The Needles Park at Alum Bay, Isle of Wight
One of the top attractions on the Isle of Wight, the Needles is set on the south western tip of the island, surrounded by beautiful scenery. There are lots of things to see and do for the whole family including a chair lift, glass making and sand sculpting, fairground rides and crazy golf.
The Needles park is open from Easter until October. For prices and opening times visit http://www.theneedles.co.uk/index.php
Take the chairlift from the top of the cliff down to the beach at Alum Bay. You'll have fantastic views of The Needles in the distance and, when you get down to the beach you can take a boat trip out to the Needles and, if you're feeling energetic, take the stairs back up to the top of the cliff!
For a close up view of the Needles rocks and Lighthouse with its helipad on top, take one of the boat trips from the jetty for a dramatic trip around the rocks and views of Alum Bay sand cliffs.
The sandy cliffs of Alum Bay are well known for their naturally formed different colours ranging from blue and green to pink and yellow. You can see all the different colours in the Needles sand shop, where children can collect the sand in a glass ornament, and take home their own unique creation from the Isle of Wight.
The Needles Old and New Battery
The Needles Battery is a National Trust site which was originally built in Victorian times to help ward off the threat of a French invasion. The new battery shows how the site was used in the 1950s for rocket engine testing for the space race.