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Real Time Traffic information - www.keepmoving.co.uk

Wightlink - http://www.wightlink.co.uk
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 - http://www.redfunnel.co.uk
Southampton to East Cowes route (Car Ferry).
Southampton to West Cowes route. (Foot Passengers only). Red Jet Hi-Speed Service. (No bookings necessary).

Hovertravel - http://www.hovertravel.co.uk

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 - http://www.thetrainline.com
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 - www.islandbuses.info

Move my bag - www.movemybag-isleofwight.com
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


2nd - 17th May 2020 
Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

The Isle of Wight walking festival is one of the UK's longest running walking festivals. It was set up by the Isle of Wight Council in 1999.

Including Walk the Wight with Mountbatten on the 10th May.


16th May 2020 
Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair - Shorewell.

2020 Dates TBC
Rydabus Running Weekend - Ryde.

2020 Dates TBC
Wild West Week at Blackgang Chine.

2020 Dates TBC
IW Jazz Weekend in Newport.

30th - 31st May 2020 
IW Festival of Running in Freshwater.

11th - 15th June 2020 
Isle of Wight Festival in Newport.

2020 Dates TBC
IW Mardi Gras in Ryde.

Saturday 30th May 2020 
Round the Island Yacht Race - Islandwide.

2020 Dates TBC
Royal IW County Show in Northwood.

10th - 12th July 2020 
Rhythm Tree Festival in Shalfleet.

2020 Dates TBC
Island Motor Show in Havenstreet.

2020 Dates TBC
Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes.

28th July - 2nd August 2020 
Ventnor Fringe in Ventnor.

2020 Dates TBC
Jungle Fever at Robin Hill.

2020 Dates TBC
Newport Main Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Sandown Children's Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Sandown Main Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classic Week.

2020 Dates TBC
Chale Show in Chale.

2020 Dates TBC
Shanklin Children's Carvival.

2020 Dates TBC
Shanklin Main Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Cowes Main Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Shanklin Illuminated Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Jack up The Summer in Newport.

8th - 15th August 2020
Lendy Cowes Week.

2020 Dates TBC
Ventnor Children's and Main Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Ventnor Illuminated Carnival.

15th - 16th August 2020
Garlic Festival in Newchurch.

2020 Dates TBC
Newport Illuminated Carnival.

28th - 31st August 2020
International Scooter Rally.

2020 Dates TBC
Cowes Illuminated Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
St Helens Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Ryde Children's Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Sandown Illuminated Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
Ryde Main Carnival.

2020 Dates TBC
The Wight Proms in Cowes.

2020 Dates TBC
Ryde Illuminated Carnival

2020 Dates TBC
International Classic Car Show in Newport.

2020 Dates TBC
International Classic Car Show in Ryde.

2020 Dates TBC
Isle of Wight Day - Islandwide.

2020 Dates TBC
Festival of Light inspired by Diwali at Robin Hill.

2020 Dates TBC
IW Literary Festival in Cowes.

10th - 11th October 2020
Classic Beer and Bus Festival - Islandwide.

2020 Dates TBC
Wicked Nights at Blackgang Chine.



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



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 www.tavcycles.co.uk
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

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 - https:///clubs/ryde-mead-tennis-club
Church Lane, Ryde, PO33 2NB, Tel:+44 01983 282692

Ryde Lawn Tennis https:///RydeMeadLawnTennisClub
Playstreet Lane, Ryde, PO33 3BJ, Tel:+44 01983 562095

Restaurants in Ryde

ADA - Meditarranean
55 Union St, Ryde (01983 564023)

The Alamo
Steakhouse Bar &Grill
2 Castle Street, Ryde (01983) 562593 

Blaze Cafe Bar
5-6 Esplanade, Ryde (01983 638234)
Open everyday 9am-10pm

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

Michelangelo - Northern Italian Restaurant www.ristorantemichelangelo.co.uk
30 St Thomas Street, Ryde (01983) 811966

Blacksheep Bar and club lounge
53 Union street, Ryde (01983) 811006

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.

33 Union Street, Ryde,PO33 2LE
Telephone 01983 611118

Ryde Thai
4 Union Street, Ryde (01983 810944)

The Duck - Indian
Appley Rise, Ryde, PO33 1LE
Telephone 01983 613925

The Three Bouys Restaurant
Appley Lane, Ryde (01983 811212)

Places to Visit

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

Adgestone Vineyard is one of the oldest Vineyards in Britain. Adgestone is set on a south facing slopein 10 acres of outstanding natural beauty overlooked by Brading Down, just half a mile from the Roman Villa.

Prices - Free.

Amazon World Zoo Park
Watery Lane, Near Arreton, Tel 01983 867122
Open all year 10am - close, Cafe and Gift Shop on site.

A great day out for all the family, walk with the Lemurs.


Appuldurcombe House


Arreton Barns Craft Village
Arreton Village, just look for the gypsy caravan, Tel 01983 539361


Bembridge Heritage Centre
Bembridge, Tel 01983 874218

A facinating exhibition housed in a former victorian school. Past and present village life portrayed in photographs and artefacts.

Bembridge Windmill
National Trust, Bembridge tel 01983 873945

The Islands only remaining windmill dating from around the 1700. National Trust Gift shop and refreshment kiosk.


Blackgang Chine
Chale, PO38 2HN, Tel 01983 730052

A fantasy world for the child in all of us.
Open March - October


Brading Roman Villa
Moreton Old Road, Brading Tel 01983 406223

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


Bus &Coach Museum
Park Road, Ryde, Tel 01983 567796

Look around the different busses and relax on board the cafe bus. Free Entry.

Open from April to end of October on Sunday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's between 10am - 4pm.


Butterfly World
Medina Garden Centre, Wootton, Tel 01983 883430

Landscaped indoor gardens with exotic free flying butterflys. On site Cafe and Gift Shop.
Open April - October.


Calbourne Water Mill
Newport Road, PO30 4JN, Tel 01983 531227

A facinating day out for all the family.

Open from April - October.


Carisbrooke Castle
Newport Telephone 01983 522107

Motte and Bailey Castle where Charles 1 was imprisoned. On site Tea Room and Gift Shop.
Open all year round 10am-5pm in the Summer and 10am-4pm in the Winter. English Heritage.


Newport, Tel 0871 2002000


Coastal Visitor Centre
Salisbury Gardens, Dudley Road, Ventnor, Tel 01983 855400

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


Commodore Cinema
2 Star Street, Ryde, Tel 01983 564064


Dimbola Lodge Museum
Terrace Lane, Freshwater Bay, Tel 01983 755578

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


Dinosaur Isle
Culver Parade, Sandown, Tel 01983 404344

Dinosaur Isle is Britains first purpose built dinosaur museum. The building displays many fossils and life size constructions of the Island dinosaurs.


The Garlic Farm
Mersley farm, Mersley Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0NR

The Garlic Farm is situated om the Isle of Wight within 6km from the towns of Ryde, Newport and Sandown in the fertile Arreton Valley.

Open 9-5 Monday-Saturday and 10-4 on Sundays.


Godshill Model Village
High Street, Tel 01983 840270


Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre in Havenstreet.

Island Speedway Ltd
Smallbrook Stadium, Ashey Road, Ryde, Tel 01983 811180

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

Open every Tuesday from April - October and every Tuesday &Thursday in August. gates open 6pm, Racing 7.30pm - 9.30pm.


Isle of Wight Pearl
Cilton Chine, Military Road, Brighstone, Tel 01983 740352

Open Monday-Saturday from 10am and Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm


Isle of Wight Zoo
Yaverland Seafront, Sandown, Tel 01983 403883

Home to the finest collection of Tigers in Europe.


Leo Leisure Bingo
2 Star Street, Ryde, Tel 01983 562616


The Needles
Alum Bay, Freshwater, Tel 0870 4580022

See the Islands most famous views, watch glass blowing and sweet making demonstrations and see the remarkable coloured sands.

Open March - October


Oasis Shop
Carpenters Road, Brading, Tel 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 to homeware gifts including candles. glassware and table ornaments.


Osborne House
East Cowes, Tel 01983 200022

Explore Queen Victoria's Island residence and wonderful gardens.


Owl and Monkey Haven
Acres Farm, Staplers Road, Newport. PO30 2NB, Tel 01983 530885

Why not adopt and animal for your loved one. On site gift shop and Tea Rooms.

Open all year round.


Quarr Abbey
On the main road between Ryde and Newport, Tel 01983 882420

Monastry of Benedictine Monks.


Quay Arts Centre
Sea Street, Newport, Tel 01983 822490


Robin Hill Country Adventure Park
Tel 01983 730052

Woodland walks and adventure play areas make this a great place for all the family.

Open March - November 10am - 5pm/August 10am - 6pm.


Rosemary Vineyard
Smallbrook Lane, Ryde, Tel 01983 811084

One of the UK's largest vineyards, free wine tasting and guided walks.


Shanklin Chine
Tel 01983 866432

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


Ventnor Botanic Gardens
Tel 01983 855397

Well maintained gardens in the heart of Ventnor, Garden walks and a coffee shop.


Tapnell Farm

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