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What month is best to visit the Isle of Wight?

Every month is a great time to visit the Isle of Wight, but which month may be best for you depends on your idea of a dream holiday.

Maybe you’re a sun worshipper who loves nothing more than relaxing on a soft sandy beach and a dip in the sea to cool off. To make the most of the sunshine, consider visiting the Island between May and August. 

Maybe you prefer milder climes for hiking, cycling, or exploring with your four-legged friend, in which case visit the IOW between March and May as well as September and November. 

Or maybe you love the idea of blustery walks and muddy stomps through the countryside, before warming up by the fire with a pint and a roast at the village pub. 

Whatever your preference, we’ve got you covered.

A destination for all seasons, here’s for your month-by-month guide to visiting the Isle of Wight.


island spring breaks


The Needles Chairlift, Alum Bay

An exciting time of year characterised by new life, colour and mild climes, there’s no better time to get out and explore the Island’s vibrant spring landscape on foot or by bike. Discover over 500 miles of trails through rolling countryside, along picturesque coastline and through ancient woodland carpeted by bluebells and wild garlic flowers. 

It’s the ideal time to visit with your dog too, with access to the Island’s many beautiful beaches for you and your pooch in March and April, until summer restrictions start on 1st May. 

At Easter, the Island’s popular family attractions like Blackgang Chine, The Needles Chairlift, The Isle of Wight Steam Railway and Sandham Gardens reopen fully for the season, and there’s plenty of great cafes, pubs, and restaurants to cosy up by a fire or sun yourself on the terrace – depending on the weather. 

Should you get caught in a little April shower, there’s plenty to do with indoor family attractions like Tapnell Farm, Sandown Pier arcade, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and SKATE to fill your day. 

For those who prefer to embrace the elements, why not set off on a woodland adventure beneath the canopies, nature’s natural umbrella. Brave a dip and go wild swimming in the rain – you’re going to get wet anyway! Or set off and explore the Island’s many beaches and bays under dramatic grey skies, you’ll probably find you’ll have the shoreline to yourself, and can warm up again with a hot chocolate or fish and chips, watching the waves. 

There’s so much to do, see and fall in love with on the Isle of Wight in spring, from vibrant pops of colour across the unique landscape and new lambs in the field, to warm days exploring, and showery adventures in raincoats. You’ll make memories you’ll never forget. 

island summer holidays


The Spyglass, Ventnor

With more hours of sunshine per day than the rest of the UK, the Isle of Wight is THE staycation destination for sun worshippers. Wake up with the birds and catch the sun coming up over the sea. Bembridge, St Helen’s and Yaverland beaches and atop Culver Down are all excellent places to bathe in the first morning light, take a dip in the sea under orangey skies or just relax with a coffee at sunrise – bliss. 

With over 25 beaches wrapped around the Isle of Wight, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to a day at the seaside. Appley, Ryde, Yaverland, Sandown and Shanklin are all sandy beaches on the east side of the Island, ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and sandcastles! For a serene spot to relax with a book, a picnic or to dust off your paddle board or kayak, St Helen’s, Bembridge, Seagrove Bay and Freshwater Bay are idyllic places to while away the day. For surfing, kite boarding and foiling, Brook Bay, Hanover Point and Compton Bay attract watersports fans from all over, being exposed to the elements with good swell and wind. For beginners, Yaverland and Shanklin are great places to practice. Aside from the beach, you’ll find a plethora of great Island attractions and historic homes just a short drive from one another, so you can really pack a lot into your summer holiday on the Island. 

You’ll find something to do for every age and interest with popular places to visit like Monkey Haven, Osborne House, Shankin Chine, Wildheart Animal Sanctuary and Ventnor Botanical Gardens, to name but a few! For those looking to tick something off their bucket list, you’ll find surfing, kayaking, cycling, coasteering, paddle boarding, horse riding, paragliding, gyrocopter flights, golf, fossil hunting, tree climbing and more on offer, with places to hire equipment or book a lesson. 

The Island boasts an impressive summer events calendar too. And who could forget, food glorious food! The Isle of Wight is a foodie paradise, with an independent café, pub or restaurant around every corner serving up the best of local produce in spectacular locations in the country or by the sea – a dreamy backdrop to your alfresco evening meal with a glass of wine (or two). 

