What to do on the Isle of Wight - Beaches, Rides and Fun

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Beaches, rides and fun



IOW beaches

Appley Park

Shanklin Beach & Esplanade

Compton Beach

Boating lake /punts /pedalo /canoe /kayak hire

Ryde Canoe Lake

Calbourne Water Mill

Steephill Cove Kayaks

Adventure Golf

Pirates Cove Adventure Playground, Shanklin

Needles Landmark Attraction

Sandown Pier

Calbourne Water Mill

Fun park/soft play

JR Zone

Pirates Cove, Sandown

Needles Landmark Attraction

Sandown Pier

Adventure rides

Pirates Cove, Sandown

Sandown Pier


Ryde Superbowl

JR Zone

Headhunter Laser Combat


Sandown Pier

Ryde Superbowl


Calbourne Water Mill

Amusement Parks

Blackgang Chine

Robin Hill

Isle of Wight beaches


Isle of Wight beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Europe.

With 57 miles of varied coastline the Island yields a fantastic array of beaches, which were awarded a combined total of 17 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in 2014.

With miles of award winning sand and shingle beaches, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and clear waters, a trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to the Island.

One of the advantages of being surrounded by water is that wherever you are the beach is never too far away.

Some of the best beaches include:

  • Shanklin

  • Sandown

  • Ventnor

  • Ryde & Appley

  • Compton Bay

  • Brook

  • Colwell Bay

​Photo credit: visitisleofwight.co.uk

The Beach Guide Best beaches in Isle of Wight

Appley Park

Beach and Park

Large golden sandy beach with Appley Tower (which you can climb) on the shore.

Sand playground, woodland walks, café, beach huts, a large car-park and public toilets 

Goodleaf Treeclimbing review of Appley Park

Shanklin Beach & Esplanade


There is Water Safety Zoning to ensure that bathers and recreational users are separated.  During the summer season Shanklin beach is machine cleaned and litter picked on a daily basis and large amounts of seaweed are removed and taken to local farmers for use as compost. Emergency equipment such as Lifebelts are strategically located along the Esplanade in order to ensure safety at any time of the year. The Inshore Rescue is also close at hand and are always on call by the Coastguard. 

Shanklin is a very popular site for water sports of all kinds and you can be sure of either taking part or just watching the local enthusiasts having safe fun. Since 1996 Shanklin has not only been able to fly the Blue Flag but has also been successful in displaying its Water Quality and Quality Coast Award. 

Compton Bay and Downs

Beach, downs

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Ryde Canoe Lake


Traditional Victorian boating lake with peddle boats and canoes on Ryde Esplanade

Calbourne Water Mill & Rural Museum

Woodland, Water Mill, Adventure golf, pedalos

Set in 35 acres of stunning rural landscape, Calbourne Water Mill contains one of the oldest working water mills in the country, dating back to the Domesday Book.

You’ll be surprised at quite how much there is at Calbourne Water Mill, apart from feeding the peacocks, geese, ducks, moorhens and doves there is a beautiful ancient oak woodland which is home to badgers, red squirrels, foxes and many many more birds and small mammals, with a stream which is home to eels.

  • small but very interesting war museum

  • many little rural museums, displaying a selection of memorabilia from a bygone age (such as Granma’s kitchen, Granfer’s Shed, Fire Station, Old Bakery and much more!)

  • family Clay-play area (We use air drying clay, so you can take home what you make  (£2 per child).

  • lego Tables and Giant Chalkboard 

  • adventure golf (£3.00 per person)

  • punts for a relaxing float down the stream

  • Pedalos  (£7.50 per punt/pedalo for 30 minutes).

  • croquet & petanque (£1 per person)

  • fully licensed café serving a delicious menu of daily specials, sandwiches, freshly made soup, pancakes, as well as a children’s selection

  • gift shop selling souvenirs, hand-made Water Mill Pottery, muesli and flour

Steephill Cove Kayak & Boards

Kayak hire, board hire

We hire kayaks and boards by the half hour, hour and weekly at competitive rates.

We have been kayaking and surfing from Steephill for the last 18 years (our family has lived in the Cove for the last 50 years) and know & understand all tidal and weather conditions

Pirates Cove Adventure Playground, Shanklin

Crazy golf, Fun park, Rollercoaster ride

Both the exciting 18-hole adventure golf course and outdoor fun park with brand new rollercoaster makes Pirates Cove great fun for the kids...and the big kids too! 

18-hole Pirates Cove Crazy Golf The Pirates Cove Crazy Golf is the Isle of Wight's newest outdoor golf experience with great features along the way including pirates, a waterfall, fountains, a cave, palm trees and fully rigged pirate ship. You can test your skill and even win the 'treasure' of a free game. the 18-hole Crazy Golf course is open from 9am daily and providing the weather holds out, the last game will be at 9pm in the summer season and 6pm in the winter. If you're looking to bring a large group to play, be it a school trip, children's party, birthday celebration or even stag or hen do, please contact us to book. 

Pirates Cove Fun Park The outdoor fun park on the seafront next to the crazy golf course offers the latest crazes in outdoor entertainment. You can try a wide range of activities from mini go-karts and bumper boats to water zorbs, trampolines and bouncy castles.

The latest addition is our brand new rollercoaster! Take your seat on the Pirates Cove runaway train and enjoy a rollercoaster ride with beautiful views out to sea and across Shanklin Beach. The kids will love it too!

