7 things to do in the Isle of Wight this summer

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Step into a storybook at Shanklin Old Village

Shanklin Old Village

Shanklin Old Village is a jumble of thatched roof tearooms and inns; the vivid baby pink walls of the Old Thatch Teashop alone make the Old Village one of England’s prettiest locations.

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Dangle above the Needles in a chairlift

The Needles Chairlift

Take a round trip on this chairlift ride for a bird’s eye view of the distinctive three stacks (and lighthouse) that make up the Needles - the Isle of Wight’s most iconic feature.

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Admire the multi-coloured cliffs of Alum Bay

Alum Bay

Make a stop at the bottom of the chairlift and check out the multi-coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay. Locals estimate there are 21 different shades to see, ranging from golden yellows to vivid reds.

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4

Sleep in a botanical garden and spot wild lizards

Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Wake up to the sound of bird song and the heady scent of exotic flowers at Ventnor Botanical Gardens. Keep a beady eye out too for wall lizards; these green-backed creatures originate from Italy, but now call the garden home due to its balmy microclimate.

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5

Go gaga for garlic-flavoured vodka and beer

The Garlic Farm

The Garlic Farm has been experimenting with garlic for over 40 years, leading to a range of bizarre yet tasty products. Sample everything from black garlic mayonnaise to garlic-infused vodka. Why not stay over in one of the farm’s yurts or converted cottages and indulge in a garlic-themed breakfast.

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6

Kayak to hidden caves in Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay

It’s said that smugglers used the caves of Freshwater Bay to hide their illegal wares. Discover these secret hideaways on a guided kayaking trip and see a secret slice of the island that many miss.

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Chill out in a vintage caravan

Vintage Vacations

Round off your day of adventure with a stay in a vintage caravan. Fitted with all the furnishings and trimmings that you would expect from a glamping experience but with an added retro twist.

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05 Nov 2019(last updated)

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    Shanklin Old Village

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    The Needles Chairlift

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    Alum Bay

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    Ventnor Botanic Gardens

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    The Garlic Farm

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    Freshwater Bay

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    Vintage Vacations

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