A walk across a magical frost covered landscape is the perfect way to warm through on a chill winter’s day. Wrap up warm and join one of our guided walks, or download one of our suggested trails, and discover the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside this winter.
Warm up on a chilly day with some warming food at the Needles Battery tea-room. Open each Fri-Sun (until 16 Dec, 11am-3pm) and everyday from Boxing Day until 6 Jan (11am-3pm), we'll be serving a selection of seasonal favorites as well as hot and cold drinks.
The gardens may be closed for winter, but our shop at Mottistone is open 11am – 3pm every Thursday to Saturday until 22 December, as well as Sun 9 Dec for Brighstone Tree Festival. With shelves stocked with cards, cosy throws and many exclusive National Trust products, it's the perfect place to find a gift that's a little different this Christmas.
If you were walking on Ventnor Downs one morning this autumn, you might have seen a big group of people with walking sticks making their way through gorse, bracken and brambles. But why were they there and what were they doing?
Newtown may only cover 1530 acres, but it’s home to hundreds of species of wildlife. In autumn, the creeks below and skies above fill with birds migrating to and from the Reserve. But it’s not just avian life that calls Newtown home. You’ll also find all sorts of other wildlife to spot here.
The air may be a little cooler, but there are still plenty of things to do before you’re 11 ¾ in autumn. In fact, some of them you can only do in this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, like catching a falling leaf, or playing conkers. And on the Isle of Wight, we’ve got some great places to do them too.
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.