Isle of Wight in February
Don your woollies and head to the Isle of Wight as all the family attractions re-open for February half-term.
Ferry crossings and accommodation are considerably less expensive in February compared to other school holidays, especially if you book early enough.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: families
- Flying time: no flights, hovercrafts can connect you to the island in under 10 minutes and ferries take between 22 minutes to an hour
- Time difference: none
- Average temperature: 10°C
- Tourist information: Isle of Wight Council
How to get there
- It's two hours from London, with ferry routes connecting directly with road, rail and coach links.
- If you go without a car, once ashore you can take advantage of the island's comprehensive network of buses, which are designed for visitors.
- Red Funnel runs services over two routes to and from the island. Red Jet Hi-Speed runs from Southampton to West Cowes and is a passenger-only ferry, running every 30 minutes throughout the day with a journey time of about 23 minutes. The passenger and vehicle ferry runs from Southampton to East Cowes and operates 24 hours a day, with a journey time of about an hour.
- Hovertravel run services between Ryde Esplanade and Southsea in under 10 minutes. They have a frequent service running seven days a week.
- Wightlink runs services over three routes to and from the Island. 1. Portsmouth to Ryde Pier Head fast-cat passenger service takes about 22 minutes. 2. Portsmouth to Fishbourne car and passenger service takes around 40 minutes. 3. Lymington to Yarmouth car and passenger service has a journey time of about 30 minutes.
Where to stay
- Cottages4you has a fantastic selection of cottages in the region and Mumsnetters receive a discount booking.
What to do
- Brading Roman Villa is a fun and educational day out for children of school age. It's a great heritage site where you can learn all about the history of ancient Romans, and discover the remains of a Roman villa where they lived.
- At Dinosaur Isle, you can search the Island's coastline for dinosaur footprints.
- And don't forget a ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway – always a favourite!
- Word on the Mumsnet Talk boards is that the tourist offices on the Isle of Wight have all been closed, so do make sure you've printed off or downloaded any useful information before you go.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays on the Isle of Wight
- Make sure you visit Dinosaur Isle in Sandown - it's next to the zoo. It's all indoors, with really friendly staff and great hands-on stuff for kids. FamiliesShareGerms
- Ryde has a lovely indoor pool on the seafront, with great play parks, ice skating and 10-pin bowling. Plus, great places to eat. Lizcat
- Try Blackgang Chine for a totally surreal take on a theme park. The rollercoaster about to fall down a cliff and the weather wizard leave you feeling like you've been indulging in magic mushrooms. smalltown
- We enjoyed Steephill Cove which is a fantastic beach. I would go there even if the weather was bad, it's that nice (albeit with a pop-up beach tent). professorpoopsnagle