Family-friendly golden sandy beaches in Sandown
Sandown is possibly the best place on the Isle of Wight to have some family fun beside the sea safely on the Isle of Wight with its gently sloping beaches and lovely golden sands. There are great toilet facilities available and the Esplanade is packed full of cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels and traditional seaside gift shops. The large beaches are perfect for paddling in the cool waters and building fantastic sandcastles. There are deck chairs and sun loungers for hire and even pedalos and kayaks if you're looking for a little more adventure on the water.
Stretching from Yaverland, through Lake and on to sister resort, Shanklin, the beach is one of the most popular on the Island. There's Browns Golf Course, White City, a newly built skate park, Sandown Lawn Bowls Club, Crazy Gold and an excellent children's play area.
During the summer months, Sandown beach is machine cleaned and litter picked on a daily basis to ensure it stays a safe playground for all visitors. The beach is also a winner of the prestigious Blue Flag which recognises beaches that are of the highest quality in the country and has also held the Water Quality Award since 1996.
One of two videos that show the main beach areas in Sandown. See the second video below.
The Isle of Wight's only amusement pier
Sandown Pier dates back to 1879. Today the pier provides all-weather amusements from traditional penny slot machines to modern day virtual games.
There are fairground rides at the end of the pier, a helter skelter, spinning teacups and bumper cars; all ensured to keep the children entertained for a few hours. Inside you can find the Lost World Crazy Golf course with a rainforest theme that's great fun, 10-pin bowling and Magic Island huge indoor children's play area. There's also the chance to stop and enjoy some traditional donuts, candy floss and toffee apples at the two cafes! The opportunity to walk out above the sea is as exciting to children now as it once was to the many Victorian visitors, and the views from the pier are superb.
Sandown Pier is open all year round and entrance is free, with some attractions and rides individually priced and operating seasonally.
Yaverland; great for activities
Sandown Bay starts with the white cliffs of Culver Down to the north and the first stretch of beach is at Yaverland. It's an easy beach to visit and also home to the Yaverland Sailing and Yacht Club. Yaverland is a easily accessible by foot or car with ample parking available about a mile out from Sandown's high street. It is a favourite destination for watersport enthusiasts and attracts many kite surfers, kayakers and windsurfers and was for many years the home of annual 'White Air' extreme water sports event.
Yaverland is also one of the Isle of Wight’s dinosaur beaches. There are guided fossil hunting walks on offer at Dinosaur Isle, the UK's only dedicated dinosaur museum, which is only a two minute walk from the Yaverland car park and just opposite the beach.
There is a large pay and display car park, beach shop, cafe and renewably powered public convenience. Yaverland Beach currently holds a Blue Flag award and is one of the few beaches on the Island that is dog friendly during the summer.