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Rookley Country Park

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General

Families, sorted. Three of the best beaches on the Isle of Wight – Shanklin, Ventnor and Sandown – are a swift drive from Rookley Caravan Park, as is the hootingly good fun of theme park Blackgang Chine, the favourite Isle of Wight activity of tasteful Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint. Sister theme park Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens is also within a few miles as the crow flies, and the waterfalls of Shanklin Chine ravine, and the farmers’ market of Newport…we do love compact little isles like Wight.

All is caw-some on site at Rookley too: 23 acres of smart parkland crammed with activities and entertainment – indoor and outdoor heated pools (free); family entertainment lounge for kids and up (also free), a kids’ playground and bike hire to pedal off into the 12-mile Sunshine Trail running through nearby Godshill village.

Anglers have two fishing lakes full of freshwater specimens such as pike, carp, perch, tench, bream and roach. (Please bring your own fishing gear and remember to pick up a fishing licence from the Post Office before you line things up.)

Island eats – and drinks – are sorted at the on-site bar, restaurant and takeaway, with many more options available in the pubs, cafés and restaurants of Godshill ‘model’ village about a mile away.

(Please note that entertainment doesn't run from November to March inclusive.)

Silver David Bellamy Conservation Award

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Main Road Rookley, Isle Of Wight, England, PO38 3LU
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6525°N 1.2774°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Southsea: Clarence Pier Coach Stop — 12.1 miles
Portsmouth: The Hard Interchange — 12.5 miles
Portsmouth: Southsea Coach Stop — 12.8 miles
Train stations
Shanklin Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Lake (Isle of Wight) Rail Station — 4.9 miles
Sandown Rail Station — 5.1 miles
Ferry ports
Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal — 6.2 miles
East Cowes Floating Bridge — 7.3 miles
West Cowes Floating Bridge — 7.3 miles
Airports
Southampton Airport — 20.9 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 25.8 miles

Directions


From ferry terminals, follow directions to Newport. At Coppins Bridge roundabout in Newport, follow the directions to Sandown (A3020); take the turning on the left to Blackwater Road (A3020); enter the village of Rookley and pass the Co-op store on your right. We are approximately 200 yards on the left.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Godshill village was the venue for the very first Isle of Wight festival way back in 1968 and is now best known for its model village, a 1:10 scale of it and the old village of Shanklin. (Such is its detail that it has the model village modelled within the model, and one within that…we wish you great amusement introducing this concept to the kids.)

The village has a couple of very decent family pubs, both seventeenth century: the Taverners with a play area and terrace in the garden (dogs welcome too), and the Griffin, with what we think might be unique in the UK: a griffin-shaped maze in its grounds (Harry Potter fans in particular will consider this magic). Once stomachs are lined, three musts are nearby: the aforementioned Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill Adventure Park, and ancient Carisbrooke Castle, possibly dating back to Roman times and where Charles I was kept prisoner before he lost his head.

Both Blackgang and Robin Hill are Isle of Wight institutions and beautifully bonkers in their mix of activities: expect land, water and pirate barrel rides; mazes, giant snakes and ladders and themed playgrounds for toddlers and up. Both have a considerable countryside and wildlife bent too and include falconry displays, environmental exhibitions and woodland gardens with butterfly garden and Treehouse Woodland Centre at Robin Hill. If the kids are all a flutter after the falconry at Robin Hill, more of the same can be had at the Isle of Wight Falconry Centre at Appuldurcombe House.

South from Rookley Country Park, Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown are clean, safe and family-friendly beaches stretching for miles and all with seaside amusements for indoors and out. The Isle of Wight Zoo, stonkasaurus Dinosaur Isle, the Garlic Farm, vintage beach huts, freshly caught fish for sale and ye olde shoppes will all be found along these stretches (although do leave a day or two to go north to comely Cowes too).

Westwards, another very-must-do is The Needles Park and beach chairlift at Alum Bay’s multi-coloured sand cliffs (do look down) and the walk along the beach to Alum Bay Chine. The Isle of Wight Coast Path loops through here – as it does all along the coastline – and is part of around 70 miles of coastline and around 500 miles of footpaths to pedal and walk.

Must see

  • Carisbrooke Castle (2.9 miles)
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway (4.6 miles)
  • Blackgang Chine (4.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Brighstone Shop and Museum (5.2 miles)
  • Mottistone Manor Garden (6.3 miles)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

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Additional terms

Reception is unmanned after 7pm. Please call the site/park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you are arriving after this time. The team will then provide you with the relevant information about your unit/pitch.

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/05 and 31/10 (subject to weather conditions).

Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from anyone under the age of 18 years.

There is no entertainment running between November-March inclusive.

When you book a holiday or short break with us there will be a contract between yourself and Island View Holidays. The person making the booking accepts the contract on behalf of all members of your party and is responsible for making sure they adhere to our booking terms and conditions.

