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Isle of Wight Quiz I

  1. What's the name of the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from mainland England?
  2. What name is given to the week long annual regatta of world famous sailing races?

  3. The fourth longest and the oldest pier in the United Kingdom can be visited in which seaside resort?
  4. What is the ancient Roman name for the Isle of Wight?
  5. Name the Isle of Wight prison that had notoriety as one of the toughest jails in the British Isles?
  6. What is the name of the three 30 metre high stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea off the island's western extremity?
  7. In which historic motte-and-bailey castle was Charles I imprisoned prior to his trial?
  8. Which scientist, famous for his law of elasticity, was born in Freshwater, in 1635?
  9. From 1853 until his death in 1892, Farringford House was the home of which famous poet?
  10. A plaque in Cockerell Rise, East Cowes, marks the location of where Christopher Cockerell lived and worked. What was his most famous invention?
  11. From east to west, how many miles across is the Isle of Wight: (a)13 miles, (b)23 miles, (c)33 miles, or (d)43 miles?
  12. Name the Isle of Wight's largest town?
  13. True or false? You can fit the entire population of the world shoulder-to-shoulder on the Isle of Wight?
  14. At low tide, what sort of footprints can be seen at Compton Bay, near Freshwater?
  15. The Isle of Wight is the largest haven for Sciurus vulgaris in England. Precisely, what species of animal is Sciurus vulgaris?


  1. The Solent
  2. Cowes Week
  3. Ryde
  4. Vectis
  5. Parkhurst

  6. The Needles
  7. Carisbrooke Castle
  8. Robert Hooke
  9. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  10. The hovercraft
  11. 23 miles
  12. Ryde
  13. False (it's not true and just another urban myth!)
  14. Dinosaur footprints
  15. The red squirrel (there are no grey squirrels on the island)

Isle of Wight Quiz II

  1. Name the BBC Local Radio service for the Isle of Wight? It's located in Southampton and also serves Hampshire and Dorset.

  2. Which popular seaside resort is home to the Isle of Wight Zoo, the Dinosaur Isle geological museum and one of the island's two 18-hole golf courses?
  3. Which geological feature and tourist attraction in the town of Shanklin is a wooded coastal ravine, containing waterfalls, trees, walkways and lush vegetation?
  4. In 1970, The Isle of Wight Festival attracted an audience of 600,000, but which singer headlined this festival?
  5. The county town of the Isle of Wight is Newport. Is Newport located on the south coast, north coast, west coast, east coast or in the centre of the Isle of Wight?
  6. Which Beatles song features the line 'every summer we could rent a cottage on the Isle of Wight'?
  7. What is the name of the main river of the Isle of Wight? (Hint: it shares its name with one of the two holiest cities in Islam)
  8. Which actress, born in Blackgang on the Isle of Wight, had her first big television role as Carol in the early 1960s sitcom The Rag Trade?
  9. What is the name of Queen Victoria's much-loved summer residence?
  10. Which bay near the westernmost point is noted for its multi-coloured sand cliffs?
  11. Is the population of the Isle of Wight: (a)50,000, (b)90,000, or (c)140,000?
  12. Which 1973 British film, starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, included scenes shot in Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin beach and Wootton Bridge fairground?
  13. Which seaside resort on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight has been described as the 'English Mediterranean' and 'Mayfair by the Sea'?
  14. Which point is the northernmost point on the island: (a)Egypt Point, (b)Panama Point, or (c)Canada Point?
  15. Which ship was sank in the straits north of the Isle of Wight on 19 July 1545 after leading an attack on the galleys of a French invasion fleet?
  16. St. Catherine's Oratory, known locally as the 'Pepperpot', is Britain's only surviving medieval what?


  1. BBC Radio Solent
  2. Sandown
  3. Shanklin Chine
  4. Jimi Hendrix
  5. The centre
  6. When I'm Sixty Four (The Isle of Wight has traditionally seen as a place for retirees and holiday makers.)

  7. River Medina
  8. Sheila Hancock
  9. Osborne House
  10. Alum Bay
  11. 140,000
  12. That'll Be the Day
  13. Ventnor
  14. Egypyt Point
  15. The Mary Rose
  16. Lighthouse

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