The Belmont - Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight in the Winter

Even in the winter there are still places to visit and things to do. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its wild, unspoilt landscape. There are some fabulous places open on the Isle of Wight during the quiet season, and unlike the bustling summer months, you won’t have to fight your way through the crowds. You will need to check the links for opening times as some are restricted in the winter.

The island's range of wildlife habitats include woodland, down land, coast and sea shore. The Isle of Wight is renowned as one of the top locations in the UK for fossil hunting. When the sea is beating hard against the coast, it's a great time to go fossil hunting.

Beach and coastal walks prove especially popular in the rough weather, as the seas are often spectacular and there are plenty of cosy Isle of Wight pubs in which you can "warm your cockles" afterwards.

There is over 200 miles of cycle tracks on the Island and the scenery can be breathtaking . 

On those really bad days or as an evening treat visit one of the venues in our Indoor entertainment section.

Alum Bay Glass.  Part magic, part science, the making of fine quality glass has always held a fascination. The glassmaker's art has resulted in some of the most beautiful objects mankind has made. The glassmakers of Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight are pleased to continue in this tradition of discovery and creation.

 Amazon WorldAmazon World Zoo Park has a huge range of unusual rare and exotic animals. At the last count it was somewhere in the region of 200 different species, spanning the entire animal kingdom! 

Arreton Barns. The ancient village of Arreton, settled over 1000 years ago, is set in the traditional and geographical heart of the Island, and offers the visitor a glimpse into the past.

Busy Bee Garden Centre. Their Christmas display is not to be missed. 
Busy Bee Garden Centre started life 25 years ago in 1987 when the current owners Mr & Mrs Leslie had a small greenhouse with open area for planting. Since then Busy Bee has expanded to be the largest garden centre on the Isle of Wight.
They've  combined years of experience providing their customers with the very best quality,range and value. They will be putting on their site not only new products but those items which have proven so popular with their customers over the years. Also for people visiting our store on the island this is an ideal place to look for special offers or events we will be holding in the future.

Brading Roman VillaBrading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. Our award winning Visitor Centre and Museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology. 

Carisbrooke CastleThere has been a fortress at Carisbrooke since at least Saxon times, but the present castle was begun in about 1100, when the Isle of Wight was granted to the de Redvers family.

Classic Boat Museum.  An exciting and award winning all weather attraction based on the waterside in the Isle of Wight. They are able to offer a fascinating collection of sailing and power boats of local and national interest to both family visitors and maritime enthusiasts alike.

Dimbola LodgeDimbola Lodge was the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

The Garlic FarmWe've been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight for over 50 years now and are the UK's largest specialist garlic grower. We are proud of our exceptional quality garlic which is renowned for its flavour, keeping quality and beauty. 

 The House of ChilliThe House of Chilli is a hothouse of chilli inspired creativity based on the holiday hotspot of the Isle of Wight. Our southerly location and tasty climate make for great chilli growing conditions. Our aim is not just to help the hardened chilliheads feel the burn, but to bring a range of products suited to all tastes and to spread the warming glow of chilli love.

Isle of Wight Lavender The Lavender at Staplehurst Grange is grown on our own farm and the Lavender oil is distilled to produce our Lavender products.

Isle of Wight Pearl. Isle of Wight Pearl houses the largest collection of pearl jewellery in the UK. With over 20 years experience in the pearl industry, Isle of Wight Pearl are the pearl specialists.

Isle of Wight ZooThe Isle of Wight Zoo is a family-run zoo with a special interest in tigers and lemurs. The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown's coast, which means we face one of the Isle of Wight's nicest beaches.

Ryde Super BowlTen pin bowling is a game that everyone can play and everyone wants to play.

Lilliput Doll MuseumThis cottage museum was established in Brading, Isle of Wight in 1974, and was formed from the private doll collection started by the Munday family in 1960.  It is acknowledged as being one of the finest and most important collections in Great Britain with over 2000 exhibits on display dating circa 2000 BC to approximately 1950 AD. 

Fort Victoria Model RailwayAt Fort Victoria, just outside Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, we have an indoor model railway and shop which is open to the public most of the year. The railway has been at the Fort for the past fifteen years, but under new ownership for only five years.

The Needles ParkThe Needles Park is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the coastline of Alum Bay and for hundreds of years these unique, naturally coloured sand cliffs have dazzled visitors to the Isle of Wight.  Situated within the park is the world famous Marconi Monument, which marks the precise location where Guglielmo Marconi undertook his pioneering work at the end of the 19th Century, which led to radio and all telecommunications as we know it today. 

Oasis.  The Oasis is unique shop selling Teak furniture, Cushions, Candles, flowers, jewellery and much more. The Oasis has featured in many publications over the years enhancing customers homes with unique and sometimes very interesting products sourced from all around the world.... If you are an independent person who is fed up with boil in the bag shopping you will enjoy it here.

The Old SmithyVisit the cottage, a 17th century cottage with Herb Garden and style interiors for the latest in modern and reproduction home furnishings.

Osbourne House"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children.

Owl and Monkey HavenHome to a diverse collection of rescued primates and birds of prey, the Haven has been designed with its inhabitants needs and requirements taking full priority.

Island Planetarium. The Island Planetarium offers a fascinating journey through time & space; stimulating your imagination & mind, in our astrodome theatre & exhibition.

Quarr Abbey. Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.

Rosemary VineyardRosemary vineyard was planted in 1986 and covers 30 acres at almost 60 feet above sea level. With its mostly south facing aspect the vineyard is ideally placed to benefit from the mild island climate. 

Shanklin TheatreThe Theatre remains open throughout the year where it hosts events ranging from a Christmas Pantomime, a professional summer season, local amateur dramatics, a children's stage school, the Isle of Wight Dance Festival

Ventnor Botanic GardenVentnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous 'Undercliff.' This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. Indeed, it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known.

Excellent- the first class service/hotel enviroment/the welcome/ the food. Thank you very much. Been such a pleasure to be here.... - Peter & Mary, Portsmouth