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The Island Opens Up

Island opens up blog

The Island Opens Up

Most of the Island’s attractions will be open by the end of May 2021 and some have been open since the end of March. Here’s our guide to when and how each attraction will be opening up for you. Remember, however, the rule of six, use sanitizer, keep your distance and wear masks in indoor areas.


Model Village Godshill

This wonderful miniature attraction opened on April 12th, and has a strict one-way system around the pathways, with passing places. The number of people entering the model village and gift shop is limited, and there are social distancing markings on the ground.

Model Village Page Model Village Website


Blackgang Chine

This family favourite will be opening on May 19th, and almost all of the areas will be accessible. There’s a brand new ‘Cowboys versus Dinosaurs’ event and a special new dinosaur.

Blackgang Page Blackgang Website


Robin Hill

Sister park to Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill also opens on May 19th, and has their popular ‘Discover the Orient’ event happening over May Bank holiday (May 29th to June 6th) along with their ‘Sky High Night Glow’ hot air balloon experiences over the same weekend.

Robin Hill Page Robin Hill Website


Needles Landmark Attraction

The outdoor attractions at this iconic destination opened on April 12th, along with outdoor catering. More of the indoor attractions and indoor catering will be opening on May 17th.

Needles Landmark Attraction Page Needles Landmark Attraction Website


Needles Pleasure Cruises

The cruises out to the Needles rocks from the beach at Alum Bay reopened on April 12th – just turn up, no booking required, but Covid restrictions in place.

Needles Pleasure Cruises Page Needles Pleasure Cruises Website


Osborne House

The grounds and outdoor areas of the Osborne Estate are open, including the walled garden, the terraces and the beach, with hopes that the historic interiors of this royal home will open from May 17th.

Osborne House Page Osborne House Website


Carisbrooke Castle

The outside spaces, including the battlements, the keep, the gardens and the ruined parts of the castle are open to the public, as is outdoor catering. The donkey demonstrations are not running but you can meet the donkeys in their stables. The interiors are currently closed – check the website for news on them opening.

Carisbrooke Castle Page Carisbrooke Castle Website


Monkey Haven

Currently open for long weekends, the outdoor parts of the park are open and there are take away catering options, or you can bring a picnic. The sanctuary will open daily from May 17th.

Monkey Haven Page Monkey Haven Website


Amazon World Zoo Park

This amazon-themed zoo, with around 200 different species of animal from around the world, opens on May 17th.

Amazon World Zoo Park Page Amazon World Zoo Park


Tapnell Park Farm

This farm themed attraction opened its outdoor areas on April 12th, including the paddocks and beach play, trim trail, jumping pillows, sledge slides, go-karts, football & crazy golf and the new spider’s web climbing frame. The whole park opens on May 17th.

Tapnell Farm Park Website


Isle of Wight Aqua Park

The Island’s bounciest and wettest attraction opens on May 17th, but all bookings must be made online.

Isle of Wight Aqua Park Website


Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Currently being rebranded as the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, the former Isle of Wight Zoo has been open since April 12th. There is a cap on numbers, to comply with Covid restrictions, so it is advisable to book online first.

Wildheart Animal Sanctuary Page Wildheart Animal Sanctuary Website


IOW Donkey Sanctuary

This large sanctuary full of cute donkeys opened on April 14th, with all Covid measures in place.

IOW Donkey Sanctuary Page IOW Donkey Santuary Website


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Opening for their 50th year of steam on April 12th, the IW Steam Railway have a timetable of events throughout the season.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway Page Isle of Wight Steam Railway Website


Shanklin Chine

This beautiful Chine, floodlit by multi-coloured lights after dark, is now open from 10am till 10pm, as is the tearoom (until 9pm).

Shanklin Chine Page Shanklin Chine Website


Mottistone Manor Gardens

The gardens are open, and it is advised that you book online before visiting.

Mottistone Manor Gardens Website


Bembridge Windmill

Is currently closed, but they hope to open for prebooked visits soon.

Bembridge Windmill Page Bembridge Windmill Website


Needles Old and New Batteries

The Needles Old Battery opened on April 12th, but online booking is advised. The New Battery remains closed at present.

Needles Old and New Batteries Page Needles Old and New Batteries Website


Dinosaur Isle

This dinosaur museum hope to open from May 17th. Check website for updates.

Dinosaur Isle Page Dinosaur Isle Website


Sandham Gardens

This dinosaur and volcano themed crazy golf park on Sandown seafront (towards Yaverland) has been open since March 29th.  The Sandham Karts, and Skynets: The Big Bounce reopen on April 17th.

Sandham Gardens Page Sandham Gardens Website


Garlic Farm

The restaurant at the Garlic Farm opened on April 12th for outdoor dining, and the shop is also open. You can walk freely around the farm, and tours will be available in the school holidays.

Garlic Farm Page Garlic Farm Website


Briddlesford Farm

The farm shop has been open through lockdown, and their new outdoor seating area for Bluebells Café opened on April 12th. Welly Wednesday tours will be available during August.

Briddlesford Farm Page Briddlesford Farm Website


Quarr Abbey

Outdoor takeaway eating from the Teashop at Quarr has been open since March 29th, but now the monastery shop, art exhibition and the farm shop are also open with pig food (for the pigs and piglets) on sale at the shop and teashop.

Quarr Abbey Page Quarr Abbey Website


West Wight Alpacas

You can meet one of these friendly furry creatures, as this attraction is now open and fully Covid 19 ready, they say.

West Wight Alpacas Page West Wight Alpacas Website
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