Whether you’re a budding chef, a believer in natural remedies or simply unconvinced that vampires are fictional, head to the Isle of Wight’s magnificent Garlic Farm. Approved by England’s other queen and everyone’s favourite nana Mary Berry, the farm offers a vast range of products, most of which are unsurprisingly garlic based. With the sometimes controversial kitchen staple available in all forms (for cooking and eating, for growing and as a gift) the farm makes for a brilliant day out as well as a unique place to stock up on local veg.
An unmissable stop on your spending spree. For the true eccentric character of the Isle of Wight, head along to the much-loved Babushka Books. One of only three bookshops on the whole island, Babushka is a lively spot and something a little different from the hallowed silence that can swallow you among the shelves of most second-hand stores. Proud of its jolly atmosphere, impressive selection and tumbledown appearance, Babushka is vital if you’re looking for a literary memento of your visit to this picturesque isle.
Sometimes just buying the gift isn’t enough. An unquestionably memorable souvenir is the one you made yourself. While away a blustery afternoon on the island at Fire Art Ceramic Studio, where you can carefully paint your plate or butter dish, wait for it to be fired and take it home as a lasting relic from your Isle of Wight adventure.