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Robin Hill and the Squawk Olympics

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June 9, 2017

I have fond memories of visiting the Isle of Wight as a child and loved taking the kids over earlier this year to visit Blackgang Chine.
I vowed to go back and see more of the island and last week we headed back across the Solent to visit Robin Hill Country Park, aboard a Wightlink Ferry from Portsmouth.
The last time we went to the Isle of Wight we sailed from Lymington, which is an hour long crossing to Yarmouth. The Portsmouth crossing sails from the city centre and you board the ferry in the shadow of the Spinakker Tower, sail past the Solent Forts and dock 45 minutes later in Fishbourne.
Wightlink Ferries
I have to admit I had not heard of Robin Hill before but upon investigation I discovered that it is an award-winning park that is set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside and forest, just 10 minutes drive from Fishbourne.  The award-winning park offers a great mix of rides and adventure play for fun-loving families and children alongside relaxing woodland gardens, ponds and sculpture walks. In fact, the tricky bit is deciding which way to go first.
Robin Hill
We started our adventures on the treetop trail which is a series of wooden and rope bridges for the kids to negotiate. Isaac and Eliza loved it and were racing around but Sebby got a bit stuck so Daddy had to go up and rescue him.
Robin Hill Treetop Trail
We then headed down to the canopy skywalk which stands 10 metres above the ground and is home to the Squirrel Tower and Squirrel Run.
Squirrel Run
The Squirrel Run is a spiralling mesh tube that is suspended around the canopy skywalk that the kids can crawl or shuffle through. Isaac and Eliza loved scrambling through it although I did see a few adventurers change their minds as it is quite scary being suspended over the ground.
Squirrel Run
Underneath the Canopy Skywalk is the Squirrel Tower which is a challenging climb back up to the skywalk using a series of rope challenges, as you climb 8 metres into the air. I think my kids must have been squirrels in a previous incarnation as they were racing each other around it!
Squirrel Tower
Once we finally managed to tear them away we headed down the hill to the construction site which is home to several wooden construction vehicles, perfect for role-play.
Pinecone Construction Site
Over half term and through the summer holidays, Robin Hill is hosting the Squawk Olympics which is an exciting daily programme of games and activities including an inflatable obstacle course, hopper races and zorb football.
Squawk olympics
Eliza and Isaac need no encouragement to compete against each other and could not wait to try their hand at the activities.
Squawk Olympics
The only one they didn’t do was the zorb football as the match had just got underway when we arrived.
Zorb football
Also in this part of the park is the Troll ponds which you can cross on the rickety bridges – if you dare, the hill billy slides and a fabulous toboggan track to race down.
Tobaggan Slides
By now we were getting hungry so we headed off in search of something to eat. There are plenty of picnic areas as well as four places to eat which each serve a variety of hot and cold food. We plumped for the African Refreshments and Barbecue and enjoyed hot dogs and burgers whilst sat amongst a large play area that styled on an African safari.
Robin Hill
There is a zebra slide, giraffe coloured swings, a large wooden play frame and model animals dotted throughout the area.
Robin Hill
Also at Robin Hill is a Falconry area where they display birds at various times of the day. For a small donation to charity you get the opportunity to hold the bird of your choice, or you can just kick back and watch one of the wonderful displays.
Robin Hill
Displays include Harris hawks flying over low over the audience, the beautiful peregrine falcon performing its swoops and dives right in front of you and interesting facts about all the birds from Charlie, the enigmatic falconer who is the youngest qualified falconer on the Isle of Wight.
Robin Hill
Sebby wasn’t sure about having birds flying so close to his head, so headed off with Eliza to the park beside the showground to play whilst we watched the birds.
Robin Hill
For kids enjoy thrills and spills, Robin Hill also has a couple of rides including the Colussus Swinging Galleon, the Toboggan Run and the 4D Motion Cinema to enjoy.
Robin Hill
For little ones there is the Cows Express which is a fun train that is surrounded by cows in costume, accompanied by music to match their costumes as you ride past.
Cows Station
It was the Duck Down Play Village that really caught their imaginations as it comes complete with real houses and buildings, but at a fraction of the real size. There’s a thatched cottage, a school, a sweetshop and even a pub (well, a pretend one!) that the kids adored. It was the school-house where they had the most fun, led by a pint size teacher who was throwing questions at all of them.
Robin Hill
There is so much to do at Robin Hill that you need a full day to explore everything it has to offer. You can also try to lift a ton weight with the help of a pulley system which needed Eliza’s full weight behind it to get it off the ground.
Robin Hill
You can also take part in your own game of tug ‘o’ war!
Robin Hill
I am not sure we found every nook and cranny to Robin Hill but we had fun trying and would certainly recommend visiting if you are on the Isle of Wight.
Robin Hill
A family saver ticket to Robin Hill costs from £58 (off-peak) or £72 (peak) or for a bigger saving you can buy combined tickets for Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill for £128 (off-peak) or £148 (peak).

