Things to do with the kids on the Isle of Wight

Join us on the Isle of Wight this spring for lots of family fun. Track down flower pot people on a trail or explore the wild area and build a den at Mottistone Gardens. Discover the lives of gunners at the Needles Old Battery. Discover our new visitor point and spot birds at hides at Newtown National Nature Reserve. Head to Borthwood Copse where you might glimpse some red squirrels, and at Bembridge Windmill find our character millers hidden in the mill. At Easter join us for an Easter adventure in nature; complete the trail, make your own nature discoveries, have fun and collect your chocolate egg at the end.

Little girl looking out over the Needles from the Search Light at the Old Battery

Family fun at the Needles Old Battery 

There are lots of ways for little visitors to make even more of their visit. Discovery trails during the school holidays help kids find out what it was like to live through the Second World War.

A caterpillar made at flowerpots and called Ivan Appetite in the gardens at Mottistone on the Isle of Wight

Family fun at Mottistone Gardens 

Children will love looking for hidden flowerpots on our free flowerpot trail, exploring our wild area and completing some of the 50 Things activities.

Interior of Bembridge Windmill

Discover Bembridge Windmill 

Explore our little gem at Bembridge - the last surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Climb to the top and see how the mill would have worked in its heyday.

Girl in field looking through binoculars

Newtown's family fun

Our work at Newtown means that it’s filled with wildlife, so it’s a great place for the whole family to discover nature. In spring daffodils line the lanes, bees buzz around the blackthorn blossom and bluebells cover the woodland floor. In summer, the meadows and woods are filled with fluttery butterflies, creepy crawlies and tuneful birds. In autumn the trees turn colour and leaves fall to crunchy paths and puddles.

Child climbing a tree at Crom, County Fermanagh

50 things springtime adventures 

Spring is a great time to run wild in the fresh air and try some of our top family-friendly adventures. From racing snails, to bringing up butterflies, there’s a lot to discover at this time of year.

Children playing in the woods at Hardy's Cottage, Dorset

For families 

We've plenty to keep families busy whatever the weather. Every season brings new things to see and do – explore our garden shed of fun for some great days in nature.