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Half term on the Isle of Wight

Tue 21 Jan 2014

Half term on the Isle of Wight

Treat the kids to a day out on the Isle of Wight this half term holiday - the majority of schools will be having theirs in the second half of February and there really is no better place to be than our glorious island in the channel. As it measures only 23 miles by 13, you're never far from the sea and there's plenty of fun activities to enjoy. Take a look at some of the examples below before booking your ferry tickets.

Dinosaur hunting

What child doesn't enjoy a bit of dinosaur hunting? Spots including Alum Bay and Whitecliff Bay offer some of the most fascinating rock formations in the UK, and have historically been the richest places on the Isle of Wight for new species to be discovered. Lead the kids on an adventure through the Cretaceous period as you bound over rocks in search of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The Needles Park

The characteristic sharp rocks that spear the waves on the Isle of Wight's west side are famous enough to have their own special park devoted to them. It's also about enjoying a spot of family fun - blow glass with some of the specialists on hand or have a go on one of the rides. Purchase some Alum Bay sand in a test tube or just enjoy the idyllic surroundings on top of the cliffs with the azure waves thrashing below.

Carisbrooke Castle

This historic motte-and-bailey castle constructed in the village of Carisbrooke near Newport was where Charles I was imprisoned in the months prior to his trial. It has also housed Princess Beatrice of the UK and Isabella de Fortibus, although they chose to stay here of their own free will. Nowadays, you can explore the fort's walls which remain in good repair, as well as its grassy moat.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801684575-ADNFCR

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