What to do with the kids this winter on the Isle of Wight
Christmas is slightly different this year, but there are still lovely events to delight your children. We’ve picked out four of the best, and all will have Covid restrictions in place.
Pippa the polar bear, and her very special guests from sister park Blackgang Chine, will be putting on selective evenings of magical Christmas delight at Robin Hill. Walk down through the beautifully illuminated ancient woodland, experience the immersive walk-throughs to live music, visit the local market and sample their delicious festive food. You can even make your own Christmas decorations and ride the outdoor rides, with their festive winter make-over. These run on December 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
A traditional Christmas awaits you at Havenstreet Steam Railway. After an atmospheric train ride through wintery woodland inside their beautifully restored Victorian carriages, you follow the pathway to Santa’s North Pole Station, where you’re welcomed by the seasonal Station Master and his helpers. Here you’ll be entertained while you wait to meet Santa himself, on board his traditionally festive Victorian carriage. (Children visiting Santa will receive a high-quality present.)
Santa Specials run in December on 5th 6th, 12th 13th, 19th, 20th, 22nd – 24th
Christmas at Tapnell
Tapnell Farm’s Wonderful World of Christmas returns this year, and children are invited on a magical Christmas adventure to the North Pole in search of Santa’s lost present. This is an immersive event with worlds of imagination to discover.
“Travel away from the humdrum, far from your daily worries, and straight to a place of wonderment…where kids can be kids, and grownups can too, to make magical memories to take home with you.”
Christmas at Tapnell is on December 5th, 6th, 11th to the 13th, and 18th to 23rd with more details at:
Forest Fables at Mottistone Manor
This Christmas, inside the ancient walls of Mottistone Manor, families will discover characters concealed within each enchanted room and have a journey of discovery, learning about the hidden forces at work within nature. This immersive event, produced by Naiads Foundry theatre company, will ignite the imaginations of little ones as they come across curious creatures full of tales of folklore and nature, inspired by the magical Isle of Wight setting.
Experiences run from Friday 11th to Thursday 24th December (not Mondays, various times) and take around 1 hour. They are for bubbles of up to six people and cost £65 (£50 during previews).