A visit to the Isle of Wight Pearl
The Isle of Wight has so many hidden treasures and places to visit.
One of our recent favourite finds is the Isle of Wight Pearl.
Set on the Military Road (which in itself is a delight), the Isle of Wight Pearl also houses Chocolate Island and from this year, the House of Chilli.
Chilli, chocolate and precious jewels - not a bad combo.
On our visit we had booked a master class about all things pearl. It was fascinating to learn about the different kinds of pearls, where they come from, how much they can cost, and the many forms and colours that they can come in.
Nature really can be amazing.
Pick a Pearl
The Pick a Pearl experience is very popular at Isle of Wight Pearl, and I can see why.
For £28 you can pick your own pearl from the rocky waters with your own fishing net. It's a bit like a Pearl Lucky Dip - you don't know what colour you are going to get or how much it will be worth.
If you're really lucky, there might even be 2 pearls in there!
Once you have 'popped' your oyster, you can choose to set it in jewellery or take home your pearl as it is.
We didn't pick our own pearl on this visit as Little Miss Wight Place has decided she wants to buy Nanny her own pearl - picked by her!
What a lovely idea and a great treat for a birthday or special occasion.
The Pearl Cafe
We had heard good things about the cream teas at Isle of Wight Pearl.
Whilst we were visiting, we thought we'd better test them out - just to be sure they are good enough for Nanny when she visits. Purely research you understand.
I have to say the scones were amazing - and the view that came with it added to the joy.
The cafe sells lunches, cakes, cream teas and even doggie's are looked after.
Summing up our visit....
I'll hand you over to Little Miss Wight Place, because despite what you may think, it's not just for adults.
Little Miss Wight Place: "My favourite bit was learning about how pearls were made - I didn't know they started out as a piece of sand. I now know how to work out if a pearl is real or not too. I can't wait to bring Nanny - I'm going to choose the best pearl from the rock pool"
Whether you are celebrating a 30thWedding anniversary, looking for a special treat, or just wanting to enjoy a lovely café with an amazing view - The Isle of Wight Pearl is the place to head.
We will most definitely be back.
Top Tips for your visit
Pre book a master class. Its fascinating. This is free, but you need to book to arrange.
Take the dog. If you have one! It's very dog friendly.
If the weather allows, sit outside and admire the view. You can even borrow a blanket from the café if its a bit chilly.
Take the image of your Granny's pearl necklace out of your head and embrace the many colours and modern versions of this amazing natural gem.