What is a bestival? It’s where tourists go for fun on the Isle of Wight - a combination of beaches and festivals. The hovercraft service that transports visitors to the island is said to fly, not sail over the water on its way to a delightful vacation holiday.
The Isle of Wight is situated in the English Channel and represents the largest island in England. The resorts in this region have long been known as popular vacation destination spots. The region began to gain in recognition after Queen Victoria made it her home for part of the year. Its climate is milder than what is found in most of the U.K.
The island is comprised of various types of rock and clay. It is an important location in which fossils and dinosaur bones may be unearthed. Wildlife found on the island include goats, deer, rare bats and red squirrels.
Attractions that are located on the Isle of Wight include the Osborne House, once the home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Norris Castle, Dinosaur Isle, the oldest pier in England, and historic aircraft which is in Saunders-Roe. The island is said to be haunted. Residents say that a visit to God’s Providence House helps make their case, and add that if you don’t go for the ghosts, then go for the tea room and its highly-regarded pies. Visitors to the island might also enjoy touring Yarmouth and Carisbrooke Castles, Quarr Abbey and the Appuldurcombe House. The oldest theme park in Britain, the Blackgang Chine with its signature dead whale skeleton is a favorite with younger tourists, as are the Isle of Wight Zoo and Nettlecombe Farm. The Needles rock formation and the colored sands of Alum Bay have universal appeal.
There are 200 miles of cycling trails, two 18-hole golf courses, and several rowing clubs on the island. The 1st ladies sailing crew came from the island in 1999. The 1st American Cup was also held here.
Sports events held on the Isle of Wight include field hockey, cricket and football, as well as one of the world’s largest motor scooter rallies in the world.
The region’s accommodations include luxury hotels with spas, holiday cottages, B&B’s, hostels, holiday parks, and camping and glamping in yurts. Hostels offer communal and solo rooms. The larger hostels may be able to handle group accommodations.
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