Family Fun this February Half-Term

The Isle of Wight is a fantastic place to visit all year round, even in the winter months you can discover a great selection of attractions both indoors and out. There is so much going on that the whole family will enjoy this February half-term.

Keep reading to find out more and most importantly, don’t forget to wrap up warm for your visit!

Spirit of the Orient

First on the list is a must-see attraction dedicated to celebrating the Chinese New Year. Robin Hill’s award-winning annual Spirit of the Orient event is only a 15-minute drive from the East Cowes terminal. When darkness falls, the fusion of sound, colour, illuminations and oriental flavours come alive. A must see is the 12-metre long dragon procession, you can even try your hand at lantern decorating. Although you are sheltered from the weather in amongst the illuminated woods, this is an outdoor attraction, so wrap up warm for your visit.

Get ready to explore every evening (6pm – 10pm) from 14 - 22 February.
Save 20% on ferry travel when visiting Spirit of the Orient

Valentines Love Week at Monkey Haven

While you’re in your warm gear, swing by Monkey Haven for their oh-so cute Valentines Love Week. Visit the award-winning sanctuary and fall in love with the monkeys, owls, meercats and exotic creatures. There will be rescue stories to warm your heart and daily keeper talks that share all the romances, bromances and an adorable monkey who’s found happiness with his toy pig! Try out the tasty treats in the tea room, and children can even make Valentine’s cards for the animals.

Swing by for Love Week every day (10am – 4pm) between 5th – 23rd February 
Save 25% on gate price tickets & 15% on ferry travel when bought together

Amazon World Zoo Park

Escape to the tropical climes of Amazon World Zoo Park, with over 200 animals from crocodiles to sloths, your favourite animal is bound to live there! This conservation guides you through a recreated tropical rainforest where you can see crocodiles, fish and birds amongst the greenery and stream. Next is the sloth family, who have their own area. Watch them very slowly move around and if you’re lucky they may be close to the pathway. You can also spot tortoises and the tamarinds, who are very cute and curious (usually in the corner). Next is an indoor area where animals such as the Armadillo, the cute honey bears and the weird Mata Mata freshwater turtle! You can then pop outside to see some truly incredible birds and a giant Anteater! You’ll also find the Lemur and separate Wallaby walk-through which are a massive hit with children and adults too.

Open every day throughout half term from 10am – 4pm
Save 10% on gate price tickets & 15% on ferry travel when bought together

Tapnell Farm Park

For the ultimate fun-filled family day out, take a trip to the award-winning Tapnell Farm Park. Tapnell is more than just a farm, it’s an all-weather haven for children with 2 giant jumping pillows, indoor fun barn full to the brim with slides, bridges and all the soft play you could imagine. Make your way to the straw bale barn with climbing walls, zip wires and pedal go-karts popular with any age, including adults! The petting barn is a popular hit with bunnies, goats, pigs and more. Outside you can see llamas, donkeys, sheep and even more climbing frames! Grab some lunch in the café or even a delicious burger from The Cow Restaurant. There’s so much to explore at Tapnell Farm Park and  a great choice that doesn’t rely on weather.

Open every day throughout half term from 10am – 5pm
Save 10% on gate price tickets & 15% on ferry travel when bought together

Carisbrooke Castle

History buffs are in luck this half term, Carisbrooke Castle will be holding a special exhibition of Anglo-Saxon artefacts in their museum, and of course, you have the entire castle to explore afterwards. Grab some lunch at the on-site tearoom or pack a picnic and enjoy heaps of outdoor space!

Open every day throughout half-term from 10am-4pm
Save 20% on gate price tickets & 15% on ferry travel when bought together

Winter Walks

Along with miles of footpaths and trails, the Island's beaches are perfect for exploring during the winter months. Grab your wellies, and a warm jacket, and head off into the great outdoors to discover the Isle of Wight's areas of outstanding natural beauty. Along the West Wight beaches of Brook and Compton Bay the winter seas often erode the coastline, revealing fossils and dinosaur footprints for visitors to discover. If you take a walk along the downs at this time of year you can catch some of the most spectacular sunsets the skies offer up throughout the year.

Places to Stay

Why not extend your stay and book one of the many hand-picked accommodations the Isle of Wight has to offer, with everything from B&B’s to self-catering homes there are plenty of options! Keep an eye out for some of the special offers, plus you can save 25% on ferry travel when booked together.

Here’s a sneak-peak at our latest unique property available to book from July! 1 Church House is A spectacular conversion of a former Methodist Church, this property has been named by The Times as one of the best 50 holiday cottages in Britain. So if you can’t make it in February, why not book your summer holiday now, and give yourself a real treat to look forward to.

Red Funnel Ferry Blog

13 February 2020

By Red Funnel in Articles