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Might you like a stay on Wight? In a swish and fully-furnished retro bell tent where everything’s supplied including the kitchen sink? OK, it’s a washing-up bowl rather than the kitchen sink, but the point still stands…the bell tents at Wight Bells near Shanklin and Sandown are for travelling light, with everything there for you when you arrive from duvets and pillows to crockery and cutlery (you can hire bed linen too if you don’t want to bring your own).

As they’re made of canvas, these Isle of Wight tents are cool by day and warm by night, and they’re strong enough not to leak whatever the weather (always handy for British hols, we find…). Each bell tent comes with a double bed, double futon and storage space, and has similar floor space to a tipi or yurt so will suit families as well as couples. Pack your fairy lights too: the tents are hooked up with electricity for cuppa-making and gadget charging, and each is on its own deck with seating outside. Communal showers, loos and washing-up facilities are a short walk away.

Wight Bells is on a quiet corner of The Old Barn Touring Park campsite, named after the seventeenth century barn at the entrance which is now a games and TV room – kids should also have a quacking time flapping around the duck pond or swinging about the play area. For food, there’s a garden centre with café just at the entrance of the park and a supermarket just down the road.

Gold 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

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Leave the car at home

Luxury

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Pre-erected tents

Location

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  • Cheverton Farm, Newport Road Sandown, Isle Of Wight, England, PO36 9PJ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.6465°N 1.1897°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Southsea: Clarence Pier Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
Portsmouth: The Hard Interchange — 11.1 miles
Portsmouth: Southsea Coach Stop — 11.1 miles
Train stations
Shanklin Rail Station — 1.0 miles
Lake (Isle of Wight) Rail Station — 1.0 miles
Sandown Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Ferry ports
Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal — 6.0 miles
Ryde Hoverport — 6.1 miles
Ryde Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 6.5 miles
Airports
Southampton Airport — 22.3 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 29.6 miles

Directions


There are frequent ferry services from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington.

By car from Ryde Pier - head south toward Esplanade/A3055, turn left onto Esplanade. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Marlborough Road. At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto High Road. Keep going until the next roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Broadway. Turn right onto Newport Road. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Newport Road and you will find Wight Bells on the left.

If you don't want to bring the car there are frequent train services from London to Portsmouth and Southampton. On the island, local trains run to Lake (just over a mile away) and buses run by the entrance to the campsite.

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

Wight Bells is on the south-east side of the Isle of Wight and about five minutes’ drive from the beaches of Shanklin and Sandown, both with clear clean water and surrounded by shops, pubs and cafés. Stop off at Shanklin for its Old Village (and cream teas) and the waterfalls of Shanklin Chine; Sandown has a more family feel with fairground rides, a Victorian pier, amusements and pleasure flights from the nearby airport. The Isle of Wight Zoo is also at Sandown to say hi to Casper the lion and the rest of the menagerie, and the exotic inhabitants of Amazon World Zoo Park can be found near Arreton between Sandown and Newport.

Half the Isle of Wight is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are award-winning paths, more golden sandy beaches and clifftop walks to make your way around, including 70 miles of coastline and over 500 miles of footpaths; the owners at Wight Bells can give you info on local walks and bike rides. There’s heaps of history to see on the island too: Queen Victoria’s old holiday home Osborne House; Carisbrooke Castle to learn how to fire cannons, and Roman villas at Brading and Newport – just to start you off...

The kids might be more up for a day’s or week’s worth of shrieks at Blackgang Chine with its cliff-edge rollercoaster, rides and themed worlds, or another day/week at Britain’s first ever purpose-built dinosaur museum, Dinosaur Isle – if you have mini fossil hunters in the family there are guided fossil hunt tours from Brighstone.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway near Ryde puffs from Havenstreet Station, where there are also woodland walks, a play area and a falconry centre where birders of all sizes can learn to hold their own falcon. There’s more falconry – and theme park tomfoolery – at Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens near Newport, and the Isle of Wight Falconry Centre is at Appuldurcombe House in Wroxhall.

More? Try trips around the fifteen Isle of Wight towns, taking to the waves for watersports, turning up to one of the many island festivals or munching your way around the island at award-winning restaurants, beachside cafés and the farmers’ markets at Ryde and Newport.

Must see

  • Dinosaur Isle (2.2 miles)
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway (4.2 miles)
  • Ventnor Botanic Gardens (5.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Bembridge Windmill (4.9 miles)
  • Brighstone Shop and Museum (9.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

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

We can only accept bookings from family parties (2 adults and 3 children) and couples.

Regrettably, we cannot allow dogs or any other pets in our bell tents.

Guests and visitors agree to be considerate tenants and to take good care of the tents and facilities during their stay. Guests and visitors agree not to act in any way which would cause disturbance to other guests. In particular, no loud instruments or radios/music systems at any time and campers are requested to be quiet between 11pm and 7am.

Should any facilities, equipment or inventory be damaged wilfully, as a result of inappropriate usage or behaviour, or as a direct result of failing to respond to instructions from Wight Bells you will be held responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of that item. Wight Bells cannot accept responsibility from any loss, damage or expense arising from industrial action, terrorist activity, adverse weather conditions or any other event outside the control of the company.

By booking and coming to Wight Bells and Old Barn Touring Park you agree to be responsible for your children and any children you are in charge of, and your own welfare and to take all reasonable precautions against personal injury, injury to others and damage to the campsite, facilities and tent, such as regarding litter, fire, noise after 11pm.

Anything you bring to the campsite and any damage or loss to your possessions is at your own risk. You use the facilities and amenities at the campsite at your own risk. Candles and tea lights that are used in the tents must be within the candle holders and containers when alight. Wight Bells accepts no responsibility from any loss or injury arising from being in the campsite. By booking, acknowledging these terms and conditions, you are aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers of personal injury in entering the campsite.

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