If you wish us to make an alteration to your booking we will use reasonable endeavours to accommodate your request but no guarantee can be given. An administration fee of £25 will be charged for making any alteration to your booking and increased rates may apply for altered accommodation and/or timings.

Only those people listed on your booking confirmation can occupy your holiday accommodation.

Please note that we will do our best to meet any special requests. However, we are unable to guarantee any special requests. Special requests do not form part of the booking contract and are not a condition of booking. No compensation will be offered should we (Island View Holidays) be unable to fulfil any ‘special requests’ made at time of booking.

All children must be properly supervised by parents or guardians at all times throughout your holiday. Children remain the responsibility of their parents or guardians at all times. Please make sure you always know where your children are. You should take particular care and supervise all children around our swimming pool, lake areas and all public areas.

You must clean up after your dogs. Dogs (other than assistance dogs) are not allowed into indoor facilities or play areas. Dogs should not be left unattended in vehicles or elsewhere on the park. If we think your pet is causing a nuisance, damage or is distressed whilst on one of our parks, you will be required to remove your pet from the park.

Please note that some of our facilities and on park activities may have age and/or height restrictions. Children and young adults under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult in and around our swimming pools. We may operate session swims in our pools during periods of high demand. Very occasionally we may need to close or withdraw certain facilities or activities here on park for reasons beyond our control, including but not limited to, health and safety reasons, maintenance or renovation work, extreme weather conditions, changes to government legislation. We reserve the right to make alterations based on the above circumstances without prior notice, and we will not be held liable or be subject to any form of compensation should this situation arise.

Please note we reserve the right to alter or withdraw our entertainment programme with little or no notice. Under these circumstances we will not be liable to you for any form of compensation; however every effort will be made to try to ensure that this does not happen.

We would ask that you comply with all park speed limits, designated parking areas and other traffic regulations on park. Vehicles are brought onto our holiday parks at your own risk and we will not be held responsible for any loss or damage except where it is caused by our negligence.

Our parks are primarily used by families and we respectfully ask that the behaviour of yourself and your party reflects this fact. Noisy, offensive or inappropriate behaviour, or actions likely to cause harm or offence to any other guest, member of our staff or anyone’s property at the holiday parks will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to refuse entry to and/or eject any person who, in the reasonable opinion of the management team of the park, does not comply with these standards of behaviour. No refunds will be issued in these circumstances. If, in the reasonable opinion of the management of the park, we believe that you or any member of your party (adult or child) may not comply with the above terms, we reserve the right to refuse entry or not to hand over accommodation to any person or groups of persons at our discretion. In such cases a full refund will be issued to the lead name on the booking. Please note that we may operate CCTV cameras at our discretion on our holiday parks both for crime prevention and safety reasons.

We will do all that we can to ensure you enjoy your holiday with us. Occasionally problems may occur, if they do or you have any concerns about your holiday while staying with us, please tell the parks reception immediately. Please be aware that we can not be held responsible for any issue during your stay with us, of which you did not inform us whilst on site. We will work hard to resolve any issues you may experience whilst you are here on park. If any issue is not resolved during your stay, you must notify us in writing, as soon as possible (and in any event within 21 days of the end of your holiday). Letters received more than 21 days after your holiday will be deemed irrelevant.

The operation of our parks are subject to legislation and guidelines laid down by the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities and their codes of practice. Likewise there are other circumstances beyond our control that may affect the services and holiday booked and we accordingly reserve the right to adjust our services in order to meet these standards and possible issues. Very occasionally it may be necessary that certain accommodation, entertainment or a facility may have to be temporarily withdrawn, or changed due to maintenance, renovation, extreme weather conditions or changes in government legislation, or any other factors outside of our control. We reserve the right to make such alterations in the above circumstances without prior notice and are unable to accept liability for the loss of an advertised facility, or to pay compensation for any inconvenience caused. Should any changes occur, we will make you aware of these, where made prior to booking and will use reasonable endeavours to advise guests already booked of any alterations made after their booking and before their holiday commences.

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We accept liability for any loss or damage you may suffer as a result of our negligence or wilful default, but otherwise are not liable to you for any loss or damage you may suffer. Our liability to you is limited to the cost of your holiday less any insurance premium, except in the case of death or personal injury.

Rookley Country Park may from time to time hold private functions on the premises, alternative entertainment will be provided where applicable/possible. Please note, no compensation will be offered of any kind in this instance.

In accordance with UK licensing laws, we can only sell alcohol to persons aged 18 or over. We may require you to show proof of age using an approved form of identification. We accept the following forms of ID at park: full passport, a new style driving licence incorporating a photograph or a valid proof of age card.

Infectious or contagious diseases could easily be passed to other guests while on holiday. You must inform the duty manager should you contract any such illness while on holiday. In order to protect our guests and staff, anyone found to have such a condition may be confined, or in extreme circumstances, requested to leave the park. Please note that in such circumstances we are unable to offer refunds and we therefore recommend you take out your own insurance.

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