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5 things to do in Ryde

Picnic on the beach

Miles of sandy beach at Ryde

Miles of sandy beach at Ryde

With such a lovely expanse of sand, why not take a picnic and make a day of it on Ryde beach? There’s often lots of sporting activities going on, including beach volleyball and football, and there’s plenty of room for families to enjoy their own sporting activities. Or simply to enjoy the traditional British holiday pursuits of sand castle making, paddling and enjoying the locally made Minghella ice cream.

A walk with sea views

walk along the esplanade to seaview, Isle of Wight

walk along the esplanade to seaview

The walk along the esplanade from Ryde to Seaview gives you the best views of the lovely sandy beaches as you look towards Portsmouth. The walking is all on the flat, and there are plenty of cafes along the way where you can enjoy a relaxing drink or ice cream as you take in the view. Puckpool Park provides an interesting diversion along the way, offering the chance to explore the gardens, battery and public park. There’s also a chance to see some wildlife at the Duver and Hersey Nature Reserve.

Beat the blues in Ryde

Ryde Beach, Isle of Wight

Ryde Beach, Isle of Wight

Ryde is a great place to bring the family, there’s lots to keep the kids entertained along the seafront including mini golf, a funfair for younger children, a canoe lake with boats for hire and an indoor swimming pool. It’s a good choice for a rainy day as also down the seafront there’s an ice rink and 10 pin bowling. If you’re visiting during the winter, you may get the chance to see the Isle of Wight ice hockey team, the Wightlink Raiders. Or if speedway is more your thing, take the family to Smallbrook Stadium near Ryde, which offers the chance to support the Wightlink Islanders.

Browse round the shops and cafes

Victoria Arcade Ryde Shopping

Ryde Shopping, Isle of Wight

Ryde offers lots of local shopping as well as the traditional ones you expect on the High Street. Most of the shops can be found on Union Street which leads uphill from the seafront opposite Ryde Pier, but a detour round the side streets will lead you to more quirky unusual shops. Choose from a wide range of cafes and bars for lunch, from the cheap and cheerful traditional seaside cafes, to the more upmarket but relaxed Olivo Restaurant

Catch a ride to historic Portsmouth

Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth

Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth

From Ryde it’s really easy to have a day out in Portsmouth. The Wightlink Catamaran takes only 20 minutes to get to Portsmouth Harbour and the Hovercraft will take you to Southsea in Portsmouth in only 10 minutes. For a fantastic insight into historic Portsmouth, visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where you can see Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, and the newly opened Mary Rose Museum. There’s also great discounted shopping opportunities at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays.