With great trans­port links into Portsmouth and Lyming­ton, a day trip to the Isle of Wight is a fun, af­ford­able day out. Once on the is­land, you can ex­plore Black­gang Chine, the UK’s old­est amuse­ment park which cel­e­brates its 175th an­nivesary this year. Wrightlink, the win­ner of Fam­ily Trav­eller’s Best Fam­ily Ferry Op­er­a­tor, is also of­fer­ing fam­i­lies of five who travel by foot the chance to travel as a group on a day re­turn for just £38.60. While on­board, take ad­van­tage of the in­door lounges and out­door seat­ing – so you can en­joys view as you cross the So­lent. If you are trav­el­ling with a pet, take ad­van­tage of the pet-friendly ar­eas on board.

TO BOOK: The low­est stan­dard re­turn fare is £13.40 evening re­turn (adult foot pas­sen­ger) trav­el­ling from Portsmouth Har­bour to Ryde Pier Head, Isle of Wight. Low­est stan­dard re­turn, £52 (car + seven peo­ple) is ap­prox­i­mately £52 trav­el­ling from Lyming­ton to Yar­mouth.

There are fairies and cas­tles ga­lore at Black­gang Chine

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