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Winter at Old Shanklin   Leave a comment

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So many reasons to rent Old Shanklin in December and January or stay with us over the winter for B&B in November and January*.

So Many Reasons to Rent Our House over the Christmas Period

The Isle of Wight is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, but as with most seaside and visitor areas some places take a break to have a rest & carry out maintenance. So we have put together a collection of things to do and see over the Winter.

The mild climate makes it a fabulous place for winter walking, hire bikes from Route Fifty7 , surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sea swimming and all manner of things you wouldn’t dream of doing elsewhere in the UK. You’re quite likely to go home with a tan! We love to go kite flying at The Duver beach, St Helens around Christmas (check tides).

Outdoor sports isn’t for everyone, so as well as their fantastic Pantomime, which this year is Dick Whittington (Booking essential), from 23rd December – 3rd January, Shanklin Theatre continue with their comedy circuit guests and an array of National, International and local performances. We are very lucky to have such a good theatre round the corner.

Osborne House are hosting ‘Enchanted Osborne’ Friday 15th – Saturday 23rd December, when Osborne Gardens will be open after dark for an enchanted winter fairytale of light, colour and sound through a garden trail into magical woodland. They are then open at weekends for the main part of the winter.

Carisbrooke Castle is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1st November to 23rd December and January and open every day from 27th December – 1st January

And talking of donkeys – the Donkey Sanctuary is open all year round and it’s donation only.

Quarr Abbey Farm Shop & Café are open up up to Christmas, closing Christmas Eve until New Year’s Eve. Understandably.

Shanklin Seafront’s Pirate’s Cove & Jurassic Bay will be open at weekends through the winter months.

Christmas isn’t just about panto, the Boxing Day Swim at Hope Beach, Shanklin and Ventnor Beach are for the proper dedicated and those who like raising money for charity. Lots of the bars are open at Ventnor on Boxing Day, as they are in Shanklin. The Salix near Hope Beach has a log fire and a license – what more do you need after that Boxing Day swim!

The IOW Steam Railway have Santa’s Specials and Christmas Carverys. And talking of food the Island is known for it’s high concentration of pubs! Winter isn’t winter without a lovely log fire and a glass of wine or a local ale. Try the Buddle Inn at St Lawrence (you could walk down to the lighthouse), the New Inn at Shalfleet. Even The Best Dressed Crab restaurant on Bembridge Harbour has a log fire and are open 7 days aweek except January & February when they are open at weekends.

There is a lovely cosy buzz about the Island in the winter. You can get really mixed in with the locals and feel part of this wonderful community. People on the Island really are genuinely friendly, not just in the summer while you’re tipping them.

If you are self catering we have an amazing butcher, Paul Murphy, in Shanklin and what we believe is the best local produce in the country; goats cheese, milk and kefir from Green Barn Farm, the well known Gallibagger, Blue & Soft cheeses from the Isle of Wight Cheese Co. Tomatoes galore, garlic of course, gin, vodka, wine, ales, game, beef, lamb, free range poultry, organic veggies, many of which can be found at Farmer Jack’s Farm Shop, Arreton and Brownrigg Farm Shop, Godshill (both also good for IOW products) and delicious seafood at Ventnor Haven and Captain Stan’s Bembridge. We are very lucky. Even the Rock Shop (sweet shop) at the end of the road makes special Christmas gifts. If you have forgotten anyone The Chilli Farm has a great barn of local artistts and crafty things – soaps, chocolates, art, as does Arreton Barns and Brownrigg Farm Shop.

If you don’t want to stay in on Christmas Day Heima in Brading, a beautiful, intimate restaurant with fabulous food, will be open (also on Christmas Eve). Pendletons, Morgans and the Waterfront Inn, in Shanklin are open Christmas Day. Many of the pubs will be open for drinks on Christmas Day.

Newport Street Food Market at the Quay is on Fridays and the 22nd December will be festive market 10:30-8pm (none between Christmas and New Year). Plus a Christmas food market in Brading on Sunday 10th December 10-3. They also have an annual Christmas Market at the Garlic Farm on 24th, 25th and 26th November (The Garlic Farm is open all year round).

If you like buying local there are plenty of local Christmas fayres for Crafters and foodie events. You will find lots of own made produce at the Ventnor Botanic Gardens, which is open all year round and has a great bumpy slide!

The great thing about living on our lovely Island is that things just don’t stop. So when we are a little quieter in the winter months there is still a massive music scene. The Village Inn, Shanklin has weekend music all year round. Let’s face it Shanklin looks like Christmas all year round, we even have a Christmas shop!

Of course the best thing about Shanklin is our beautiful beach and they really are all year round. We even have free parking on the seafront over the winter! Bonus! Kids love it. Wrap them up and take a ball or a kite and you can have endless free fun.

Stretch the legs with a walk to Bonchurch and Ventnor from the house. Breakfast at Cantina is a must or lunch at the Bonchurch Inn – life changing lasange, you can’t come to the Island without it or walk to Sandown on the sea front – bicycle friendly and stop off at The Beach Shack (check Facebook for opening). Another lovely walk over the Downs brings you to Ventnor and the fabulous Taverners Pub, Godshill. A must for foodies. If you fancy breakfast in Shanklin and you’re not B&B’ing with us The Waterfront (they have blankets for outside) does a good Full English and great music at weekends.

Great walking can also be done out West. The Needles Park is not open in the Winter, but you can walk up Heddon Down or over Tennyson Down and get a great view of the Needles. While you’re over that way pop into some great pubs –The Highdown Inn, Red Lion, Freshwater (great for game) or the Waterfront Inn at Totland, who also have an extensive menu (not to be confused with the Shanklin one). Another enviable log fire can be huddled round at The George Hotel in Yarmouth.

Go East while you’re kite flying on the Duver and visit The Seaview Hotel and the Old Fort Pub. Walk round to the Boathouse and you can go all the way to ride and it’s an easy flat walk for kids and if the tide is out there is great shell collecting to be done.

We love our Island all year round and really miss out if we’re not here for Christmas, but we hope if you rent Old Shanklin you will enjoy yourselves for us!

* The guest house is open for 2017/2018 until 26th November, then available for holiday let 8th December – 30th December and again from 4th January – 31st January. Our B&B diary is also open in January, we will honour whichever booking comes in first. No one will be cancelled.

**Openings are to the best of our knowledge in 2017. Please check individual websites and tide times.

We apologise if we have missed any attractions out. Let us know and we will add you.

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Posted October 10, 2017 by shanklinrocks in Uncategorized