Summer fun in Ryde, Isle of Wight

Everyone knows that the beaches in Ryde are excellent in the summer months (and actually very nice in the winter too), but there is so much more to Ryde than just the glorious sand and sea. Why not check out some of the following this summer:

The BoRo Beach Bike

The BoRo Beach Bike in Ryde, Isle of Wight

This is cycling with a difference! The brand new BoRo Beach Bike seats 17 people, on a beach hut styled peddled contraption! It will take you on a round trip from the pier, and along the seafront. It’s a great way to take in Ryde’s lovely coast. It is super fun, and you cannot help but smile, as you peddle past the onlookers. Be prepared to do a lot of waving!

Shop til you drop

Ryde has an abundance of independent retailers. Remember to venture off the main stretch (Union St/High St) and you’ll find some really unique wonders. The upper High Street has quirky specialist shops, from vinyl records, skateboards, books, and even a specialist Doctor Who store. Yep, that is actually a thing!

There’s an array of antiques specialists with shops like Dig For Vintage on Lind St you can be transported through the decades with ease from wartime collectables, to 70s retro.

The latest inde store for Ryde is the wonderous Christmas Imaginarium. Russell Ince is known world wide for his festive books and gifts. The shop on Cross St will convince even the most Bah Humbug of people that Christmas truly is magical…even in a heat wave!

Pool fun

Waterside swimming pool in Ryde, Isle of Wight

This weather can make cooling down tricky, so how about a swim. Our local community pool provides public swimming with a twist! Book in for one of the event swims, from disco fever to the more genteel starlight swims throughout August, as the pool roof slides back revealing a moonlit sky. Check out the Waterside Pool for details.

History walk

If you really want to get to know a place then take in the history. Ryde has an interesting past with Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian influences.

Ryde Heritage Audio Trail helps to bring the towns history to life. The trail leads you around the town to learn about some of the pasts local characters, significant events like the Ryde riots of 1837, the life of buildings since long abandoned, and the many that are still in use today. You can also visit the Ryde Museum, situated in the basement of the Royal Victoria Arcade, where you will see many artefacts documenting bygone eras.

Dancing in the streets with carnival

Dancing in the Streets with carnival in Ryde, Isle of Wight

Be witness to the oldest carnival in the UK. Celebrating 130 years, Ryde Carnival really does know how to put on a parade with three parades including a Children’s Carnival and Main Carnival at the end of August. The Illuminated Carnival on 1st September brings the Island’s carnival season to a close in style. Community spirit at its very best, join the thousands of people who line the streets to show their support, enjoying the dancers, floats and bands, in this great traditional family event.

Click here to vote for Ryde Carnival as the UK’s Most Popular Carnival – closes 21st August 2018.

#WeLoveRyde

Thanks to Ryde Business Association for this summer in Ryde update.

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