Should you fall foul of the Great British Weather, there are plenty of rainy-day activities to keep you busy too, alongside embracing the elements in the great outdoors. Thanks to its own microclimate, the Island boasts a warmer temperature than most areas in the UK, so come rain or shine you’ll benefit from a comfortable temperature that won’t have you hauled up inside, waiting for the weather to pass. A little slice of Island paradise, just one hour from Southampton by ferry. 

island autumn getaways


Military Road, Isle of Wight

Make the most of the late summer sun and escape to the Island, when the kids are back to school and the crowds a little lighter. 

Early autumn is a great time to book a Camping & Touring break, with prices starting at just £152 in September and £124 in October. Prices include return ferry travel, a choice of four picturesque parks, plus your pitch and electric hook up as part of the package. Bring up to four people and two dogs with your car and tent, campervan, motorhome, or car with towed caravan/trailer tent for a great-value late season break, and discover the Island at this beautiful time of year. 

Witness the Island turn from green to gold, as the leaves start to turn and line miles of footpath with a crunchy red carpet. Autumn is a great time for dog owners to visit the Island, with restrictions on beaches lifted on 30th September, meaning your doggo can run, play, and dig in the sand until their heart is content. The majority of places to stay and eat across the Island are dog friendly, with many attractions permitting dogs too, meaning no member of the family has to miss out. 

The Isle of Wight boasts a rich history, with landmarks steeped in local legend, historic homes, royal residences, a castle prison and even the world’s oldest phone box to discover.  Osborne House, the beloved holiday retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is a must visit, as well Carisbrooke Castle with its towering battlements and moat walks, and the beautiful grounds and gardens of Farringford Estate, the home of Alfred Lord Tennyson. If the weather is inclement, we recommend following the Isle of Wight Heritage Driving Trail, a great way to learn more about the Island’s heritage. 

The Island is a haven for ramblers and cyclists, from flat coastal strolls to leg-burning climbs, there is a route for every mobility – and a pub around every corner to pit stop for a well-deserved pint! 

As the nights draw in and the temperature cools, the Isle of Wight remains an idyllic location to visit in autumn, with so much to choose from to fill your day, and plenty of cosy boltholes to retreat to with a tipple come nightfall – did you know the Island has some of the darkest skies in the UK? Perfect for a spot of stargazing. 

island winter escapes


Winkle Street, Calbourne

A trip to the Isle of Wight in Winter offers a moment of calm and relaxation in the busy build up to Christmas, a picturesque retreat that feels a million miles from busy shopping centres and cities. 

Retreat to a cosy cottage nestled in the countryside or lap up the luxury at a bouji hotel by the sea and make a little time for you to refresh and reset. While the wintery weather may be chilly, the beautiful Island landscape bejewelled in glittering frost is something to behold at the latter end of the year. Wake up to the sound of the crashing waves outside your window and relish in the fact you’re cosy in the warm while the elements howl outside – a true bolthole experience. 

The Island’s beaches are beautiful whatever the weather, while breathing in the fresh salty sea air or taking an invigorating (but icy) dip in the sea have proven health benefits. So, make sure you pack your winter warmers, and maybe your swimmers! 

Out and about exploring, you’ll find plenty of welcoming pubs with a crackling log fire to warm your cockles and tuck into a hearty meal (dog-friendly too). For those looking to embrace the festive spirit, a trip to Busy Bee Garden Centre is a must and a local Christmas tradition. Come late November, the garden centre is transformed into ‘Christmas World’, with interactive displays and photo ops for kids, and every decoration you could think of for inside and out. The Island also has not one, but two Christmas shops open 365 days a year - Jingle Bells in Shanklin Old Town, and The Christmas Imaginarium in Ryde. If you’re looking for unique and personal gifts not on the high street, the Isle of Wight has a great range of independent shops to browse in its towns and villages. Cowes High Street is a particularly good place to shop with stores for fashion, home, antiques, children’s toys, books, jewellery, wine and more. 

For a taste of the Island on a blustery day, Harvey Browns, The Garlic Farm and Briddlesford Farm all have excellent eateries on site and farm shops choc-full of local produce to take home with you. So instead of battening down the hatches and giving into the winter blues, escape to the Island and fall in love with this relaxing rural retreat.  

The Isle of Wight is just one hour from Southampton with a ferry, with a car and up to 7 people travelling. Or just 28 minutes from Southampton to Cowes with the Hi-Speed Red Jet service. 

For more Island inspiration, see our Explore section. 

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