Explore Dinosaur Isle. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm with last admission at 3pm. Don’t forget to book.
Discover the fascinating history of the Isle of Wight and visit the Museum of Island History. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10am until 1pm. Free activity packs are available for all families that visit over half term.
See one of the best examples of a Roman bath suite in southern Britain and visit Newport Roman Villa. Open Monday to Friday, 10am until 2pm. Please call (01983) 529720 on the day of your visit to book. Free activity packs are available for all families that visit over half term.
Enjoy the good weather, but stay safe by the water
Islanders heading to the coast this half term and over the summer months are being urged to take care and respect the water.
Coastal areas provide a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air and open space but they can be an unpredictable and dangerous environment, particularly during early summer when air temperatures start warming up but water temperatures remain dangerously cold, increasing the risk of cold water shock.
Claire Hughes, director of HM Coastguard, said: “We’re asking everyone to follow a few simple safety tips, so the trip is memorable for all the right reasons.
“Before setting out, take a minute to check the weather, tides and winds to help avoid getting caught out.
“Leave inflatables at home as they are designed for the pool, not open water, where the wind and current can very quickly take you out to sea and into danger.
“Recreational watersports such as paddleboarding are now incredibly popular and we’d encourage everyone to make it a fun rather than frightening experience.
“It pays to prepare and taking a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch when you set out for a paddle will mean you can call for help if needed.
“If you or someone else is in trouble, always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Not everyone who finds themselves in trouble in the water, expected to even get wet though.
‘In a normal year, nationally around 140 people lose their lives accidentally at the coast and we know that more than half of those never intended to be in the water,’ added Gareth Morrison, the RNLI’s head of water safety.
‘If you find yourself in trouble in cold water, your natural reaction can be to panic and thrash around, which increases the chances of breathing in water and drowning.
“The best thing to do is to float on your back and wait for the effects of cold water shock to pass until you can control your breathing. You can then plan your next move to reach safety.”
The COVID-19 statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by Public Health England on 31 May 2021 at 4pm including data up to 30 May 2021.
The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 27 May 2021 including data up to 23 May 2021.
The graphic shows:
96,463 – The number of island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
67,490 – The number of island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
6,859 – The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
19 – The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
13.4 – Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the Island.