Possible Activities for Afternoons and Wednesday
We have not made any plans for activities for our free time, and with 19 cars for 38 people we don’t all need to do the same. You can find ideas on the tourist site for the Isle of Wight, and some ideas are shown below. For more information on these, click on the links. Please note that these may not all be open, and if they are they may require you to book in advance.
- Osborne House, a huge house built for Queen Victoria. The house and grounds are so large that you probably won’t be able to do everything. You must book in advance, but entry is free on production of an English Heritage card.
- Carisbrooke Castle, a well preserved castle in which Charles I was imprisoned. You must book in advance, but entry is free on production of an English Heritage card.
- Ventnor Botanic Garden. A varied garden high above the sea. Entry is free, but you have to pay to park.
- Mottistone Manor Garden, a 20th century garden in the grounds of an Elizabethan Manor House. You must book in advance, but entry is free on production of a National Trust card.
- Newtown is now a hamlet, but once once an important town. The National Trust own the Town Hall. There is a pleasant level walk to the coastal nature reserve.
- Calbourne Water Mill is one of the oldest working water mills in the country. It is close to Mottistone, the location of our Tuesday walk.
- Fort Victoria, a 19th century fort which has been developed into a tourist attraction. There is not a lot to do, but I have included it because it is only a few minutes walk from Norton Grange.