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Vegan Adventures on the Isle of Wight Honestly Alessandra, a vegan blogger from London has been kind enough to share how she kept it plant based during her stay with us at The Retro Retreat in Ventnor. I was keen to see if the Isle of Wight offered enough choice for our vegan guests.  Would…

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Osborne House

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”. Queen Victoria, you’re not wrong! Osborne House, the holiday residence on the Isle of Wight, once owned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. As you wander through the house and gardens, Osborne has a cunning way of transporting you back in time.  An impressive home with an intimacy…

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Toddlers Isle of Wight

Top Trips Out for Toddlers on the Isle of Wight Who better to ask than Mum on an Island when it comes to the best places to visit on the Island with a toddler or 2 in tow…… Heading out with a toddler can certainly present its challenges and questions: will they be entertained? Can I…

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Perfect bath for travelling solo to The Corner House

Travelling Solo to The Corner House in Ventnor I have never travelled on my own for 2 nights without my family in tow, and I definitely haven’t crossed the water and left them on the mainland. Now I have ‘survived’ the experience of travelling solo, I wanted to let you know – it was a…

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Isle of Wight Pearl Christmas Tee

The 21st Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival Based around the village of Brighstone, the Christmas Tree Festival takes in at least 7 different venues, including the local churches, Isle of Wight Pearl and several community halls and clubs. The main attractions are the many Christmas trees on display – showcasing local businesses, schools and various events.  Each…

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The Grinch

Ventnorville – Christmas Festivities in Ventnor Wacky, quirky and somewhat crazy, Ventnorville isn’t your average Christmas seaside festival. Father Christmas, yes. But, not always. Occasionally the Grinch throws Santa out of his Grotto.  The kids queue up to find a crazy green man with a sack of presents in the grotto instead. Making a pack…

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Since we first met, it’s been love at first donkey. A charity with a genuine passion for all things donkey, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a simple but amazing place that people of all ages will fall in love with. It’s been a summer of donkey love for myself and my daughter.  We…

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Chale Show triple

I pick the crazy vegetable place….  The Chale Show Summer 2017, myself and my 5 year old have travelled far and wide.  Well, actually, not that far and wide as we have been on the Isle of Wight for most of it! My daughter has kept a scrapbook of her adventures this summer holiday.  We…

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Ventnor Fringe

My first fringe festival and it certainly won’t be my last. We arrived in Ventnor just before the start of fringe week, watching the preparations unfold and the excitement build. After a quick visit to the Ventnor Exchange, I left armed with my festival programme and tips on family friendly events.  Daughter enjoyed a quick…

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Model Village Godshill

A visit to Godshill will probably leave you feeling a little whimsical. I have to admit, I have driven through Godshill quite a few times.  Staying in Ventnor, it is not a million miles away and I often drive through or use the petrol station there.  Whenever I do, I always say, “ahhh, this village…

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