The warmer weather of summer provides the perfect reason to get outdoors and take a walk. With acres of sweeping downland and dappled woods to wander through, we’ve plenty of places to explore. And with our organised walks running throughout the summer, we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started
Hunt for wildlife in the inky darkness, discover behind closed doors, or take up the challenge to complete as many as you can of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 in one day. With lots of activities to try this half-term, mini adventurers will find plenty to do over the holidays on the Isle of Wight.
With a warm climate and plenty of sun, the Isle of Wight often has signs of spring before many parts of the UK. And a walk across our countryside is the perfect way to spot them. We’ve put together a few suggestions to help you discover spring just around the corner.
The warm, sheltered gardens at Mottistone mean that with the arrival of spring sunshine, bright daffodils cover the banks, and magnolia petals start to unfold. Throughout the gardens, nature is awakening after winter, filling the borders with the first colour of the year.
With warmer weather and sunny days just around the corner, spring is in the air. There are lots of signs to look out for, from the first green shoots pushing their way up from the bare earth, to newly born lambs. With thousands of acres of Isle of Wight countryside to explore, see how many you can spot when you visit one of our places.
The delicate bells of blue that carpet the woods and downs in late April and May are an iconic sign of spring. And on the Island, we have some of the best places to see them. Find out where to take a stroll on a warm spring day to experience this beautiful native flower.
Just like spring, volunteering is all about the ‘new’: gain new skills, meet new people, make new friends. So why not be inspired by the new season and have a new experience? On the Isle of Wight we have volunteer opportunities at both Bembridge Fort and Windmill, so you can get involved and be part of a great team caring for the places you love.
As the only National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight, Newtown is an important site for wildlife, nature and history. But now part of it is under threat and needs your help. We need to raise £42,000 over the next two years to ensure that this special place is protected for the future.
What could be better than eating outdoors with great views all around? On the Isle of Wight, we have perfect spots to do just that. So, pack a hamper full of tasty treats and plenty of ginger beer, and head to one of our places this summer for a picnic.
Walk the chalk ridge running through the middle of the Isle of Wight and spot wonderful butterflies on one of our best bits of chalk downland, including Adonis blue, small blue, dark-green fritillary and Glanville fritillary.