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?
Although it may seem that the countryside has gone to sleep in the winter, our rangers are still busy carrying out important conservation tasks during the colder months. This vital work helps protect the countryside and ensures that come the spring, wildlife has the best conditions in which to re-emerge.
Signalling the arrival of the colder months, the appearance of winter migrants at Newtown is a spectacular sight. Wildfowl and waders fill the creeks and estuary making it the perfect place for a spot of winter birdwatching.
Winter can be a magical season, especially when you’re ticking off 50 things challenges in the frosty outdoors. We’ve put together a few of our favourite activities to do in winter and where to go to try them.
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.