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Things To Do & Days Out near East Cowes
The Classic Boat Museum (< 1 mile)
The Classic Boat Museum A fascinating museum that covers over a century of maritime history with lots of real power boats, sailing boats, rowing boats and canoes as well as some great displays. A good all weather attraction for the kids!
The Cowes Mystery Trail (< 1 mile)
The Cowes Mystery Trail An outdoor adventure for the whole family to enjoy - with clues for the kids and big kids to solve as you explore and solve the mystery!
Osborne House (< 1 mile)
Osborne House Built by Queen Victoria as a family holiday home, this stunning Italianate palace offers a glimpse into the private life of the royal family. Take a peek into the royal nursery, see the bedroom in which Queen Victoria died and marvel at the exotic Indian-inspired Durbar Room.
Isle of Wight Ghost Experience (1 miles)
Isle of Wight Ghost Experience Expert guides in costumed character impart the terrifying tales of the area in a variety of locations around the island, visiting the actual locations of significantly spooky events! With sudden surprises in store, best for brave over 8s!
JR Zone (4 miles)
JR Zone with stimulating toddler section, gigantic 3 level play zone with 4 Lane Astra slide, dual sky glides, Spooky zone, Football area and JR Laser Storm interactive laser gun arena!
Butterfly and Fountain World (4 miles)
Butterfly and Fountain World Comprising a series of stunning walk through under cover gardens themed around butterflies, fountains, small world fairytale grotto, Italian and Japanese gardens, and feeding talks at the Koi ponds.
Monkey Haven (4 miles)
Monkey Haven Rescue sanctuary for primates and birds of prey, with a large variety of each to see. Daily feedings, reptile encounters, plus hand reared owls to meet. 2 play areas for kids over and under 5 years of age.
Calshot Activities Centre (4 miles)
Calshot Activities Centre Offers an enormous range of exciting water and landbased activities. Includes a state of the art climbing complex, the only indoor velodrome in Southern England, a dry ski slope, and novelty dinghy sailing with Laser Funboats and pedal Picos! Awesome!
Cineworld Cinema (4 miles)
Cineworld Cinema A variety of films in comfortable surroundings. Group bookings are available and a special showing for children is at 10am every Saturday.
Newport Roman Villa (5 miles)
Newport Roman Villa There are recreated scenes within the superb remains of the villa, and also outside there is a Roman herb garden as it would have been nearly 2000 years ago. A quiz booklet is available free of charge and the education room provides hands on activities including; Roman style clothes to try on, weaving and...
Island Equus (5 miles)
Island Equus Activities are more oriented toward the benefits of training and studying the animals than on actually riding them, a holistic and significant experience of the species without skimping on the fun!
Isle of Wight Steam Railway (5 miles)
Isle of Wight Steam Railway Naturally the star of the show here is the Steam Train Ride, but the supporting acts are strong too with huge Train Discovery Centre and Museum, Adventure Playground, Woodland Trail and live performances in the woods!
Carisbrooke Castle (5 miles)
Carisbrooke Castle a great place for children to explore with its towering keep to climb and battlements to march, there's lots to spark the imagination.
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum (5 miles)
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum One of the UK's oldest watermills surrounded by family fun: 18 holes of putting golf and a croquet lawn, cool new Clay Play zone, punt and pedal hire on the stream, plus museums, camping, special events and a cluster of themed rural museums. Loads!
Brickfields Riding Stables (5 miles)
Brickfields Riding Stables Lessons and hacking, plus Farm Corner and Donkey Town to keep the smaller ones happy. Also they have a LOT of farm cats: don't underestimate the appeal of piles of kittens!
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (5 miles)
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway Outdoor Adventure Play Area, brand new for 2014, is a must-stop destination for younger visitors, with a basket swing, climbing apparatus and a slide, with easy access to the toilet facilities, and only a stone’s throw away from the Tea Rooms. Summer is a favourite time for families.
