Take a ferry trip to the Isle of Wight and discover what makes it the perfect winter holiday island
Packed with things to do and just a hop and jump away, the Isle of Wight has been loved for generations.
Always popular in summer for its famous festivals, beaches and outdoor fun, it’s also a perfect getaway for a mid-term break, a pre-Christmas de-stress or a delightful end of year break together.
Easy to reach from Portsmouth by ferry – it’s just a 22 minutes jaunt to Ryde on board Wightlink’s passenger-only catamarans, or 45 minutes using the car ferry – the Isle of Wight has tonnes to offer.
Autumn brings a rich tapestry of colour, days that are still warm enough for a nice beach stroll or a ride on the bike to explore 200 miles of cycling routes.
The weather is still mild enough to hop on the famous Needles chairlift. Head from Alum Bay cliffs down to the beach and take in stunning views of the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, and the sand cliffs of Alum Bay.
Follow Victoria’s Island Trail and visit landmarks that meant so much to Queen Victoria – much quieter than at the height of summer.
Explore Compton Bay and Yaverland beaches for fossils, take a boat trip or play a round of golf – Freshwater Bay Golf Club boasts spectacular views.
Arrive before November 4, and catch the spectacular Festival of Light, when ancient woodland at Robin Hill just outside Newport are bathed in colour and light.
As winter arrives, the island embraces the festive spirit with Santa Specials on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and the chance to snap up delightful Christmas gifts from the lavender, garlic and wine producers.
Take a brisk walk along the shoreline and see waves crash against the rocks or watch the yachts bobbing on the Solent. It’s likely you’ll have the beach to yourself.
The stars come out all year round – the Isle of Wight is a favourite spot for stargazers with 26 official ‘dark sky’ sites dotted around the island. The winter sky shows the Milky Way in all its glory – you might even spot the Northern Lights!
When it’s chilly, head inside and sample the island’s fresh caught seafood and locally brewed ales at its many pubs, bistros and fine dining restaurants.
Head from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on board Wightlink’s roomy car ferry with its lounges, observation deck and café, or to Ryde on the FastCat passenger service.
Book your Isle of Wight autumn or winter getaway at www.wightlink.co.uk.