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Real Time Traffic information -

Wightlink -
Portsmouth to Fishbourne & Yarmouth to Lymington routes. (Car Ferry).
Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head route. (Foot Passengers only). Catarmaran. The catamarans connect the railway stations at either end of the service in around 20 minutes. (No bookings necessary).

Red Funnel -
Southampton to East Cowes route (Car Ferry).
Southampton to West Cowes route. (Foot Passengers only). Red Jet Hi-Speed Service. (No bookings necessary).

Hovertravel -

Southsea to Ryde Esplanade. (Foot passengers only). (no booking necessary). Easy onward travel connections are available with our Hoverbus to Portsmouth, bus and train connections at Ryde plus large car parks at both terminals. Hovertravel - The 10 minute ferry link to the Isle Of Wight.

Train -
Through train services from Waterloo and other main line stations via Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde to Shanklin Station.

Buses & Trains on the Isle of Wight -

If you are walking around the island this is an excellent service for moving bags from one hotel to the next.

Ryde Taxis - (01983) 811111

Jet Cars Taxis - (0800)123444/ (01983) 566566



Events 2018


Saturday 21st April - Sunday 13th May 2018 

Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival has been held on the Island every May since 1999 and is the largest walking festival in the UK. It is an extremely popular event and attracts huge numbers from all over the world. The festival offers numerous guided walks that cater for all ages and abilities. Included in the festival is "Walk the Wight", a long distance sponsored walk, with proceeds going to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. For full details of all walks, visit


Sunday 6th May 2018

Isle of Wight Randonnee

This years rides will be in a clockwise direction and there will be a choice of 100km and 55km rides. Event starts at 9am and finishes at 6pm.

No entry fee. Registration required online prior to the event this year

Registration is now open.


Sunday 13th May 2018

Walk The Wight

Part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is Walk The Wight - a sponsored walk to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, which cares for terminally ill patients on the Island. This wonderful annual event gives participants of all ages a unique opportunity to walk across some of the Island’s most stunning countryside. The most famous part of Walk The Wight is the main route, which goes from Bembridge on the eastern corner of the Island, to Alum Bay on the western point. In addition to taking walkers through some of the most scenic footpaths on the Isle of Wight such as the Tennyson Trail, the walk also goes across private land, which is not open to walkers at any other time. To really enjoy Walk The Wight, you need to be fit enough to comfortably manage your chosen route, particularly if you have decided to tackle all or even half of the main walk, as it includes many hills. Even regular walkers might want to do a bit of training beforehand, as 13 or 26 miles is a long way over such varied terrain. For more information,


Thursday 31st May - Sunday 3rd June 2018 

Newport Jazz Weekend

Line up includes BBC Big Band, Claire Martin, Derek Nash, Skinner Skelton All Stars, Picante, Karen Sharp Quartet and many more.

Tickets and all other information visit 


Saturday 2nd June 2018

Ryde Regatta


Old Gaffers

This is now a bi annual event in Yarmouth. Next one is in 2019.


Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th June 2018 

Isle of Wight Festival

Headline acts include Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, The Script, Van Morrison, James Bay, Blossoms and many more.                                        

A full range of ticket, travel and camping/accommodation options are available, for more information go to 


Saturday 7th July 2018 

Round The Island Race

JPMorgan Asset Management Round The Island Race is the largest and most famous yachting race in the UK. The race starts and finishes at Cowes and covers a 50 mile course around the Isle of Wight. Some of the biggest names in the sailing world compete with weekend sailors and family crews in this annual yachting extravaganza. Website:


Friday 13th - Sunday 15th July 2018 

Rythmtree Festival

The Rhythmtree is a three day camping festival on the Isle of Wight with non-camping day tickets available on Saturday and Sunday.

Independent world music festival is situated on beautiful farmland close to the famous West Wight Heritage Coast on the Isle Of Wight.

Showcasing an extraordinarily diverse range of international music within a small, friendly and safe festival environment.

For more information and tickets visit


Thursday 26th July 2018

Newport main Carnival, starts at 7pm.


Friday 27th July 2018 

Sandown Childrens Carnival, starts at 3pm.


Saturday 28th July 2018

Sandown Main Carnival, starts at 7pm.


Tuesday 31st July 2018

Shanklin Childrens Carnival starts at 2pm.


Wednesday 1st August 2018

Shanklin main carnival.

Join in the carnival celebrations throughout Shanklin, starts at 7pm.


Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th August 2018

Chale Show

Fun for all the family with free parking. Events and entertainment over the two days includes horticultural marquees, stalls, entertainments, craft, antique, indoor market, side shows and food & drink outlets with a licensed area. For further information visit:


Saturday 4th - Saturday 11th August 2018

Cowes Week

Cowes Week is probably the most well known of all Isle of Wight events, with around 1000 boats and 8500 competitors taking part in this world famous sailing regatta. With its exciting racing schedule and superb shore side activities, Cowes Week offers something for everyone. Cowes Week Website


Saturday 4th August 2018

Shanklin Illuminated Carnival starts at 9.15pm.


Tuesday 7th -Sunday 12th August 2018

Ventnor Fringe 

The Ventnor Fringe is the Isle of Wight's open access arts festival which aims to create a unique cultural hub, with events taking place in venues across the eclectic town of Ventnor, on the southern tip of the Island.

Created by a team of ambitious teenagers in 2010, over 200 artists have already taken part in the Fringe, including Johnny Flynn, Marques Toliver, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Vincent Moon, Gaspar Claus, Ragroof Theatre and many others.  All the events are ticketed individually as every event is run separately under the banner of The Ventnor Fringe.  There are also many free events, which will be announced nearer the time.Buy tickets for a variety of shows online, 24 hours a day.  Print your tickets at home, collect from the box office,

or sent via First Class mail.  - VISIT BOX OFFICE -


Wednesday 8th August 2018

Ventnor Childrens carnival starts at 12pm

Ventnor Main Carnival Starts at 7pm


Saturday 11th August 2018

Ventnor Illuminated Carnival starts at 9pm


Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th August 2018

Jack up the 80's

Held at Smallbrook Stadium. This years line up includes Shalamar, Leo Sayer, Five, Toyah< T'Pau, Martin Kemp, Chesney Hawkes, Shakatak, Jaki Graham and many more.

For more information vist


Wednesday 15th August 2018

Cowes Main Carnival starts at 7pm


Saturday 18th August 2018

Newport Illuminated Carnival, starts at 9pm


Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th August 2018

Garlic Festival

Firmly established among the top British food festivals, it is always a highlight of summer on the Isle of Wight and has been regularly singled out for praise in the national press and on TV. 

The largest under-cover festival on the Island (so we won't worry too much about the weather), its trademark is excellence in all things, not just GARLIC. Superlative acts, the very best of local produce, and high-quality arts and crafts. There's so much to see in our giant marquees, and our huge arena will feature a stunning programme of quality entertainment.  Don't miss any of it. It's yummy, it's scrummy, and it's simply the bestest Garlic festival ever.  For more information & tickets, phone 01983 741 510 or visit


Friday 24th - Monday 27th August 2018

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally 

Held at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde, this is widely recognised as the biggest scooter event in the world. A fun-packed weekend for the scooter enthusiast culminating with a round the Island ride-out, this is an event that just has to be attended by every self-respecting scooterist. For more information


Saturday 25th August 2018

Cowes Illuminated Carnival starts at 9pm.


Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th August 2018

The British Powerboat Festival

The British Powerboat Festival, powered by RB12, is the largest gathering of endurance powerboats anywhere in the world. and incorporates the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes raceRYA National Marathon Championship, UIM Marathon World Cup, Cowes-Poole-Cowes race,RYA National P1 Superstock Championship, Club (Basic) Race for RIBs, OCR & Sports Boats. Expect drama, spectacular high speed action and glamour, all with an international flavour. There are bars, food, music and entertainment for all the family. Visit for full details


Saturday 25 August - Sunday 2nd September 2018

Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

Every year the Island hosts the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, which features several different cycling events for all abilities and disciplines. 

For full details,


Monday 27th August 2018

St Helens Carnival starts at 6.30pm.


Wednesday 29th August 2018

Ryde childrens carnival starts at 3pm


Wednesday 29th August 2018

Sandown Illuminated Carnival, starts at 8.30pm.


Thursday 30th August 2018

Ryde Main Carnival starts at 6.30pm.


Friday 31st August - Saturday 1st September 2018

Fairweather Festival

Held at Sandown airport this year. Line up includes Example, DJ Wire, Fatman Scoop, Matt Terry, The South and many more.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at 


Saturday 1st September 2018

Ryde Illuminated Carnival Starts at 8.30 pm


Friday 7th - Sunday 9th September 2018


Bestival has now moved to Dorset after more than 10 years at Robin Hill Country Park on the outskirts of Newport. There will be a new festival taking its place called Eklectica. Acts TBC.

