If you’re a nature lover, there’s no better place to be this autumn than the Isle of Wight. It really is a magical season to explore the changing colours and light and watch the migratory birds that stop off on their way to sunnier climes.
Of course, there’s plenty to do besides long country walks, as the island’s festival season continues and the award-winning electric woods returns to light up the night. These are 5 of our favourite things to do on one of our caravan holidays on the Isle of Wight.
October half term is the ideal time to visit with the family and enjoy the incredible Dark Nights carnival parade through Shanklin. There are spooky events all over the place including Ghost Tales at St Catherine’s Lighthouse and Spooky Castle events at Carisbrooke Castle. All aboard the Train of Fright for more creepy family fun!
Ditch the car
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival in October is the ideal way to explore the island by foot, with 90 guided walks for all abilities, often ending by a roaring pub fire! If you prefer pedal power, then the cycling festival in September offers 60 scenic cycling routes to enjoy.
Go mad for festivals
The island is famed for its festivals and carnivals and the action doesn’t stop when the nights draw in. The Isle of Wight literary festival in October attracts the likes of thriller writer, Val McDermid, Michael Malpurgo, the Children’s Laureate, and political pundit, Andrew Marr. Alan Titchmarch, Sheila Hancock and sci-fi legend Brian Aldiss make this a must attend event for bookworms.
Rather fill your belly than your brain? The annual Sweetcorn Fayre celebrates the sunshine vegetable that grows so well in the island’s mild climate. Barbecues, cookery demonstrations, craft stalls and live music combine with the freshest sweetcorn, apples, tomatoes and other seasonal produce.
Light up the sky
The Isle of Wight is fast gaining a reputation for being a premium stargazing destination, so it’s not just the electric woods that are lighting up the skies this autumn. Take a stargazing weekend at the Isle of Wight planetarium to explore the wonders of the night sky.
If lighting up the sky with explosive colour is more your thing, then you’ll need to head for the woods and the incredible Electro-Light Circus, with acrobats, light shows and the incredible centrepiece, the Chakra Star, hidden at the heart of the festival. This is an event truly not to be missed.
The Secret Life of Osborne House
Many visitors to the island come for one reason only - to explore Queen Victoria’s family home at Osborne House. This exquisite building is one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Wight, and no wonder - from the sumptuous interiors to the extensive grounds, there’s so much to see and explore.
But Osborne also has its secrets and during the autumn many of the private apartments and other areas of the house that are usually closed to visitors can be seen on special weekends. You’ll need to book in advance, though, as these tours are incredibly popular.
It’s just 30 minutes from Shanklin to Cowes, so book your caravan holidays now for the October half term!