Wightlink’s top recommendations for multi-generational family fun on the Isle of Wight this October half term

From outdoor activities that help visitors to the Island switch off from everyday life, to some of the best places to eat that the whole family will enjoy, there are plenty of activities on the Isle of Wight this October half term and getting there couldn’t be easier with Wightlink

Wightlink has a special Kids Go Free offer, where kids can travel free as foot passengers between 20 October and 4 November 2018, making it ideal for families travelling to the Island for half term. With plenty to choose from, Wightlink has recommended some top activities for family fun this October half term.

Godshill Model Village

Set across two acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, the Godshill Model Village attraction is perfect for a family day out. Explore the 1/10th scale models of 1920’s Shanklin and Godshill villages, with the churches, cottages and pubs reproduced on a smaller scale. The garden railway is also a must-see, showing what the Island Line used to look like. A family ticket costs £17.00 for two adults and up to three children.

Cycling routes

There are endless cycling routes on the Isle of Wight, with a range of difficulty levels. A moderate cycling route suitable for the family is the Freshwater Bay route. Starting in either Yarmouth or Freshwater Bay, the 9 mile ride taking around 45 minutes has plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way, as well as iconic views including the stunning Freshwater Bay backdrop.

Quarr Abbey Tea Rooms

A fantastic spot to take the family is Quarr Abbey – a working monastery in beautiful grounds with a tea room using 95% of home grown and locally sourced produce.. The Abbey is great for children as they can use an Explorer’s Kit to discover plants and insects in the gardens. The woodland walk and wildlife trail meanders through some beautiful woodland and gives families the chance to catch a glimpse of the native Red Squirrel and resident pigs.

Isle of Wight steam railway

Step back in time and experience the magic of steam engines, traditionally uniformed staff and sit in restored Edwardian and Victorian rail carriages on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. During October half term, it’s Wizard Week so visitors can enjoy magic shows, fancy dress, win prizes and take part in a Halloween Treasure Hunt! Family ticket prices start from £32.50 for two adults and two children (5-15 years).

Monkey Haven

For those who love animals, Monkey Haven is a popular animal sanctuary full of Lar Gibbons, Meerkats, owlets and even snakes. There are plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied, including Keeper Talks, free kids activity booklets and play areas. A family ticket starts from £37.00 for two adults and two children.

Wightlink sailings to the Isle of Wight start from just £57.00 for a return ticket travelling by car, and from £16.40 for a return ticket travelling on foot or by bicycle (both prices based on a departure at 0800 on 23rd October 2018) and children go free between 20 October and 4 November 2018.

For more information and to book, please visit www.wightlink.co.uk


Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost 4.5 million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Eight ferries on three routes complete over 45,000 sailings a year, giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to mainland Hampshire, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

With seamless train connections to Portsmouth Harbour and Lymington directly to the Wightlink terminals, getting to the Isle of Wight could not be easier. Passengers can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island from just 22 minutes, while the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.