200 Years of Seaside Holidays

'Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea’

It’s 19th century Britain and trips to the seaside are all the rage. Fish and chips, ice creams, sandcastles and donkey rides are enjoyed by families young and old. Striped deck chairs match the striped bathing suits setting the scene for beaches far and wide. Seaside trips are so in vogue that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert have their own private bay at Osborne House – how fancy.

Let’s skip forward to 2018; beautiful beaches full of brightly coloured beach towels and families enjoying every second of their trip to the seaside. Ice creams for all and the striped deckchairs can still be found next to the array of sandcastles. Fish and chips tea is nearly always on the cards and a quick donkey ride to finish the day.  

OK so we may have updated our swimwear in the past 200 years, but our traditions remain the same. We all still love a trip to the seaside, and the Isle of Wight has some fantastic properties that are a stone’s throw away from the beautiful beaches the Isle of Wight has to offer.

First on the list is Waverley Park Holiday Centre nestled in the home town of Queen Victoria in East Cowes. A delightful holiday park just a few steps away from the seafront. Whether you fancy a bit of camping or a self-catering static caravan, Waverley Park has everything you need, fantastic facilities that the family will just love. 

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If you’re thinking you’d love to wake up to a beautiful sea view every morning, then Sunny Beach Apartment 6 is the place for you. This top floor apartment is just opposite the beach in Shanklin. Fantastic location and within steps of the beach, bars and shops…. perfect!

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Just a 10 minute walk from the picturesque duver in St Helens is Pink Beach Cottage. A delightful holiday home for a family of 4. Why not have an expedition in the rock pools, followed by a horse ride on the beach. That is of course once you have built a sand castle, had an ice cream and gone for a dip in the sea.  

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Heading off to Bembridge? Then we have the place for you. The fantastic Whitecliff Bay has all the facilities you could hope for but most importantly it brings the seaside to you! You don’t even have to leave the park to access it – woohoo! With a choice of accommodation options from camping to caravans and chalets you can choose what is best for you! 

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Of course, if you want to pack your striped swim suit and take a trip back in time then fear not, you can do this! Visitors to Osborne House have full access to the stunning Victorian seaside and you can even have a peek in Queen Victoria’s bathing machine. Why not search for mermaid tears and shells on the beach before having a paddle in the sea. And guess what… ice creams, Punch and Judy summer shows and deckchairs will also be waiting for you.

 “… picking up shells is such a never-ending joy to the children. How it pleases their young minds!" Queen Victoria’s Journal, 24 March 1851

So, let’s continue the seaside tradition for another 200 years and make sure your first seaside stop is the Isle of Wight, because after all, to be beside the seaside, you’ll be beside yourself with glee.