8 more reasons to love Ryde this summer!

Love Ryde, sunset over Ryde pier
We’re loving the gorgeous late summer weather and it looks set to carry us right through until the end of the summer holidays, which means there’s no excuse for missing out on everything Ryde still has to offer this summer.

When the Victorians chose Ryde as the gateway to the island, they knew what they were doing. We’ve got everything, from sandy beaches and fish ‘n’ chips to stunning architecture and fine dining.

Here’s some ideas we love to help you make the most of the last week of the holidays in Ryde. 

love Ryde, walking under Ryde pier

Under the Pier 2016 (free event)

On 2 September you can learn all about the amazingly rich marine life that lives under our own pier in Ryde. Only happening on a really, really low tide this is one of our favourite activities of the year. Our friends Arc and Eccleston George will guide you through the fascinating and usually hidden world of creatures, plants and sea-life just waiting to be discovered. Find out more here and don’t forget your wellies.

Get stuck in to Ryde Carnival 2016

Grab one of the Ryde Carnival programmes from a cafe or shop in town and you can take part in competitions, make your own masks and costumes and get involved with the actual parades themselves;3
1 August: Children’s Parade
1 September: Main Carnival
3 September: Illuminated Carnival.

We’re also offering some special tree climbs on 3 September – come and climb with us before watching the Illuminated Carnival in the evening. Don’t forget your carnival programme – every climber with a programme gets a free Goodleaf camping mug!

Enjoy a sunset with your dinner

The Three Buoys is a gorgeous eatery in Appley Park, only a few minutes from our tree. If you’re lucky you can get a seat on the balcony and take in one of the most stunning views on the Island while you eat – the sweeping vistas over the Solent make it a stunning place to treat your family. It’s just a fifteen minute flat walk from Ryde town centre.

Hot chocolate – in this weather?

It may be hotter than Spain right now but we still reckon you can’t go to Ryde without visiting the Chocolate Apothecary on the Esplanade for one of their signature hot chocolates. Make sure you buy some of their wonderful chocolates for presents back home.

 Ciao bella! Perfect Italian grub at Michelangelo’s

Just at the bottom of Union Street, Michelangelo’s Ristorante, has been delighting holidaymakers and Ryde natives since 2000. The staff and food are both lovely – it’s one of our favourite places for a family meal.Love Ryde blog - Ryde beach, clouds, sand,sky, umbrella

Search out some rare books

A real hidden gem, Ryde Bookshop on the High Street is a slightly eccentric, old fashioned, rammed-to-the-rafters bookshop. Book fans can lose themselves for hours exploring the four floors of secondhand and new books – it’s a readers’ paradise.

Shop til you drop

Ryde is jam packed with independent shops, it’s a real Aladdin’s cave of potential bargains and treasures. We love the Blue Fox Gallery on Cross Street for something arty and special. We also love digging around in Dig for Vintage on Lind Street – this fantastic vintage shop has a bit of everything. Almost next door is Masqueryde where you can browse costume jewellery, fancy dress costumes and vintage clothes – perfect if you’re going to Bestival this year.

Have a beach day

It’s got to be done, particularly with the fabulous weather we’re having. You can hang out on Ryde sands with all the family – no matter how many people are around there’s always space to stretch out and enjoy the golden sands. There’s also cafes and amenities close by. Head further east down the coast to our very own Appley Beach – the one you can see from the Goodleaf tree. Loads of sand, lovely sea to swim or paddle in and the dog friendly bit (just past the tower towards Seaview) – everything you need for a fab day out.