We got the train from London to Portsmouth, then the Wightlink Ferry over to the Isle of Wight. I was pretty apprehensive about getting on a boat as I get horribly sea sick, even if it was inly 20 minutes, but we could sit on the "sun deck" which was outside so I didn't feel so bad. It was only £14 each to get the boat too!
Then we got the train from the pier head in Ryde all the way to Sandown. The trains were ex-tube stock, which being a tube geek I enjoyed.
Sandown was a proper old fashioned seaside down with a pier with an arcade and lots of cafes and tat shops which was just what I was looking for. And a really cute rock shop, that had a traditional rude section. We stayed in the old lady hotel, which I mentioned before and it did not disappoint. It was decorated like my granny's old house with pattern everywhere.
The beach had that grainy golden sand.
We walked to the dinosaur museum, which we thought would be closed. It wasn't but since it was so close to closing time we basically had the place to ourselves. We only saw one other family there, which was great.
We played mini golf, which I was awful at. I was like Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore, I kept throwing my club and shouting a lot.
There was a really nice ice cream parlour with exciting flavours and teddy cones. I had turkish delight flavour with mint sprinkles. Its an odd combo but it tastes really good. All the ice cream was homemade.
We went to the "owl and monkey haven" because that seemed like a good combination. We got there pretty early (the old lady hotel served breakfast really early) and again there was hardly anyone else there. It was quite a small zoo but it meant smaller crowds at feeding time and the staff really knew the animals and their personalities. We had a tour round the monkeys and each monkey got a boiled egg!
We went into the town Newport, that had hundreds of charity shops. The boy got quite fed up of going in them. It was pretty easy to get the bus around the island.
The whole trip reminded me of the holidays we had when I was younger as we never went abroad, we would rent a cottage or a caravan in Cornwall or somewhere.
Have you been to the Isle of Wight? I really recommend it!