Sandown is a beautiful sheltered bay that sits on the Southern coast of the Isle of Wight, just 45 minutes by car from The West Bay Cottages.
Boasting miles of golden beach, a traditional British seafront and pier, and plenty of things to see and do, it’s easy to see why thousands of locals and tourists flock to the area each and every year.
With attractions such as a Zoo housed in an old fort, a purpose-built interactive Dinosaur Museum and plenty of pubs and restaurants where you can refuel during or after a busy day exploring, there’s something to keep the entire family thoroughly entertained.
Here’s our guide to just some of the things you won’t want to miss when you visit Sandown.
Visit Dinosaur Isle, Sandown’s Dinosaur Museum
Located in an awe-inspiring pterosaur-shaped building that offers stunning views of Sandown’s spectacular beach, Sandown’s Dinosaur Museum can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
Transporting you back to the pre-historic age, the museum has a number of fossils, interactive displays, recreated landscapes and life-sized dinosaurs that will ignite your imagination and give you a fascinating insight into a time when dinosaurs roamed freely.
There are even guided fossil hunts for all to enjoy!
Build a sandcastle on Sandown Beach
Sandown’s Blue Flag beach is a great day out for all the family. Featuring miles and miles of white sandy beach, clean water and stunning views, the beach attracts locals and visitors alike.
And you won’t have to worry about carrying your beach essentials as there are plenty of windbreakers, deck chairs, parasols and huts available to rent at reasonable prices.
Eat out in a Sandown restaurant
As Sandown is recognised as a traditional British seaside destination, there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the area including the Garlic Farm Café at Newchurch, the Reed, the Bandstand and Bellamy’s Bistro.
And of course, no seaside setting would be complete without several spots to grab a delicious ice cream or a mouth-watering portion of fish and chips.
See the Sandown Carnival
Known as the Isle of Wight’s friendliest carnival since 1889, the Sandown Carnival really is a spectacle not to be missed. Free to attend, the carnival attracts thousands of visitors and you can expect to enjoy live music, colourful parades, plenty of costume changes and live entertainment.
Enjoy a pint in a Sandown pub
There’s nothing better than a refreshing pint on a warm, sunny afternoon or your favourite tipple at the end of a busy day exploring the island. The good news is that there are plenty of pubs to enjoy a pint in in Sandown including Ocean Deck, Flangans and Caulkheads.
Sandown Pier is a fantastic day out for the entire family, offering lots to do and see including Lost World Adventure Golf, Magic Island Fantasy and Fun, Dodgems, a Snake Slide and plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars. The pier epitomises seaside fun!
Explore Sandown’s shops
There are plenty of shops to explore and discover in Sandown including the Oldeworld Antique Centre, Ager Farm Nursery, The Holistic Emporium and Glory Art Glass.
You’re sure to pick up a real treat and something truly unique to take back home.
Visit the Isle of Wight Zoo
Situated on Sandown Beach, the Isle of Wight Zoo is home to some of the world’s most amazing and protected animals including tigers, lions and lemurs through to reptiles, fish, farm animals, monkeys and small mammals.
The zoo also has an exciting jungle themed park that your little ones will love. There are always plenty of events going on in and around the zoo all year round.
Of course, Sandown is just one of the charming places to visit during your cottage break on the Isle of Wight. Our collection of self-catering holiday cottages are perfectly located for discovering everything this wonderful island has to offer, so why not book your next break today?