Isle of Wight: 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

We've put together a list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ and the good news is that most of these great outdoor adventures can be done on the Isle of Wight - our very own 50 Things Island. Discover the full list of outdoor adventures on the 50 things website.

It's hard to know where to start. To make it easier, here’s a list of our best places where you can be sure to find loads of 50 things adventures. Just tick them off in your scrapbook when you've done them (you can collect a scrapbook when you visit one of our Island attractions) or register online.




    Newtown National Nature Reserve

    Girl watching for birds through binoculars at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

    This National Nature Reserve is packed with wildlife - 200 species of bird visit every year. Check out the three bird hides; the Mercia Seabrook hide is kitted out with telescopes and you can clamber upstairs for a better view. You can also hunt for bugs and catch fish with a net.

    Compton Bay, West Wight

    Jumping waves at Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

    This huge stretch of sandy beach is the National Trust’s No.1 destination for jumping over waves! It’s also the best place on the Island for making sandcastles, catching a crab and looking for crazy creatures in rock pools. You can stand in dinosaurs’ footrprints too!

    Bembridge Windmill, East Wight

    Looking at mini beasts

    Bembridge Windmill is surrounded by National Trust countryside so it’s perfect for 50 things adventures. On Bembridge and Culver Downs you can climb a huge hill, hunt for bugs and go bird watching. You could also try finding your way with a map and compass, but don’t forget to return, to climb up inside the windmill!

    Mottistone Gardens, West Wight

    No 31 of your 50 things - hunt for bugs

    This flower-filled garden is full of surprises including a series of comical Flowerpot People, based on famous people. On Tuesdays and Thursdays (11am-3pm), kids can sow salad seeds to take home, grow, and eat. The orchard is a great place to build a home for a wild animal, and to hunt for bugs.

    The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down

    Family kite-flying on Box Hill in Surrey

    This dramatic headland with spectacular coastal views is the perfect spot for flying a kite, and the grassy downs offer endless opportunities to make a grass trumpet and lay a trail with sticks.

    St Helen's Duver, East Wight

    Rockpooling at South Milton Sands, South Devon

    This unusual shoreline of sandy beaches and tussock-y dunes is a good place for rock pool investigating, so take a net and see what creatures are hiding in the shallows. It’s packed with coastal wildlife in fact, so you stand a good chance of catching a fish with a net, or a crab.

    50 Things Island wall planner

    Pond dipping 50 Things

    Print off our handy 50 Things Island wall planner to find out what 50 things challenges you can do where!

    50 Things Island wall planner

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