Have you been to the Isle of Wight before? We’re going for the first time this Summer and I can’t wait to visit this island which I have heard so much about. We are also excited about going on our very own ‘Isle of Wight Bear Hunt’ to celebrate 175 Years of Family Adventures on the Isle of Wight.
Visitors to the island can pick up a new We’re Going on an Isle of Wight Bear Hunt adventure trail guide, highlighting similarities between the locations in the popular children’s story and Channel 4 animated film, and places on the Island. The new leaflet is now available to holidaymakers at ferry ports, Tourist Information Points across the Island and hotels and attractions. It can also be downloaded HERE.
Explore the island on your own family bear hunt by visiting the places highlighted in the leaflet, and enjoy outdoor activities such as rock-pooling at Bembridge Ledge, searching for dinosaur footprint casts at Compton Bay, cycling the safe footpath that runs along the seafront from Cowes to Gurnard, or tucking into a picnic on the sheltered sandy beach at St Helen’s Duver. We can’t wait to discover some of these places!
There are also several Official Bear Hunt Adventure Weekends with the National Trust coming up including:
♥ St Helen’s Duver – Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May | Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 July 2018
Once a Victorian golf course, the sandy coastal location of St Helens Duver makes it a stunning venue for a Bear Hunt. There’s tall grass for ‘swishy swashy’-ing through, rock pools perfect to ‘tip toe, tip toe’ in. You’ll also discover amazing Isle of Wight wildlife; you might even spot a red squirrel as well as the bear!
♥ Newtown National Nature Reserve – Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June | Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 September 2018
Newtown National Nature Reserve is on the north west coast of the Isle of Wight. It’s a stunning estuary, bordered by woods and meadows that is managed by the National Trust. The reserve is crammed with amazing wildlife and it’s a top spot for birdwatching.
Visitors will get to immerse themselves in a real-life Bear Hunt experience where they can “swishy swashy through the long wavy grass; splish, splosh through the deep cold river; and squelch squerch through the thick oozy mud”!
There’ll also be a Bear Hunt themed Isle of Wight Literary Festival Youth Zone from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October, supported by Walker Books as well as a Hovertravel trip to St Helens Beach on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. Find out more here.
For a growing list of ‘Bear Hunt’ related activities on the Isle of Wight in 2018, check out the Visit Isle of Wight website HERE.
Found at the very southern tip of the Island, Blackgang Chine is the UK’s original theme park and a wonderland for children, with so much to discover. In 2018 this magical land will be 175 years old too with fabulous birthday festivities planned throughout the year. This will definitely be on our list of places to visit too.
Whether you decide to go on your own Isle of Wight Bear Hunt adventure or to one of the events mentioned above, let’s let children be children and experience simple pleasures in a beautiful natural landscape – from splashing in puddles (or sea water) to hunting for shells and building sandcastles and more! Read more about We’re Going on An Isle of Wight Bear Hunt HERE.