Great seaside resorts on the Isle of Wight

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 14-10-2011

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For many of us, the Isle of Wight encapsulates the great British seaside holiday…. ice creams, sandy beaches and family fun. So if you are heading to the Isle of Wight for your holidays you will find the main resorts on the east side of island, including:

  • Sandown and Shanklin. Two of the island’s eastern resorts that offer sandy beaches and are holiday maker favourites. The Sandown resort has plenty going on with nightly entertainment in the summer, a pleasure pier with amusements (the only one on the island) and the Isle of Wight zoo. Shanklin, just across the Sandown Bay, has a wonderfully pretty Old Village with thatched cottages and delightful tea rooms. And, a must see is Shanklin Chine, a winding pathway around a wooded coastal ravine containing waterfalls, trees and lush vegetation.
  • Ventnor. Considered as one of the sunnier spots on the Isle of Wight, Ventnor and its suburbs of Bonchurch and St Lawrence is built on the slopes of St Boniface Down which is the island’s highest point. You can have a pleasant stroll beside the bay and beach along Ventnor’s esplanade at the end of which you will also find the popular Botanical Gardens.
  • Ryde. Located in the north east of the Isle of Wight, Ryde is the largest of all the towns on the island. With mile upon mile of sandy beaches and a pier, the Victorian town is popular with tourists.

There is a great selection of Isle of Wight Hotels and guest house accommodation to choose from as well as some great campsites and holiday parks, but please note that accommodation books up quickly around the main Isle of Wight festivals and Cowes Week in August.

Great UK Holiday Destinations

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in News, Places to visit | Posted on 07-08-2011

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With more and more people worrying about finances one of the first places that takes a cut is the holiday budget. What most people don’t realise is that there are plenty of great holiday destinations right here on our doorstep in the UK that are great value for money.

The best way to get the most for your money even when holidaying in the UK is to take time with your preparation, do your research and make sure you are getting the best value for money.

Despite being close to home if you are going away make sure you take out an adequate travel insurance as if you don’t it can end up costing you a lot more in the long-run if anything were to go wrong, for more information on travel insurance policies click here

If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go, here are some great UK holiday destinations to help you decide:

Chester

Chester is a favourite with overseas travellers who come from far and wide to see the fantastic Tudor buildings and walk around the remains of the Roman walls that surround the city. As a holiday destination, Chester can be overlooked by others in the UK but it has a lot to offer holidaymakers of all ages.

For the children, there is Chester Zoo, one of the best zoos in the country which is fantastic for a fun filled day out, for the history lovers there is the stunning roman remains and tours run daily so you don’t miss out on any of the sights. For the shopping lovers there are fantastic stores both designer and high street on the famous 2 level shopping ‘The Rows.’ A great all round destination suitable for everyone whether you be travelling as a family, couple or group of friends.

Scottish Highlands

If you’re longing to get away from it all, a trip to the Scottish Highlands can allow you to do just that, not only can you feel a million miles from home, you can also feel like you and your party are the only people on the planet in this peaceful location.

If you like all things outdoors, the highlands are for you, hiking, fishing, canoeing and rock climbing to name a few, are all available on your doorstep. If your children are into outdoor activities or you just feel like some time away as a family this is a great place to come with the kids. Likewise if you a couple wanting a romantic break, a cosy highland cottage with real log fire is a great place to block out the rest of world.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a great place to choose for a UK holiday destination, being off the mainland you really feel as though you are going further than you really are and this little island has some big attractions. There are 8 award winning beaches on the Isle of Wight so it’s a great place to sunbathe and enjoy the sea in the good weather. So good in fact you could be excused for thinking you were overseas!

Another great attraction on the island is the Isle of Wight Festival, held annually over 3 days usually in June, this years headliners included Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian. After 3 days spent at the festival why not spend another few days relaxing and recovering on one of the nearby beautiful beaches.