Whitecliff Bay

UK England South East England Isle Of Wight

Over 400 pitches found on a gentle south-facing slope with gorgeous countryside views

Only a few miles off the Hampshire coast, the Isle of Wight does it’s best to bottle the classic British holiday. An ever-popular retreat for walkers, cyclists and the bucket-and-spade brigade since Queen Victoria’s reign, the island’s leading appeal is its countless outdoor activities, mild climate and dense green hills that roll down to over 20 miles of unspoilt beaches. However, things are developing and the last decade has also seen a youthful buzz injecting life into its towns and villages, attracting a new generation of campers with fancy gastropubs, vintage antique shops and international music festivals.

Found on the island's picturesque east coast, Whitecliff Bay is a great spot for families and small groups. The site offers a wide range of accommodation, with over 400 pitches for traditional campers set on a south-facing gentle slope with stunning countryside views. A variety of glamping options can be found at ‘Canvas Village’, where a dozen bell tents and 'Canvas Cottages' are ideal for those who don’t want to compromise on comfort. If you're a camper striving for solitude then Whitecliff Bay probably isn’t going to be for you. But what the park lacks in intimacy, it makes up for in facilities with a large outdoor and indoor-heated pools, a secluded sandy beach (with café), two restaurants and a supermarket store that sells all the essentials.

The Isle of Wight is only 23 miles by 13, and much of it is designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The east coast is lined with charming Victorian resorts (such as nearby Sandown), while the scenic west coast is less developed and home to the pretty port of Yarmouth and the Needles, pinnacles of chalk towering out of the sea. Perfect walking territory, the island is criss-crossed with 500 miles of footpaths. If you don't feel like tackling the 64-mile coastal path, then try the Tennyson Trail. Named after former Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, this picturesque walk starts at Carisbrooke Castle and continues over Brightstone Down towards Alum Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for the "barrows" on Mottistone Down, a burial site that dates back 4,000 years.

Days certainly fly by on the Isle of Wight. Whichever way you turn you’ll find spectacular views, a plethora of attractions and miles of untouched coastline. Back at Whitecliff Bay the evenings bring the good times too. Don’t worry campers, no jazz hands here; the onsite entertainment includes artists from the West End and in the summer month’s outdoor film screenings overlooking the bay. But if the ‘holiday park’ feel isn’t to your taste? Well, just kick back, light up the BBQ and take in those countryside views. Fantastic.

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The Owner Says

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, is perfectly perched next to its own beautiful beach with easy access to everything that makes the Isle of Wight gorgeous.

Choose from a range of self-catered accommodation or find your perfect pitch. We have something for everyone to enjoy, young and old, couples, groups and families (including furry friends!). Whether you want a place to spend your entire holiday or a base from where you can explore the wonderful Isle of Wight. Away Resorts holidays are all about offering you the full spectrum of experiences to create special moments where everything comes together perfectly.

A dedicated park designed for Touring & Camping, perfectly set on a south facing gentle slope with some of the most stunning countryside views. An ideal setting to light up the BBQ and pop a cork, sit back and float away in total relaxation.

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Whitecliff bay is my favourite campsite I've stayed at so far ! Me and my girlfriend camped a few nights before a festival, but it was still big enough for it to appear quiet. All the locals/staff were friendly and helpful and could give recommendations on where to cycle to nearby. The private beach is lovely, but if you wanted somewhere more busy, Youre never too far from the coastline and Sandown is only a few minutes down the road. The campsite was very clean, I always saw someone attending to the showers and toilets (the showers are very nice too). They offer activities for all ages, and you could probably have a holiday there without even leaving the place. I really enjoyed my stay and would definitely came back again !

Sep 22, 2014 by Kloecampbell

Great site for families

We're locals and have stayed at Whitecliff Bay several times and always had a good time. Its quite a big site with camping fields and then caravans/chalets too (the latter on the opposite side of the road), and busy in summer. So, as the Cool Camping entry says, not really one for peace and solitude. But a nice site and the sandy beach at Whitecliff Bay is lovely (with a couple of cafes too) though note you do have to cross a road and (pretty short) walk to reach it. Good facilities esp the outdoor pool (the indoor one is less appealing tbh), basically everything you need for a camping hol. There is entertainment if thats your thing, but its set away from the camping area so easily avoided if thats not yr cuppa. The owners are gradually upgrading - glamping, outdoor cinema etc - which is good to see investment in the site.

Aug 7, 2014 by daydreamer

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