If any town needs a bit of love and support following major change and upheaval, it is Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.

Following the devastating landslide of December 10, and subsequent closure of the major artery into town that is Leeson Road, businesses and residents have suffered.

There have been calls for people to support Ventnor businesses, as a recent County Press front page showcased with the headline "Use us or lose us".

The town was busy with visitors and residents flocking to Good Friday's opening of the walkway and railings at the Cascades.

We've rounded up a selection of reasons to visit Ventnor:

Isle of Wight shaped paddling pool

Isle of Wight County Press: Ventnor's paddling poolVentnor's paddling pool (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

It's an iconic Isle of Wight attraction! The seafront paddling pool has been spruced up and filled with water, in time for the Easter holidays.

It is free to enjoy, and it is right next to popular cafe Besty and Spinky's for refreshments. There's a car park nearby, and public toilets.

Crave Ice Cream

This seasonal business has opened its doors for 2024 and this always creates a buzz! There will doubtless be a queue outside, but it will be worth the wait, to get your hands on a homemade ice-cream. It will give you time to choose the flavours to go for. Find Crave at the bottom of Spring Hill (you can see it from Tesco).

Isle of Wight County Press: A Crave ice creamA Crave ice cream (Image: Iris Little)

County Press Pub of the Year

Ventnor has an abundance of brilliant places to eat, so it is the perfect town to head to, for breakfast, lunch or dinner  - you won't be disappointed, unless you can't get a table!

One of the best is the Crab and Lobster Tab, tucked away on Grove Road, which was named the County Press Pub of the Year 2023

 Isle of Wight County Press: Landlord David Weedon at the Crab and Lobster TapLandlord David Weedon at the Crab and Lobster Tap (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

Ventnor Park

This hidden gem is a wonderful oasis, featuring a stream full of ducks, a bandstand, and an outdoor gym up on the top level.

There's a tea gardens and putting green, and often a timetable of live music to look out for.

The park comes alive during Ventnor Fringe (July 19 to 28), Ventnor Day (July 6), and any occasions when there is music playing. 

Isle of Wight County Press: A busy Ventnor ParkA busy Ventnor Park (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

Steephill Cove

Not really a hidden treasure, as it has grown in popularity over the years! Just a short walk from Ventnor town, the cove is a beauty, from its quirky beach huts to crystal clear waters, and there are a couple of lovely places to grab a bite to eat. You won't be disappointed if you choose to take a stroll to Steephill Cove.

Isle of Wight County Press: Steephill CoveSteephill Cove (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

Phlegm artwork

In 2018 a huge piece of street art appeared in Ventnor for Ventnor Fringe, and has stayed there ever since, warmly welcomed by the town.

It is called the Ventnor Giant and was created by world-renowned street artist Phlegm. You can find it by walking towards the High Street, from the direction of the library and the Royal British Legion.  If you walk in the right direction, you can't miss it - it's three storeys high!

Isle of Wight County Press: Phlegm's Ventnor Giant. Photo by Julian WinslowPhlegm's Ventnor Giant. Photo by Julian Winslow

Quirky businesses

Ventnor has some interesting and quirky independent businesses. Take some time to browse the shops in the town and you will be sure to find some treasures, whether it is a vinyl record or a vintage jacket. There's a butcher's shop and a greengrocer, crafters, hair and beauty salons, even somewhere to buy a Honda motorbike!

What are YOUR Ventnor highlights? Comment below, or send us a letter for publication, to editor@iwcp.co.uk