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Things To Do & Days Out near Sandown
Sandown Pier (< 1 mile)
Sandown Pier A whole day's fun in one! Lost world adventure golf. Free entrance to pier and then pick and choose from Magic Island fantasy and fun, Superbowl, dodgems, snake slide, amusements and more.
Dinosaur Isle (< 1 mile)
Dinosaur Isle is a fantastic dinosaur museum housed in a spectacular pterosaur shaped building watching over Sandown's blue flag beach. Walk back through fossilised time to the period of the dinosaurs and on a recreated landscape enhanced by sights, smells and sounds you will meet life sized dinosaurs including our...
Isle of Wight Zoo (1 miles)
Isle of Wight Zoo Situated alongside Yaverland beach, the zoo provides a fun, educational and wholesome day out for all the family. Specialising in tigers and lemurs, the zoo works to make conservation fun for everyone with talks, small animal handling and children's activities.
Jungle Jims Adventure Play Area (2 miles)
Jungle Jims Adventure Play Area A colourful multi level adventure play area for children in a safe and fun environment. Also nearby: adventure golf, tenpin bowling, cafe, go karts and more!
Summer Arcade (2 miles)
Summer Arcade Family friendly tenpin bowling plus indoor go karts and super arcade! Within the same strip there is also an indoor play area, more go karts and new crazy golf!
Brading Roman Villa (2 miles)
Brading Roman Villa Get an insight into Roman life in this great museum and Visitor centre with a large collection of Roman archaeology. Happily set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too!
Shanklin Chine (2 miles)
Shanklin Chine Historic gorge with dramatic waterfalls and nature trail to explore. Heritage Centre with Exhibition "The Island, Then and Now" featuring flora of the Island, together with PLUTO (Pipe Line Under the Ocean) display.
Shanklin Beach (2 miles)
Shanklin Beach A safe and sheltered sandy beach with good waters and spectacular views. Plenty of local facilities and there's a lift to the cliff top where the views are even better.
The Shanklin Treasure Trail (2 miles)
The Shanklin Treasure Trail Go on a treasure hunt in Shanklin on this self guided themed Treasure Trail. Solve intriguing clues and discover fascinating facts as you explore and locate the long lost treasure!
Nunwell House and Gardens (2 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!
Amazon World (3 miles)
Amazon World An all weather family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (3 miles)
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Come and visit the rescued donkeys in their comfortable new home and learn about the necessity of caring for animals properly. Loads of family events with additional activities, a Donkey Adoption scheme and they welcome the family dog along for the trip if it promises to behave!
Owl and Falconry Centre (4 miles)
Owl and Falconry Centre A dazzling collection of some of the world's most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights.
Sallys Riding School (4 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.
Bembridge Heritage Centre (4 miles)
Bembridge Heritage Centre Displays cover much of Bembridge’s early history, not only in photographs, paintings, maps and written descriptions but also through the many donated artefacts and medals. Hugely educational!
Island Speedway (4 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!
Ventnor Heritage Museum (4 miles)
Ventnor Heritage Museum A small museum detailing the historic life of Ventnor with displays and exhibits that are changed yearly. There are also models of Ventnor Railway and various publications for sale. Accompanied children visit for free.
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum (4 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.
Arreton Craft Barns (4 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.
Waltzing Waters (4 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!
Wight Karting (4 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!
Godshill Model Village (4 miles)
Godshill Model Village Be giants for the day as you tower over the one tenth scale models of Godshill and Shanklin Old Villages, plus visit the children’s photo area, and pick up a fun family quiz sheet!
Ventnor Paddling Pool (4 miles)
Ventnor Paddling Pool features a model of the Isle of Wight which children can play on! Plus the Cascade: a sloping garden with pretty waterfall feature. May through September, plus summer cafe.
Allendale Equestrian Centre (4 miles)
Allendale Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons and scenic hacks off-road, on bridleways and along leafy country lanes. Plus recognised Pony Club and associated events.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway (4 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!
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!
Bembridge Lifeboat Station (5 miles)
Bembridge Lifeboat Station Learn about the all weather lifeboat in this impressive station with kids' dress up and educational displays. Meet the crew and find out about the RNLI. Rockpools and beach nearby too!
Goodleaf Tree Climbing (5 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.
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!
Ventnor Botanic Gardens (5 miles)
Ventnor Botanic Gardens is a botanic garden with over 23 acres to roam free and explore. Families can enjoy discovering rare and subtropical plants and trees, an outdoor Children’s Playground and even a complimentary Children’s Trail Activity Pack.
Seagrove Bay (5 miles)
Seagrove Bay Windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and sailing opportunities in safe waters by a shingle and sand shore.
Appley Park (5 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!
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!
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.
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.
Ryde Arena (6 miles)
Ryde Arena Currently closed for building works, no definite reopening time. Watch this space!
Monkey Haven (6 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.
Butterfly and Fountain World (6 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.
Newport Roman Villa (7 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...
Cineworld Cinema (7 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.
JR Zone (7 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!
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum (7 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!
Carisbrooke Castle (7 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.
Blackgang Chine (8 miles)
Blackgang Chine 40 acres of Victorian cliff-top gardens with a range of fantasy activities including cowboy town, nurseryland, dinosaurland, and pirate fort. Cliffhanger roller coaster and waterforce family boat slide. Exhibitions about local rural and coastal life.
Butterfly Paragliding School (8 miles)
Butterfly Paragliding School A paragliding school where fantastic tuition means you can enjoy both tandem and solo paragliding, take lessons, enter the Solstice Cup or camp out in a cool Tipi! A truly memorable experience.
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (9 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.
Osborne House (9 miles)
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.
Southsea Castle (9 miles)
Southsea Castle A magnificent castle, designed by Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth. Fascinating facts to discover, a range of cannons to see, and an underground tunnel around the moat to explore! Free to visit.
Blue Reef Aquarium (9 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive! Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include underwater tunnel, open top ray display, Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibitions.
The Pyramids Centre (10 miles)
The Pyramids Centre Situated on Southsea beach, the Pyramids features three fun pools, water slides and wave pool, plus large soft play area with mazes, climbing nets and ball pits. There is also two Terrace Cafes serving freshly prepared hot and cold food.