For more information go to


Friday 14th - Saturday 15th September 2018

Little Britain Challenge Cup

The Little Britain Challenge Cup is the largest corporate yachting regatta in Europe, as well as the biggest UK gathering of senior figureheads from the construction and property industry. The regatta is held at Cowes and is one of the industry´s top social sporting events of the year.


Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September 2018

Isle of Wight International Charity Classic Car Show

This fantastic two-day event is now in its 17th year. Hundreds of British and foreign vintage, classic, custom, retro and "oddball” cars and motorcycles are expected to attend from all over the UK. All proceeds will go to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th September 2018

Annual Sweetcorn Fayre

Held at Arreton Old Village, the Annual Sweetcorn Fayre is a celebration of local food and drink and includes The Real Ale Festival at the Dairyman´s Daughter pub at Arreton Barns. The great line-up of attractions makes it a weekend not to be missed.

For more information go to


V-Dub Island

Dates and Tribute acts TBC

For more information visit

Dates TBC

Autumn Walking Weekend
A great programme is available with over 60 walks to choose from. Come and enjoy the Island's breathtaking autumnal scenery and join in one of the guided walks, all led by knowledgeable and friendly walk leaders.










Croquet is played regularly throughout the summer months (April to October) and visitors are welcome on a "Pay as you play” basis.


Visit for more local information on the best that cycling can offer the visitor.



Battersby Cycles Bike Hire in summer months only
2 Hill Street, (main shop), 106 High Street, (showroom) Ryde
Tel: + 44 01983 562039 



TAV- Cycles Bike Hire 
140 High Street,Ryde Tel: +44 01983 812989.



At Appley park , nine-hole open golf pitch 'n' putt course, with fabulous views over the Solent. This course is open all year round.
Tel: +44 01983 402447.

Puckpool Park has an 18-hole putting green and a 15-hole crazy golf course which is ideal for the family visits
Tel: +44 01983 562086

Ryde Golf Club - This 18-hole golf course is set in beautiful parkland split in two by a public footpath which joins Ryde and Binstead. The course is 5,772 yards / 5,280 metres in length and PAR 70. It is open from dawn to dusk all year. The course has a club shop and trolley hire. It is advisable to telephone and confirm if you are a group wishing to play.  For more information contact :  Ryde Golf Club, Park House, Binstead Road, Ryde.  Secretary: Mr Richard Dean,  Tel: +44 01983 614809

Westridge Golf Centre - is a family friendly facility and has a state of the art driving range with all the facilities you need to make practice rewarding and fun experience.  For further information visit or contact
Westridge Golf Centre, Brading Rd, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1QS.
Tel: +44 01983 613131



Ice Skating

Ryde Arena, Ryde Ice Skating Rink - The Ice Rink has three Ice Hockey Teams, who regularly win games both here on the island and mainland. The Ice Rink has daily and after school ice skating sessions, ice disco's and special ice skating during the school holidays.
Ryde Arena, Quay Road, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2HH.  Tel: 01983 615155



Lawn Bowls & Ten Pin Bowling

Ryde Marina Bowls Club - Eastern Gardens, Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 1JA, Tel: +44 01983 564477

Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club - Ryde Airfield, Brading Road, Ryde, PO33 2QC, Tel: +44 01983 564336

LA Bowl - Ten Pin Bowling has 22 lanes of computerised tenpin bowling, Pacific fast food diner, fully licensed Pavilion Bar, Pavilion Cafe Bar, state of the art amusements and pool table. LA Bowl, The Pavilion, Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 2EL, Tel: +44 01983 617070




Trotters Riding School - Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2XE, Tel: +44 01983 568701

Upton Riding Stables - Newnham Road, Binstead, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3TH, Tel: +44 01983 566801

Fairfields Farm Stables Yard - Stroud Wood Road, Haylands, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4BY, Tel: +44 01983 568701

Brickfields Horse Country - Newnham Rd, Ryde, PO33 3TH
Tel:+44 01983 566801



The Waterside Pool - The Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 1JA, Tel : +44 01983 563656



Westridge Squash - Brading Rd, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1QS.
Tel +44 01983 566243





Ryde Mead Tennis Club -
Church Lane, Ryde, PO33 2NB, Tel: +44 01983 282692

Ryde Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club -
Playstreet Lane, Ryde, PO33 3BJ, Tel: +44 01983 562095


