Having tempted you with views out to the Isle of Wight last week, we realised this gem deserved a week to itself. Situated just off the south coast of England- incredibly just over two hours from London via ferry or hovercraft, or a short pop-across from Southampton- it’s a wonderful destination to explore. Perfectly pocket-sized, the Isle of Wight is a hub of activity all year round.

"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot," said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial and beloved holiday home on the Isle of Wight, and we are tempted to agree! Stroll through the staterooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, and the couple’s private apartments for an unmissable intimate glimpse of royal family life, reflecting the Royal couple’s passions, tastes and style.

Make some furry friends at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, a long-eared, Eeyore-tastic day out! Open every day except Christmas day, the donkeys (and some imposter Shetland ponies), all unwanted or rescued animals, love nothing better than greeting and being admired, fed, petted and groomed by visitors. Friendly staff and volunteers also love answering questions and introducing the donkeys by name, character and history.

Sitting high and proud at the heart of the Isle of Wight, this the quintessential romantic castle has been an artillery fortress, king's prison and a royal summer residence. Enjoy unrivalled birds-eye panoramic views from the ancient castle keep and walls, where you can walk right around the castle battlements, seeing the island in all directions.

If you thought the view was good from Carisbrooke Castle battlements, how about from 15 metres up a majestic oak tree? Tree climbing is a gentle thrill, highly rated by climbers, and very different to a high ropes course. Take a recreational tree climb with Goodleaf Tree Climbing for uncomplicated, quality outdoor fun, exploration and adventure.

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