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The perfect Christmas Gift….an Island break!

The perfect Christmas Gift….an Island break!

Every year I struggle with what to buy my Mum and Dad for Christmas so this year I thought I would take a couple of days off work in December and bring them over to the Island for an adventurous few days.

The plan so far is:

Itinerary Day 1

Cowes: A Red Funnel ferry over with a spot of Christmas shopping around Cowes.

Osbourne House: For November and December they have festively decorated the house and are giving hour long tours about Queen Victoria’s Christmas’s at the house.

The Garlic Farm: Lunch in their infamous restaurant and then a little time spent exploring the farm and shop for suitable novelty gifts for Christmas. My mum has been dying to visit this place for years having seen them on TV and at various markets on the mainland.

Isle of Wight Cheese: Hopefully we can visit the Isle of Wight Cheese company to stock up for Christmas. (Always worth calling ahead as they might be out delivering!)

Shanklin: Pop for a drive through Shanklin and a coffee at a scenic café…location yet to be found

The Taverners: A beautiful pub for an early evening drink.

The Royal Hotel: As a special treat Mum and Dad will be staying at the Royal Hotel, they have a fabulous offer this month for £80 per person you get a 3 course table d’hote dinner in their 2 AA Rosette restaurant and a beautiful room. I think they also do packages for longer stays and ferries included!

Itinerary Day 2

The Botanic Garden: Situated in Ventnor it benefits from a microclimate and has a subtropical and exotic plant collection. Dad being green fingered will love this and they are wheel chair friendly…..fingers crossed it’s a rain free day!

Dandelion Café: Down in Freshwater Bay, the Cafe benefits from beautiful views, after having driven across the coastal route from Ventnor, this will be the perfect spot to stop for tea and cake before our next activity.

The Needles: The New Battery has an exhibition on the secret British rocket tests carried out there during the Cold War. It’s at the top of the headland and here you get some stunning views of the needles. It is quite a trek up there but there is a bus that can take you and the café is open on the weekends at the moment.

Barefoot Beach Cafe in Colewell Bay will be a great place to stop for some lunch and enjoy the sea views once again.

Yarmouth: Quick stop off in Yarmouth for some final gift shopping by Mum, Dad can watch harbour life for a while.

Then back to Cowes for the ferry home.

Fingers crossed this will be a fun couple of days for the parents, any suggestions to add to the adventure are most welcome! I’ll let you know how it goes……