Island Life - the Isle of Wight

Oh Wow! Island Theme – this is just perfect for me, because I LOVE Islands! I live on an island and all the best holidays I’ve ever had have been on Islands.

Oh Wow! Island Theme – this is just perfect for me, because I LOVE Islands! I live on an island and all the best holidays I’ve ever had have been on Islands.

If you are not an Island dweller you probably won’t understand but there is something really reassuring about knowing the exact size and the boundaries of the place where you live. And of course and Island comes with the added bonus of being surrounded by sea and coast.

I’m going to tell you about the Island where I live, it’s called the Isle of Wight it’s just a few miles off the south coast of the UK and is easy to get to from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth.

The Island is almost diamond shaped and is approximately 23 miles from end to end and 13 miles from top to bottom. The pace of life here is somewhat slower here than on the UK mainland, it’s place where people like to bring up children, to retire to, or to come on holiday to, it’s also a nice place to live.

There are no cities on the Isle of Wight, the main town in the centre of the Island is Newport, there are six other towns and many villages. It’s a great place for walking, or cycling; on hills, in woods, along country lanes, on coastal paths and on busy or deserted beaches – deserted beaches are my favourites. About half of the Island, the West Wight, is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There is much of historical interest here: there are Roman Villas; Carisbrooke Castle where King Charles I stayed for a time in 1647 during the civil war; many manor houses and country estates; Osborne House the country home of Queen Victoria; the Town Hall at Newtown which was built in 1699 and much, much more.

There is a zoo and Tiger Sanctuary, adventure playgrounds and parks and loads and loads of pubs and restaurants.

Throughout the year there are world class events on the Island like Cowes Week, the world famous sailing event in August; the Isle of Wight Festival in June – The Rolling Stones headlining this year, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival in May, the White Air Extreme Sports Festival at the end of June, and lots of smaller events throughout the year.

I’ve lived here for all of my life and I love it, maybe if you paid a visit you’d love it too?

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written by janette on 2008-04-27 #places #park #culture #music #nature #history #island #location #beach

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