Visitors looking for a charming little Edwardian resort need look no further than Seaview on the Isle of Wight. It overlooks the Solent, which is the body of water separating the island from the Southern coast of mainland England. Visitors to Seaview will find a reasonable choice of places offering self catering accommodation, including holiday houses and cottages rather appropriately with sea views.
Seaview’s beaches have both sand and rockpools, where children can spend their time exploring and fishing for crabs. There are some pretty walks to be found in the area including along the promenade to Ryde, which is just two miles away. The island is a great place for watersports with sailing at Cowes very popular as well as windsurfing, diving, sea-canoeing and kayaking.
Visitors on a self catering holiday may like to try one of the restaurants in the High Street as well as browse around the charming little shops. Families can have great fun with the pitch and putt courses in Sandown, Shanklin and Ryde or take a trip on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Visitors can enjoy sport and leisure activities at Newport, which has an indoor swimming pool, theatre and adjoining Arboretum.
Puckpool park is a historic monument offering wonderful sea views and sandy beaches, with a children’s play park, tennis courts, mini golf, petanque, putting & beautiful gardens.Visitors will also find exciting rides and entertainment at Blackgang Chine in Ventnor. A paddle steamboat takes visitors around the whole island coastline and boats can also be chartered for fishing trips here.
Animal and wildlife lovers will find numerous places of interest on the island including Seaview Wildlife Centre and the Isle of Wight Zoo at Sandown. There are numerous beaches here and another place of interest is Alum Bay, which is noted for its multi-coloured sands. It is also close to the Needles, a chalk rock formation in the sea overlooked by a lighthouse. There are several historic buildings located on the island including Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House at Cowes.
Being one of the most southerly parts of the UK the Isle of Wight has a milder climate than most other areas. The warmest time of the year to visit the Isle of Wight is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 20 to 21 degrees centigrade. July is also generally the driest month, while November to January is the wettest time of the year with an average rainfall of approximately 85 to 89mm.
The island is eight kilometres off the English mainland and served by ferries operated by Wightlink from Lymington and Portsmouth and Red Funnel from Southampton. Hovertravel run a hovercraft service from Southsea. The nearest major airport is at Southampton, where Flybe have flights from major European cities such as Paris and Dusseldorf as well as UK cities like Aberdeen, Liverpool and Newcastle. South West Train runs a train service from London Waterloo to Southampton and Portsmouth.