Welcome to Sandown

The Town Council would like to welcome you to its website. We hope you will find it easy to use.

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The aim of this website is to provide the residents of Sandown with everything they need to know to follow what the Council is doing on their behalf. It will also provide visitors with contact details and links to the things Sandown has to offer in the way of amusement, entertainment and education.  It is hoped that with your suggestions and help the site can be kept up to date and relevant.

Sandown is a seaside town within Sandown Bay nestling on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. The town is famous for its golden sandy beach and has been delighting holiday makers for over 150 years. Sandown seafront is just yards from the town’s shops, café’s, pubs and restaurants and is within easy level walking along the towns broad promenades and sea wall.  We are pleased to say that there are a number of regeneration initiatives happening.  Hotels have been spruced up and the old Wight City site has been sold and there is a plan for 47 properties to be built there, starting at the beginning of next year, all being well.  Sandham Gardens will also undergo some re-development with the promise of a new crazy golf, an open square area for pop up events and much more.

The sea is safe to bathe in and in the main season, beginning of July to September. In 2017 this will be from 08 July to 03 September.  With Sandown having a mild climate it constantly has a high placing in the UK’s sunshine records just what is needed for a summer holiday.  Sandown is one of only four beaches, in 2017, on the Island to have gained the prestigious Seaside Award, awarded by Keep Britain Tidy.

Along Culver Parade, in Sandham Gardens,  you will find crazy golf and a  putting green which will re-open on Friday 07 april 2017 (9.30am -5.30pm), - weather permitting) as well as a skate park, Adizone, and children’s play areas. The last three are free of charge, and free of supervision, so Parents/Guardians must take responsibility.  In the same area is the Bowls Club. Further along is Sandown Zoo with a Tiger Sanctuary and also Dinosaur Isle Museum.

Sandown can also offer  an 18 hole Golf Course at the Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club, as well as the ability for people to fly their own planes into Sandown Airport. Sandown holds regular events such as Sandown Carnival which is held in July and Sandown Regatta and Illuminated Carnival which are held in August.   November will see the culmination of the Carnival activities with a grand firework display, plus entertainment, on bonfire night, starting at 6.00pm along the Esplanade in Sandown.

Sandown is a typical Victorian town surrounded by a wealth of natural features. To the North is Culver Downs which is mostly owned and managed by the National Trust. Nearby inland are Sandown levels, one of the few freshwater wetlands on the Isle of Wight where you can bird watch. At extremely low tides a petrified forest is partially revealed in the northern part of Sandown Bay.