The Wonders of the Isle of Wight
With the sun peeking through the clouds we visited the iconic 'Needles' at Alum Bay. With such beautiful weather the view was absolutely stunning.
Every night we were entertained by the lively music of the resident singers and band. We were treated to a night with Rod Stewart! The singer sounded and looked just like him. Another one of our favourite acts were The Livertones. A wonderful and innovative male trio singing Motown hits, that encompassed some smashing singing talents and harmonies, with clever choreographing and dance routine. The night finished with us all busting out our best dance moves on the floor and dancing the nights away.
We had great fun making our own sand ornaments, using the rainbow coloured sand found naturally on the Isle of Wight. We were very proud of our creations.
Our brave band of adventurers decided to descend the many steps down onto the beach in the bay below for a boat trip that sailed around the Needles. Wow! The white chalk cliffs out in the sea towered above us and they were certainly far more impressive up close.
We watched a marvellous demonstration of glass blowing at the renowned glass factory. It was fascinating to watch the master craftsmen at work, creating beautiful glass ornaments. A sweet demonstration followed, where we were all treated to free samples of these tasty sweets that we had just watched being made. Rhubarb and Custard were everyone's favourites.
Victoria Arcade, is a beautiful Grade II listed building, housing an array of interesting vintage shops. Within the bowels of this building was the unassuming 'Museum of Ryde', containing 200 years’ worth of history of Ryde. We explored the military rooms and tried on some of the uniforms, gazed at all of the pictures in the Victorian photography room, learnt lots in the schoolroom, and wondered at the story of the creation and development of the hovercraft, which all took place on the island.
'Dinosaur Isle' at Yaverland, is the U.K.'s first ever purpose built dinosaur museum. We stepped into the prehistoric past with so many incredible facts and fossils to look at. There were real dinosaur bones reconstructed to illustrate what a dinosaur skeleton would have looked like, and fleshed out to make them terrifyingly realistic. We all absolutely loved the experience and were in awe at the sheer scale and bulk of these magnificent creatures.
Our sightseeing journey continued and we came to the quaint little village of Shanklin, with its many gorgeous chocolate box thatched cottages. The award winning 'Old Thatch Tearoom' was our destination for a fabulous lunch.Everyone relished the homemade scones with jam and clotted cream. Delicious!
An afternoon was spent at the fabulous Model Village in Godshill. The village shows Godshill and Shanklin as they appeared back in the 1930's. The detail of the miniature buildings, trees and people were astounding and we marvelled at the tiny world we had entered.