Restaurants in Ryde


Joe's Cafe Bar

Union Street, Ryde (01983) 567047


The Alamo

Steakhouse Bar & Grill

2 Castle Street, Ryde (01983) 562593 


Kevars Cafe

49 High Street, Ryde (01983) 615103

Opening times- Lunch times only


The Boat House

Springvale road, Seaview, (01983) 810616



Monsoon - Indian Restaurant

133-134 High Street, Ryde (01983) 562806

Opening times Monday-Sunday 12.00pm-2.30pm 6.00pm- Late


Alternative Restaurant

59 Union Street Ryde (01983) 568818



Cinnamon - contemporary indian restaurant

4 Union Street, Ryde (01983) 810944

Opening times 12.00-2.00pm/6.00pm-11.30pm


Michelangelo - Northern Italian

30 St Thomas Street, Ryde (01983) 811966


Blacksheep Bar and club lounge

53 Union street, Ryde (01983) 811006


Dos Amigos Restaurant - Mexican

Union Street, Ryde (01983) 568866


Ryde Tandori Restaurant

Union Street, Ryde (01983) 563165

Opening Times - 12 Midday - 2pm & 6pm - midnight

(Seven days a week)


Fowlers (Wetherspoons)

Union Street, Ryde (01983) 812112

Food Serving Times

All day until 1 hour before closing.


Salvatore's Restaurant - Italian

21 Player Street, Ryde (01983) 565324

Food Serving Times

12 midday - 1.45pm & 7pm - 9.30pm



Olivo Restaurant - Italian

33 Union Street, Ryde,PO33 2LE.

Offering a range of tapas and Mediterranean dishes.

Telephone 01983 611118


Bombay Palace - Indian

Appley Rise, Ryde, PO33 1LE

Telephone 01983 811888





Adgestone Vineyard 
Upper Road, Adgestone, Sandown, PO36 0ES
Tel: 01983 402503 Open all year. 10am-5.30pm. Free. Cafe on site.

One of the oldest vineyards in Britain, Adgestone is set on a south facing slope in ten acres of outstanding natural beauty overlooked by Brading Down, just half a mile from the Roman Villa


Amazon World Zoo Park

A great day out for all of the family. Walk with the Lemurs. Cafe and gift shop on site.

Watery Lane, Nr Arreton IOW (01983) 867122 Open all year.


Appuldurcombe House -

Home of the Isle of Wight Owl and Falconry Centre. Open from Sunday 16th April. -close.

Tel: 01983 840188 / 852484
Situated on the South of the Island, just 2 miles from the coast at both Ventnor and Shanklin. Approach is along a half mile private drive from the road. It is a pleasant walk over the fields from Godshill.


Arreton Barns Craft Village - Arreton Village just look for the gypsy caravan.

Telephone 01983 539361


Bembridge Heritage Centre

A facinating exhibition housed in a forma Victorian school. Past and Present village life portrayed in photographs and artefacts

Bembridge Town (01983) 874218


Bembridge Windmill

The island only remaining windmill dating from around 1700 Free entry. National Trust Gift shop. Refreshment kiosk. NO W.C.

National Trust, Bembridge (01983) 873945


Blackgang Chine Fantasy Park -

A fantasy world for the child in all of us.Open 26th March -28th October. 10am -Close.£9.50 (4-60 years) Saver ticket £35 (family of 4)

Blackgang, Chale (01983) 730052


Brading Roman Villa

Morton Old Road Brading

Telephone (01983 406223)

New award winning exhibition and visitor centre at Brading Roman Villa. Experience for yourself what is was really like to be living in Roman times


Butterfly World and Fountain World

Landscaped indoor gardens with exoctic free flying butterflys .Open 1st April-31st October 10am-5.30pm.£5.50Adult £3.50 Child under 4 free.Gift & Coffee shops.

Medina Garden Centre Wotton (01983) 883430


Brickfields Horse Country

Everything equestrian, including riding school.

Newham Road, Binstead, IOW (01983) 566801


Carisbrooke Castle

Motte and Bailey castle where Charles 1 was imprisoned .Open all year round 10am-5pm summer & 10am-4pm winter. Shop & Tea room. English Heritage

Telephone (01983) 522107 Newport


Chessell Pottery Barns

A working pottery where you can decorate your own pottery in the studio.

Chessell Near Calbourne Tel. (01983) 531248


Coastal Visitor Centre

Exhibition of all aspects of Isle of Wight Coastline including management of landslides.

Salisbury Gardens, Dudley Road , Ventnor

Telephone  (01983) 855400


Colemans Animal Farm

Lots of animals to feed and cuddle, daily activities and demonstrations.March-Oct. 10am-5pm.Closed Mon except school holidays.

