Message from the Isle of Wight Council

The Isle of Wight County Press  and Isle of Wight Council have teamed up to launch a petition to government, calling on them to look again at the way the Island is funded. This builds upon the lobbying the council has undertaken to date and the ongoing representations that are being made to government.

The campaign is an opportunity to get the whole Island community involved in making the case to government that the Island is different, unique and that it needs more support.

The campaign is asking you to sign the petition and show your support for the Island’s future.  Please also encourage your neighbours, friends and family, or anyone you know with an interest in the Island’s future to get involved, by signing the petition.

You can sign the petition here:

You can also get involved on social media: or

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

Should you have any comments or suggestions that will improve the site then please do contact us. Look for our contact details under ‘Find Us & Contact’.

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.

The sea is safe to bathe in. Sandown Bay was used by the Natwest Island Games 2011 to hold the sailing and windsurfing events. 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.

Along Culver Parade you will find a bowls club, crazy golf, a putting green as well as a skate park, Adizone, and children’s play areas. 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.

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.