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  • Writer's pictureDan & Lois Gardner

Isle Of Wight - A Place Of Nostalgia

The Isle of Wight is a place very close to our hearts. As children, the Isle of Wight was somewhere we would both go to for UK holidays with our families. Of course we didn't know one another back then, but it's one of the first things we learnt about each other when we started dating back in 2010, our shared love for the Isle Of Wight.

*Photo from 1999 on the back wall in rented cottage. Dan in the black tiger t-shirt with his Dad, two brothers and his Grandma & Grandad.

Going back to the Isle of Wight together with our own unique childhood memories of it 20 years later was a surreal experience, especially when going back to visit Blackgang Chine, a mini Theme Park first built in 1843. It was both our favourite place in the universe when we were kids.

The Isle of Wight is a really beautiful place with lots to see and explore. Great for walks, beaches, nature parks and a variety of activities for all the family. We're keeping this blog nice and simple and just sharing some photos from our 2017 trip back to Isle of Wight along with some recommendations...


Freshwater Bay:

The Needles Landmark Attraction:

Cliffs above Watcombe Bay:

Blackgang Chine:



Places to see: Freshwater Bay, The Needles, Shanklin Chine, Shanklin seafront, Ventnor, Robin Hill.

Places to eat: A favourite spot for us was The Spyglass Inn. Good food, good service and overlooking Ventnor Bay.

Things to do: Catch the chairlift down the cliffs to the beach at The Needles Landmark Attraction. Go for a walk from Freshwater Bay up the hills above Watcombe Bay (and see if you can make it along as far as to see The Needles). Do some shopping in Ryde or Shanklin town. Go to Blackgang Chine and be a child again.


If you have any of your own recommendations for Isle of Wight, comment them below. It's been over 5 years since we've visited, and we'd love to go back soon and explore some new areas!

Thanks for reading.

Dan & Lois

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