With chocolate-box scenery and stunning beaches, cheap holidays on the Isle of Wight are one of the favourite choices for British families wanting a break at home. Although it was once the domain of day-trippers and cottage rentals, there are a growing number of tastefully designed hotels that offer all inclusive holidays to holidaymakers who come back again and again. We at The Co-operative Travel have Isle of Wight package holidays that are just a hop on the ferry away.
Queen Victoria was so enamoured with the Isle of Wight that she decided to build a house there. Osborne House and Gardens is well worth a visit, and there are regular Victorian events for children. The little Swiss Cottage, with its miniature furniture, is a delight to see. The Isle of Wight is a constant whirl of family adventures and ice-cream. At Alum Bay, kids can fill containers with different coloured sands - then take a walk to the bottom of the stunning cliffs, to see where they originated. Nearby, there are the tunnels of the Needles cliff-top gun battery to explore - with boat trips round the Needles afterwards. The island also has a steam railway for Thomas fans.
The island is only accessible by ferry, but it's an easy trip. Cheap holidays can be booked in self-catering cottages or small hotels, but there are also holiday parks offering all inclusive holidays geared towards active youngsters. The island has 13 superb beaches, though not all of them are suitable for young families. Many families book package holidays at Shanklin or Ventnor - which is near Blackgang Chine theme park. Totland, Colwell Bay, Sandown and Shanklin all have great sandy beaches and Compton Bay is popular with surfers.
The island is packed with things to do - even the historical sites are brought to life. Carisbrooke Castle for example, has donkeys to demonstrate how water was drawn from the well. These of course are kept in much kinder conditions than the ones rescued by the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. A great favourite with children and adults, the staff let you pet and stroke them, while explaining why rides on the island's beaches are the exception, rather than the norm, these days.
Other popular attractions include the Zoo - you can choose from three, Butterfly Farm, Robin Hill Adventure Park, and Brickfields Pony Rides.
When you book cheap family holidays on the Isle of Wight, there's a heap of things to do for adults too, which is why the island is popular with couples and groups too. We at The Co-operative Travel recommend our package holidays there for kids both young and old!