Newtown National Nature Reserve

A black-headed gull has been disturbed and takes off from a wooden post at Newtown Nature Reserve

A quiet backwater with a busy Medieval past, now bursting with wildlife

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do

View from Freshwater Bay of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

More about visiting the Isle of Wight 

Whether its walking, cycling, family fun, wildlife or history that interests you, you can find it all on the Isle of Wight.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Child looking at a bug in an insect catcher

May half-term on the Isle of Wight 

Hunt for wildlife in the inky darkness, discover behind closed doors, or take up the challenge to complete as many as you can of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 in one day. With lots of activities to try this half-term, mini adventurers will find plenty to do over the holidays on the Isle of Wight.

Upcoming events

Newtown Nightlife

Thu 01 Jun 2017
Places always seem different at night. As you explore the village and estuary on a summer's evening, discover what wildlife emerges, as the sun sets and darkness falls over Newtown National Nature Reserve.

Solstice stroll

Wed 21 Jun 2017
Join us for a guided stroll on the longest day of the year, alongside the creeks of Newtown. Discover the wildlife that calls the area home, as we explore at low tide.

Magnificent Meadows Day

Sun 02 Jul 2017
Celebrate National Meadows Day with our family activities and short walk to find out what makes the flower-rich meadows at Newtown so special.

Big Camp

Sat 22 Jul 2017
Make the most of this rare opportunity to spend the night camping in the historic Newtown meadows, with our pop-up camping event. Numbers are limited, so please book in advance.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Newtown National Nature Reserve

Fri 28 Jul 2017
We've got lots of summer fun activities to help you tick off some of the challenges on your 50 things list.
Newtown National Nature Reserve


A clear view over the salt pan lagoon

The salt industry 

Although no commercial salt has been made here for over 80 years, the salt lagoons were once part of a thriving industry.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Places to stay

The dining room of East Rosetta Cottage on the Isle of Wight

Enjoy a holiday near Newtown 

Watch boats sail past from your window when you stay at either Rosetta Cottage or East Rosetta Cottage in Cowes, just a short drive along the coast from Newtown.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Get involved

People sitting on the chalk cliffs at Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Association 

Find out more about how you can join the Isle of Wight Association, and support the work of the National Trust.