Why we love Robin Hill Country Park so much is simple to answer – it has so much to offer and is totally unbeatable on the fun stakes (not just for the kids either). Parents your fun packed adventure starts here from great rides (quarter mile downhill toboggan), amazing falconry displays and adventure play for fun loving families and children, to relaxing woodland gardens, ponds and walks for discerning adults to enjoy. At certain times of the year Robin Hill truly comes alive at night for the incredible 'Electric Woods' events.
Set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside nestled in the Island’s stunning Arreton Downs, you start exploring immediately and are totally immersed in all the park has to offer. Owned by the Dabell family who also run the hugely popular Blackgang Chine the Dabell’s clearly know how to keep both children and adults stimulated.
Robin Hill Country Park is so well conceived and covers so many different elements, you’ll want to keep returning. It’s also the venue for the incredibly trendy annual music festival Bestival, which draws in crowds of 50,000 and various groups of hugely talented global musicians. The award-winning park can count a ‘Tourism & Leisure Award for Excellence’ and the myIsleofWight Award for Best Place For Something For The Family for the past three years among its accolades too.
Now for the attractions – there are so many, it’s hard to know where to start. As soon as you enter the park, get diverted on a brilliant outdoor activity course nestled among the trees with a trip wire and a scramble net. But there are plenty of play areas peppered throughout the park, which cater for all ages from toddlers upwards. You can literally spend an entire morning sampling them out and watching your family run riot until their hearts content. Have a go on the Tree Top Trail, a trail surrounded by trees or for younger children the Snake and Hillbilly Slides, which are set into the hillside. For even younger children Tot’s Play is a safe haven full of stimulation.
Watch out for Colossus, a swinging galleon boat ride that will have all the family belly laughing. The hugely popular Toboggan Run is a must with its 300 metre twisting and turning course of metal, designed as a track for toboggans. Parents can share a toboggan with smaller children and you can whoosh down the course at whatever speed you dare to. Go forwards and backwards in time with the impressive time machine, a 28-seat motion platform simulator. If you fancy good old-fashioned fun there’s a large wooden maze to get lost in. For the younger children the Cows Express train ride is an instant hit while for older children, something called Total Wipeout – a watery-based rollercoaster loop system by air and water gets the adrenalin pumping. Duckdown Play Village, a small child sized village is great for all the family to go exploring or marvel at the African Adventure playground and get transported off to tribal Africa.
For any wildlife enthusiasts, the Squirrel Tower is a must to spot all those elusive red squirrels. Also not to be missed are the amazing daily falconry displays, which are Island famous. The owl shows are exciting displays set in the new 300 seated woodland amphitheatre. After all that fun, anyone suffering weary legs can jump aboard the Great Big Green Tractor ride, which is on a permanent loop around the park to scoop up and drop off. By then you’ll easily have earned your pit stop at one of the park’s eateries; the Oasis Café, Squirrels Café or Ice Cream Hut.
Bring it on….
- open for Electric Woods Event 10-25 February from 18:00 only
- open daily from 17 March to 1 September
- open for Electric Woods Event from 29 September - 19 October from 18:00 only
- open daily from 20 - 28 October from 10:00 (including Electric Woods)
- open daily for Electric Woods Event from 29 October - 3 November from 18:00 only
- generally opens at 10:00 - please check the calendar on the left for specific days and times
- 1 hour before closing time. Some indoor attractions & rides close up to 45 minutes before park shuts. Ride operating times, cafe facilities and shop opening times vary, depending on time of season
- free large car park
- disabled spaces are available in the main car park
- disabled toilet facilities
- guide dogs are welcome
- wheelchair and electric mobility sccoter users - the park is set within 88 acres of downland and a wooded valley. The route is sloping in places with some paths as steep as 1:5 (12°). the majority of the park is accessible by wheelchair but some paths are gravel or grass based
- visitors in manual wheelchairs who wish to visit all areas of the park should be accompanied by strong helpers
- children aged 3 and under are free of charge
- children under 14 will not be admitted without an adult
- baby changing facilities
What are you going to find?
New for 2018
Adventure Nets (Opening 26 May) the biggest adventure yet. Suspended high up in the treetop canopy discovery bouncy net bridges, a mega trampoline and a maze of tunnels suspended between the trees, up to 10m off the ground....and on the way down, an incredible slide which will take you underground. bouncing good fun for all the family!
Toboggan Run | Cows Express | Colossus Swinging Galleon | 4D Motion Cinema | The BIG Green tractor Train
Canopy Skywalk | Squirrel Tower | African Adventure | Squirrel Run | Troll Bridges | Duck Down Play Village | Giant Maze | Tots Play and Activity course | Hill Billy and Sanke Slides
Falconry Displays | Owl Shows | Woodland Gardens
at the main entrance with a range of gifts and souvenirs
We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic
( @RedFunnel @RobinHillIW)
Getting to Electric Woods is easy from Southampton with Red Funnel.
By car - catch the car ferry to East Cowes and then head south on Dover Road. Take the A3021, Briddlesford Road to Downend and your there. It will take about 14 minutes.
On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses (service 1) to Newport where you can change at the bus station for Ventnor (service 8). Taxis are also available outside the West Cowes Red Jet terminal. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from the Red Jet if you tell them your arrival time.
Robin Hill Country Park Address: Downend, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU