The Needles is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty on the coastline of Alum Bay. For hundreds of years the unique, natural coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay have dazzled visitors to the Isle of Wight and the spectacular chairlift, together with a trip to the shoreline, gives marvellous views of this geological wonder.
The Needles offers a range of attractions for all ages including unique chairlift, sand filling shop, adventure golf, open top bus rides, boat trips to the Needles rocks, a traditional family Carousel, Victorian games and a wide variety of retail and catering facilities. The artisan offerings of the Alum Bay Glass Studio and Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory are based at The Needles and you can observe skilled craftsmen at work and have the opportunity to purchase gifts from the extensive showrooms on site.
A visit to The Needles would not be complete without a ride in the famous chairlift which transports visitors from the top of the cliff to Alum Bay beach and back, giving the best view of the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark. Completing the line-up, guests can also immerse themselves in an interactive 4D Cinema experience showing a cutting edge Jurassic adventure.
Refurbished for the 2015 season, the world famous Marconi Monument marks the precise location where Guglielmo Marconi undertook his pioneering work at the end of the 19th Century, which led to radio and all telecommunications as we know it today.
Recent investments include the refurbished Marconi’s Bar, providing a contemporary setting to enjoy a light bite and coffee set in the birth place of modern communications, as well as a brand new Carouse and ‘Taste of the Wight’ retail outlet for the 2015 season showcasing the best produce and offerings from the Island.
Every Thursday throughout the summer holidays the Needles stays open late for a long established and successful event known as ‘Magic in the Skies’, a popular mixture of live entertainment including music, entertainment, street performers, competitions and giveaways with a spectacular firework finale ending the perfect day out.
A recently expanded out of season events programme now also includes the Red Bull Cliff Climb each October, where the world’s best ice climbers take on the challenge of ascending sheer cliffs of chalk – one of the most difficult materials to climb. Overlooking the iconic Needles, the 115m overhanging cliff at Scratchell’s Bay pushes the climbers to their limits, really testing their skills ahead of the winter climbing season.
Adding to the annual calendar, the Needles are heavily involved in the annual ‘Walk the Wight’ challenge, a 26.5 mile walk across the Island finishing at the Needles, as well as the Rise of the Ronin obstacle race, a challenging series of 5 mile, 10 mile and 6 hour endurance races around the Needles headland.