The Isle of Wight is a county in its own right and is the largest and second-most populous island in England. Situated in the English Channel, about 2 miles (3.2 km) off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent.
The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, luscious landscape of fields, and of course, the infamous chines.
The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her summer residence and final home, Osborne House at East Cowes.
It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets.
The island hosts numerous annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event ever held!
There is certainly plenty to do on the island: it hosts the oldest UK theme park at the cliff-top Blackgang Chine, 88 acres of countryside, rides, attractions and falconry at Robin Hill Country Park, play a whopping 18-hole game of crazy golf at the Adventure Park along the Shankin seafront, say hello to the resident alpacas at West Wight, or pay a visit to Tapnell Farm Park or the island's Zoo for a more variety of animals, including Monkeyhaven, the primate rescue centre.
Take a chair-lift ride over the infamous Needles, where you can see the lighthouse and the coloured sands (and create your very own coloured-sand souvenir at the "Sand Shop!") You can also take a look at how glass is blown at Alum Bay Glass and let the little ones have a treat at the IW Sweet Manufacory!
The infamous Isle of Wight Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and will be held 21-24 June 2018. As you would expect, the line-up is HUGE and includes Manic Street Preachers, Rita Ora, Van Morrison, Depeche Mode, Kasabian, The Script, Jessie J, Sheryl Crow, James Bay - the list carries on!
The festival for 2019 will be held 13-26 June.