THEY say the best things in life are free and now a new project is seeking the best no-charge things to do on the Isle of Wight.

From taking a trip on a vintage bus to exploring underwater wildlife on a family-friendly rockpool safari, there are lots of favourite free things to see and do on the lovely Isle of Wight.

Perhaps you'd enjoy an ass-ignation at the donkey sanctuary or hope your dreams come true at Bonchurch's secret wishing seat?

A new website and leaflet run by Ryde-based design agency Pinkeye Graphics, supported by a Sustainable Transport Innovation Grant from the Isle of Wight Council, is collating the best free things to see and do under the banner Free Wight.

The website is already online and the leaflet will be distributed across the Island in time for the 2020 season, and now is the chance to submit ideas for inclusion — at no cost, of course.

Free Wight suggestions include animal encounters, fascinating buildings, luscious landscapes and unusual transport, as well as cultural gems like the free galleries at Quay Arts.

Cat James, of Pinkeye Graphics, said, "Free Wight started as a bit of a laugh a few years ago on social media, and originated with The People's Ride — alternatively known as Sainsbury's travelator.

"However, from this little gem a big idea was formed, and people soon started submitting their own favourite free things to do on the Isle of Wight.

"One of my personal faves is looking in awe at the dinosaur footprints at Hanover Point."

Free Wight is looking for suggestions big and little — from huge events like Cowes Week, to smaller things with niche appeal, such as making a call from one of the country’s oldest working phone boxes (it’s in Bembridge).

"To be included on the Free Wight website, you shouldn’t have to buy a ticket to see or do the free thing. We’ve included events such as the Island's fabulous carnivals and parades." added Free Wight's Matthew Chatfield.

"A thing has got to be worth seeing or doing – there are plenty of free things that are just dull. We aren’t interested in them."

Visit to check out what has been included.

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