Activities for teenagers on the Isle of Wight

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Keeping teenagers happy on holiday can be difficult, but the Isle of Wight has dozens of ideas for activities and entertainment to keep them busy.

 

We’ve got the teenage holiday essentials at Firefly House, which of course are WIFI and space.  With superfast broadband, social media will ensure that they don’t miss their friends at home, and with 4 double/twin bedrooms, 3 reception rooms and a garden, there’s plenty of space for your teenager/s to chill. 

 

Whilst some teenagers are happy hanging out with their parents, others may want adrenaline and action and we’ve got plenty of that on the Isle of Wight.  There is every type of adrenalin sport available including surfing, tree climbing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, sand yachting, Segway, zorbing, bushcraft, mountain boarding, mountain biking, kayaking, horseriding . . . .  Some centres offer all holiday activity days, perfect for the teens to socialise, and for the  'grown ups' to get a bit of 'grown up time' for the day.

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And for those who are seeking a more chilled pursuit, there are high streets of shops, stylish beach cafes to hang out in, cinemas . . .  

 

Below is an ever growing  list of what to do, where to go and how to entertain your teenager on the Isle of Wight.  If you think we should add something, please do get in touch.

We don't claim to have been to all of these attractions, so please do check out online blogs for other perspectives.

Don't forget to check out what events are happening in 2017, the list includes carnival dates, regattas, festivals and other special events taking place around the Isle of Wight.

 

Online blogs/lists for teenager activities on the IOW​​

What to do for teenagers on the IOW

Wight Cycle Hire, Yarmouth

Cycle Hire

Cycling on the Isle of Wight - there is something for everyone – from family fun and adventure to challenging road and off-road riding for the enthusiast, we cater for all to ensure that your Isle of Wight cycling experience is the best it can be.

Cycle hire: adult bike standard, road bike alloy, road bike carbon, electric PAS, tandem, child bike, trailer or tag, child seat, pannier racks/bags, lights

All bikes come with the following: –

  • Helmet 

  • Full Island wide mobile support ensuring complete peace of mind and if requested puncture repair kit and pump

  • Lock

  • We will provide maps, routes and route suggestions as requested

  • See website for delivery details

  • See website for route maps

Two Elements, Cowes

Kitesurfing, Rib charter, SUP rental, Mountain bike hire

Two Elements offers adventures on the Isle of Wight, all with detailed trips and exploring opportunities. 

  • Mountain bike hire: by the day, includes delivery

  • Stand up paddle board rental: by the day, includes delivery

  • Kitesurfing: taster session, 1/2/3 day lesson

  • RIB charters and day trips: private or commercial charter, bare boat or skippered, by half or full day

  • Boat, SUP, bike exploration: by boat to Newtown Creek, SUP exploration of creek, by boat to the Needles, on to Yarmouth, buy your own lunch in Yarmouth, boat on to Freshwater, bike exploration of area, boat back to Cowes

Wight Karting, Ryde

Karting

Wight Karting offers the Isle of Wight’s only all-weather outdoor 500m floodlit track providing unrivalled fun, excitement and safety for people of all ages; 8 to 88!

Allendale Equestrian Centre, Godshill

Horse riding

Allendale Equestrian Centre is a BHS approved riding establishment set in the heart of the Isle of Wight, on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Godshill.

The location is unrivalled, situated on a bridle path, enabling you to ride for miles, off-road, on bridleways and along leafy country lanes.

Lessons for beginners, improvers, country rides, picnic pub rides

Sally's Riding School, Bembridge/St Helens

Horse riding

Sally's Riding School is a riding school based on the East side of the Isle of Wight. We offer rides on the beach for both novice and experienced riders.

Hill Farm Stables, Yarmouth/Freshwater

Horse riding

We have 10 horses and 15 ponies at our stables, ranging from welsh section A’s to thoroughbreds to cater  for all sizes, ages and abilities.

We are perfectly situated for hacking through the scenic West Wight counrtyside with Golden Hill Parkland, The old railway line alongside the beautiful River Yar, Tennyson Downs,  Afton Downs and so many more picturesque routes.

Pony rides (a short ride for the very nervous rider or the very little children around the farm lanes) from age 2

Group or private lessons from age 4

Hacking from age 6

Westridge Golf Centre, Ryde

Golf

Westridge Golf Centre is the No1 place on the Isle of Wight to get into golf. They have a fully covered floodlit golf range to practice your game, with PGA Qualified Professionals on hand to provide tuition for complete beginners all the way through to the most advanced golfers.

