Highlights of the Island – part 1

I recently became aware of a well known abbreviation relating to text on the internet. TL;DR means “too long; didn’t read”. Whilst I could apply this liberally to my work email and almost everything sent to me by the Labour Party I don’t want it to be used in relation to my blog. In light of this I have tried to spread out the highlights of our trip to the Isle of Wight into two (or maybe three) posts so bear with me.

One of our highlights was definitely the campsite. We stayed at Grange Farm which is in Brighstone on the south west of the island. It’s a lovely non-commercial site perched on the cliff and only 100 yards to the beach.

Gorgeous view of the sea (and a fellow Bongo!)

It has all the usual facilities you’d expect, showers, washing up, playground etc but it is also working farm with goats, donkeys, alpacas, chickens, bunnies and turkeys. There’s an Aladdin’s cave of a shop selling all kind of things you didn’t know you needed plus the most amazing croissants and baguettes which are baked on site.

There’s also an iron and ironing board available which was a great relief to me. Got to keep one’s standards up when camping 😂

It’s a short, steep walk to the beach but definitely worth it. This is about as busy as it got….

After our gloomy start the weather picked up and stayed glorious for the rest of our stay. Following her fall on the ferry SC had stoically sat through having her various cuts and scrapes inexpertly examined, dabbed, poked, washed and redressed so, as a treat, we decided that our first day out would be to Robin Hill Country Park in Newport which looked to be chock full of 5yr old girl pleasing things.

And so it was. Highlights included:

  • Owl show – lots of swooping owls close to your head and comedy commentary. Did you know that the “wise old owl” is in fact a myth? Most of their heads are taken up with their eyes and their brains are very small…..
  •  Toboggan run – there’s a quarter mile toboggan run which is great fun. Given the ruinous entry fee to the park it’s a bit a nerve that you have to pay separately for this however (£1.50 for adults, 50p age 3-7)
  • 4D cinema – this was awesome. 3D glasses plus the seats tilt in all directions plus a smoke machine! I felt like I was actually on the moon. When is all cinema going to be 4D?
  • Pirate ship ride – you know when your child goes back to school you want them to talk about all the enriching and educational activities they did over the holidays? I think that having three goes in a row on the pirate ship will probably feature more heavily in SC’s account. I swear because there was no queue the bloke just let it swing on for ages – SC was absolutely delighted, I needed an ice cream to recover.

As well as the big stuff there is beautiful wooded grounds, roman remains, a sculpture trail, falconry and tonnes of play areas. A great day out was had by all and I highly recommend it.

Is there anything nicer than getting back to your campsite on a lovely sunny evening with nothing to worry about except what to have for tea and whether to play Guess Who or Uno? In fact, at Grange Farm, you never have to worry about going hungry, they have a full programme of visiting food vans – curry, wood fired pizza, fish & chips in rotation!

On returning we spied the arrival of a new Bongo and speculated in whispers about whether we should go over and give a big Bongo welcome. We did and you can read more about that to follow….. 🚐🚐


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