The Needles Landmark Attraction, Alum Bay

Attraction park

The Needles offers a range of attractions for all ages including sand filling shop, adventure golf, open top bus rides, boat trips, a traditional family Carousel, Victorian games and a wide variety of retail and catering facilities.


A visit to The Needles would also not be complete without a ride in the famous chairlift which transports visitors from the top of the cliff to Alum Bay beach and back, giving the best view of the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark – The Needles Rocks. Completing the line-up, guests can also immerse themselves in an interactive 4D Cinema experience showing the Lost World.

Alum Bay Glass is educational as well as fun, with visitors being able to watch the fascinating art of glass blowing and to witness craftsmen making a variety of crafted glassware, and at the Isle of Wight Sweet manufactory guests can then watch skilled sweet makers create sweets that you simply can’t find anywhere else!

At the sand shop guests can make their own unique coloured sand souvenirs and, with a variety of children’s attractions including a traditional Victorian carousel and a ‘Spins and Needles’ Tea Cup ride, the kids will never be short of something to do. The Water Walkerz is also a great favourite, not forgetting The Vintage Cars that allow younger visitors to drive their own vehicles!

Finishing off the line-up, Jurassic Golf features a 9 hole crazy golf course, all beautifully set against a backdrop of imaginative water features and story boards depicting 9 different dinosaur species.

Sandown Pier

Indoor golf, Bowling, Play area, Pier rides

Sandown Pier is all year round entertainment for all the family.

  • Lost World indoor golf adventure, with special lighting and sound effects

  • Ten Pin Bowling

  • Magic Island Play Area (play area includes ball pits, slides, a swing slide and a whole host of other attractions built in)

  • The End of the Pier is open from Easter and has rides for all the family including: Dodgems, Snake Slide, Ball Walkers, Quad Bikes and Tea Cups

  • Cafe, Burger Bar and Ice Cream Kiosk

  • Scruffy Jacks Sports Bar with stunning views of the bay.

JR Zone, Newport

Soft play, Laser

JR Zone is a dedicated facility offering indoor soft play and associated activities plus the Isle of Wight's only multi-level indoor Laser Storm arena.

JR Zone caters for the indoor entertainment needs of all ages - from our hugely successful term-time toddler activities through to our after-hours laser tournaments and even private hires of the facility for all age groups, including adults. 

'No matter what the weather brings, JR Zone is open 7 days a week for play between 10am and 6pm. There's no need to book - just turn up and pay on the door. We have plenty of parking and the coffee is always hot!  Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout the building, so you can make the most of your quiet time whilst the little ones play.'

  • baby soft play

  • toddler soft play

  • adventure play frame

  • laser parties

  • laser pay & play

  • term time activities for babies and toddlers

  • 2 cafe areas

Ryde Superbowl

Bowling and Laser

​For a fun-packed, good value day out for all your family or a big night out with your friends, Ryde Superbowl is the top local venue for a wide range of exciting entertainment


Ten pin bowling and laser quest (age 6+).

Fully refurbished Pavilion Café-Bar 

Headhunter Laser Combat, Newport


​We offer two types of games;

  • Open Games where anyone can join in

  • and Private Games for your exclusive group booking.


The official maximum number of people per booking is 80 people.

  • Harmless infrared beams, no projectiles

  • Unlimited lives and ammunition

  • No goggles, no pain, no bruises, no mess

  • No sitting out when shot, just reload and back in​

Blackgang Chine, near Ventnor

Amusement Park

The very word “Blackgang” has a legendary ring about it, summoning up visions of smugglers, shipwrecks and wild storm lashed shores.

Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery…

Fighting pirates on-board your own ship, discovering life size moving dinosaurs and escaping from danger, being sheriff of your own cowboy town, rounding up the outlaws and locking ’em up – or experiencing the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle!

Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you’ll find adventures around every corner – something for all the family at Blackgang Chine.

  • Lands of imagination - magical themed worlds: Fairlyand, Pirate Cove, Cowboy Town, Nurseryland

  • Fun rides and slides: Cliffhanger, Waterforce, Pirate Barrels, Snakes & Ladders

  • Blackgang Chine favourites: Dodo Valley, Giant Bug Walk, Rumpus Mansion, The Musical Pet Shop, Hall of Mirrors, Jonah's Whale, Crooked House, Mouth of Hell

  • Blackgang's Characters: Lady Penelope & Raphus, Shadow & Sheila, Cedric

Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport

Theme Park

With some incredible day and night time experiences to be found throughout the season, Robin Hill, set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside really is the destination for visitors of all ages looking for outdoor fun, adventure and great family experiences.

The park offers a fantastic blend of rides, falconry and adventure play for fun loving families and children, and relaxing woodland gardens, ponds and walks for discerning adults to enjoy.

NEW for 2017… Squirrel your way through a spiralling mesh tube suspended around our Canopy Skywalk, high up in the tree tops. Just don’t look down!

  • Fun rides & slides: Cows Express, Toboggan Run, Colussus Swinging Galleon, 4d Motion Cinema, Big Green Tractor Train, Hill Billy & Snake Slides

  • Adventure Play: Canopy Sky Walk, Squirrel Tower, New Squirrel Run, African Adventure, Suspension Bridges, Duck Down Play Village, Giant Maze, Tots Play & Activity Course, Hill Billy & Snake Slides

  • Falconry

  • Gardens

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