We headed down to Ventnor on Saturday and with the sun shining and temperatures around 20 it was a perfect day to sit on the patio of the Spyglass Inn and watch the brave paddlers and beach combers while taking a leisurely lunch. The town of Ventnor has almost a Victorian feel and although on a steep hill many places are wheelchair friendly. I think the island being so focused on tourists, many places are. After lunch we wended our way to Shanklin. People were out in force. Kids played in the pitch & putt park at the beginning of the Esplanade, enjoying the dinosaurs that adorn each hole. The grown ups were enjoying the opportunity to grab a glass of wine or beer and enjoy the sun. We strolled down the mile long esplanade and took in the sights while stopping for some light refreshments including a delicious cream tea.
After our seaside fill we headed back to Rookley Country Park which has caravans and cottages, all with options for people with mobility issues. With an indoor and outdoor pools and nightly entertainment, this is the place of childhood memories and it certainly gave a nostalgic feel to my friend who spent many a summer holiday at a caravan park on the island. During the height of the season I imagine it would be very crowded but we got to enjoy the facilities with just a few others.