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We had a fantastic week away in the Isle of Wight this June – we were on a budget (as usual!) and fortunate to nab a Monday-Friday stay at Lower Hyde Holiday Park for just £78 through the Sun Newspaper Holidays.
The weather was lovely while we were away, we couldn’t have picked a better week for our trip, so the outdoor pool was a huge hit with the kids! And, because the holiday park is next door to sister park Landguard, you can use their pool too – so we enjoyed using both the indoor and outdoor pools on this one.
It’s great to have options depending on the weather, both pools had lifeguards and anything with a flume is always a hit with my two!
The site also had a play park, as well as a restaurant and arcade machines in the main building. There was a shop on-site for bits and bobs, but there were supermarkets just down the road for a full shop.
One thing that I can’t report back on is the evening entertainment (I assume that there was some! 😂) – we only had 5 days to explore so we were so busy that we didn’t have time to check it out!
The caravan was great, and it was such fantastic value for money. We were situated in a quiet area with views of the trees through the large window. Everything seemed new and clean, the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and equipment and the beds were comfortable – which is always a bonus!
We self-cater to travel on a budget, so the kitchen is really important to me – a decent size fridge, a good oven and somewhere to sit for a meal are vital. Here we had plenty of space to cook and relax. We enjoyed a week of picnics and home-cooked meals, to help make our holiday cheap and cheerful. We had a fantastic break and the caravan worked out at less than £20 per night.
Location, location, location
The Isle of Wight is such a brilliant location for a holiday with kids. The size of the island makes it really easy to get around, and there’s loads to do to keep the little ones entertained. It was one of Finn and Lola’s favourite holidays!
Here are some of the places that we visited:
Blackgang Chine is such a unique and quirky place, with lots on offer to keep the kids busy all day. It has a mix of rides, play areas and different worlds to explore.
The site is perched on the edge of the coast, looking out over the sea, making it a stunning place to explore and sit for a picnic. Finn and Lola really enjoyed their day! Check out my full review here: Isle of Wight with Kids: Blackgang Chine Review.
There was less to do there than at Blackgang Chine, and I don’t think it was as good value for money, but the kids were totally obsessed with the tobogganing! Check out my full review here: Isle of Wight with Kids: Robin Hill Country Park Review.
The Needles is a beautiful coastal spot – my two enjoyed making sand ornaments to keep as souvenirs, and we enjoyed a tasty picnic on the seafront.
You might also want to explore:
- Osborne House
- Monkey Haven Primate Rescue Centre
- Wildheart Animal Sanctuary
- Tapnell Farm Park
- Isle of Wight Steam Railway
One of the best bits about the Isle of Wight is reaching it by ferry – my two love boats, and it really makes it feel a world away from home, even though you’ve not left the UK. The Isle of Wight is a brilliant staycation destination, and Lower Hyde Holiday Park is a great base to explore from!