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Isle of Wight free stuff and guideFacts, Figures & Free stuff!

There’s loads going on here on the Isle of Wight – make sure you fit in as much as possible with our handy guide! It’s not the easiest place to travel to, granted but we kind of love taking the weird and wonderful hovercraft across…

Getting In

Once you and the boys have arrived on the south coast, it’s easy to grab a quick ferry over. Travel from Portsmouth, Southampton or Southsea and although there are car carrying ferries, going on a foot version will save you valuable cash. Usually, the ferry takes less than an hour.

Although this may sound a little bit like something from Back to the Future, hovercrafts are actually the most popular way to travel over. Hop on at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington – or Southsea preferably, as this takes only 10 minutes.

Entertainment Venues

If you’re tired of the sea, the beach and the walks and have some time in between your booked activities, there’s plenty to entertain you and the boys.

Shanklin Theatre
This is the main theatre venue on the island where you can see big acts like Suggs, Derek Acorah, Craig Ogden and Sister Act the Musical. There’s plenty of music, dance and local theatre going on here too.

If the weather’s bad, duck out of the rain and visit Cineworld in Newport for all the latest releases. Sometimes a good action movie is the lads need to recharge and perk up before a big night out!

Blackgang Chine
We couldn’t not include this one. It’s weird, it’s wonderful, it’s located in an old and crumbling cliff side ‘chine’ and is none other than the world’s first theme park. If you like life sized nursery rhyme characters, animatronic dinosaurs and creepy distorted mirrors, you’re in luck.

Festival Fun

Despite being a relatively small island, the Isle of Wight is home to a tonne of festivals. Try and fit one in when you’re there.

Cowes Week
Somewhat unbelievably, Cowes is the home to world yachting, which means that once a year, there’s a massive regatta! Combining the skills of Olympic athletes with those of amateurs, it’s one of the longest running races of its kind in the world and often brings in some seriously glitzy characters.

Organised by DJ Rob Da Bank, this family friendly festival stuffed full of weird and wonderful acts, food and insane amounts of fancy dress is great fun. Acts here have included Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim and Bombay Bicycle Club, so it’s not all about the mung beans and hugs…

Isle of Wight Festival
This is the real biggie and goes on for a couple of crazy days every summer. Massive names clamour to play here every time, from REM and Pearl Jam to Bon Jovi and The Kings of Leon. Because of this, it’s hardly surprising that the island is quite so cool and trendy…

Because the best things in life are free…

Stag dos can get expensive, so here are a few things you can do for free on the Isle of Wight.

The Garlic Farm
Yes, there’s a garlic farm on the island! It’s pretty cool (although pungent) and absolutely free as long as you manage to stay away from tasty delights in the gift shop. Don’t be surprised is kiss levels are a little low though…

If you’re an artsy bunch, why not check out some local work at Quay Arts. Even if you’re not an artsy bunch, it’s free, so drag those uncultured louts along…

Donkeys are cool, so go and see them at the sanctuary. It’s free but those morose faces might persuade you to leave a donation or two whilst you’re there…

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