Matt Reeder travelled to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink (0871 376 1000, www.wightlink.co.uk) on its 40 minute Portsmouth–Fishbourne crossing. Car ferries also operate between Lymington and Yarmouth (35 minutes) and there is a passenger catamaran service from Portsmouth harbour to Ryde pierhead (22 minutes).
Travelling in March, a Wightlink economy day return ticket costs from £39 and an economy short stay ticket (valid for up to four nights away) costs from £54. Both prices are based on a car plus four.
Blue Chip Holidays (0844 7044987, www. bluechipholidays.co.uk) manages more than 800 four- and five-star rated self-catering properties across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and The Isle of Wight. Sun Hill Cottage can be booked from £234 for three nights and from £291 for a week in low season. A week in August costs from £786 if booked before January 31.
The Secret Wight guide is free and available to download at www.wightlink. co.uk/secretwight. Printed copies can be obtained by calling 0871 376 1000.
Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens (01983 527 352, www.robin-hill.com). A freedom ticket costs from £12.50 for adults and children. Alternatively, a freedom saver (valid for any four people) costs from £45.