What is ‘Wild Wight’ Experiences?
So you’ve seen we have ferries to get offshore. You’ve heard or been to our Isle of Wight Festival. You maybe came on a family holiday once upon a time. Now its time to explore the real treasures the island has to offer:
We have put together our ideas of ‘wild’ experiences, packed with the best places to visit, eat, and stay together… here are our ideas:
The Isle of Wight can be enjoyed with or without a car. Small groups of day trippers try the foot passenger routes – simple by rail from London Waterloo and Victoria into Option1) Portsmouth Harbour, joining the Wightlink FastCat ferry route with a through ticket to Ryde Esplanade. Option 2) by train to Southampton Central Station hop on the free bus to the Red Funnel ferry to East Cowes, at Terminal 1, Quay Road. In both cases always buy a railcard for discounted through tickets. Talk to us for the best option for you.
Alternatively, use a National Express coach to Portsmouth Hard Interchange or Southsea Parade which is served by Hover Travel to Ryde Esplanade.
(Leaving London after the rush hour prices subside you’ll still be in Ryde by 11.50am most mornings)
So here are our suggested days out, or longer taste of Wild Wight for your to try:
Here’s where you get an adrenaline rush first thing and then slowly unwind and relax into Island life!
Arriving into Ryde around 10am, head straight to the bus station on Ryde Esplanade, travelling 10 minutes on the No 2 or 3 alighting at the Tesco Extra stop. Following signs to Wight Karting – nationally renown for their excellently technical outdoor 520m race track & a top action attraction on the Isle of Wight (Trip Advisor). Suit-up as a racing driver for a 2-hour motorsport extravaganza! Finishing Top on the Podium will get you medals or Trophies (group size dependent) and the biggest buzz for the least training on any sport – that’s a promise! Pre-book your lunch at La Babalu Café and have a rewarding pint of San Miguel or one of our speciality Milkshakes. Following, it’s either…
…on to next door – Westridge Golf for the Top Tracer Golf range system for more. Choose one of the 6 modes of play and test your score against the APP Leaderboard. With those with limited golfing skill, the sport is opened up into a fun, relaxing exercise.
…or onto the Bus 2/3 to Dunroamin Beach, Lake for Wight Water Paddle Boarding or SUP boarding with all the gear provided. This beach is stunningly vast and miles of golden sands stretch before you to discover.
A beach café supper (pre-booked) or back to Rydes’ vast range of restaurants (ask us locals for our personal recommendations) and onto the Hovercraft or Wightlink Fastcat 20.47 *back to the mainland exhausted and relaxed with great photos to remember your ‘Wild Wight’ taster day, and into London Waterloo by 11.20pm* (don’t fall asleep on the train!).
*August 2018 timetables applied. Check for other dates.
With a 10 am arrival into Ryde why not walk to Goodleaf Tree Climbing at Appley park taking in the Harbour, Canoe Lake and beautiful beaches on the way. The paths are level and easy for bikes or mini scooters. The tree climbing is set in a Victorian park and a family run business takes you high into the treetops for great views of the coastline.
We then suggest a traditional Fish and Chip lunch at Appley Beach Café, or a more discerning chef might choose the Three Buoys restaurant – both right on the beach.
A short 5 minutes walk to Easthill Road Bus stop catching the Southern Vectis No. 8 Bus to St. Helens Causeway using a ‘Day Rider’ ticket– £5 per head (on Groups of 5+ saver) and make your way across the sand dunes of the Causeway to Tackt-Isle Adventure Activities, where we suggest 1/2 day on either, the sea wet-suited up for Kayak and Paddleboard (SUP) Games, or a dry-land option – a Speedy Scavenger Hunt and Bushcraft. With lovely beaches to explore you’re guided (when booking a larger group) to the amazingly beautiful Priory Bay. Everything you need is supplied by Ben and his team – just bring your sense of adventure!
After a refreshing shower, it’s back on the Number 8 bus towards Ryde, stopping at Mermaid Gin Distillery at the Wishing Well for ‘Mini Mixology’ lesson and a sampling of this local distillery’s finest selection of spirits. Onto the next bus, you’re very ready to eat – and we end your day back in Ryde. Fancy a delicious curry at Ryde Tandoori on Union Street, or dine at Michelangelo’s Italian restaurant right opposite the Pier where you can decide on your departure times as you relax and look at your great photos and memories of your Wild Wight taster day!
Variations for ‘split groups’
- Southern Vectis No 4 (via Staplers) to visit the Island Riding Centre for a taste of Dressage or a beginners riding session
- Ryde cycle pick-up for Paintballing at Coombley Woods
- Mixology cocktail event at the Harbour House, Ryde Harbour
Upgrades (additional charges)
Provided by Red Line Taxis, Seaview Services, ALS Coaches, Alpha Cars, or Ryde Taxis.
Go-Karting Exclusive F1 or Endurance Team Competition Event
with trophies and presentation.
Full Mixology at Mermaid Gin Distillery
at the Isle of Wight Distillery, Seaview.
Seafront-Location Lunch or Evening Meal
at the Three Buoys, Ryde or Best Dressed Crab, Bembridge (with limited wine).
Coach-Led Competition on Top Tracer
at Westridge Golf Centre, Ryde.
from St Helens or Fishbourne, or Ryde Harbour (min. 8, max. 28)
with Two Elements Kite Surfing School or Wight Water.