Colemans Lane Porchfield Telephone (01983) 522831


Dimbola Lodge Museum

Museum and photographic galleries in former house of Victorian photgrapher Julia Margaret Cameron.

Terrace Lane Freshwater Bay

Telephone (01983) 755578


Dinosaur Farm Museum

Talk to the experts working on the recently discovered dinosaur bones

Near Brightstone

Telephone (01983) 740844


Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum. The building displays many fossils and life size constructions of the island dinosaurs

Culver Parade Sandown (01983) 404344


Donald McGill Museum & Archive

This museum is dedicated to the life of Donald McGill who was known as the 'King of the Seaside Postcard' of the 'King of the Saucy Seaside Postcard'.

This museum is situated on Union Street, Ryde. 

Telephone 01983 568555


The garlic farm shop

For the rather different souvenir

Mersley farm, mersley lane, newchurch, isle of wight, po36 0nr

open 9.00-5.00 monday to saturday 10-4 sunday

The garlic farm is situated on the isle of wight 6km from the towns of ryde, newport and sandown in the fertile arreton valley.

Telephone 01983865378


Godshill Model Village

See parts of the Island in miniature

10am-3.30pm(5-6pm April-Oct)

High Street, Godshill

Telephone (01983) 840270


Island Speedway Ltd
Smallbrook Stadium, Ashey Road, Ryde, PO31
Telephone 01983 811180

Premier League 500cc Motorcycle Speedway Racing. Enjoy a great evening out - bars, snacks, covered seating and free car park.

Open: Every Tuesday April to October & every Tuesday & Thursday in August. Gates open - 18:00, racing - 19:30 - 21:30.


Isle of wight pearl

Chilton chine, military road, brighstone,

Telephone 01983 740352

open monday to saturday from 10am and sunday 10.30am to


Isle of Wight Zoo

Home to the finest collection of Tigers in Europe


Yaverland Seafront Sandown

Telephone 01983 403883


Mottistone Manor Gardens

A magical garden set alongside an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted)
Telephone 01983 741302


Oasis Shop 
Carpenters Road Brading Isle of Wight PO36 0QA

Telephone (01983) 613760

The Oasis is one of the most talked about shopping attractions in southern UK. With over 12,000 sq foot of unusual and dramatic products ranging from Hand carved Teak Furniture directly imported from the small Indonesian island of Bali. Home ware gifts including candles, glassware, giftware and table ornaments.


Osborne House

Discover Queen Victoria's Island residence and wonderful gardens.Open all year,closed Mondays & Tuesdays Nov-March

Telephone (01983) 200022


Owl and Monkey Haven, 5 Acres Farm, Staplers Road, Newport

Telephone 01983 530885

Open all year round,  Adopt an animal for your loved one.  Gift shop, Birthday parties, Tea rooms. 

Visit for more information


Quarr Abbey

Monastry of Benedictine Monks

On the main road betweed Ryde and Newport

Telephone (01983) 882420


Robin Hill Country Adventure Park

Woodland walks and adventure play areas make this a great place for all of the family.Open17th March-2ndNovember 10am-5pm August 10a.m-6pm.

Telephone (01983) 730052


Rosemary Vineyard

One of the UKs largest vineyards, free wine tasting, guided walks.

Smallbrook Lane, Ryde

Telephone (01983) 811084


Seaview Wildlife Encounter

Award winning wildlife park with a unique hands-on programme. Cafe and gift shop on site. Open April 1st-28th October.

Springvale, Seaview, Nr Ryde

Telephone (01983) 612261


Shanklin Chine

A scenic gorge of sandstone cliffs with waterfalls and stream leading to the beach.

Telephone (01983) 866432


The Quay Arts Centre

Live events, Cinema and visual arts centre

Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport

Telephone (01983) 822490


The Needles Park

See the Islands most famous views, watch glass blowing

and sweet making demonstrations and see

the remarkable coloured sands. Open March-Oct.

Alum Bay

Telephone (0870) 4580022


Ventnor Botanic Garden

Well maintained gardens in the heart of Ventnor, Garden walks

and coffee shop

Telephone (01983) 855397



Telephone 0871 200 2000


Bars and Night Clubs


The Balcony

The Pavilion
The Esplanade
Isle of Wight
PO33 2EL
TEL : 0808 1085353



Club K, Newport (01983) 821474


Temptation -

Newport (01983) 525235


Colonel Bogeys -

Culver Parade Sandown (01983) 405320










Dorset House
31 Dover Street
PO33 2BW

Tel: 01983 564327



Dorset House
31 Dover Street
PO33 2BW

Tel: 01983 564327