We had a lovely long weekend in the beautiful Isle of Wight to celebrate my dad’s 70th birthday. It was a weekend full of relaxation, laughter and fun (not forgetting eating and drinking excessively!). A fun filled weekend for all the family.
Isle of Wight: A Weekend of Celebration
The last time I went to the Isle of Wight was a family holiday when I was 10 years old. I had fond memories, but it was slightly overshadowed by the fact that the end of that holiday ended with my dad being rushed to hospital to have his appendix removed!
This weekend was organised by my mum as a surprise for my dad’s 70th birthday. Our family of four; my brother, sister in law and their son Kieran; and my mum and dad all set off seperately on the Friday morning to drive to Southampton. Dad had no idea what was happening, other than he was going away for the weekend with my mum.
We all bumped into each other on the Ferry, and the cat was out of the bag! The kids loved being on the boat, and were excited to see where we were going, although Oliver kept asking where his room was (we went on a cruise last year so he thought it was the same!).
A short drive when we arrived on the Isle of Wight to a small seaside village called Seaview. Mum had hired a house for the weekend, which was beautiful and huge! A 3 storey house with 4 bedrooms and plenty of room for us all. The kid’s room had 3 single beds, 2 sofas, TV and an en-suite, a perfect little playroom for them all.
We spent the afternoon relaxing, and preparing for a BBQ that evening, all washed down with some Prosecco, and then it was to bed early to be refreshed for the weekend ahead.
On Saturday we spent the day at Alum Bay. It was a bit windy, with occasional showers but that didn’t dampen our spirits. There was a small amusement arcade which the kids loved playing on the 2 penny machines, and a few kiddies rides. One of my favourite parts was the sand shop, where you could fill plastic or glass ornaments with the different coloured sand. Unlike other ones the kids have done in the past, this sand is not coloured, and is naturally different shades of yellow, brown, white and even red.
There was also a glass blower which I found fascinating to watch, and after the demonstration Dad kindly bought us a Vase each. I chose a purple vase to match my living room, it is beautiful and I love the fact that it is completely hand made.
We also toke the chair lift down to the beach to get a better view of the needles, and typically the heavens opened so it wasn’t a very pleasant few minutes, but the scenery was stunning.
After the kids had gone to bed, the adults had a takeaway and we sat down to play cards. It was so funny, I can’t even remember what the game was called, or what we were laughing about so much, but it was nice to have a proper good old belly laugh with my family.
Sunday we were up early (thanks to the kids!) and it was dad’s birthday. We had put some ‘Happy 70th’ banners up in the living room, and the kids enjoyed helping open Grandad’s presents! It just shows you how young at heart my dad is when his birthday present list included: Go-karting; Grand Prix tickets; a sky diving experience and a remote controlled drone! We got him some silver cuff-links that I had made locally with the kids hand prints, and on the back they said ‘Happy 70th’ and ‘Grandad’.
The boys went off to the Go-kart track and we then meet them in Ryde at lunch time. We walked along the beach and the kids had fun on the trampolines, and then we headed to the pub for a lovely lunch.
We headed back to the house to try and get the kids to have a nap, but instead the adults napped (except me and mum) and the kids were still full of beans!
After the adults woke up we headed to the local beach at Seaview, and spent a few hour climbing over the rocks and looking for critters in the rock pools and collecting shells. We saw a star fish, a shrimp type thing and found lots of amazing shells. Oliver was a little dissapointed as he was desperate to catch a fish in his net!
When we went back to the house where we surprised Dad with a fantastic personlised birthday cake from Baker days (read my review here), and had cake and Champagne to toast the birthday boy.
After the kids went to bed, we settled down to play cards again- yet another evening of hilarity! So much so that my cheeks hurt from laughing, it felt good to be that relaxed.
Unfortunately it was time to start heading home, but not before we squeezed another beach trip in. After we packed up the house and cars, we all went our separate ways for our last morning on the Isle of Wight. We headed down to Sandown, which was a beautiful seaside town.
We spent some time on the pier then made our way to the beach. The kids loved running in and out of the sea, especially Oliver who doesn’t seem to ever stop running!
We had our packed lunch on the beach then started heading to the Ferry to start the journey home.
We had an absolutely amazing weekend. Everyone got on really well, and it was so nice to have some proper quality time with all my family, something we don’t do often enough now me and my brother have kids of our own. Dad had a great birthday, and it was so nice to proper belly laugh and relax. The Isle of Wight is beautiful, and feels so relaxed, I could quite happily of stayed there forever. The kids love being by the sea, and there were beautiful beaches every where you looked, all offering something a little different. I would definitely go back, but next time I think i’d like to stay longer. A massive thank you to my mum for organising everything, and I cant believe my dad is 70! Love you Mum and Dad,