Sandown, Isle of Wight
One of the most popular beaches on the Island because of the long sandy stretches perfect for sunbathing, playing and watersports. The traditional promenade provides many cafes, pubs and restaurants and summer visitors will be treated with an illuminated carnival which takes place every year in August.
The pier holds much entertainment from dodgems and ten-pin bowling to the lost world crazy golf and magic island adventure play area. Walkers and Cyclists will be spoilt for choice with trails and paths to cliff-top views and nearby Shanklin.
Sandown also has a traditional seaside pier.
Sandown's Local Attractions
Dinosaur Isle has many displays using lighting, artwork, sound, smells and animatronic technology to create an exciting experience. As well as the displays, life sized fleshed re-constructions and an animatronic dinosaur, there is a working laboratory on view.
The Sanctuary is best known for its work with exotic cats and is home to many species including tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, pumas, servals, jungle cats & leopard cats. You'll also see lemurs in a recreation of their natural habitat.
The historic gorge has a drop of some 105ft down to sea level in just over a quarter of a mile. The Chine covers an area of approximately three acres which is a haven of rare plants and wildlife. Illuminated at night, the Chine is transformed into a magical land. Check opening times, subject to season and weather conditions.
Acknowledged as being one of the finest collections in the UK with over 2000 exhibits of almost every seriously collectable doll. The museum also has dolls houses, rocking horses, tin plate toys, trains, bears, soft toys, and many unusual play things.