Friendly atmosphere, all year round golf on superb natural parkland course and excellent facilities offering something for everyone. The course is presented to a high standard for both members and visitors to enjoy and is open most days of the year.

Complimenting the golf range they have a practice bunker and a practice putting green so you can work on the short game.

Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult 

Browns Golf Course, Sandown

Golf

Browns golf course & cafe is located in the beautiful bay of Sandown on the Isle of Wight. It features two 9 hole, par 3 Pitch and Putt courses, an 18 hole par 3 putting course ,and an 18 hole par 2 putting course. 

Catering for all, some of the courses are more challenging than others. From beginner to regular golfer looking to improve the short game, everyone is welcome for a bit of fun golfing.

 

At the heart of Browns Golf Course is the family run Clubhouse Cafe which serves great homemade food daily.

The cafe is a great space & a lovely spot to relax under its end to end glass roof. 

It has a great indoor play area for the kids to go and play & occupy themselves safely.

UKSA, Cowes

Watersports

UKSA is a 15 minute walk from Firefly House.

 

For some weeks in the summer UKSA run Watersports Fun Days (0900 – 1630) to get children (7 – 16) out on to the water to enjoy a variety of different fun water based activities including: Dinghy Sailing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Raft Building & Wet Team Games.

They also have dinghy mini courses which run for 3 hours a day over 5 days for children aged 6-7, and splash days and multi activity days for older children.

All other children's course are residential.

Isurf, Newchurch

Surfing

iSurf is the Isle of Wight's only mobile surf school, meaning they're able to make the most of the fantastic wind and waves the island has to offer.

 

With over 20 years experience iSurf offers professional teaching and coaching to children and adults looking to learn or develop surf or SUP skills. 

 

Tuition for children aged 8-16 and for adults.

1:1 surf lessons, group surf lessons, stand up paddle board lessons, stand up paddle board yoga lessons, summer surf camp, birthday parties

Wightwater Adventure Watersports, Lake

Watersports

Dunroamin Beach, Lake, Midway between Shanklin & Sandown

Wight Water Adventure Watersports has developed over 32 years into a centre that is able to design specific watersports packages to accommodate schools, individuals, adults and children alike.  They are passionate about providing a whole family experience.

The Tradewinds Café, next door to their centre, is the place to chill out after a hard day in the surf with a hot drink and some tasty refuelling food.

 

Equipment to hire: catamaran, dinghy, windsurfer, kayak, sit on double kayak, sit on kayak, hard surf board, soft surf board, paddle board, body board,  wet suits.

Tuition: catamaran & dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kit surfing, canoe, surfing

Clinics: sailing, windsurfing

Taster sessions: canoe, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, catamaran, SUP

Tackt-Isle Adventures, St Helens

Adventure activities

​Tackt-Isle Adventures is the place to go for an action packed adventure on the Isle of Wight.

 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or you’re new to outdoor adventures and fancy giving something a go, Tackt-Isle have all the kit, skills and experience to help you make the Island your playground.

 

Hire kit hassle free, or join their enthusiastic, highly qualified and local staff for an adventure on water or on dry land.

 

Private tuition, courses, hire, team building, stag & hen events, birthday parties, schools, clubs and groups:

Dinghy sailing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, SUP Yoga, Windsurfing,

Bike & mountain bike hire, mountain bike trail rides, sand yachting, foraging & beachcraft, Segway & airwheel riding

 

Age restrictions: SAILING: Min 8 years old, unless accompanied by an adult, KAYAKING: Min 9 years old unless in a double kayak with an adult, SUP: Min 12 years old.

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, Freshwater

Adventure activities

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities claim to be the largest and most well respected Adventure Company on the Isle of Wight and is a local company within a larger organisation.

 

“Delivering high quality adventure activities for families is one of our core aims and we work hard to ensure that all ages can take part in our family activities. We have special ‘small child’ safety equipment and our staff are trained to incorporate children of all ages into our adventure activities so that everyone has fun and has an adventure to remember.”

 

Some of their activities (with age restrictions in brackets): adventure kayaking (12+), family kayaking (8+), kayaking day tour (15+), mega SUP family sessions (8+), climbing (8+), bushcraft intro (no age), aqua zorbing (8+), bushcraft adventure (no age), paddleboarding (12+), SUP day tour (15+), Mega SUP (8+), archery (8+), birthday parties (8-16), mountain boarding (no age), axe throwing (no age), coasteering (12+)

 

They also offer School Holiday Adventure Days, “an exciting day of land and water activities for children between the ages of 8 – 16 during the school holidays.  Perfect for active children and working parents.  Children can be dropped off at 9am and collected again at 5pm from Tapnell Farm (or they can also pick up at 8.30am and drop off at 5.30pm in Newport (bookable minibus journey). 

