Easter Island fun for everyone!

Egg-cellent activities on the Isle of Wight and fun for all the family with Wightlink Ferries

Wightlink Ferries has compiled a list of its top five activities for a family trip to the Island this Easter. From Blackgang Chine’s Underwater Kingdom, to Arreton Barns’ Easter egg hunt, there are plenty of reasons to cross the Solent in April.

Underwater fun

On 12, 16 and 17 April, Blackgang Chine is celebrating the opening of the Underwater Kingdom with a series of special celebration days – featuring the world’s tallest bubbleologist, mischievous pirates and more. The Underwater Kingdom has a specially commissioned musical walk which immerses you in the experience and takes you into another world of underwater caves, coral reefs, and shipwrecks. All this will accompany a host of other activities for the Easter holiday at Blackgang Chine, with resident dinosaurs and dodos roaming the park causing tomfoolery and mayhem.

Giving back

Families can join Arreton Barns on 16 April for their annual Easter Egg hunt. The hunt is open to children ages 12 and younger and any young explorer who collects three counters can exchange them for a chocolatey prize. Not only is this a fun-filled hunt, but all of the profits will be given to Beaulieu House Respite Centre, supporting Island children with severe disabilities and their families.

Full steam ahead

Take in the beauty of the Isle of Wight’s scenery from the comfort of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. From 14-17 April, young passengers can take part in craft sessions and an Easter bonnet parade, before searching for the Golden Duck in the Easter Treasure Hunt. The Haven Falconry will also be putting on flying displays as part of the day out – as guests experience the Train Story Discovery Centre – a new, huge exhibition space, bringing the history of the railway to life.

Taking in the sights

The arrival of warmer weather means that there is more to enjoy for families heading to the Newton National Nature Reserve for guided tours this Easter. Families can take in Newton and the town’s resident birds, or use technology to follow a geocache trail with a smartphone or GPS to follow the clues and locate the secret geocaches (8-23 April).

Springing along

Not only are there a whole host of Easter activities to enjoy, the Island is also the perfect place to explore on foot or two wheels. Boasting over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths and award-winning beaches, families can bring their bikes to cycle or simply don their trainers to walk across the stunning coastal and countryside landscape.

With all this and more available over Easter, the Isle of Wight offers the perfect family getaway. Wightlink Ferries carries visitors over to the Island quickly and conveniently, meaning a short break or day trip couldn’t be easier.

Wightlink – Part of Island Life

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Eight ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.