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Can I go and play now?

Can I go and play now? 1000 669 The Editor

Can I go and play now?

Deciding on which great place to go and eat on the Island is already a difficult enough task, but add in the kids on a nice day and the decision becomes even harder. Well, we’ve narrowed it down for you and have pulled together 5 top places to eat with outside play areas to keep the kids entertained, and possibly tire them out!

If you grew up on the Isle of Wight, you will more than likely have fond memories of The Chequers Inn. Precariously trying to keep your balance on top of the play equipment whilst waiting for your Sunday Roast to arrive. Still run by the Holmes family, although now passed down to the next generation, The Chequers Inn has an impressive adventure playground, complete with climbing frames, slides and swings; a huge wendy house; indoor games area with a big lego table, and even a separate play area for the under 9’s. Phew!
The Chequers Inn

Just two minutes walk from Sandown Bay you will find The Caulkheads. A perfect pub to eat when with the kids. With both indoor and outdoor play areas, along with a silent cinema, it really is one of the best places to get great food and relax, safe in the knowledge that the children are well and truly looked after. Food is served all day, and as if the abundance of things to do wasn’t enough, they also have a special unlimited ice-cream factory to keep the kiddies happy.
The Caulkheads

The Breeze, at Island Harbour, is set in one of the Island’s most beautiful locations. Not only that, but it has a dedicated children’s menu and not one, but two, astroturfed children’s play areas, one to the side and one to the rear which is completely enclosed. If you are on your own boat, why not radio through on VHF channel 80 as you are arriving and you can moor up on the holding pontoon free of charge, grab some lunch and let the little ones stretch their legs.
The Breeze

The Horse and Groom over towards the West Wight have an abundance of outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy your food. ‘The Paddock’ contains a crazy golf course, a tyre trail, a bouncy castle, football, noughts and crosses, climbing frame and more. Throughout the summer holidays, they also run a programme of children’s events to get involved in.
The Horse and Groom

A real family favourite, The Wight Mouse Inn sports breathtaking views over Tennyson Down from the large garden and vast children’s play area, complete with climbing frames, slide and swings. Your little ones are sure to be catered for with two dedicated children’s menus (big and little kids) and a great range of children’s puddings – Yummy!
The White Mouse Inn

So, the next time you’re out to dinner with the whole family and you hear that guaranteed question “can I go and play now?” you can sit back, order another drink and relax while the little ones run around and enjoy themselves!






The Editor

Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its fifth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.

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