Summer holiday activities on the Isle of Wight

This summer holiday, it's all about 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ at our Isle of Wight places. With miles of beaches, acres of woods, plenty of rolling downland and lots of wildlife, they are the perfect place to tick them all off. We’ve got loads of bugs to hunt for and birds to spot, creeks to canoe in, rock pools to search, and sometimes even a bit of rain to run around in. See where you can complete them all this summer.

Child looking at a bug in an insect catcher

50 things at the windmill

Head to Bembridge this holiday and after exploring inside the windmill, try No. 22 and explore inside a tree. There's lots more to discover outside too. Tick off No. 31 and hunt for bugs in the fields and hedgerows around the windmill with our free nature trail. Or try making a kite (No. 7), a trail with sticks (No. 12) and some wild art (No. 18) at one of our events.

Girl in field looking through binoculars

Newtown's summer fun

Newtown is the perfect place to complete No. 44. Visit the hides and you'll be sure to spot plenty of birds. But if you've already completed that challenge, then why not use some fallen leaves and twigs from the woods and meadows to create some wild art and tick off No. 18 instead? You might even find some bugs amongst it.

Boy with a net catching bugs in long grass at Newtown

We're going on a bug hunt

If you'd really like to be a bug hunter this summer then Newtown is one of the best places to go. Every Wednesday morning during the holidays, we'll help you hunt along the hedgerows and through the long meadow grass for all things creepy crawly. And when you've finished looking high and low, you can tick off No.31 too.

A young girl at the 2014 Dunstable Kite Festival, on the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.

Five 50 things

Each Thursday at the Needles Battery this summer, you can tick off five of your activities in one go, which is great if you're just starting out. As it's always windy around the Needles, try making a kite with one of our kite kits and then flying it in the breeze (No. 7). Or climb the really big hill from the Old Battery to the New Battery and tick off No. 28 too. With three other activities to try, you'll soon have plenty of stickers in your scrapbook.

Open gate with sign on it leading in to the wild area at Mottistone Gardens on the Isle of Wight

Wild activities

With lots of old branches, bark and leaves, our wild area at Mottistone Gardens is a great place to build a den to hide away in (No. 4), or make a trail with sticks. If you fancy taking home something tasty, then give No. 41 a go. All you have to do is plant it, grow it, be a little bit patient, and then......gobble it up. But if you can't wait that long to complete a challenge, try taking a barefoot walk around our turf maze instead (No. 24).

A sand sculpture of two heads created at Compton beach on the Isle of Wight

Beach challenges 

During summer there's nothing better than making a sandcastle on the beach. But can you build the one that will last against the tide the longest? Or design the best sand sculpture? Come along to our competition at Compton on 15 August (£2 per team) and find out. Don't worry if the tide (or someone else) wins though, you'll still have ticked off No. 18. Whilst you're here, why not also have a go at numbers 5 and 20 by skimming a stone and jumping over waves?

Man holding a crab in front of boy over pockpool

Plenty more to do 

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to one of our events. There are still lots of other places on the Island where you can have a go at your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ on your own. Try rockpooling at St Helens Duver, rolling down a really big hill on the downs or climbing a tree in Borthwood Copse.