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Days out on the Isle of Wight with a 3yo

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JarethTheGoblinKing Thu 11-Aug-11 11:15:43

Thinking of going for a week, we have a 3yo DS. Recommendations for days out please?

notcitrus Thu 11-Aug-11 11:34:14

IoW Zoo (though be warned it has two zones, Big Cat World and Lemur and Monkey World - almost no other animals!)
Steam Railway - can go along it and then get the bus to Butterfly World - our 3yo and nearly 3 loved the fountains there, watched for ages.
Ventnor Botanic Gardens for running around, excellent playground at the far end
A day on the amusements in Shanklin or Sandown, esp if raining. They have tiny golf clubs for the crazy golf, huge soft play centres, and our boys like going on the rides even if we only give them one coin to put in every hour or so!

Lizcat Thu 11-Aug-11 13:09:56

Rock pooling at the Duver beach in St Helens. Building Sand Castles on Ryde beach and the amusement park there get there before 11am for the best deals on wrist bands. There are lots of play parks on the prom in Ryde too. Walk on the board walks at Newtown harbour and see the grey mullet swimming there. Walk in Firestone Copse and see the red squirrels.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, The owl and falconary centre and the model village in Godshill.

Dysgu Thu 11-Aug-11 13:48:05

Whereabouts are you thinking of staying?
Lots of fun things to do: (as well as many already listed above)

Ryde and Shanklin/Sandown beaches best for families.
Play areas all over the place but my 2 and 4 year old especially like: East Cowes sea front, Sandown/Yaverland, Puckpool.
Donkey Sanctuary
Coleman's Farm
Seaview Wildlife Park (buy local paper for voucher for discount ticket)
Blackgang Chine
Robin Hill
Victoria Fort
Alum Bay and the Needles
Havenstreet Steam Railway with woodland walk

If you are planning on eating out, pubs with good play areas include: The Griffin (with maze too), The Chequers, The Bugle at Brading and all have good food too.

JarethTheGoblinKing Thu 11-Aug-11 14:19:32

Not sure where we're thinking of staying yet, it will largely depend on a) what's available and b) proximity of things we want to visit.. Sandown seems like the obvious place.. but tbh it's such a small island that we're not too bothered (last holiday was Cornwall with loads and loads of driving smile )

Thanks for all the suggestions, brilliant things I'd never have found googling!
There will have to be a trip to a castle, the Needles too.

Liking the suggestions for eating out too, so any more of those?

Thanks again

Lizcat Fri 12-Aug-11 10:59:42

Carisbrooke Castle will probably suit then. We love to eat at the The old Fort Bar\cafe in seaview. We also like the Dell Cafe which is beneath Puckpool on the seafront - easy walk from Ryde.

bahboden Wed 17-Aug-11 13:26:18

Love the Old Fort in Seaview! Crabbing is good fun there too.

paulapantsdown Wed 17-Aug-11 13:30:13

DO NOT waste your £ on the crappy dinosaur museum!

Supersunnyday Wed 17-Aug-11 13:33:14

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