Days Out on the Isle of Wight

13-05-2009 With half term and the second May Bank Holiday just around the corner, Red Funnel has teamed up with over twenty of the Isle of Wight’s top attractions to provide great days out on the Island.

From historical encounters, to screaming on a cliff-top roller coaster there’s something for everyone, plus many attraction tickets are discounted when booked in advance through Red Funnel. Prices start at just £6.50 for attraction admission for a family of five and ferry travel for up to six passengers with a car is available from £32 return.

Bembridge Windmill is the only surviving windmill on the Island and one of the best-loved landmarks. Climb to the fourth floor and take in the stunning views across the downs. £6.50 for a family of five.

Isle of Wight Zoo is home to TV’s Tiger Island, this wildlife centre supports the largest collection of tigers in the UK and specialises in taking care of endangered big cat and lemur species. £19 for a family of four

Following the March release of “The Young Victoria”, interest in the monarch has been at an all time high. Osborne House was the Queen’s favourite retreat, and offers guests a fascinating insight into Royal family life. Take in the jaw-dropping opulence of the Durbar Room, and enjoy a stroll in the gardens designed by Capability Brown which stretch all the way to the Sea. £22.75 for a family of five.

A perennial favourite, Blackgang Chine never ceases to delight both the young and those old enough to know better! The theme park is home to the thrilling Cliff Hanger roller coaster and a wet and wild High Speed Water-Shoot Ride. The park has an eclectic mix of exciting rides, fairy tale creatures, nursery rhyme characters and dinosaurs all set within 40 acres of rambling gardens. £35 for a family of four

A trip to the Isle of Wight wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Needles Park to see the iconic Needles landmark and to enjoy the pay-as-you-go attractions and rides. The chairlift offers spectacular views of the multi-coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay and the famous stone monoliths. Within the park there is plenty to keep the family entertained including teacup rides, Jurassic golf and a sweet factory. Entry is free, and a book of saver tickets costs from £12 including free parking (usually £4).

Travelling to the Isle of Wight is easy with Red Funnel. Vehicle Ferries run regularly around the clock from Southampton, which is within easy reach of the M3 and M27 and return ferry travel for a car and up to six passengers starts from just £32. The Red Jet Hi-Speed foot passenger service whisks visitors to the Island in just 23 minutes.