Once the riders have made their way from the town, the fun doesn’t have to stop. Ryde will be a hub of activity on the day with a whole host of activities going on to keep the family entertained.
Grabbing breakfast will probably be high on the priority list of things to do. For one of the tastiest morning meals on the Island, head to No64, only a few minutes away from the promenade.
After you’ve filled up, you can walk off your morning meal with a stroll up the well-known Union Street, a steep uphill road lined with shops on either side. There are plenty of quirky outlets to check out, from gift shops to coffee lounges, and the kids will definitely want to pop into the toy store.
If there’s still some energy in the tank, head back down towards the promenade and enjoy a leisurely stroll or cycle along the seafront, past Ryde Harbour and down towards Appley Beach. You can catch some lovely views across the Solent while you amble along the coast and, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the city of Portsmouth on the other side of the water.
Your next stop should be the beach. Ryde is home to a vast expanse of sandy beach and with one of the warmest climates in the UK, you can be hopeful of some sunny weather.
You’ll find plenty of room to lay down a towel and relax on Appley Beach and if you can get close to the famous Appley Tower, even better. Head to the Dell Cafe, right at the eastern end of the beach, for a snack or some lunch.
After you’ve recharged in the sun, you might be keen to catch some more of the Tour of Britain action. Although it’s difficult to be precise with timings, you can expect the race to be coming to a crescendo in mid-afternoon, around 15:30, so settle down in one of Ryde’s many pubs that are likely to be showing the race, streamed live on ITV4.
And then it’s time to head back to the mainland. As on the outward leg, make sure to get to the port 15 minutes before your chosen sailing is set to depart – there’s a 16:45 crossing from Ryde Pier Head to Portsmouth Harbour but if you want more time on the Island, we have sailings right through to 20:52.
Make sure to pick up a locally-sourced bite to eat at the port and book in your next visit to the Island while you’re at it!