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D. Places of Interest

Dimbola Lodge

Julia Margaret Cameron, the famous Victorian portrait photographer, lived at Dimbola Lodge from 1860 until 1875, where she photographed the cream of Victorian Society. The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust was set up with the aim of ensuring the preservation of Dimbola Lodge, and to provide historical information on Julia Margaret Cameron's life and works. We also ensure an extensive list of activities, events and exhibitions take place in and around Dimbola Lodge Museum to support the Trust's objectives and to support photographers from all over the world.

Osborne House

Queen Victorian's favourite country home in East Cowes - discover the true grandeur of the Victorian age.

Steam Railway

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway was closed in 1966 but has been perfectly preserved as a working railway. Visit their site to check timetables and events.

The Model Village

Model village depicting Shanklin Old Village and Godshill as it used to be

The Needles

The island's most famous landmark, The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse in Alum Bay.

E. Outdoor Activities

Cowes Week 2017

Cowes Week 2017 Regatta dates have now been announced as from 29 July to 5 August 2017. There's nothing quite like Cowes Week; the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World. The event boasts an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,500 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night.


1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire
Whether your looking to hire a Car, Van or Cycle we are the people you need. We are a family run business so you can be assured of quality customer service and great prices.
From Small Cars to MPV's
Short Wheel Base Vans to Luton Vans (with tail lift)
Mountain Bikes
Telephone +44 01983 400055


The Island provides a wealth of shore and boat fishing, and sheltered conditions can always be found, Bass are the main quarry for beach anglers.
Due to strong tides on the north coast and lack of harbours on the south coast, the visiting angler would be best advised to arrange boat trips with one of the local charter skippers working out of Yarmouth or Bembridge.
There are a large number of fishing clubs on the island.


With two centres based on the Isle of Wight and on the mainland near Southampton, Specialist Flying School offers an excellent service which we think you'll find second to none. Whether it's hi-tech helicopters or vintage bi-planes you are interested in, they can offer you an exhilarating experience with a unique fleet of aircraft.
Specialist Flying School, Embassy Way, Isle of Wight Airport, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JP
Tel: 01983 402402
Birnie Air Services, IW Airport, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JP
Tel: 01983 408374


Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club
The Fairway Lake, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 9PR
Tel: 01983 403217
More of a heath-land course, with gorse, bracken and heather, this is arguably the top golf club on the Island. The terrain would seem to be a natural golf course, although it was in fact built on Lake and Blackpan Commons - originally grazing land - and the layout of the course has changed quite a bit since World War I. For instance, the present 14th, 15th and 16th are later additions, the course boundary being the back of the 13th green, 3rd tee and the right of the 17th. There was once a hole from (roughly) the present 10th tee, down over the sandpit to a green the other side of the track. Nowadays you cannot see anything in that direction except trees.
Sandown has just about everything - par three over water - par three to a narrow green on the side of a hill - par four over a valley and two bunkers to reach the fairway - blind drives - longish carry drives - up-hill holes - down-hill holes - bunkers - trees - gorse - rough (some with heather) - elevated tees - pro's shop and a first class club house, where a good lunch can be purchased. Well worth the slightly higher green fee.
Ventnor Golf Club
Steephill Down Rd, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1BP
Tel: 01983 853326
A downland course, with six of the first nine holes on a slope, left to right going out and the reverse coming back. Two of these are only played once, since additional holes and greens were built a few years ago. Instead of playing the ninth as a dogleg, play straight on to the new green. The tenth and eleventh are new holes, one out and one back to the clubhouse. So instead of the first being the tenth, second time round, it becomes the twelfth and hence the two holes at the far end of the course are not played during the second nine. Confused? Ventnor makes good use of different tees for the second nine holes - this can make them play entirely differently.

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