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park (5 miles)
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park The Island's biggest rides, absolutely loads of children's play features, and loads of space to run free. There is also an educational woodland centre, woodland gardens with sculpture trail, squirrel safaris, and regular special events. Loads!
Little Woodham Living History Village (6 miles)
Little Woodham Living History Village Journey into the past in this 17th century village experience: a delightful chance for kids to really experience history and meet quirky costumed characters who'll show you their craftsmanship skills! Loads of fun and educational too.
Newton Old Town Hall (6 miles)
Newton Old Town Hall A Town Hall without a town! Visit the mysterious little building that reveals the interesting and surprising historical importance of Newton. Regular art and photography exhibitions held here too. Children’s quiz and trail available.
Sallys Riding School (6 miles)
Sallys Riding School is a riding stables catering for all riders from absolute beginners through to established riders. Our Aim is to provide a safe riding environment so riders can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and surroundings. Our rides are accompanied by experienced Riders. Rides may be on the beach tides permitting.
Arreton Craft Barns (6 miles)
Arreton Craft Barns Loads of traditional craft shops with demonstrations on offer, plus special events from Morris Dancing to Dog Shows, Craft Fayres to Ghost Walks! You are also welcome to visit the ancient church and carp pond.
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum (6 miles)
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum Shipwreck centre and mariitime experience, including audiovisual room showing action films of local lifeboat rescues. "Wreck and Rescue" Lifeboat Museum, featuring vintage lifeboats and RNLI archive material, Smuggling and Fishing displays. Activities for kids including Pirate Trail worksheets.
Ryde Arena (6 miles)
Ryde Arena Currently closed for building works, no definite reopening time. Watch this space!
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (6 miles)
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve Isolated and wild, visits to the deeper reserve reward the adventurous with thousands of different butterflies, quirky birds like woodpeckers and giant rooks, and according to records 30 species of wildflower per square metre! A charming and photogenic place for a family ramble.
Big Apple Ryde (6 miles)
Big Apple Ryde 22 lanes of computerised Tenpin Bowling, Fast Food Diner, Licensed Bar and Pavilion Restaurant, patio area, Large screen TVs, Pool Tables, Amusement machines.
Get Crafty with Mismatch (6 miles)
Get Crafty with Mismatch is a Pottery Painting Studio where you can paint a ceramic animal, money bank or piece of crockery for a gift or a treat for yourself. We also do parties!
Waterside Pool (6 miles)
Waterside Pool An all-weather outdoor swim option as it also features a retractable roof for a bit of protection from the elements when required. 25m pool with varying sessions types including Family Fun.
Goodleaf Tree Climbing (6 miles)
Goodleaf Tree Climbing Take a trip up a tree with our award winning tree top experience! Ascend into the canopy of our using rope and harness. At the top walk on branches, enjoy stunning sea views or relax in our canopy hammock.
Island Speedway (7 miles)
Island Speedway Come to Isle of Wight Speedway, it's four laps of all out speed, control, excitement and thrills as 4 bike riders go for the chequered flag in honour of their team! 2 full packed hours of pure excitement for all the family!
Appley Park (7 miles)
Appley Park Public park with beach area, pitch and putt, picnic areas and ancient trees, plus an awesome adventure playground, paddling pool and sandpits with winch equipment. Simple, traditional and fun!
Planet Ice Gosport (7 miles)
Planet Ice Gosport With supportive skating aids for beginners, expert led classes in 3 specialist skating disciplines for the pros in the making plus fun open and disco sessions for everyone else! School holiday extras too!
Monkey Bizness (7 miles)
Monkey Bizness the premier family entertainment centre, where kids can be kidz. With separate play areas for 0 to 2, 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 year olds and fantastic food at our Amazonian Cafe. There's so much to see and do at Monkey Bizness.
