More things to do in Ryde
Of course we think the best thing to do in Ryde is tree climbing with Goodleaf. But if that’s not enough for you, you’ll be pleased to know there are loads more ways to spend your holiday time in Ryde.
One of the best free things to do in Ryde (we think anyway!) is the huge, glorious sandy beach. It’s the biggest stretch of golden sand on the Island. Just pop down the hill from the Goodleaf tree and you’ll find the beach. Whether the tide is in or out it’s perfect for long, lazy family days. Check out Appley Tower our landmark folly, scoot or cycle along the front to Puckpool Park for some crazy golf or go further on to Seaview for some really good seafood. Ryde really is a holiday paradise!
One Ryde attraction that’s just a short walk from the bus station is the 1920s Esplanade Pavilion, now home to Ryde Superbowl and the Pavilion Cafe Bar. On the rare occasions when the sun isn’t shining on the Isle of Wight, we like a bit of bowling – it’s perfect family fun for all ages! There’s also a brand new Laserquest, but we’ve yet to give it a go.
Another community owned attraction (there’s a theme here!) is the Waterside Pool. It’s a great place for a swim on the rare times the weather isn’t playing ball. They have family fun sessions as well as lane swimming and regular sessions. One thing we want to try this summer is midnight swims – only available on Saturday nights in August.
Ryde Ice Rink
As soon as you step off the Hovercraft, you’ll see Ryde Arena. It’s the only community owned and run ice rink in the country. It’s open every day, although weekends have longer opening hours. They host many different events and they sell Isle of Wight ice cream. What’s not to like!
The newest Ryde activity is Wight Karting. Loads of our tree climbers recommend it for a totally different family activity. They offer lots of different driving packages as well as activities for larger groups. It only opened in 2014 and there’s a cafe and terrace if you’re not a speed demon.
Have fun and enjoy Ryde – the home of tree climbing and lots of other things to do! We’d love to hear from you if you’ve got any more top tips for things to do in Ryde!