Things to do with the kids on the Isle of Wight

Join us on the Isle of Wight this autumn for lots of family fun. Will you crack the smugglers code and discover shipwrecks, learn about the gunners, or secret rockets at the Needles Battery, discover the natural sounds and scents of autumn and red squirrels at Mottistone Gardens, find out about the unseen world of mushrooms and fungi at Newtown, join the search for the miller at Bembridge Windmill, or put on your wellies and see the changing colours of the leaves at Borthwood Copse. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of adventures waiting to be discovered.

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel Scurry at Mottistone Gardens 

Red squirrels scurry around looking for food before hiding it away ready for winter. Find where the squirrel and his friends are stashing their food as you explore the garden at Mottistone. Discover what animals and wildlife visit Mottistone and how the garden provides food and shelter for their survival. Follow the trail the squirrel has left for you around the borders, vegetable patch and wild area.

Gunners Children's Trail at Needles Old Battery

Soldiers, shipwrecks and secret rockets at the Needles Old Battery 

Can you find our eight Victorian Gunners and hidden around the Needles Old Battery, National Trust’s fort high above the famous chalk stacks and lighthouse? Discover what it was like for military Gunners to live or work here and the events they witnessed and took part in. The Soldier trail is on 1 – 30 September 2021.

Children taking pictures of fungi

Fungi - the unseen world trail

The roads, lanes and meadows of Newtown medieval village are old, but in its soil is a living network of fungi even older, connecting all the plants and trees together. Come and meet these remarkable life forms and discover the connections they make possible. The trail of carved mushrooms and fungi reveal the secret network of fungi underground that help the trees ‘communicate’ with each other. Fungi - the unseen world trail is on 1 – 31 October 2021, 10am – 5pm.

Interior of Bembridge Windmill

Millers Trail

Pick up a trail sheet and find the millers amongst the mill’s machinery. Have a go at milling some grain with a hand quern. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, until the 3 October 2021