Which Isle of Wight town is best? Very much Ventnor

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Ventnor Seafront, IW County Press

After Yoppul paraded the best parts of Cowes two weeks ago, it’s time to take a look at Ventnor’s highlights.

Remember the town with the most likes on our Facebook post will be crowned winner.

So why is Ventnor the best?

The stunning walks:

steephill Viki Taylor
Picture by Viki Taylor

Nobody can deny a walk to Steephill Cove is one of the most perfect ways to spend a Summer Sunday. Or, basically anywhere else in Ventnor.

downs Viki Taylor
Picture by Viki Taylor
Ventnor Downs - Les Lockhart
Picture by Les Lockhart

The microclimate:

 

ventnor weather

You can be sure as anything, if it’s raining in Cowes, the Ventnorians are out sunbathing.

The infamous paddling pool:

Ventnor paddling pool on the Esplanade with the Island shape in the middle near the end of its relocation and renovation.
County Press staff pic

We need say nothing more.

The Food:

Be it crab sandwiches, perfect bread, the all-year-round sangria or a trip to the Spyglass Inn, there is plenty on offer.

Ventnor New couple at The Hamborough Darren Beevers, and Johanna Rogers
The Hamborough’s Darren Beevers and Johanna Rogers. County Press staff pic.
Homestyle Summer 2013 Cantina, High Street, Ventnor. Interior design by Distinctive Designs From left Andre Hennig, Andrew Flood and owner Klaus Kuhnke
Cantina. Interior design by Distinctive Designs From left Andre Hennig, Andrew Flood and owner Klaus Kuhnke. County Press staff pic

Ventnor Fringe:

The Isle of Wight’s very own version of the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe.

Ventnor Fringe 2015. Organisers from left, Mhairi Macaulay with Rachael Berry, Jack Whitewood, Joe Keele-Tons, Sid the dog, Becky Boucherat and Billy May.
Ventnor Fringe 2015. Organisers from left, Mhairi Macaulay with Rachael Berry, Jack Whitewood, Joe Keele-Tons, Sid the dog, Becky Boucherat and Billy May. County Press staff pic

With music, plays, poetry and more, there is plenty on offer at Ventnor Fringe.

Sport:

Ventnor is the only place you can play league rings. But, of course it is also home to the Lions.

Ventnor Watcombe Bottom Ventnor II vs IW II Aaron Newman for Ventnor II
County Press staff pic

Ventnor Rugby Club enjoyed a stunning season this year, gaining promotion.

And let’s not forget Ventnor Skatepark

County Press staff pic

Ventnor Botanic Gardens:

The perfect place for a stroll

Agapanthus and red hot poker and hydrangeas at Ventnor Botanic Garden August 2015
county press staff pic.
Ventnor Ventnor Botanical gardens Isle of Wight Car Club Time Trials

 

The Boxing Day Swim:

Ahh, where else but Ventnor for a refreshing dip after all that roast turkey.

Ventnor Boxing Day Swim 2015
County Press staff pic

The hotels:

Okay, so we did this one for Cowes too, but Ventnor really does have some cracking places to stay.

Ventnor The Royal Hotel, for Food Feature
The Royal Hotel, County Press staff pic

 

Well there is Ventnor. Give our Facebook post a like if you would like to see the town crowned the best on the Isle of Wight.

Did we miss anything? Make sure to comment.

Stay tuned for the next town…

Click here to see why Cowes is the best.

 

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Matthew Mckew
Matthew Mckew is the Yoppul Coordinator and the one who usually answers your e-mails... eventually. He is also a senior reporter for the Isle of Wight County Press - covering health, general news and sport. He has a keen interest in theatre, football and cricket. Follow him on Twitter at @IWCPMatthew or Facebook: Matthew Mckew IWCP