 

Kingswood, Bembridge

Adventure activities

Family adventure days

Available on selected dates April-September, typically on Saturdays, bank holidays or week days during school holidays. Adventure days are great fun for families with limited time and include 4 adventurous activities & lunch:

obstacle challenge, archery, abseiling or climbing, zipwire or indoor bouldering.

Minimum of 1 adult and 1 child (6-17) on each booking​

1 night weekend adventure also available and includes: 6 adventurous activities including zipwire, archery, climbing or abseiling, obstacle challenge and laser games as well as a bushcraft fire lighting session around the campfire in the evening

2 night weekend adventure includes: a full programme of 10 - 11 adventurous activities

Medina Valley Centre

Watersports

Dinghy, canoe, kayaking, powerboating, archery, bushcraft, target shooting, orienteering, team games.

Various levels of course ranging from 2 hour taster sessions to 1 week courses.

Summer holiday programme

Goodleaf treeclimbing, Ryde

Treeclimbing

The UK’s original recreational tree climbing company.

A two hour discover tree climbing experience is a unique and offbeat adventure perfect for ages 8 to 80.

Their experienced and enthusiastic staff will show you the ropes so that you can safely scale the heights of the 70 foot oak tree. Once you’re in the canopy, you can enjoy beautiful sea views, relax in their special tree top hammocks or challenge yourself to climb as much as you want to.

Headhunter Laser Combat, Newport

Laser

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​

Skateparks

Skateboarding

Isle of Wight skateparks:

  • Ryde (Rink Road)

  • Ryde Harbour (Esplanade)

  • Freshwater (School Green Road)

  • Ventnor (Buona Vista Road)

  • Newport (Seaclose Skatepark, Fairlee Road)

  • Cowes (Park Road)

High Adventure Paragliding, Wellow

Paragliding

Paragliding day course

The aim of the one day paragliding course is to get you flying as soon as is safe and practicable.  You will also have a go in a simulator, so that you have an understanding of the controls of a paraglider. Your instructor will then demonstrate the equipment, various safety checks and procedures together with the rudiments of "ground handling", which will enable you to understand how take offs and landings are achieved. You are then ready for low level flights off the training slopes.

HiThe minimum age is 14 years old (parental consent needed for under 18's)

Butterfly Paragliding, Chale

Paragliding

Tandem Flying is the easiest way to experience paragliding flight

One of our highly qualified and experienced BHPA instructors will be at the dual controls during the critical take off and landing phases,
however you may well be invited to take over in mid flight! It is the best way to learn to fly paragliders!

Warriors Speedway, Ryde

Speedway

Focussing on tuition and track time, My First Skid gives the opportunity for speedway riders, fans and those who have always wanted to try their hand on a speedway bike the opportunity to do so in a safe, enthusiastic and friendly environment.

 

The school is open for anyone that can balance on a bike: ladies only schools, under 16's and men over 40's, as well as a selection of mixed events.

Experiences start with rider briefing at 6:15pm and on track from 6:30pm until 9:15pm

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Indoor ideas for teenagers 

Isle Jump Trampoline Park, Lake

Trampolining

islejump's main arena consists of 40 interconnecting trampolines of the highest quality, as well as angled trampolines that bring another meaning to bouncing off the walls!

The Main Area of islejump if accessible for jumpers aged 5 and above (special family fun sessions are available to include under 5's)

Also available: dodgeball, airbag, basketball

Parent & toddler sessions, autism friendly sessions & fitness classes

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 

Leo Leisure Cinema, Ryde

Cinema

70's style old cinema, with 3 screens.  Tickets are good value.

Cineworld, Newport

Cinema

RealD 3D, 2D screens, Baskin Robins, Bar

West Wight Sports Centre

Swimming, Climbing Wall

Main swimming pool

West Wight Climbing wall

Random Rooms Cafe

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An Escape Room is a fun and exciting activity which involves searching a themed room to find clues and keys, solving puzzles, cracking codes, opening locked items and achieving a goal to “Escape” the Room.

Pre-Booking is essential They are unable to accommodate groups that arrive without a booked reservation. You can book at anytime up to 24 hours before the slot you wish to book.

There must be at least 1 person aged 18 or over in every booking

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