After the decadence of Christmas Day and being couped up for a whole 24 hours, most of us are itching to get out of the house on Boxing Day. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can do on 26th December.
Boxing Day Specials at Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Settle back aboard a beautifully restored steam train as you cosy up in the carriage for a ten mile journey through the Island’s wintery landscape. Hop off at Havenstreet for a wander through the woodland and visit Train Story Discovery Centre. If you’re lucky a mince pie may be on offer too.
Booking is essential for this event so head to iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Boxing Day Swim
The famous Boxing Day Swim happens all across the Island at various locations. Whether you’re brave (crazy) enough to take part or just spectating it’s a great way to get some fresh air for an hour or so.
- Ryde beach – Revellers meet at The Waterside Pool from 10:30am before taking the plunge at 11am
- Ventnor beach – Swimmers don your cossies and take the plunge from 12noon. Head to The Spyglass Inn to escape the chill and grab a cuppa or a mulled wine to warm up.
Morris Dancing at The Dairyman’s Daughter
This traditional British activity comes to The Dairyman’s Daughter each Boxing Day with a variety of Morris Dancing groups arriving at this iconic Country pub. From 12noon the courtyard is awash with bells, sticks and ribbons as dancers take centre stage to entertain visitors. Pop into the Dairyman’s for a warming drink or maybe lunch. Take a stroll around the Barns and blow away a few Christmas cobwebs.
It’s traditional to watch movies around the festive season. Whether you’re treating the family or looking for a few hours solace head to the cinema to watch new releases (such as Star Wars!). Make sure you’ve got plenty of chocolate and snacks to stash in your bag to tuck in to during the movie.