Holidays on the Isle of Wight!


On the ferry Hello! 

Well I talk enough about the Isle of Wight so I thought it about time I show you a couple of pictures! Here I am utterly relaxed as I make the trip across the Solent on the car ferry.

You can just make out Ryde pier in the background. The next picture is an early morning walk along Ryde seafront. Bliss!

Ryde I'm a huge fan of the Isle (the UK has so many wonderful places to visit; I think we're very lucky). I always went to the island for the summer holidays as a kiddie and we had the best time visiting Robin Hill, Flamingo Park (now called Seaview Wildlife encounter) and of course Black Gang Chine with the coloured sands. 


Great memories
Some of my best memories are chilling out with my sisters (when we weren't arguing!) on the beach. My cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents would often join us and it wasn't uncommon for there to be fifteen to twenty of us on the beach at any one time!

We had our buckets and spades and would build castle after castle and get those little flags to pop on top. My cousin had an amazing spade, it was collapsible and looked liked something from the army – really cool.

When I head back to the Isle we often chat about what we got up to as children. We had the best times but not without the occasional mishap! There was the time I nearly drowned – simply terrifying! I was around 11. and thanks to Dad I'm here to tell the tale today. He rescued me and while doing so our English setter came along to help. He got us both back safely. It sends shudders down my spine just thinking about it. To this day, Dad says it was a close call.

So, the Isle of Wight was our annual holiday, for the summer months, and we just loved it. So much so that Mum and Dad decided to mover there 20 years ago and having just left school I went with them. After 7 or 8 years my career moved me away from the Island, but I go back as often as I can – and now with my children.

We holiday there every year as well. It's really easy for us because we simply gate-crash my old home! I'm very lucky, Mum and Dad say turn up anytime and I know they mean it. I could turn up at 4am unannounced and they'd welcome me in. Of course I would never turn up at such a time… tempting though it is sometimes! But it's a lovely feeling to know that I can.

I highly recommend a visit, there's so much to see and do. If you're a walker, cyclist, parent or child I think you'll have a magical time.

take care and see you soon

Charlie x


  1. Mavis Taylor May 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie I have just been to the Isle of wight with my friend for 5 days and we had a realy good time.Lots to do and lots to see I think we will have to go again it is so nice.While I was there I was thinking how could Charlie leave such a lovely place but maybe when the family grow up you will go back to live just as your Mum and Dad did.
    Mavis x

  2. Shirley May 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, The first time we went to the I of W for an Easter break with our 2 children I thought how are we going to fill 10 days. I needn’t have worried there was such a lot to see and do – in fact our eldest won a competition at the holiday camp we were staying at to return for a free weeks holiday in the autumn – which meant we could revisit some of our favourite places and some that we had not had time to see the first time. We found lots of pubs for bar snacks that welcomed children – I remember one had The Two Brians singing and playing guitar and after their first song we clapped – they looked so surprised as if no-one had applauded them before! We had several more holidays there since with and now without the children. Happy days. Shirley {:)

  3. Jo June 7, 2011 at 7:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    Like you my parents moved to the island 24 years ago and I have been going as often as I can ever since. My eldest son is 24 and he was 10 days old when we first went and he has such a passion for the Island and I can see 1 day he will move there because thats where he is happiest.
    Take care Jo x

  4. Ann Simmonds June 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    Spent wonderful holidays at the IOW when I was little with my parents and sister. It always seemed to me we were going abroad when we got the ferry. Sadly I no longer have my parents or my sister, but have taken my two grandsons from tiny babies to now and they are 11 and 8. They just love it and the first time they got the ferry they said “are we going abroad Granny?” Just two weekends ago, my husband and I went on a last minute weekend break to the island and came back still loving it. The pace of life, the beautifuly countryside and all the lovely old pubs and great food just provide for us the perfect holiday. Long may it never change!!!
    Best wishes

  5. Wendy Cole July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie just been watching come dine with me and there was a guy called Michael on there from IOW is he any relation to you because there was a resemblance to you.
    I have only visited there once to collect my cocker spaniel pup three years ago, must go back soon though I can see it from Bournemouth where I live

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