For our last family holiday together, we went to the Isle of Wight. The weather wasn’t great for most of our week but with sunshine forecast for our first full day, we decided to take Jessica and Sophie to the Needles Landmark Attraction. One of Jessica’s requests for our holiday was to visit the beach. We remembered the coloured sands at Alum Bay – although forgot that the beach itself was a shingle one and not one of the better beaches on the Island!
There are a variety of different attractions to enjoy at the Needles Landmark Attraction. There are separate costs for each, starting at £2 per person for the Alum Bay Glass Demonstration or sweet making demonstration. Some of them, such as the tea cup ride and carousel only accept tickets; others accept either tickets or cash. You can buy super saver books of tickets at the entrance or at the chair lift. These give you £12 worth of tickets for £9. Children under 4 go free.
Jessica wasn’t interested in any of the rides but Sophie was keen to give them a try. She had fun on the tea cup ride and the car ride with Daddy.
After Sophie had finished on the rides, we stopped for some lunch at Marconi’s Restaurant. The food was quite basic and quite average in terms of quality. It did give Jessica a chance to get out of the wind for a while and warm up though. Naturally once she had warmed up and we were outside again, she wanted to have an ice-cream!
Thankfully the ice-cream didn’t make her too cold. Our next stop was the chairlift to take us down to the beach. It’s quite a steep drop as you head down the cliffs to the shore. I have to admit it made me a little nervous. We did get a good view of the Needles on our way down though.
We hadn’t remembered to bring a bucket and spade with us and there weren’t any for sale in the shops at the attraction. I did manage to buy a beer cooler bucket though. This was a good substitute as far as Sophie was concerned. She managed to find a small patch of sand in amongst the shingle and got busy building a sandcastle. Jessica found it quite cold and windy on the beach though. She was happier to watch, while sitting and snuggling up to Daddy. Once Sophie had finished building her sandcastle, we decided to head back up again.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the Sand Shop, the Alum Bay Glass shop and the Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory, where we watched a demonstration of how rhubarb and custard sweets are made. Jessica was tired out by this time and slept through most of it in her buggy. Sophie enjoyed it though – especially as we got to sample the sweets at the end!