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Twixmas and New Year on the Isle of Wight with Derek, Colin, Faye, Roni, Jen, Guy & Wendy

We all met up at Brockenhurst and had lunch in one of our favourite pubs. We even had time for a game of skittles. On arriving at our hotel we all had complimentary drinks and mince pies.
We had very good food and also a great choice of meals. Our waiter & waitress were very nice too.
There was plenty of time to relax at our resort, but also many activities to participate in.
Trips were taken in our minibus around the island and we saw beautiful countryside and some lovely villages.
There was great entertainment in the evenings. The rock and roll group was absolutely fabulous and we had fun with the comedians. All the entertainment was excellent. As always, we danced till we dropped….well almost! Late nights were every night for most, but occasionally others would retire a little earlier.
Christmas day was similar to when at home. We start the day by opening presents and have the usual turkey dinner with crackers and silly hats etc…..loads of fun and laughs along the way!
We made use of the games room and played snooker, table tennis, bowling, darts and some board games.
Welly wanging took place and we all had a go….it was great fun.
Ten-pin bowling was something we all enjoyed and Roy won in his group and Kathleen won hers (even with a broken wrist). Colin’s group beat Derek’s group in their contest!! Amusements were something that some of our group enjoyed at the bowling alley.
Some lunches were taken out and we even had a cream tea.
Trips were taken to the monkey & owl sanctuary. It was nice to have a guided tour which helped us to understand more about each group of monkeys. One of our groups even had the chance to stroke some of the owls!
A steam train ride was for some. It is nice going back in time. We all had a good time. That night there was a big party and we sang and danced and saw out the old and in with the New Year!
Eventually it was time to set off on our journey home. As usual, we found nice country pubs and had lunch.

Thanks & Happy New Year to all

Christmas on the Isle of Wight with Derek, Colin, Faye, Roni, Jen & Guy

Our holiday started with lunch and a game of skittles in a nice pub in Brockenhurst. From there we got on board the ferry to Yarmouth. On arriving at our hotel we all had complimentary drinks and mince pies.
Full board meals every day meant no one went hungry! The choice and quality was to the usual high standards.
An open top bus ride of the island was taken on Christmas eve and even though it was cold, we all enjoyed ourselves.
There was, of course, a real party atmosphere throughout the holiday, especially at meal times. Crackers were pulled to reveal the usual silly jokes and party hats, plus streamers and whistles.
Christmas day we woke to open our Christmas presents, which really gave us all that festive family feeling.
A full Christmas dinner was on the menu and we were serenaded by some of the entertainment staff!
Everyone dressed up in their best attire for the Christmas night dancing and entertainment. As per normal, we were amongst the last on the dance floor.
Every evening there was great entertainment from the resident team and also from visiting celebrities.
Day times were spent taking part in games, whether “welly wanging” or spending time in the games room. There we played table tennis, snooker, bowling, darts, chequers and other such games. Some of our party went swimming in the lovely relaxing swimming pool area.
Some holiday makers took a trip around the island in our minibus and saw the spectacular coastal scenery that surrounds the Isle of Wight.