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The Isle of Wight – a perfect family getaway

Located just off the coast of Hampshire the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for a family getaway. With its spectacular coastal scenery and plenty of family friendly attractions and landmarks to see there is something for everyone on the Isle of Wight.

Holiday company Blue Chip Holidays have put together some of the best attractions that this spectacular island has to offer.

Shanklin seafront

This traditional seaside resort is one of the most popular destinations on the island and with good reason. Shanklin’s golden sandy beach is regarded as one of the best beaches in the UK and is a great spot to go surfing or just to relax and take in the views.

The promenade is full of traditional amusements and arcades, and if you feel a bit peckish you can choose from a range of great places to eat and drink. New to the seafront at Shanklin is the Pirates Cove, a theme park and adventure golf course that will keep everyone occupied for hours on end.

For more information about Shanklin and other attractions to see in the area visit the website: http://www.shanklinseafront.co.uk/

Blackgang Chine Amusement Park

Regarded as the oldest theme park in the UK, Blackgang Chine caters for the whole family. Whether you want to be a pirate or princess, dinosaur hunter or cowboy, Blackgang Chine has it all. With a number of themed worlds within the park and an array of attractions and rides, there is something for everyone.

Whether you or your kid’s fantasy is becoming a pirate on their own ship, a mermaid in their own underwater kingdom or have ever dreamt of coming face to face with life-sized dinosaurs, Blackgang Chine has you covered.

The theme park also has a range of restaurants and cafes onsite for when you need to refuel or take the weight off your feet. Tickets start from £19.50 per person or from £74 for a family of 4.

For more information and to buy tickets visit the website here: https://blackgangchine.com/

V-Dub Island (11th – 13th August 2017)

A must for any Volkswagen enthusiast, V-Dub Island is a family friendly festival the whole family can enjoy. Running from the 11th to the 14th August 2017, V-Dub Island features VW’s from all over the UK and with three music stages and over 80 bands performing during the event there is bound to be something for everyone.

Festival goers can take part in The VW big drive on Saturday the 12th August; this organised event drives on some of the most stunning coastal roads in the UK, ending up at the beach where the Run to the Surf competition is being held.

Other events taking place during the weekend include the Show and Shine and cooking in a camper competition. Tickets cost £20 for teenagers and £42.50 for Adults or you can get a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for £80; this includes camping and access to all of the events.

For more information and tickets visit the website: http://v-dubisland.com/

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