Our Isle of Wight coast and countryside places, as well as Mottistone Gardens and the Needles Old Battery, are open for local walks and exercise. The car parks are also open. When planning your visit, please follow government guidance and stay local.
Elsewhere in the South East, many gardens, parks, coast and countryside sites are open. Houses and other indoor areas remain closed and cafés are takeaway only. Please use the website to book your visit, and to check opening times and facilities before visiting us for a local walk.
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 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 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 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.
Bluebells are not the easiest subject to photograph. Dappled light leads to contrast and colour issues and there's the practical aspect of trying not to damage the very thing you're celebrating. Photographer Hugh Mothersole has top tips for phone snappers and professionals alike.
With spring here, there's plenty to keep us occupied in the garden. Hear from our gardeners about what blooms, blossom trees and herbs to plant, get advice on compost, what's in season and lots more inspiration for your outdoor space.
We love food and we've got some great recipes to prove it. Here are some of our chefs' and local experts' favourites, including our classic cheese scones, seasonal delights and veggie and vegan treats.
Delve into our garden shed of fun activities for the kids throughout the seasons. Explore things to do, games to play and recipes to bake. There's lots to be done outdoors in nature or indoors on a rainy day
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