Wet Weather Activity
The Lost World Crazy Golf
It can be hard to find something to do when the weather is bad, and although the Isle of Wight is generally sunnier than the rest of the UK there are days when you need to find an indoor activity. So, this week we tried out one of the wet weather activities for you.
Sandown Pier promises a whole days fun in one, and whilst there are a number of activities on the pier we tried out one of them, The Lost World Crazy Golf.
Set in a Lost World, temple, jungle scene the indoor crazy golf is a good option for all ages when the weather outside is bad. For just £3.00 per person you can go round the 11 holes and experience the Lost World.
The setting is great with different lighting and sounds to set the scene, although for very small children they may find the loud noises and dark areas a bit scary.
The holes are quite standard and fairly easy, however saying that one hole took 10 attempts for Tony!!!!!!
Two adults took about 20 minutes to go round all of the holes, although it was quiet with no-one in front or behind. If you have a family of 4 and it was busier it could take up to an hour.
Once you finish on the golf there are plenty of arcade machines to spend some cash on as well as several children’s rides on the end of the pier, including bumper cars. There is also a cafe which has been recently refurbished and which has lovely views of the sea and beach. The bar opposite the cafe advertises good beer deals when the football is on.
After leaving the pier we took a short walk up the steep hill opposite the pier to the Rapanui shop/cafe.
Rapanui is an eco-friendly clothing retailer who have opened a shop with a cafe in Sandown. Inside they serve fair trade coffee, sandwiches and snacks in a unique setting. There are limited seats inside but if you can get in it’s worth giving it a try.
Rapanui describe the store and their brand as being about sustainability, good design, traceability and eco-labelling. For more information check out the website rapanuiclothing.com
The Pointer Inn, Newchurch
After our coffee we headed to the Pointer Inn in Newchurch for some dinner. The Pointer Inn has a great reputation for good local food and so we were looking forward to trying it out. It was a Friday early evening and we could see that all of the tables were reserved for later that night, fortunately they were happy to accommodate us on one of the reserved tables as it was a couple of hours before the booking.
If you plan to come along in the evening, judging by how many tables were reserved it is a good idea to book in advance.
The guy behind the bar was really helpful and was happy to set up a tab for us when we ordered our drinks, he then came to our table to take our food order.
There were a number of dishes on the specials board, all made from fresh local produce. When it came out the food looked and tasted lovely. A great atmosphere lots of lovely ales, and delicious local food.