TeamSport Indoor Karting Gosport (7 miles)
TeamSport Indoor Karting Gosport Get the whole family racing at this fantastic 450m indoor karting circuit. Ages 8 and above can enjoy pedal to metal racing in our speedy cadet karts where parents can join in or relax and spectate in our fuel bar!
Wight Karting (7 miles)
Wight Karting Purpose built 500m all weather karting track for adrenalin junkies aged 8 years and over. Great for beginners and offers Arrive and Drive, Junior Driving Academy and Cadet Driver School! Vroom!
Waltzing Waters (7 miles)
Waltzing Waters is one of the world's most elaborate water, light and music productions, the only operation of it's kind in Europe. Thousands of dazzling patterns of artistically moving water synchronised with music!
Blackbrook Park Play Area (8 miles)
Blackbrook Park Play Area Facilities for all ages and abilities with skating area and hoops for older kids, plus loads of classic adventure play equipment for younger ones.
Royal Navy Submarine Museum (8 miles)
Royal Navy Submarine Museum Dive into history and go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.
West Wight Alpacas (8 miles)
West Wight Alpacas Our friendly alpacas would love you to join them for an Alpaca Trek. Walk along some of the spectacular scenic trails the Island has to offer. Alpaca Trekking is a fun, outdoor activity for you and your family to enjoy.
Nunwell House and Gardens (8 miles)
Nunwell House and Gardens Visit the ill fated, historic house where King Charles I spent his last night of freedom! Beautiful place full of architectural and historic interest. 5 acres of lovely gardens to explore, with rose garden, Long Walk, lily pond, and more!
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower (8 miles)
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower, is a hands on, interactive Museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddy's Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.
Amazon World (8 miles)
Amazon World An all weather family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Royal Victoria Country Park (8 miles)
Royal Victoria Country Park A popular country park with woodland and seashore to explore, plus a Visitor Centre, sensory garden, children’s play area, and a miniature railway! Loads of wildlife to enjoy, plus Family Fun and Story Trails to follow. Free!
New Forest Activities (8 miles)
New Forest Activities Offers a great range of fun and exciting activities aimed at kids big and small. Families can join in with regular open sessions and parties can book special events. Activities include Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Cycle Hire and our new Battlefield LIVE laser tag for the digital generation!
Spinnaker Tower (8 miles)
Spinnaker Tower A 170 metre tall visitor attraction overlooking historical Portsmouth harbour and the Solent. Of the 2 viewing decks the first is a glass floored number so kids feel they're floating, the second houses the cafe and the third is open air.
Beaulieu (8 miles)
Beaulieu In the heart of the New Forest this great family day out has something for everyone from motoring to heritage and history to rides. Over 250 vehicles in the motor museum, living history in Palace house and unlimited rides on the monorail and bus make a day for the whole family!
Miniport at Gunwharf Quays (8 miles)
Miniport at Gunwharf Quays Family boat hire with a difference, for all ages! Drive a miniature ship in our sheltered boating pool. Our fleet of ships include ferries, a Royal Navy destroyer and a fire boat. The ships are electric powered, easy to drive and seat up to four. No previous experience required.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (8 miles)
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a great day out for all the family! Offering a unique experience which spans 800 years of British Naval history and situated within a working Naval Base, the Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future
Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (8 miles)
Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Take your family in an electric powered ship, on the pond in the Dockyard. It’s a sister venue to the Miniport at Gunwharf Quays. No entry ticket to the dockyard is required. This is the best boat hire experience you’ll ever have! No previous experience required.
Curious About Portsmouth (8 miles)
Curious About Portsmouth Get out with the family, and discover Portsmouth with two self guided themed treasure hunt style walks. Answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this famous maritime port. Buy a booklet, or download instantly, then explore in your own time.
Bowlplex Portsmouth (8 miles)
Bowlplex Portsmouth Choose from simple tenpin with ramps and bumpers with the smalls, or going disco with the tweens in the Glow Bowling UV nights! Plus Grill diner and arcade with more close by.