12 June 2014

Visiting the Needles- Isle of Wight

Waking up on the first full day of our holiday to the Isle of Wight last week, the weather was glorious so we decided to drive 5 minutes down the road to The Needles Park. We stood on the viewing platform to see the actual Needles just along the coast and the girls posed for a picture in their matching dresses that I had been unable to resist. 

We bought our tokens ready to spend and walked around to see what was about. The Little ones didn't want to go on the big rides but they did get on all the kiddie rides as we passed the amusements, it took us a good 10 minutes to get past the entrance. The Little ones were lucky and got a few free rides on Bob as someone offered us the rest of their rides as their child had enough. Little 2 loved it.

We headed into the sand shop, where they have lots of plastic shapes and ornaments for you to buy and fill with all the different colours of sand from the cliffs at Alum bay just below the park. The Little ones had some spending money from their Nanny and Granny/Grampy and so decided to spend some here. Little 1 chose a cat ornament and Little 2 picked a rabbit, they were very careful filling them and creating the stripes of sand, both were pleased with the result.

After, we headed up to the sweet manufactory to watch them making sweets. While we were waiting for the next show, Little 1 started dancing and posing in front of the window! We had a few comments from the waiting queue on how sweet she was and the girls looked in their matching dresses!

We all got a taster of the mints that we had watched them make, they were still warm and chewy, mmmmm. Across the road was the Alum Bay glass making demonstration, inside it was really hot. We all watched as the men made glass sweets, swans and a beautiful vase that looked like a lily on the top.

We decided to give the chairlift a miss (at £4 each, it was too expensive and I don't think the girls would have liked the height anyway) and followed the steps down to Alum bay. The bay was beautiful, the cliffs were full of lines of different coloured sands and the sky was bright blue. The beach was pebbles in lovely colours.

As soon as we got to the beach Little 2 sat down (next to a sign that said 'no throwing stones' no less) and started to throw stones into the sea, she was completely absorbed in her activity, choosing her stones carefully and oblivious to all the people on the beach around her. She stayed there for a good 40 minutes, picking up and throwing her stones into the waves, I managed to get some lovely photos of her doing it.

Little 1 wanted to climb on the rocks, with a helping hand from Daddy, then she too started to throw stones into the sea. It really is quite a therapeutic pastime, we did it several more times while we were on holiday too!

Daddy trying to teach how to skim stones
Soon it was edging towards teatime and we were getting hungry, we set off back up the steps to the car. I wanted to lag behind to take a picture of the girls going off up the steps but they were off like rockets and I had to run to keep up enough to take one! They certainly had some energy as they didn't falter up the steep hill and lots and lots of steps.

We found a fish and chip shop near where we were staying on the way home and took them back to our cottage to eat on the patio, the perfect way to end our leisurely day at the Needles park. The Little ones love their sand ornaments and have proudly shown them to anyone who came to our house this week.


  1. Looks like such a beautiful place, and best of all, it has things to keep children occupied. Love the photos!

  2. Merlinda Little14 June 2014 at 00:18

    Wow so many things to do here! And your girls just love the place too. Looks like a fun trip for them =) #pocolo

  3. Yes, lots of things to do, we didn’t actually do much of it as we spent so long on the beach. x

  4. Thank you, I am getting into photography now x

  5. It looks fab & is making me want to go. Loving all your pictures xx

  6. It is a lovely place to visit, none of us wanted to leave, we could have done with another week.

  7. bloggingastrid15 June 2014 at 06:04

    I'm glad you all had a lovely visit to the Needles park. I laughed at Little 2 throwing stones next to a sign that said not to. #PoCoLo

  8. Oh it all looks so beautiful! Looks like you had a fab time!

  9. I remember doing all that as a child. The sand ornaments are always a great reminder of a lovely holiday. They did well with the steps.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  10. Sara (@mumturnedmom)17 June 2014 at 21:38

    That looks likes wonderful fun, what a great day. Love the photos of Little 2 throwing stones :) #LetKidsBeKids

  11. Thank You, she did enjoy doing it, they did it several more times in the beaches during our holidays.

  12. Yes, I did one at Land’s End when I was small.


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