Isle of Wight Activities
The island abounds with things to see and do – the list on this page is just a small selection. There are a variety of attractions for those with and without children – please ask for details.
A carriage drive or carriage driving lessons
A carriage drive or carriage driving lessons can now be enjoyed at the farm starting from £90. Murray and Rocky are Welsh section D driving ponies. If you wish to step back in time in a horse drawn carriage contact Robert Young on 07734 166651.
Walking, Cycling, Fishing, Riding, Golf, Shooting, Yoga
The Isle of Wight has an excellent network of bridleways and has become a well-known mountain biking destination. Studying the routes will ensure you can spend a majority of your time ‘off road’. Road cycling is also popular around the quiet back roads of the island. www.sunseaandcycling.com.
The farm has ponds stocked with Carp, Roach and Tench. Fishing is available for guests using barbless hooks only.
Sea fishing can be organised throughout the year with Wight Sapphire Charters (01983) 740554 or Catch-a-lot (01983) 874100.
If you wish to bring your own horse/pony with you we have paddocks to graze (£10 per horse per night). It may be possible to offer stabling – please enquire for details.
Direct access to bridleways is a feature of the farm.
There are several riding schools on the island including Hill Farm Riding Stables at Freshwater, Trotters in Ryde and Sally’s at Bembridge – check them out on Facebook.
The island has several golf courses – Ventnor golf club is only a five-minute drive away at Steephill Down Road; Tel: (01983) 853326.
A clay pigeon shooting club meets at weekends in Godshill and welcomes visitors – please see their website for details. www.isleofwightgunclub.co.uk.
We regularly host yoga and other interest retreats at the farm – see our Events page for details.
Guests are free to follow the variety of footpaths and bridleways across the farmland to the downs, from which there are panoramic views across the Isle of Wight. The renowned Stenbury and Worsley trails are directly accessible from the farm. Invigorating walks in open countryside or along the many coastal trails is a favourite pastime for many of our visitors, as are the excellent bird-watching opportunities.
In the spring, the woods are carpeted in bluebells and newborn lambs and calves gambol in the pastures. In the summer, the surrounding area is bustling with activities and in the autumn the whole countryside changes colour making it a delightful time to visit.
Top things to do on the Isle of Wight
- Take a walk through the farm along ancient bridleways to the Donkey Sanctuary where you can meet lot sof gorgeous donkeys and enjoy delicious food in the cafe.
- For some culture – visit Brading Roman Villa, one of the finest Roman sites in the UK with an award-winning Visitor Centre and Museum which give unique insights into Roman life in Britain. It houses beautifully preserved mosaic floors and an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.
- Relive the age of steam at the Steam Railway. This quaint station has been carefully restored to reflect a 1940s British Railways (Southern) style station
- The Monkey Haven on the outskirts of Newport provides a great day out where you can see the different rescued primates and other animals.
- Take a hike from the farm up to the Worsley monument from where you will have excellent views of most of the island and glimpses of the south coast. The grounds of Appuldurcombe House, the former seat of the Worsley family, and the adjoining park were designed by Capability Brown. Ideal site for ghost hunting!
- Walk from the farm to the village through Beech Copse, visit the Model Village in Godshill and then spoil yourself with a cream tea.
- Indulge yourself at the Taverners (01983 840707) or Cook & Baker (01983 840080) – both in the village. For something further afield we recommend the Smoking Lobster or Off the Rails.
- The Botanic gardens in Ventnor is a place where the pleasure of plants can be enjoyed to the fullest and where people of all ages can learn more about the wonderful world of plants and the inextricable link that we have with them.
- Feel the sand between your toes and the gentle sea breeze on the superb sandy beaches such as Compton Bay on the south coast or in the resorts of Shanklin, Sandown or Ventnor.
- Help the local economy and treat yourself to some local produce from the island’s farm shops such as Harvey Browns in Arreton and the Isle of Wight Farmshop in Godshill.
- Book on one of the yoga retreats at the farm.