Sandown on the Isle of Wight, has things to do for all ages. The main beach won ‘Beach of the Year’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019 – calling it a ‘traditional bucket and spade beach with miles of golden sand, pier, and a short walk to peace, fossil-rich cliffs and stunning coastal wildlife’.
The Broadway Park Hotel is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area including:
The traditional British seafront and pier offers a familiar range of amusements, including crazy golf, bowling and cafés serving up tasty treats.
A fascinating insight into the Island’s dinosaur history. More than 1,000 fossils, skeletal reconstructions, life-sized ‘fleshed’ reconstructions and two animatronic dinosaurs. Guided fossil walks are available on certain dates.
Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club
Visitors are welcome at Shanklin & Sandown, with its 6,044 yard, par 70, 18-hole course.
Isle of Wight Zoo
The animals range from lions and lemurs to raccoons, owls and farm animals. The Zoo has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
National Trust Bembridge Fort
An unrestored Victorian fort set on dramatic cliffs with views of the coast and the downlands.
Amazon World Zoo Park
If you’re an animal lover, you might want to venture just outside the town to Amazon World, where you can see more than 200 different species, including mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects.
Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Just a few miles from the Broadway Park Hotel is this beautiful, tranquil area – perfect for walking, cycling, picnics and open air.
Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum
The museum in Arreton documents some of the most famous local shipwreck stories. These are displayed alongside thousands of artefacts, while at the Arreton Barns Craft Village you canwatch local skilled artisans at work, and visit the café.
Osborne House Estate
Once the holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Enjoy the rolling acres of the Osborne estate and walled garden, and woodland walk. You can visit Victoria and Albert’s bathing beach and take in the views across the Solent.
The Needles Chairlift
Take the chairlift to get the very best views of the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark – the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse.
In the Shankin Conservation Area, Rylstone Gardens is ideal for an early morning or afternoon visit. The public gardens are great to wander around with the surrounding Grade II listed buildings providing plenty to take in.
If you have kids and a dog, Robin Hill is the perfect place to visit. With 88 acres of parkland to explore, there is plenty to see and do. The adventure park has a great variety of activities to keep your little ones entertained while your dog enjoys investigating the woodland trails or playing catch with you in the Lower Valley.
Once the site of an artillery fortress and a king’s prison, the grounds of this historic beauty offer lots to see and do. Take your four-legged friend for a stroll and experience beautiful panoramic views from over the castle walls or simply sit and enjoy the atmosphere in the gardens.