Enjoy Englandís south coast with these caravan parks on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire.
We've got all corners of the Isle of Wight covered with outstanding caravan parks close to the main resorts of Cowes, Shanklin and Ryde. Each park is packed with amazing facilities, or you can simply use them as a base to explore.
Holiday on the Hampshire coast to discover the incredible seafaring and naval heritage of Southampton and Portsmouth and explore through the incredible New Forest, once designated a royal hunting domain by William the Conqueror and still a protected area where ponies roam free.
There is plenty of family entertainment in Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard is home to a museum and Nelsonís HMS Victory, the HMS Warrior, and the Mary Rose, Henry VIIIís pride and joy, which sank in front of him just outside the harbour. Just outside Southampton, Paultons Park theme park is great for a family day out.
Cowes, on the Isle of Wightís north coast, is famous for its prestigious sailing week, which attracts boats from across the world. Other local highlights include Osborne House, which was once Queen Victoria's favourite holiday retreat - the magnificent house features fascinating exhibitions giving an insight into royal life.
The Isle of Wight has some wonderful seaside towns. Sandown has a golden beach with a 19th century pier, and a Dinosaur Museum that is sue to be a roaring success with children! Shanklin is famed for its beautiful wooded ravine known as Shanklin Chine, and the port town of Yarmouth is home to some of the island's oldest architecture, including a 16th century castle.
The most memorable and iconic Isle of Wight feature are the giant chalk cliffs known as The Needles, which tower from the sea. The best views can be seen from the spectacular chairlift that starts at the top of Alum Bay cliffs and drifts down to the coast. There's a whole range of attractions, turning a trip to The Needles into a day out.
There are many pretty walks and bike rides across the Isle of Wight, taking in the coast and breathtaking countryside. To get the benefit of local's knowledge, join one of the two Walking Festivals taking place in May and October, bringing together more than 300 organised walks.
The famous Isle of Wight Festival takes place every June and past headliners have included the Rolling Stones, Bowie, Springsteen and McCartney. For something a little more eclectic ...but no less entertaining..., try Bestival in September, when peace, love and dancing lead the way.