Top 5 Half Term Adventures
There’s so many fantastic things to do on the Isle of Wight, all year round, whatever the weather. From free activities to some really fabulous events we’ve pulled together a guide to our Top 5 picks for this February half term, 2018.
Carisbrooke Castle has come over all prehistoric for Half Term with a range of activities based around the new feature film animation Early Man from those clever plasticine modellers at Aardman. Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the Earth, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.
From Saturday 10th Feb till Sunday 18th Feb, from 10am to 4pm, you can explore Carisbrooke Castle in search of Dug, Hognob and the rest of the Early Man tribe. By following the clues you complete the quest to uncover centuries of history in one day and there’s an Early Man Mini Model Making kit for successful adventurers.
All children from 8 to 18 can have a whole day of adventure and exploration at Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, making new friends and learning new skills on their ‘Young Adventurers’ activity days. Based on the Tapnell Farm site, IWAA’s friendly and experienced staff will be leading activities such as climbing, archery, Arrow tag, bushcraft skills and mountain boarding.
This February half term a whole day from 9am till 5pm will cost only £32 and each day will be different. Rest assured they’ll working off a lot of adrenaline and when you pick them up at 5pm they’ll be bursting with tales to tell. A pick up at 8.30 and drop off at 5.30 from Newport is available if required.
Jump for Fun
There’s often a rainy day on holiday and then what can you do with the kids? Islejump trampoline park in Lake has a huge purple play room of 40 interconnecting trampolines that include angled trampolines so that you can literally bounce off the walls!
The arena is for over 5s only, but they do have special family fun sessions for under 5s with parents. See the website for times. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, you just have to sign a waiver and then put on a pair of their non-slip trampoline socks, which are free on your first visit, and then bounce away. Grab something for your hungry jumpers afterwards in the Café Purple.
Pancake Day falls on the Tuesday of Half Term this year and if you head over to Yarmouth you can join in their annual Pancake Day Race in the Square at 10.30am. There are prizes for the winner as well as for the best fancy dress outfit. The George set up a stall selling freshly made pancakes and Yarmouth School’s PTA ladies have a brilliant home-made cake and tea stall.
In the evening there’s a Shrove Tuesday family supper at The Garlic Farm with pancake tossing from their chef, along with entertainment and magic from Huxley magic. A burger supper is £12.95 for adults and £6.95 for children and there are free pancakes for everyone. Book here or call 01983 867333
See the beautiful big cats at the Isle of Wight Zoo, along with the mischievous monkeys, the cute lemurs, the inquisitive meerkats and the petting farm animals. And if you make a visit you can return for only £1 per person within seven days. The zoo is open daily from 11am till 3pm and the majestic lions and tigers are so beautiful to see – you can even have a big cat experience if you’re over 16. Younger children over eight might like a lemur experience with their keeper, learning how to interact with these cute ring tailed animals, who’ll climb over you in their search for food and may even manage pick your pockets.
Back to prehistory and Dinosaur Isle is almost next door to the zoo and well worth a visit to see the prehistoric animals that once roamed the island and swam in the sea around it. See the actual bones of the dinosaurs and lifesize animatronic ones that roar and move. You could even take a guided fossil walk on nearby Yaverland beach and return to have your finds identified at the museum.
They’ve got two discos for kids lined up at Ventnor Winter Gardens. There’s a Valentine’s Day Kids disco between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday Feb 14th for a fiver. And then on the Friday (Feb 16th ) under 18s and novice skaters can be transported back to the 70s and 80s’ at their funky roller disco from 1pm till 5pm which is £6.50 including sk8 hire. There’s also a big kids (over 18s) Funky sk8 disco in the evening.
Tickets are available at www.funkysk8.com
30 January 2018