Victoria & Abdul at Osborne House

From this Autumn onwards, visitors to the Isle of Wight will be able to follow a new ‘Victoria’s Island’ Trail, and explore the monarch’s home – Osborne – where many of the events depicted in the new movie ‘Victoria & Abdul’ were filmed. Osborne on the Isle of Wight, the seaside residence of Queen Victoria, was one of the key locations used in the filming of the movie, due to be released September 2017, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dame Judi Dench and renowned Continue reading →

National Trust on the Isle of Wight

We are very lucky here on the Isle of Wight to have so many beautiful National Trust sites, from ancient woodlands and nature reserves to open downlands and dramatic coast lines with sheer chalk cliffs, not to mention a The Needles Battery, the 300 year old Bembridge Windmill,  a Victorian fort under restoration, and an historic 17th century town hall with an interesting political past. Have a look at The Isle of Wight section on the National Trust website. It’s a brilliant resource, full of Continue reading →

A great day out at Carisbrooke Castle!

A great day out at Carisbrooke Castle! We really enjoyed ourselves at Carisbrooke Castle over the school holidays. Set amongst stunning scenery, the castle is beautifully preserved with something for everyone. Our kids particularly loved the wall walk which goes all around the walls of the castle, the donkeys and the seemingly bottomless well – throw in a penny and wait for the splash, it takes ages! Come and stay with us at The Caledon Guest House in Cowes, just 15 mins drive away. Have a read Continue reading →