So near in location, yet so far in feeling, whether it’s total relaxation, family-friendly fun, or adrenaline-fueled days out, the Isle of Wight is the ultimate staycation destination.

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Say yes to adventures in the great outdoors

The Isle of Wight is known as the ‘sunshine island’ and for good reason. One of the sunniest spots in the UK, we average more hours of sunshine than most and our temperatures remain a few degrees higher too - making exploring all the more fun.

Spend a classic day at one of our many beaches and bays in the summer months or discover a new way to enjoy the coast and take in the invigorating sea air with a spot of beachcombing or fossil hunting in the stormy colder months.

A prime destination for outdoor enthusiasts, the island boasts an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways, and cycle routes. Along our picturesque coastal path, there are 68 miles to explore, taking you from traditional seaside towns to rugged windswept cliffs. Head inland to hike across rolling countryside and through dappled woodlands, while numerous inland routes wind through historic towns and charming villages.

Cycling is almost a national pastime on the isle, thanks to its 200 miles of cycle tracks that traverse the stunning landscapes and offer plenty of places to pause. For the adventurous at heart, the renowned Round the Island cycle route presents a formidable 65-mile journey hugging the coastline, passing quaint towns and iconic landmarks. Families and leisure cyclists can enjoy a more leisurely ride, meandering through the scenic countryside to find the perfect picnic spot.

Say yes to tasty local produce

Whether you’re craving freshly caught seafood with a view of the sparkling sea, a hearty roast packed with locally reared meats, or the culinary creations of award-winning chefs, the Isle of Wight promises this and more. We keep mentioning the sunshine, but it’s an important ingredient when it comes to discovering our local produce. Mediterranean in style, the island is famous for its tomatoes, garlic, asparagus, oil, ice cream and cherries, to name a few.

There are several large breweries as well as a handful of micro-breweries, two vineyards, a cider orchard and a distillery to discover.

Take your pick from fine-dining restaurants, award-winning pubs or cosy cafes to experience something to suit all tastebuds.

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Say yes to plenty to do

Despite its modest size, the island packs a punch with its array of activities to suit every interest.

Nature lovers will enjoy discovering the island’s breathtaking landscapes with more than half the land designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the whole island (including our seas) a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

The island’s coastal allure provides a wealth of water sport opportunities, from sailing and kayaking to paddleboarding and surfing. History aficionados should make a point to visit Osborne House, once the residence of Queen Victoria, and the medieval treasure of Carisbrooke Castle. The Isle of Wight also boasts a vibrant arts and cultural scene, featuring a variety of festivals and events including the iconic Isle of Wight Festival and a bustling summer carnival calendar.

Enjoy fun-filled family days out with thrilling attractions such as Blackgang Chine, Dinosaur Isle, and Tapnell Farm Park. And for those with a taste for a spot of retail therapy, the local boutiques and artisan stores are treasure troves waiting to be explored.

Say yes to accommodation to suit all budgets

Whether you’re planning a stylish retreat for two or an unforgettable family holiday, you’ll find a wide range of options to suit your needs.

The Isle of Wight offers an array of fantastic accommodation choices, with a range of options for all budgets. Boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, unconventional yurts, and traditional campsites all provide unique accommodations. Take your pick from sea views, peaceful countryside escapes, or cosy town boltholes for the perfect Isle of Wight getaway.

Say yes to arriving in style

Less than two hours from London, the journey to the Isle of Wight is an adventure in itself, with your holiday starting as soon as you step foot on board the ferry to cross the stretch of water.

Opt for one of the regular vehicle ferry services, where you can bring your car, choose the speedy catamaran and hovercraft services as foot passengers, or, for those skilled in sailing, make your own way across.

Head over from Lymington, Southampton, Portsmouth, or Southsea and arrive at one of the gateways to the Isle of Wight - Ryde, which is serviced by Wightlink FastCat foot passenger ferry and Hovertravel’s hovercraft, Fishbourne and Yarmouth for Wightlink’s vehicle ferry route and East Cowes and Cowes for Red Funnel’s vehicle and foot passenger crossings.

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Win a free holiday to the Isle of Wight

Win a three-night break for two, including your travel to and from the Isle of Wight with either Red Funnel or Wightlink Ferries. Staying at the renowned Terrace Room & Wine in the heart of Ventnor, your prize also includes a meal at fine dining restaurant, The Hambrough, set on top of Ventnor Harbour, plus a meal at Harvey Browns, one of the island’s top farm shops and cafes. Fill your days with an explorer pass to the National Trust venues including Bembridge Windmill and Mottistone Manor and a trip to Osborne, the former holiday home of Queen Victoria.

The competition opens at 00:01 on December 22, 2023 and closes for entries at on 23:59 January 21, 2024.

Full prize T&Cs and details on how to enter can be found at visitisleofwight/GBStaycation