Looking for things to do over the February half-term? There are lots of free or low-cost activities to enjoy on the Isle of Wight!

We’ve picked out a selection of ideas to help you decide what half-term fun to get up to next week.

Island cycle tracks and walks

Isle of Wight County Press: The Archway at Sandown Cycle TrackThe Archway at Sandown Cycle Track (Image: Rob Chiverton)

If you want to get into nature this half-term, there are around 200 miles of Island cycle tracks, byways and bridleways for you to explore.

Keep an eye out for kingfishers, red squirrels and even highland cattle.

Alternatively, you could visit Carisbrooke Castle for a fun walk around the moat - you may even spot a donkey or two in the stables!

See a map of popular Island cycle tracks HERE.

Donkey Sanctuary

Isle of Wight County Press: Tour at the IW Donkey SanctuaryTour at the IW Donkey Sanctuary (Image: IW Donkey Sanctuary)

The IW Donkey Sanctuary, in the Wroxall Valley, can also offer a free afternoon out, with no booking required.

The Sanctuary says most visitors spend two to three hours at the attraction, taking time to see over 100 donkeys and ponies.

Special events are being held, including free Meet the Donkeys tours, which are available each day at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Brading and Newport Roman Villas

Isle of Wight County Press: The lady of the Villa, Livia, telling storiesThe lady of the Villa, Livia, telling stories (Image: Brading Roman Villa)

Clay Days are returning to Newport Roman Villa this February half-term on Wednesday (14) and Friday (16) between 9.30am and 3pm.

Entries to Newport Roman Villa, including all activities, will be just £1 per person. 

The site will remain fully open to explore the historic remains, including the museum and garden.

Meanwhile, at Brading Roman Villa, there’s also plenty to enjoy – from £2 per child – this February half-term.

You can enjoy making a clay Roman love token, designing love-themed mosaic coasters, decorating biscuits, storytelling and more.

See here: Family wildlife trail at Brading Roman Villa this February half-term

Games Night in East Cowes

Isle of Wight County Press: Games Night at MAD-Aid in East CowesGames Night at MAD-Aid in East Cowes (Image: MAD-Aid)

MAD-Aid, an East Cowes-based charity, is launching its new MAD Games Night for this half-term.

This free event, held on Friday (16) invites families to enjoy some card and board games – you can bring your own games or use theirs!

Hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks will be on sale with proceeds to MAD-Aid.

See more on the IWCP Events page here.

Museum of Island History

Isle of Wight County Press: Newport Guildhall, home of the Museum of Island HistoryNewport Guildhall, home of the Museum of Island History (Image: Google Maps)

Meanwhile, at the Museum of Island History at the Guildhall in Newport, there will be free horse-themed craft activities for families and a horse photo hunt to guide visitors around the museum on Tuesday (13th) and Thursday (15th).

Staff will share the story of the famous Island Rodeo Riders, who were based here from 1924 to 1939 and travelled the country performing incredible stunts on horseback.

Entry to the museum is £1 for adults and 50p for children, which includes all activities.