Ryde, Isle of Wight

Ryde is known as ‘the Gateway to the Isle of Wight’ due to its Victorian pier where the Wightlink passenger ferry arrives. Hovertravel’s Hover also has a terminal here.

Ryde from the seaThe shopping in Ryde is well-renowned with lots of independent shops.

Ryde has very large, shallow beaches and parks to match, making it a popular destination during the summer.

It’s also the largest conurbation on the Isle of Wight.

Below are the article OnTheWight have published about it:

‘Covid Commissions’ supported collaboration of artists faced with living and working in isolation

Threepenny bit in clouds by Julian Winslow

The Ryde Arts Covid Commissions explored the possibilities of collaboration between artists at a time when people felt personally and professionally isolated from each other

Monday, 30th November, 2020 6:08pm

By Tracy Mikich with one comment

Ryde Arts Friday showcases work for sale by Isle of Wight artists

Holly Jolliffe Sue Paraskeva Lisa Traxler and Laura Hathaway

It might be Black Friday, but instead of giving your money to large multinational companies why not keep it on the Isle of Wight and support local artists

Friday, 27th November, 2020 12:58pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Wightlink to bring daily Fastcat service and weekend Yarmouth sailings back

wight ryder passing a sea fort

Forecasted demand for travel means Wightlink will be resuming services after lockdown. See full details within

Friday, 27th November, 2020 12:11pm

By Karen Woods with 5 readers' comments

Grace’s Bakery picks up national award for adapting to Covid-19 with community at heart of their offer

Sarah Redrup from Graces Baker with her Award

The judges said that Grace's Bakery was a great example of an independent retailer being at the heart of its local community

Thursday, 26th November, 2020 6:57am

By Howard Robinson with 2 readers' comments

Annual winter refit for FastCats Wight Ryde I and II now underway

Wight Ryder II

Wightlink is carrying out essential winter maintenance and improvements to its FastCats ready for the 2021 season

Wednesday, 25th November, 2020 11:53am

By Karen Woods

Make your own Green Garlands with this Ryde Arts video from Tanya Goodwin and Holly Jolliffe

tools for making a green garland

Learn how to make your very own Green Garlands during Covid-times with this great instructive video from Tanya Goodwin and Holly Jolliffe

Tuesday, 24th November, 2020 12:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Business community come together to support Ryde beach lifeguards

quad bike for ryde rescue - from sean thrippleton

After a quad bike was generously donated to help the beach lifeguards, other businesses stepped in to add to that support. Details within

Monday, 23rd November, 2020 2:53pm

By Sally Perry

Watch 24 minute video compilation of the Class 484 train arriving on the Isle of Wight

old and new island line trains in same shot by Ben Rue Photography

Follow the arrival of the new Island Line Class 484 trains last week with this great video compilation by Ben Rue Photography

Monday, 23rd November, 2020 12:44pm

By Sally Perry

Video and photos of new Island Line trains – Class 484 – arriving on the Isle of Wight

New train arrives on the Isle of Wight - South Western Railway

There was a great deal of excitement on the Isle of Wight yesterday (and beyond) as the first new Class 484 Island Line train arrived. See the video and photos within

Friday, 20th November, 2020 12:23pm

By Sally Perry

First new Island Line train – Class 484 – arrives on the Isle of Wight … on a ferry

island line train class 484

The delivery of the new train, making its way down from Warwickshire, marks a major step towards a more modern Island Line

Thursday, 19th November, 2020 3:00pm

By James McKinnon with 5 readers' comments

Row erupts over Westridge Farm development after landowner writes to Isle of Wight council leader

letter in envelope on a desk

The landlord, Robert Ball, says the media coverage of about the tenant farmers is "not a fair or accurate representation of the situation". They refute the claims and counter it to "ensure total transparency"

Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 2:44pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Developer submits revised application for West Acre Park plans

artist's impression of West Acre Park

Captiva Homes have made adjustments to the planning application for 475 new homes at 'West Acre Park'. Details within

Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 1:48pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter