Thinking of moving to the Isle of Wight?
So you’ve made the decision to leave the rat race and now you’re wondering if the Isle of Wight is the place for you. Read on and be convinced that you’ll be living in one of the most diverse places in the UK with something for everyone.
From town life to small villages, the Island is an ideal living choice for people looking for old fashioned community values and spirit. With its low crime level and easy accessibility it is a fantastic place to bring up children at a more relaxed pace of life. Nowhere is more than a half hour drive away and there are more than enough activities to please even the most discerning.
If sailing is for you then this is the place to be. There are numerous sailing clubs giving lessons and marinas to moor the yacht of your dreams. Cowes hosts the yachting world’s premier sailing event in August – Cowes Week which attracts over 8000 competitors from around the world as well as 100,000 spectators and one of the best firework displays on the closing evening.
Music festivals are alive and well here on the sunny Isle and we are fortunate to host both the Isle of Wight Festival and multi award winning Bestival as well as numerous jazz, world music and blues weekends. The Island has welcomed David Bowie, The Who, The Foo Fighters and the Rolling Stones to name but a few and these events bring tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy all that the Island has to offer.
As well as music festivals, we also have Walk the Wight in May which raises funds for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the Isle of Wight Walking Festival and Cycle the Wight which bring thousands of visitors to the Island and raise money for local charities. There are 500 miles of footpaths, 30 miles of coastline and award winning beaches to explore so there are no excuses for not getting out and about to get fit and see some stunning scenery! There are also numerous golf courses including the 9 hole course at historic Osborne House and the spectacular course overlooking Freshwater Bay.
For foodies we have award winning restaurants and some of the best pub grub around. There are the Garlic and Sweetcorn Festivals which not only feature a diverse range of foods and drinks but have entertainment for all the family. Children are also very well catered for with Britain’s oldest theme park- Blackgang Chine as well as Robin Hill Country Park and the Isle of Wight Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary to enjoy.
As well as all of these activities, the Island has a very artistic leaning. We have a flourishing amateur and professional acting scene, art galleries, theatres, comedy clubs and arts centres and play host to the Ventnor Fringe as well as the Literary Festival which attracts authors from around the world. For a relatively small island, we like to think that we’ve got everything covered!
When it comes to visiting family and friends, the Solent has become easier and faster to cross in recent years. If you don’t need a car then you can take the hovercraft from Ryde and be in Southsea in less than 10 minutes whilst other services offer a good variety of options for both vehicle and foot passengers with offers and discounts for residents in the quieter months of the year.
The Isle of Wight is a unique place to live. It has small community ethos coupled with big town ideas making it ideal for those who may be worried about moving to an island. Karl Marx called the Isle of Wight ‘a little paradise’ and we think he hit the nail pretty much on the head.
Commuting to the Isle of Wight
Foot passengers can get from Ryde to Southsea in under 10 minutes on the Hovercraft.
Red Funnels Red Jet high-speed passenger service between West Cowes and Southampton links with London Waterloo trains with an average journey time between the Isle of Wight and the capital of 125 minutes. The company’s vehicle ferries go from East Cowes to Southampton.
Wightlink’s car ferries run from Lymington to Yarmouth (30 minutes) and Fishbourne to Portsmouth (40 minutes)
The Fast Cat passenger catamaran between Ryde and Portmsouth takes around 18 minutes.
Take a look at the links below for timetables and prices: