10 things to do on the IOW this February half term 2018

Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’

Step into a fusion of sound, vibrant colours, illuminations and oriental flavours at Robin Hill’s award-winning electric woods event, Spirit of the Orient, as the park celebrates Chinese New Year, one of the world’s most popular festivals,

from Saturday 10th – Sunday 25th February 2018, 6pm – 10pm.

Adult/Child £15, Concession £13.50, Saver (4 Persons) £55.

Victorian Fun and Games at Osborne

Join us this half term holiday for timeless fun with games, pastimes and amusements as played by children in Victorian England. Find out how both the royal children and those less fortunate would have enjoyed themselves whilst exploring the beautiful gardens and ground floor royal rooms of Osborne for a great half-term family day out.

Monday 12 to Friday 16 February 2018

Young Adventurers Activity Days

Holiday time is adventure time!Young adventurers will have the opportunity to try: Coasteering • Arrow Tag • Paddle Boarding • Archery • Kayaking • Team Challenges • Climbing • Mountain Boarding • Raft Building• Bushcraft Skills • Mega SUP • And More!

The full day of activities costs just £32 per child

Children are dropped off at 9am at Tapnell Farm, taken care of for the whole day and collected again at 5pm. A pick up at 8.30am and drop off at 5.30pm from Newport is also available, making it even easier for working parents!

Junior Track Days at Wight Karting

Every holiday on Tues & Weds:

9am register (10am in Winter)

Parent accompanied registration: permission/dietary/medical/photo forms completed

9.30 or 10.30 Parents depart, Drivers Suit-up and intro’s

Track orienteering & warm up session

Safety Briefing, helmet & glove fitting.

Track session 1: Classroom assessment of laptimes and technique

Track session 2: Improvements and learning programme commences

Track session 3: Qualification of ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ standards certificates

Medals & lunch served from La Babalu Diner

Collect 1pm or 2pm (depending on start time)


Hidden Heroes Get Crafty at Newport Roman Villa

Be inspired by the amazing inventors who have worked on the Isle of Wight. Design and make your own boat, car or rocket to take home. Discover more about what has been invented on the Isle of Wight.

Search for the Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes around the Villa in our tricky photo hunt.

£1 entry for all – to include all activities. Drop in family friendly event. No need to book.

Monday 12 February – 11am – 3pm

Yarmouth pancake race

Join West Wight Alpacas this Shove Tuesday in Yarmouth Town Square for the annual pancake flipping race! Three of our llamas will be taking part, and there will be opportunity to meet and greet Loko, Danilo and Icarus after the race. Feast on freshly-made pancakes outside The George, or sample some of the delicious homemade cakes baked by the local school PTA ladies. There will be a 'best apron' competition and the final race will be for the “Shrove Tuesday Trophy". Yarmouth Carnival Committee will be collecting donations and all money raised will go to Yarmouth Primary School. Come and join us for a flipping good time!

Tuesday February 13 2018 at 10:30

Hidden Heroes at Carisbrooke Castle Museum

New displays celebrating the diverse Hidden Heroes of the Isle of Wight. Come and discover more about the Island people who, across more than 1,000 years of history, have achieved something remarkable or made a special contribution to not only the Isle of Wight but also the wider world. Stories include the father of Seismology (the study of earthquakes), intrepid smugglers turned life-saving lifeboat men, people who celebrated and saved the Island’s culture and heritage and those who took a stand for what they believed in, often against the established ways of their time. Plus many more fantastic ‘hidden heroes’!

Normal Castle admission charges and opening times apply, please visit the English Heritage Website.

10th Feb – 28th October 2018

Hidden Heroes at the Classic Boat Museum

Ever since the waters rose and created the Isle of Wight, the people have depended on the sea for food, transport, defence and leisure.

Of the many maritime heroes linked to the Island, the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes will hold a new exhibition celebrating less well known individuals who have made a significant impact on the maritime heritage of the Island.

The museum holds the maritime archives of Betty “Joe” Carstairs – the fastest woman on water and also of Uffa Fox-yacht and boat designer, adviser to the admiralty, friend of the Royals and a renowned Cowes Character. As well as his many exploits and achievements, the museum has recreated Uffa’s workshop for the exhibition and some of his iconic boats will be on display.

Other “Hidden Heroes” include the Rev Charles Paterson who led the Mission to Seaman during WW2, Sir Christopher Cockerell, who developed the hovercraft and Blanche Thorneycroft, the first woman to be made a member of the Institute of Naval Architects. Sam Saunders and Tommy Sopwith collaborated to build the very first successful flying boat which took off from the River Medina.

The Hidden Heroes exhibition is at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery in Columbine Rd, East Cowes

from 10th February 2018 (Exhibition opens at 2pm on first day).

Half Term Children's Activities @ The Garlic Farm

Join us at The Garlic Farm for lots of activities and crafts. Entry is free. Activities are individually priced:

Garlic Bread Making Workshops £3.50

Decorate a Garlic Bulb £2.50

Learn how to crochet £2.50

Make your own Valentine’s Card: £1.50

Plant your own Garlic: £1.50

Make a simple book: £1.50

Colouring, Tile Montage, Message Tree FREE!

Take the opportunity to do our Farm Walk and explore the beautiful farmland around The Garlic Farm.

10 Feb to 18 Feb

Pancake Day Family Supper

Come and celebrate Shrove Tuesday the traditional way with a family supper at The Garlic Farm!

Pancake tossing by our Chef

Entertainment by Huxley Magic

£12.95 for adults – Burger or Halloumi Burger

£6.95 for children – Children’s menu


13 Feb 18:00 to 20:30

VisitIOW also have an article on what to do over this February half term

Some of the attractions that are open over the half term on the Isle of Wight:

West Wight Alpacas

Tapnell Farm Park

IOW zoo

Wight Karting

Amazon World

Brading Roman Villa

The Needles Landmark Attraction

Dinosaur Isle

Ryde Superbowl

Isle Jump

Sandown Pier

Ventnor Botanical Gardens

JR Zone soft play and laser

IOW Donkey Sanctuary

Isle of Wight Pearl

Needles Old Battery (National Trust - open selected days inc half term)

Yarmouth Castle (English Heritage)

Monkey Haven (opens 10 February)

Don't forget to check thepriceiswight.co.uk website for half term discounts.

Attractions currently closed (please check websites for exact opening dates)

Blackgang Chine (opens 17 March)

Fort Victoria Country Park (park open all year, attractions & cafe open from Easter)

Isle of Wight Steam Railway closed until Sunday 18 March

Butterfly World closed until 1 April

Goodleaf Treeclimbing closed until Easter

Shanklin Chine closed until 22 March

Godshill Model village closed until March

Mottistone Gardens closed until 11 March

Bembridge Windmill closed until 10 March

Bembridge Fort closed until April

For a handy PDF guide on what you can do and visit on the Isle of Wight over the winter, click here for the Visit IOW guide "Things to do All Year Round"