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When to visit the Isle of Wight

While the Isle of Wight is packed with holidaymakers in the summer months, it still has a lot to offer throughout the year - even when the sun is hiding. We all know that you can't rely on a British summer, so it's worth knowing what you can get up to on the island, whatever the weather.

It's raining, it's pouring

When the rain starts, it's easy to think that your day has been written off and there is nothing to do but sit and wait for it to stop. Well, rest assured that on the Isle of Wight, even when it's pouring, you still have options available.

The island has a lot to offer in terms of water-sports and if you're going to get wet anyway, why not put on your wetsuit and embrace the rain? You can hire canoes or try your hand at surfing. There are also plenty of opportunities to have a go at sailing, with a number of schools offering lessons all year round.

Mid-winter fun

The middle of winter may not seem like the most logical time to go on holiday, but the cold shouldn't put you off visiting the Isle of Wight. In October and November, head to Freshwater Bay for the Spooktacular Halloween week where you'll find loads of fun activities on offer. January is another fun-packed month, with various exhibitions taking place, as well as a stargazing night.

During the colder months, the activities may not seem as obvious, but you can find loads of things to do all over the island. If you're feeling really hardcore, why not go on a walk with the family? You'll find lots of little seaside cafes and pubs to stop off for lunch in along the way, making for a fun day out.

Indoor activities

If you'd rather spend your day inside and not have to bother worrying about the weather, the historical sites are great places to visit. Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle both have indoor sections that you can wander round when the weather is less than pleasant. If you do happen to go on a wintry day and the sun is shining, there are ancient burial grounds and beautiful gardens in many of the English Heritage sites that are perfect for an afternoon stroll. You'll find that many of these sites also have museums that allow you to wile away the day if the weather is truly vile outside.

Summer fun

Naturally, we have to mention some of the activities you can do in the summer. After all, it is one of the busiest times of the year for holidaymakers. As well as all the usual water-based sports, you can also get active on dry land as well. Why not hire some bikes and get peddling around the island? There are loads of gorgeous beauty spots all over the place, so you can make plenty of stops along the way.

You'll find golf courses and tennis courts around the island that provide the ideal pastime for a sunny day. Our parks also have tennis courts on-site so you don't even have to leave your complex if you don't want to. If you want something simple and easy to do, pack a picnic and go for a nice stroll across the downs.

The Isle of Wight is brilliant in the summer, but it's also a lot of fun in the colder, less sociable months. From cosy pubs to historic houses, the dinosaur isle is just waiting to be explored, whatever the weather.