Have you just realised that it is half term next week and are frantically wondering how to entertain the children? We are so lucky on the Isle of Wight that there are so many things to do that allow quality time and adventures. But sometimes it is easy to miss some of the other amazing opportunities our Island offers - especially if the weather is a bit indifferent.
These are my top six things to do this half term, including some free activities.
West Wight Sports & Community Centre, Freshwater
The West Wight Sports Centre is offering a wide choice of things to ‘have a go’ at with prices starting at £5.00. There is Junior Gym, Diving, Kayaking and the Climbing Wall alongside their normal swimming times.
Tapnell Park Farm
There is an exciting new show at Tapnell Park Farm from the 17th to 23rd February. Lots of us talk to animals but can they talk to us? In a new live show ‘Talk to The Animals’ communication between animals is demonstrated and discussed.
West Wight Alpaccas
There is a new, live web cam so you can log in to see some of the animals in the barn. Lots of new babies are due in February including Pygmy Goats, Chicks and Ducklings and of course super cute Guinea Pigs. You can treat yourselves to a Wood Fired Pizza if you actually visit the Alpacas.
Wight Web Cams
There are now various webcams situated around the Isle of Wight.(just Google). If the weather is dramatic again this coming weekend it may be fun to log into your favourite view (I love the Freshwater Bay webcam) and create a story from the warmth of your accommodation. Maybe watch a little bit, then create a picture or even better write a poem, just as Alfred, Lord Tennyson did after he was inspired by our beautiful Island. We would love to see your creations – send them into firstname.lastname@example.org
White Tailed Eagle Spotting
The recently released White Tailed Eagles have been spotted in the West Wight by paraglider pilots so perhaps you see them too? A walk along the Tennyson Trail is where you often see the Paragliders so if they are out flying the Eagles may be sharing their thermals too?
Red Squirrel Spotting
Red squirrels are always a delight to watch and there are some great places to view them. In the West Wight behind the railway exhibit at Fort Victoria, Yarmouth is a good spot. You are most likely to see them at dawn and dusk. Remember to keep quiet and still if you do see them, as they are very reactive to movement and you don’t want them to disappear!
There are many other things to see and do on the Island but these should help keep you and your family entertained for a little while!