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Traditionally synonymous with sailing and Victorian seaside breaks, the Isle of Wight is perfect for families looking to pile in the car, jump on the ferry and spend a few days enjoying summery things to do like splashing about with a bucket and spade, eating ice cream and fossil-hunting on the island’s many lovely, sandy beaches. It’s also a great place to enjoy laidback cafés and local seafood restaurants along with a burgeoning gallery scene in Ventnor and, every June, big bands at the annual Isle of Wight Festival. As far as places to stay go, accommodation ranges from smart, family-run B&Bs and Victorian cottages turned boutique hotel to miniature houses, safari tents and even – get this – an early 19th-century maritime fortress in the middle of the Solent. Here’s the pick of our favourite.