If you don’t feel like jumping in the car or hopping on the bus, Shanklin has plenty to keep the whole family amused without needing to venture further afield…
The east coast of the Island is home to some of the Island’s most popular attractions, including Shanklin Chine which has been open since 1817! A Site of Important Nature Conservation, wander around this natural phenomenon until dusk, then enjoy the lights that illuminate the paths, streams and waterfalls. You will find seasonal exhibitions, an abundance of wildlife and for a welcome break, a popular tearoom.
Shanklin Seafront has everything you would expect for traditional seaside entertainment. Choose from not one but two adventure golf courses, one with a pirate theme (complete with a river of blood) or try Jurassic Bay Adventure golf – but beware of the life-sized dinosaurs!
If the weather takes a turn, head to Jungle Jim’s with its two levels of slides, ballpark and plenty more to keep the children entertained.
Why not treat the whole family and catch a show at Shanklin Theatre? There is plenty to choose from throughout the summer, including a Beatle tribute, Sister Act and popular comedian, Rob Beckett.
The beaches in Shanklin are amongst some of the best in the country, in fact, Sandown Bay (which includes Shanklin Beach) recently won Beach of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019. Think golden sand, clear water and miles of blue sky, all lined by a traditional promenade with plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from. Shanklin Beach lost its pier to the hurricane of 1987 but there is now a semi-circular vantage point with benches where the entrance to the pier once stood, perfect for gazing out to sea.
Shanklin Old Village has graced many a postcard thanks to its picture-perfect scenery. Beautiful old thatched cottages, pretty gift shops and tea rooms line the streets. The village sits alongside the beautiful Rylstone Gardens and the famous Shanklin Chine, both which would have both been favourite attractions in Victorian times.
Fabulous food and drink
Close to the sea, it is no surprise that Shankin is known for its seafood offering. The Steamer Inn is a popular choice thanks to its huge menu offering something for every taste. If it is seafood you are after, try the legendary Steamer Seafood Platter. With a whole lobster, crab, a pint of prawns, crevettes, mackerel and smoked salmon, it is easily enough for two people
For a quintessential tea room, Vernon Cottage offers this and more. Set in the heart of Shanklin Old Village, they offer delicious meat, fish and vegetarian dishes using fresh, local seasonal produce including the signature ‘Old Shanklin Pie’ made with succulent, slowly roast lamb or try the homemade strawberry cream teas with the unique ‘Isle of Wight shaped-scones’.
If you’re ready for your next family holiday on the Isle of Wight, come and discover what the Island has to offer. Book now for your 2020 holiday and our friendly team will be happy to recommend activities and things to do on the Isle of Wight whatever your interest.