Liz Earle’ where visitors can have a Liz Earle Naturally Active facial. These signature facials use quality naturally active ingredients and leave skin looking healthy and glowing. Prices start from £40 p/p.
There’s so much more to explore on the Isle of Wight and plenty of other activities even on the rainiest of winter days. Wightlink sailings are priced from just £16.40 return for adult foot passengers and from £54.50 return travelling by car (based on a ticket travelling out at 0800 on 15th December 2018). For more information and to book, please visit www.wightlink.co.uk.
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Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost 4.5 million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Eight ferries on three routes complete over 45,000 sailings a year, giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to mainland Hampshire, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.
With seamless train connections to Portsmouth Harbour and Lymington directly to the Wightlink terminals, getting to the Isle of Wight could not be easier. Passengers can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island from just 22 minutes, while the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.
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