Festive Days Out By Bus

10 months ago Mon 21st Nov 2022

Festive Days Out By Bus

Looking for something to do this festive time. Here are some ideas of days out and activities to do for all the family. 


Colour in a Southern Vectis Bus

Pop into the Newport Travel Shop and colour in one of the Southern Vectis Buses which will decorate our tree. 10 will be drawn at random and they we will win a goody bag including "Santa is on his way books".


This Christmas everyone’s favourite pantomime is coming to Shanklin Theatre. Cinderella, the most charming of rags to riches tales is back. We invite you to enjoy the story of Cinders finding the man of her dreams whilst her horrible sisters do everything they can to stop her. On throughout December.

Polar at Robin Hill

Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of this wintery wonderland, with enchanted woodland, and alluring illuminations that will dazzle all ages. The smells and sounds of Christmas fill the ponds area with delicious festive food and the velvety tones of our caroling choir. Relax and get cosy in front of our open fires, with luxury hot chocolates, or spiced mulled wine to keep you warm, and giant marshmallows for the little (and big) ones to toast. Running on selective dates in December.

Santa Specials at Havenstreet

An enchanting Christmas experience awaits you and your little ones at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway this December. Board one of the majestic steam trains for a magical journey through wintery woodland from the comfort of a heated and beautifully restored carriage. Settle back and travel in style as you and your family enjoy your own exclusive compartment. Listen to the evocative sound of the steam locomotive as you settle back for the 10 mile round trip. Pre-booking is absolutely essential.

Christmas at Tapnell Farm Park

26th & 27th November, 2nd-4th, 8th-11th, 15th-18th & 21st-24th December. Let Tapnell Farm Park take you on a magical Christmas adventure around the world...to help save Santa's Sleigh! With immersive memory making around every corner, there is another world of imagination to discover this Christmas at Tapnell! Travel away from the humdrum, far from your daily worries, and straight to a place of wonderment … where kids can be kids, and grownups can too, to make magical memories to take home with you.

Christmas in Yarmouth 

On the 17th December come along to Yarmouth for Santa's Grotto and late night opening, The Community Choir will be singing carols in Yarmouth Square. 

Nights out 

Night out with friends or attending the works Christmas party. Our Nightrider ticket offers unlimited travel from 7pm - 7am the following morning for only £6.50. With a nightrider ticket, taking the bus means no parking worries and no need to worry about who's driving! Available every night, you can buy your nightrider ticket via our Southern Vectis app, from our Travel Shops or direct from your driver using cash or contactless. 


If you feel like going further afield how about these mainland days out ideas

Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival

Enter a world of Christmas in Poole this year, with this brand-new FREE Christmas attraction! Be prepared to be dazzled as thousands of twinkling lights take you on a nautical journey that starts at the gateways to Poole; the Twin Sails Bridge, Hunger Hill and The Lighthouse.  

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

With its multitude of festive-themed illuminations the centre piece of this year’s trail will once again be the 60ft walk-through Bournemouth Wonderland Tree situated in the centre of the Lower Gardens. The traditional Christmas market, Alpine bar and Ice Rink are all making a welcome return for 2022 and, as well as themed replica trees from around the world. 

Christmas in Southampton 

Southampton will be filled with Christmas cheer this year. From late-night shopping and delicious dining to sensational shows and family-friendly events. Including The Great Elf Investigation walking trail, Westquay On IceSouthampton Christmas Market plus many more 

Christmas in Winchester 

Winchester is alive with a range of festive activities carrying on into the New Year. Dubbed ‘England’s Christmas Capital,’ the 2022 festive season has kicked off across the Winchester district. The Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe and will open Friday 18 November – Thursday 22 December 2022.