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.

Tapnell Young Explorers

Unleash your wild side at Tapnell Farm Park this February Half Term and become a Young Explorer for the day. With Archery, Bushcraft basics and Rock Climbing sessions on offer daily, it’s the perfect way to learn loads of exciting new skills. No booking needed (although standard Farm Park Admission fee applies), just turn up and take part in the activity taster sessions, led by the friendly experts from Adventure Activities UK. 

Running every day from 18th and 26th February from 10.30am, each taster session runs for 30 minutes and is £3 per person, per activity. Or if you're feeling really brave and want to try all three activities, save £1 and take on the challenge in a day for just £8 per person. 

Or become a time traveller for the day and join Timetaxi C.I.C on a field walking and surface find collecting session. Become an Archaeologist as you explore the surrounding farmland and search for clues about ancient life.
Adventures run from 10am until 12 midday on Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th February, with each session costing £22 per child, which includes your Farm Park Admission. Booking is essential, please call Katie on 07871299203.

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Ventnor Botanic Garden

Walk on the wild side this half term and get back to nature with the fab activities on offer at Ventnor Botanic Garden. Kids go free from Monday 20th to Friday 24th February, so make the most of what’s on offer including a fired art ceramic workshop (we love that you can decorate your own flower pot or squirrel), build your own butterfly or bird feeder, explore the Gardens on the Spot the Signs of Spring Garden Trail or get creative with some Garden Vegetable and Leaf Printing. Some activities have a small fee – and parents don’t miss the VBG Product & Botanic Ale Tastings on offer all week which are free! Open daily from 10am.

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Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a My Isle of Wight favourite and 2016 Award winner for Best Place to Make a Furry Friend. With donkeys, horses and ponies to see, visitors flock to the Donkey Sanctuary on the outskirts of Wroxall and many will ‘Adopt A Donkey’ as part of their visit. Entry is free and once you’ve found your furry friend you can adopt one of the five miniature donkeys for just £10 a year or one of a selection of 15 centre donkeys for £20 a year.

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Robin Hill

A must visit when on the Island this half term is Robin Hill’s award-winning electric woods eventSpirit of the Orient. This stunning Oriental themed light, sound and entertainment experience is set in the park’s ancient woodland, and captures the spirit of the Chinese New Year.

Taking place from dusk into the darkness, the woodland comes to life with a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features - like the stunning 'Golden Oriole' bridge with its cascading golden water and the marble temple. From 18th to 26th February, an elegant and colourful Chinese fan dance will be performed by a dance troupe of 20 artists in the woodland amphitheatre. And you can enjoy the delights of an authentic oriental menu served in the woodland ponds, and toast marshmallows on the open brazier.

Tickets for the ‘electric woods’ Spirit of the Orient cost £12.50 per person (children under 4 years go free) or grab a saver ticket (4 x people) for £46.

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Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey is an hidden Island gem, a working monastery on the Isle of Wight, home to a community of Benedictine monks. Sit and enjoy the stunning architecture of the beautiful church and listen to the monks uplifting Gregorian chanting of hymns and psalms, which permeate around the church during the daily seven services. Or follow the nature trails around the grounds and meet the roaming pigs, before enjoying something delicious and homemade at the award winning café & farm shop, or perusing the monastery book shop & art gallery.

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Alix Robinson

16 February 2017

By Alix Robinson in Articles