What to do in the rain?

Aug 16, 2022

No matter what the weather, you’ll always find something to do on the Island! Ok so picnics and beach days might not be on the cards but take a look at our top picks of keeping busy when mother nature isn’t on your side!

John Cattles Skate Club – Wootton

How about trying something a little more extreme on your holiday? Even if you’ve never skated before a trip to John Cattle’s skate club for a lesson is well worth it. The indoor skatepark is located at the back of St Marks Church in Wootton, and they also host indoor sessions at West Wight sports centre. You’ll have a skate coach to lead you every step of the way, and in their words, if you can walk then you can ride a skateboard!. Take a look at their Facebook or Instagram page for details on how to book. Suitable for all ages!

Chessell Pottery & Cafe – Brook road

Around 5 minutes drive from the park you’ll find this absolute gem of a place, serving a delightful range of hot and cold food and some seriously delicious cakes! Not only that, if you take along your blue welcome card you can receive 10% off acrylic painting too! The perfect wet weather activity.

Snacks & Ladders Board Game Cafe – Newport

Imagine a place where you can play virtually any board game you fancy, get a great meal and even bring the dog… no need to dream it as Snacks and Ladders have made it a reality! You can have a play session for £2 for the first hour and £1 after or you can just have food… and oh my does it all look wonderfully tasty!

Shanklin Seafront 

It wouldn’t be an Isle of Wight holiday without a trip to the arcades now would it! And Shanklin seafront really has it all. With a huge array of arcade machines, including the classic 2p machines, grabbers and fun games, the kids can collect and redeem tickets for prizes. There’s a fantastic fish & chip restaurant also on site and even when its pouring with rain you have to get yourself an ice cream! Toppings ice cream parlour serve a massive range of ice creams, most of which can be made into an ultimate treat of a thick shake!. You’ll absolutely love their indoor mini golf course Caddyshack too!. There is an array of outdoor things to do too when the sun is shining.

Isle of Wight Reptilarium – Yarmouth Fort Victoria

For those of you that are fascinated by reptiles then this is the place for you! This small family owned business has four themed rooms of live reptiles, amphibians and insects. Pick up a flyer in reception to receive a 10% entry discount when you book online. 

Time for a swim!

And ofcourse you can take full advantage of our indoor pool!

Have you found something perfect for a rainy day on the Island?

Let our marketing team know so we can keep on recommending them to our guests!

bryony@orchardsholidaypark.co.uk

biffothebear65
biffothebear65
2023-10-27
Lovely quiet site. Nice swimming pool Quiet park, very relaxing. Caravan was nice and cozy. Kitchen was well equipped Staff are so friendly and helpful. Small problem which was rectified very quickly and efficiently without any fuss. Swimming pool was nice and clean
Sandra E
Sandra E
2023-09-21
A quiet, peaceful and relaxing site. Just spent 10 lovely days in our touring caravan here. The weather was lovely so that helps but we also felt that the staff were really friendly and helpful. Managing to bring forward our ferry crossing on day of departure. The amenities block superbly clean and really spacious. It was a shame the on site takeaway was closed and so too the outside pool as the weather so good but the reasons were fair and justified. Booked again for next year same time. Ideal then for couples with no children.
Nicola c
Nicola c
2023-09-20
Great Short Break Enjoyed a lovely break here. Quiet site surrounded by beautiful countryside. Shower block is clean, warm and one of the best we have used. There is a paddock for dogs to run around it could do with a gate on it however. There are lovely swimming pools there and a shop and takeaway, it had just closed but no hassle to order take away from local pub up the road. Really enjoyed our stay.
Roej88
Roej88
2023-08-26
Great Site Just returned from a Monday to Friday stay at orchards and had a lovely time. Friendly staff at check in which was a great start to the stay, actually never met a member of staff that wasn't friendly. We stayed in one of the static caravans on site and ok the van was one of the older ones so not super plush (but I booked it knowing this so no issue) the van was clean and well equipped which made it a good base for our trip. If I had one gripe it could use some new pillows as they are quite flat but we sorted it out by using pillows of one of the other beds too. The pools were fab, the kids insisted on swimming twice a day once in the morning and then when we returned from our day. Both were clean and warm and staffed again by some lovely people. Visited the shop as we forgot a few bits, it's quite large and stocked with those standard bits you need, it's not a tesco so don't expect to find everything. The takeaway was good, nice touch to get 10% off your first order too. All in all this was a lovely place to stay and we will definitely be returning.
Lauren T
Lauren T
2023-08-18
We would love to visit again It was our first time camping. We were pleasantly surprised. Lots of people had recommended this site. It is in a beautiful setting overlooking rolling hills. The facilities were very clean, and anything that needed fixing they sorted it. There is a lovely community of campers and it was quiet at night time for our girls. The pitch we had was very flat and there was a field for our daughters and their friends to play. The swimming pools were great fun and shout out to Mr Grumpy on the indoor pool duty - who made us all laugh over the couple of days we were there! We would love to visit again!
Mik B
Mik B
2023-08-09
Fantastic site. Where do I begin with this site….from booking to them organising the ferry for you…everything is a breeze and they cannot do enough for you in reception. Fantastic location with a bus stop just outside of the main entrance. This is our 6th time back at this site and will be returning next year. Well recommend.
holidaysunshine2013
holidaysunshine2013
2023-08-06
Lovely holiday We’re just back from a lovely 4 night stay here, we booked a gala caravan which was far superior to other main holiday parks cheapest range, lovely caravan. Due to the weather we didn’t use the outdoor pool but our grandchildren loved the indoor pool which included plenty of things to play with. I didn’t question it while we were there as we were always with the children but wondered why there was a lifeguard outside but not in? Lovely dog walk area & a nice green area for children to play & plenty of cows to see. Separate rooms to play pool, table tennis & a few little grabber machines, just right. All the staff we met were very friendly & helpful, if you don’t want all the hype of loud entertainment & loads of game machines then this would be perfect for you.