New novelty ride comes to Bonchurch, Isle of Wight (video)

There’s been a lot of sad news on the Isle of Wight of late, so we hope this will lift your spirits, even if just for a few moments.

The bench

A new novelty bench has been installed in Bonchurch. Set at a steep angle, those who choose to sit on it are guaranteed a cosy encounter with anyone else sitting on the bench.

Thrills and spills
For the full thrills, ride it by yourself.

Simply place yourself on the upper end of the bench – seconds later you’ll have had a ride of a lifetime as you reach the end of the slide/bench.

Head to Bonchurch
To take part on the novel ride simply head down to Shore Road, close to the public car park.

It’s free to ride too!

Our thanks to Gordon Payne for alerting us to the bench. After he sent some photos over (see below), we couldn’t resist testing it out ourselves.

Gordon’s gallery
Gordon shared these photos with us before Christmas when the bench was first installed. We love the fact he took a spirit level down to see just how steep the bench was.

The Bench
The Bench
The Bench

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Image: © Gordon Payne

Thursday, 29th December, 2016 5:50pm



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Ha ha, gotta love the Isle of Wight. Creds for the video.


Surely whoever installed this bench must have sat on it after they’d finished to check it was all good?

Beggars belief!

Janet Scott

Craig, of course they ‘checked it ‘ , You missed the point, we are friendly people in Bonchurch.

Janet Scott

Oh ! Sally, you must have had a lightbulb moment. It certainly lifted my spirits.
That video was too daft for words. Thank you.


Bah humbug!

Apologies – unfortunately this article doesn’t lift my spirits sadly it makes me despair even more.
a) that it could have been left like that and thought it was okay and b) that probably more cost is involved to replace it somewhere else sensible.

Can we not do anything right these days? Please don’t answer.

Bah humbug!

retired hack

There’s another one just like it on the Shanklin cliff path, near the Hideaway cafe.

Old Knobby

I don’t know if it’s still there, but there used to be one at a similar angle on the path through the landslip between Bonchurch and Luccombe.


I now expect it will be sectioned off pending removal due to elf and safety however its probably more safe than some of the Islands roads.


It’s gone! Went there today and it seems someone from Island Roads has worked over the holiday on the removal..and maybe media monitoring…

Alan Jones

or is it in someones garden?

sally s

Yjc, get yourself a book called’A Christmas carol’. You may sympathise with the main character.

Janet Scott

Thank you to Gordon Payne for bringing this to the attention of OTW. Their SLANT on your subject is fun.
To me, the walk up this hill is quite arduous so placing a seat at this point was a SENSIBLE idea. A NOVEL way of bumping into someone !


quite right Janet.

excellent point. those of us who have less lung capacity these days will value a stopping point mid climb, and a huddle with your nearest and dearest is always fun.

mark francis

Hellooo laideez…

I recognise that bench! It’s an Island Roads standard. So let’s hear a round of applause for Island Roads for giving us the biggest laugh in the post-Christmas lull. And raise our glasses to them on New Year’s Eve to wish them a gaffe-free New Year. Meanwhile, let’s cosy up on the bench-slide and see if we can feature in the Guiness Book of Records for the… Read more »