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“A day trip to The Isle of Wight.”
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London , United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
8 helpful votes
“A day trip to The Isle of Wight.”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Took a ferry across for the day. There really is something for everybody. Lots of interesting walks, picnic spots, historical places to visit and fascinating attractions to enjoy and explore.

1 Thank Evremonde
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
18 helpful votes
“A curates egg”
Reviewed 18 October 2011

we spent 4 very happy hours at the mill with my 5 year old and baby. two hours deep in concentration in the pottery studio making a play clay masterpiece. we also had a lovely lunch at the cafe.

the friendliest and most helpful staff
a beautiful setting
an attempt to offer a broad range of activities
play clay in the pottery studio (additional £2)

some of the exhibits are a bit random - dark barns rammed with artifacts - quantity not quality. freaky for a 5 year old
mill steps lethal for little ones (not the fault of the mill it is a genuine historic structure - just a real fact)
Mill only working at 3pm except Saturdays when it is not working

Thank PrettyGoodLife
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Calbourne Water Mill”
Reviewed 25 August 2011

I couldn't find this place of interest listed in the attractions to put a review on there but I felt as if I should let people know what a waste of money I thought this place was.
The entrance fee for adults is £7 but can be used for return trips but why you would want to I don't know. They do a water mill demonstration at 3pm every day. I arrived earlier in the day expecting to find things to do up until then but no such luck...
The mill is accessable on different levels and there was some information about the history of the place which was fairly interesting. The wheel was working but looked in poor condition. Seeing as this was the main feature, I was disappointed to see it all in about 5 - 10 minutes. The grounds also had a fire station which housed an old fire engine with an unconvincing dummy fireman propped up inside. There didn't seem to have any details about the history of the fire engine etc and all the artifacts inside looked like it had seen better days. The building seemed dirty and full of cobwebs. There was also an exhibition on kitchen appliances etc which was again in a sorry state and very higgledy piggledy in its layout. The only interesting exhibition was about wartime activities on the IOW which looked newer and had a better layout and a lot of information. The grounds itself looked unkempt and there were old vehicles like tractors just sitting there rusting away.
There was another group of buildings which seemed to house worksmen who I presumed did demonstrations but there was noone to be seen in any of these buildings and there was a load of old artifacts (or just bits of rubbish!) just dumped outside of them. The grassy parts of the grounds did seem well kept and there were quite a few domesic and wild animals about in the area. This was probably the best part of the attraction to be honest.
In summary, I found that the attraction was way too expensive for what was there, even with being able to go back for repeat visits. A lot of work on th exhibits needs to be done before they can justify charging that sort of money. I was travelling on my own but I can imagine families who have to shell out a lot more would be rightly disappointed in the value of money for this attraction.

4 Thank roadtripcazza
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Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
216 reviews
88 helpful votes
“Fascinating Look at our past”
Reviewed 15 August 2011

Calbourne Water Mill is a 17th century working mill with museums of rural life and war time, an old fire station, pottery, pedallos, mini golf, woodland walk and play area - plus a fabulous cafe which also sells their flour, bread and biscuits, along with gifts.
The unassuming entrance belies the wealth of attractions once inside - for a step back in time calm day out this is a must.

Thank SuzonB64
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Shanklin & surrounds”
Reviewed 16 July 2011

Shanklin is a beautiful area! Lovely calm beach, lapping waves, gentle breezes! Take extra care when choosing accommodation! Accommodation 'on the cliff' above the Esplanade involves a walk down - and of course up - the Osborne steps each time! Stopping to admire the view gives an excuse to catch your breath! The advertised Cliff Lift costs £1 each time and I think it closes at 10pm.
Shanklin Chine is a short gorge walk, with the emphasis on SHORT. It is a pretty walk among lots of trees and greenery and is accessible from both top and bottom. The waterfall at the top entrance wasn't very spectacular nor as tall as I expected; more attractive was the smaller waterfall a little further down. In my opinion it wasn't worth the £3.90 entrance fee.
A drive eastwards led us to Foreland Beach and Long Ledge Cafe; a lovely walk along the ledge at the water's edge - a truly beautiful place near Bembridge.
Bembridge Windmill (Nat. Trust) was also a fascinating tour to the top of the windmill, then around the surrounding fields for better photos.
Seaview is another small beautiful beach, with lots of benches and places to sit and eat take-aways from the shops on the way down. I didn't want to leave!
It's the hidden away places which leave the best memories!

Thank rosekzn
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