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All Aboard the Isle of Wight

The reasons why this Solent island could be more exciting than Tenerife

The Isle of Wight is the ideal destination for a day trip outing with friends, family or the other half. But it appears that one of Britain’s best-loved destinations is often overlooked and forgotten about once summer hibernates and winter starts rolling in.

For that ‘Insta-worthy’ photo shot, be sure to visit The Needles in Totland Bay.

The in-between weather of autumn should not be a deterrent to explore the island of the Solent. For the month of October only, Hover Travel are offering £5 returns to the Isle of Wight every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, including free use of the Hoverbus. The catch? There isn’t one! Just be sure to book tickets online a full 7 days before travel and you’re ready to go.

By taking this cheap and easy chance to get on board and visit the Isle of Wight for the day, there are plenty of places to see, eat and enjoy. Nowhere is far to go on the Isle of Wight. For that ‘Insta-worthy’ photo shot, be sure to visit The Needles in Totland Bay. With the chair-lifts being just £9 on a super-saver ticket, visitors can grab a birds-eye view of the sand cliff coastline and sparkling waters of Alum Bay from the cliff-tops, overlooking the beach below.

“The Hut in Colwell is also a favourite of the Made In Chelsea cast who frequently drop by in their yachts.”

Carisbrooke Castle is a classic for those who want to actually “see” the Isle of Wight. Discover its history as an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Take the chance to meet the loveable donkeys and see them work and view the Castle’s Edwardian-style garden, all whilst experiencing the panoramic views from the high castle walls. Tickets for students are £8.50 with a valid student card.

It is no surprise that there are an abundance of afternoon tea rooms, country pubs and beachside cafés to indulge in on the island. Described as a “hidden gem” by many locals, The Hut in Colwell is also a favourite of the Made In Chelsea cast who frequently drop by in their yachts (apparently)!

Arreton Barns is the Isle of Wight’s largest craft village. The buildings and architecture offer a glimpse into the past of a traditional English village from over 500 years ago. The Barns are famous for showcasing local craftsmen, locally produced crafts, wholesome farm food and agricultural artefacts. Its famous old pub is a treat to eat in, or just to sample the local real-ale.

This time of year sees fireworks displays and light festivals popping up all over the country, and the Isle of Wight is no stranger to getting involved. The Robin Hill Country Park hosts the Electric Woods: Festival of Light, inspired by Diwali, which runs from 30th September – 4th November every day from 6pm – 10pm. Tickets for students are £13.50 and are definitely worth it.

It is easy to forget the wonders that sit on the door step of the Solent sometimes. But with the travel, food and sight-seeing bargains not leaving a huge dent in the student bank account, it would be silly not to take a trip across the water and see what the Isle of Wight is all about.

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