Disclaimer: We were guests of Robin Hill for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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22 Comments
  1. Reply

    Jen Walshaw

    June 9, 2017

    It looks like a great place to visit as a family. I have never been to The Isle of White, so must add it to the never-ending list of places to visit.

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    Debbie - Hello Deborah

    June 9, 2017

    Oh my god this looks like so much fun for when my little one is older! I haven’t been to the IOW in years except for business. I really want to take my little girl over on the ferry and the woodland walks here sound like a good plan.
    The little village looks really good!

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    Carla S

    June 9, 2017

    It looks like an incredible place to take children to for an adventurous day out!

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    Georgina Wilson-Powell

    June 9, 2017

    Love the Isle of White but never come across this place, so thanks!

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    Amanda

    June 9, 2017

    Looks like you had a fantastic trip to the Isle of White. Will have to add it to our ‘must visit’ list.x

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    Tori

    June 9, 2017

    This looks like amazing fun – I would never have done any of this stuff as a kid but now as a grown up big kid, I definitely want to have a go!

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    five little doves

    June 9, 2017

    This looks AMAZING!! How brave are your kids though? It looks so high! My kids would go crazy here, their favourite thing is climbing!!

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    munchies and munchkins

    June 10, 2017

    Oh my word my girls would fall in love with that park I think! Have never been to the Isle Of Wight but I would really love to visit at some time. x

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    Janet T

    June 10, 2017

    That looks like a fantastic park. The water coming of the top of the bridge is inventive and the rides look amazing! Nice video.

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    Sophie's Nursery

    June 10, 2017

    This looks like the best place EVER! Wow! The squirrel run is amazing! x

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    Sara-Jayne Jones

    June 10, 2017

    We are heading over to the IOW this Summer and I saw on Blackgang Chine’s site that they had a sister park – I can’t wait to visit both, it looks amazing fun for the boys!

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    Deborah Nicholas

    June 10, 2017

    oh that looks amazing, so much for kids to do – i think those metal tunnels high up might be a little scary! lol

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    June 10, 2017

    We are going to the IoW in the summer and this is on our list, now moved to the top!

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    Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    June 11, 2017

    Looks like you all had a great time! I’m sure the kids are going to love the Squawk Olympics. We should pay a visit soon.

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    Jenny

    June 11, 2017

    I grew up on the Isle of Wight. Robin Hill is a really great day out.

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    Ickle Pickle

    June 11, 2017

    This looks an amazing place, I have never visited the Isle of Wight. The Squirrel Run looks awesome! Kaz

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    Sarah Ebner

    June 11, 2017

    This place sounds absolutely brilliant for families – love that toboggan run in particular!

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    Joanna

    June 12, 2017

    Who knew such an amazing entertaining park was on the Isle of Wight. I have only been there once, crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth for a work meeting. I would love to go back and maybe pass by Robin Hill as well.

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    Emma Raphael

    June 12, 2017

    That looks like a brilliant place for a family day out. Ashamed to say I have never been to the Isle of Wight!

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    Suzy mccullough

    June 12, 2017

    This place looks fab fun. I’m not surprised some bottled it on the squirrel run it looks hard going. They have something similar near here and there’s always kids getting stuck. I love your photos, it makes me want to visit tomorrow. My boy would love this place

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    Nikki

    June 14, 2017

    Robin Hill looks like such a fun day out. Ive never been to the isle of white but if i ever do visit I will def check out robin hill!!

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    Shirley

    June 17, 2017

    It is such an amazing entertaining park was on the Isle of Wight. The Squirrel Run looks awesome!

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