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Friendship Club Holiday Isle of Wight 28th May – 2nd June 2017

Friendship Club Holiday Isle of Wight 28th May – 2nd June 2017

Our driver knew the island very well and was full of local knowledge. He gave us entertaining comments about many places. The hotel was nice, right on the sea front. Trips out were interesting and we saw a lot of lovely places, due to being on an island everything was close and we didn’t have to travel far. The weather improved over the week from cold and damp to lovely sunshine, which made everything more pleasurable.

Sunday to Ventnor Botanic Gardens was a bit over cast but most people enjoyed the garden. The lift was not working (as we were pre-warned) so several stayed at the top. As we were there early the garden was fairly deserted. It was beautiful and we could have spent longer there. Next we went to Yarmouth. A charming town, unfortunately it poured with rain so most people spent their time in cafes or the church sheltering and didn’t see much of the town. The rain managed to stop soon after our arrival at Chalbourne water mill. Everyone enjoyed it and thought how much there was to see and do there. For many it was a trip down memory lane with plenty of things to look at and do. The cakes were enormous and very delicious.

Monday was a free day and there were three groups, Steam train rides and museum; Brading Roman villa and Mottistone manor and gardens. It started as grey damp day and got worse! The group who went to the gardens got very wet and cold due to heavy showers but really enjoyed looking round the manor on one of its two open days a year inspite of the weather.

Tuesday and Newport, a lovely minster to visit and nice little shops. Godshill was lovely but very narrow streets with a lots of traffic, quite dangerous. The old church was nice with ancient wall paintings, but was reached by a steep walk up a narrow road or steps. A few strong people made it up there. The craft shops were interesting but not very tempting. A few visited the model village which was delightful. Shanklin Old Village was pretty thatched cottages again with very narrow steep streets, in some places there was no pavement; so dangerous for a group of elderly people. Teashops in abundance!

Wednesday and Whippingham Church, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert worshipped was interesting. We were given a talk on our arrival about its history and royal connections; a well-informed guide. The small café was very reasonable. A sunny afternoon in Cowes allowed time for lunch and sitting on the ‘The Parade’ watching the boats. Unfortunately the Maritime museum was closed on Wednesday and Thursdays.

Thursday was a free day and most of us went to Osbourne House, the home of Queen Victoria. Coinciding with her birthday was a big Victorian fete. Traditional entertainment was available for all to enjoy. Minibuses transported us to Swiss Cottage and the beach. Some had visited before, others the first time, but there were plenty of new things to see and do. It was well worth spending all day there as every corner you turned around had something different to see. We toured the island to see a few places we hadn’t seen, like the town of Ryde.

We had a good journey home on Friday, stopping at a garden centre for lunch and

some spent our remaining money on plants. We were only 18 this year as 4 cancelled in the last week due to ill health.

More Photos below.

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