We spent 10 very wet days here in the Jubilee week in June 2012. Despite the rather damp and soggy weather we actually had a fantastic camping trip on the Isle of Wight.
I had always wanted to visit the Isle of Wight - I had heard from many friends how absolutely great it was, especially for families. With miles of golden sandy beaches and plenty of things to keep everyone entertained.
Getting on a car ferry only added to the excitement, albeit only a short crossing of 45 minutes from Portsmouth to Fishbourne.
The drive from Fishbourne to Languard Holiday Park in Shanklin is only about 20 minutes by car. In fact, depending on traffic, to get from one side of the Isle of Wight to the other in a car shouldn't take longer than an hour.
The campsite itself was absolutely fine. We got a good size pitch with plenty of space around us. The shower and toilet block was of a decent size and kept clean. There was a rather small children's play area - but if you walked through the sister site next door (Lower Hyde) there was a much larger one there, next to the indoor swimming pool and the entertainment.
We made good use of the indoor pool (due to the fact it rained so much!) it was a decent size but the changing area lacked much space. There is a heated outdoor pool for those sunnier days. I must say most campsite entertainment isn't really our thing - we would rather avoid campsites with entertainment onsite. Jesters at Park Resorts was no exception. Other people seemed to enjoy it but it was pretty cheesy and loud for our liking, maybe that's just us though. As it is located in Lower Hyde though (next door) you don't get disturbed by it.
The beach at Shanklin is lovely, big and sandy. You are really spoilt for choice as far as beaches go on the Isle of Wight. On one of the days we walked to the local train station (Shanklin) and caught one of the island's trains to Ryde Harbour. The trains are actually 1930s London Underground tubes!
Ryde itself has a great beach with miles of golden sand. The town is the second largest on the island and has all the usual high street shops as well as some independents. Along by the beach are children's play area, bowling and an ice rink.
Ventnor is a short drive away from Shanklin and is the island's oldest seaside resort. Although smaller than Shanklin, Ventnor is definitely worth a visit. There are plenty of unique shops, antique shops and restaurants to explore as well as a tea rooms and cafes overlooking the beach.
We spent an afternoon pottering around Cowes, admiring the yachts and luxury boats, dreaming of which ones we would one day buy...there are plenty of individual shops to be found through the narrow streets, alongside numerous restaurants and pubs.
We couldn't leave the Isle of Wight without a visit to The Needles. Unfortunately we managed to pick the windiest day to go - no chair lift for us to the beach below! We consoled ourselves with a visit to the sweet factory and a few cheeky nibbles.
Blackgang Chine is the UK's oldest amusement park at 170 years old. It is a fascinating place to visit with magical themed areas, rides and slides and exhibition areas. As the weather was pretty awful we virtually had the run of the place.
There are plenty of things to do on the Isle of Wight and we really only scratched the surface. Languard is in a great location and is a perfectly fine campsite to visit.