The Isle Of Wight With Toddlers In 42 Pictures

Bembridge Beach on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a great place to go on holiday with a toddler. I spent a week there in the summer with my family, and swam in the sea, spent days at the beach and went swimming (in an outdoor pool!). Just a 45 minute ferry journey away from Portsmouth is a little slice of toddler heaven.

There are so many things to do on the Isle of Wight for toddlers that we could have easily stayed for 2 weeks. Don’t take my word for it though – these are some of my favourite photos from our holiday in the Isle of Wight.

Cottage with a thatched roof on the Isle of Wight

I loved the pretty cottages with thatched roofs on the Isle of Wight

Getting to the Isle of Wight is part of the adventure. After a long drive down to Portsmouth from our home in Yorkshire, we were all so excited to board our Wightlink ferry to Fishbourne.

Wightlink ferry to the Isle of Wight

It was so easy to drive the car onto the ferry, and then for us to hop out and climb up to the top deck to wave goodbye to Portsmouth and hello to the Isle of Wight.

Wightlink Ferry - The Isle of Wight With a toddler

The boys were very excited on the ferry to the Isle of Wight!

The boys were very excited on the ferry to the Isle of Wight!

Taking the car meant that we could pack everything we needed, including toys, bikes and toddler essentials. And at just 45 minutes long, it was the perfect length for impatient toddlers.

Leaving Portsmouth on the ferry to the Isle of Wight

Leaving Portsmouth

First glimpse of the Isle of Wight in the distance

First glimpse of the Isle of Wight in the distance

We spent a week in a holiday home at the Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park which was only about 20 minutes from Fishbourne. This newly renovated holiday park had everything a family with a baby or toddler needed including a cliff top playground, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and its own beach.

A luxury caravan at Whitecliff Bay

A luxury caravan at Whitecliff Bay

A luxury caravan at Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight

Guess which our caravan was?!

Inside a luxury at Whitecliff Bay - a baby and toddler friendly holiday park in the Isle of Wight.

Inside the luxury caravan

A Playground with at Whitecliff Bay: A baby and toddler friendly holiday park in the Isle of Wight

A playground with a view

The outdoor swimming pool at Whitecliff Bay

The outdoor pool

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It was hot and sunny, so we spent the first few days on Whitecliff Bay beach. We went swimming, built sandcastles, played games, and waved to the cross channel ferries which were steaming their way over to France and The Channel Islands in the distance. It was pretty much perfect.

Whitecliff Bay

Whitecliff Bay

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Whitecliff Bay Beach Cafe

Beach Cafe

This ball came everywhere with us!

This ball came everywhere with us!

Whitecliff Bay Beach

Whitecliff Bay Beach

The Beach Cafe at Whitecliff Bay

The Beach Cafe

The Isle of Wight is only 40 miles wide, so you can be anywhere on the island in less than an hour. We threw our bikes and swimming kit into the back of the car and went off to explore.

There are great beaches at Shanklin, Ventnor and Freshwater Bay.

Ventnor Beach

Ventnor Beach

Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay

Toddlers will love the paddling pool at Ventnor which is shaped liked the Isle of Wight.

The Paddling Pool at Ventnor in the Isle Of Wight

The Paddling Pool at Ventnor

Don’t miss a trip to the Ventnor Haven Fishery where you can buy fresh fish, and have some of the best fish and chips on the island.

The Ventnor Haven Fishery

The Ventnor Haven Fishery

Fresh fish from the Ventnor Haven Fishery

Fresh fish from the Ventnor Haven Fishery

The Isle of Wight Steam Train is a great day out for toddlers.

The Isle of Wight Steam train - toddler friendly day out in the Isle of Wight

The Isle Of Wight Steam Train

As well as rides on the steam trains, there is also a Bird of Prey demo, a woodland walk and a fantastic train museum called The Train Story.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

The Train Story at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railwa

The Garlic Farm is one of the most unique places to visit on the Isle of Wight, and again, is great for toddlers. There is a nature walk, loads of place to run around in and the shop sells the famous Mingella Ice Cream.

The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight

The Garlic Farm

The playhouse at the Garlic Farm

The playhouse at the Garlic Farm

The Garlic Farm

The  Garlic Farm

The Garlic Farm

We also loved looking at all the different varieties of garlic grown on the farm.

The Garlic Farm

One of the most popular days out on the Isle Of Wight is to The Needles where you can take a chair lift down to the beach and have a boat trip to see the famous Needles rock formations.

The Needles

The Needles

We visited The Needles Old and New Battery which is run by the National Trust. This gets you the best views (onshore) on the Needles and also tells you about the secret military history of the Isle Wight.

The Needles Battery

Godshill is one of the most picturesque villages on the Isle of Wight, and another place which toddlers will love. This replica of the Isle of Wight has miniature versions of all area of the islands in including Shanklin, and a working train. We couldn’t drag my toddler away from this!

Godshill Model  Village

Godshill Model  Village

Bembridge at the top of the island was another delight with Bembridge Pier, which is the home to the RNLI Lifeboat.

Bembridge

It is also home to Bembridge Windmill which you can climb up.

Bembridge Windmill

As well as the beaches, the Isle of Wight is known for its coastal path around the island. Families who like walking would love this, although a baby carrier is a necessity.

The Isle of Wight Coastal Path

The Isle of Wight is also great for cycling. The Red Squirrel cycling trail is traffic free and flat- ideal for toddlers or less confident cyclists.

All in all, the Isle of Wight is a fantastic place to take a toddler on holiday. We were lucky with the weather, but even if it had rained all week there is still loads to do on the island. And it is so easy and stressfree to get there.

If you want some more Isle of Wight inspiration check out my recommendations on the things to do in the Isle of Wight with toddlers, or find out more about Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park for toddlers

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About Jo Addison

Mother of 2 little boys. Passionate about holidays and days out with babies and toddlers.

10 Comments

  1. Omg this looks amazing! Albeit a bit mean to share lovely warm summery photos smack in the middle of winter!! But definitely made me want to go now. xx #countrykids

  2. there is nothing quite like digging out some lovely summer photos in the middle of winter. It looks like there is plenty to do there for all ages, but little ones would love the steam train and model railway. I think Farmer Nick might have tractor and trailer envy looking at the size of the one at the garlic farm!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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  3. These pics remind me of fond childhood memories. Thanks for sharing #mondayescapes

    Also if you would like to join a collab post on city breaks with babies send me an email at wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com

  4. Wow! It looks beautiful, and what a lot to do! We’ve never been to the Isle of Wight, wish we had visited now 🙂 #countrykids
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  5. I can’t get over the beauty of this island. The places you guys had the opportunity to visit are great. Glad to know it is easy to cross to the island with your car. Like your post a lot! #MondayEscapes
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  6. I love the look of this town with the thatched roofs and cottages! Pinned for later as it looks like a very relaxing place to get away! #MondayEscapes
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  7. Oh wow i didn’t realize the Isle of Wight was so beautiful. There looks like to much to do as well to keep a family entertained. Sounds like the perfect holiday for us with cycling and walking right on the doorstep! x
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  8. I have never been to the Isle of Wight but now that I’ve seen your photos, I’m thinking of booking up! It looks absolutely perfect for young children. I’m imagining how wonderful a garlic farm smells..

    Thanks for joining #daysoutwithatoddler – what a fab time you all must have had!

  9. I love the Isle of Wight. So lovely to read about your holiday at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park – I spent many happy holidays there before it was renovated and your photos brought back a lot of happy memories. Love the model village at Godshill and the Needles too. There’s certainly plenty for little ones to do and see on the island 🙂 #countrykids

  10. Wow! I never knew there was so much to do in the Isle of Wight (never visited) and it looks so beautiful.
    This is the type of place we could visit for a long weekend – looks like you guys has a brilliant time!

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