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Contessa 32 Sailing Experience from the Isle of Wight

The Contessa 32 is based in the legendary sailing center of Cowes, Isle of Wight, but can collect your group of up to five people from anywhere in the Solent area by arrangement. A highly skilled and experience skipper will accompany you, while all safety equipment and refreshments are included. The precise role your skipper plays will vary according to your group. Experienced sailors, or sailors wishing to build up their sailing miles, can man the tiller under supervision; less experienced waterfolk can try their hands at the basics; tuition for RYA (Royal Yachting Assocation) qualifications and ICC (International Certificate of Competence) is also available. Or just sit back and enjoy the buzz of soaring across the ocean waves in one of the all-time classic racing yachts. The Contessa 32 has completed innumerable ocean crossings, circumnavigations, and polar voyages, and is perfect for weekend or even longer adventures. Ask your local operator about sailing to France, the Channel Islands, the West Country, or the Scilly Isles, and back.

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Godshill Model Village Family Ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children)

The next time you’re looking for a fun family day out, make sure you come and visit us at the Godshill Model Village. Our Model Village is a 1/10th scale version of the village of Godshill and Shanklin Old Village and Chine, two of the oldest tourist areas on the Isle of Wight.   You can find all of our houses, cottages, churches and pubs in real life for a proper Gulliver experience!  Our models are fantastic replicas of these real buildings, made with sand and cement so they weather as they age. We even thatch them just like the real thing using authentic materials and methods. We’d recommend that you allow an hour here to fully appreciate the details of the little scenes around the model houses.   On a sunny day you can join us for a cup of tea then wander around agin to catch the little details you missed first time.   So you could easily combine a visit to us with a leisurely wander around the real Godshill village and take a day here. We pride ourselves on having the most detailed landscaped gardens on the Island with over 3,000 ornamental conifers and shrubs.   Attention to detail is key to everything we do.  Many of our trees are coarse bonsai treated to maintain their scale with the buildings…they really are amazing. It is called ‘coarse bonsai’ as they aren’t in pots – you really need to visit to see how manicured they are.   See what our visitors have said about us!