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The local area guide to living in Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is approximately five miles away from the mainland, and, when the tide is in, it’s the smallest county in Britain. When the tide is out, the landmass extends to an area slightly bigger than Rutland.

It may be small, but it manages to pack a lot in. From rich rural areas in the west to more modern towns such as Newport and Ryde, there’s great diversity in atmosphere and environment, and this also means there’s plenty to do.

It’s been a choice holiday destination for many years, with Queen Victoria once having a home here. This is perhaps due to its sunny climes; it’s typically one of the warmest areas in the UK. It’s also home to a number of protected species, such as the red squirrel. Popular activities include sailing – particularly around Cowes, which houses an international sailing centre – and there are also premium golf courses on the island.

Information about the local residents

The majority of the Isle of Wight’s 140,500 residents are based in Ryde (18,800) or Newport (17,300).

The Isle of Wight is approximately five miles away from the mainland, and, when the tide is in, it’s the smallest county in Britain. When the tide is out, the landmass extends to an area slightly bigger than Rutland.

Nearby schools

The Isle of Wight transitioned to a two-tier school system in 2008, and most schools are now primary or secondary. As this has resulted in the opening of a number of new schools, there are limited Ofsted inspection reports.

Schools which have been inspected and received positive ratings include Newchurch and Northwood Primary Schools, and, for secondary-aged pupils, Ryde Academy and Ryde Independent School.

Getting around

To reach the Isle of Wight, the most popular option is one of the four main ferry services. There are ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, and Lymington, and they connect with Cowes, Ryde, Fishbourne and Yarmouth. There’s also a more exciting option for adventure travellers, with hovercrafts running between Ryde and Portsmouth.

On the island, the easiest way to travel is via car. There are regular bus services between the towns and villages, as well as a rail line that covers nine miles of the island. There are also around 200 miles of cycle paths, which is a great way to take in the scenery.

Local shops

There’s plenty to be explored on the island; what it lacks in size it makes up for in variety. Two of the biggest tourist draws are the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival. The former regularly brings in around 60,000 tourists and has become renowned as one of the last places Jimi Hendrix played. The latter is a popular festival that brings together pop, rock, and dance artists, and which, thanks to its annual tradition of setting a theme, once set the world record for most people in fancy dress at once.

Other major attractions are based around the island’s spectacular scenery. Cycling, walking and watersports are all popular pastimes, with world-class events such as the Cowes Week racing regatta, the Isle of White Cycling Festival and the Marathon being held here.

It’s not just for the professionals though; kayaking, horse-riding and golfing are popular tourist activities, and there are a number of local teams to watch in ice hockey, football, and cricket.

Those looking for a more relaxed time can head to Newport for a spot of shopping, where there are high street shops as well as family-run boutiques and independent shops selling local foods, crafts, and gifts. There are also many eateries around, often serving up local delicacies such as the islands award-winning beers.

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