East Wight Day Out
Explore the eastern half of the island on this packed day out, taking you around...
The Waltzing Waters
In 1979, the newly re-routed A9 motorway bypassed some of the tourist-dependent villages in the Scottish Highlands. Businessman Alex Donald knew something really new and different was required to draw tourists off the motorway into the village of Newtonmore. While on holiday in Florida, he witnessed the Waltzing Waters. Stunned by its beauty and emotional appeal, he knew he found the perfect solution. In 1990, Mr. Donald brought the show to Newtonmore and the Waltzing Waters quickly became one of the most popular attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
The show in Scotland was such a success, Mr. Donald decided to bring the Waltzing Waters to England. The Isle of Wight was an obvious choice as it was already a popular tourist destination. As in Scotland, after opening in 1994, the Waltzing Waters quickly became one of the most popular attractions on the island.
Millions of visitors from throughout the UK and Europe have now seen the shows. Many have come back multiple times testifying to the enduring popularity of this extraordinary art form.
Ryde Town and Pier
Ryde Town is the largest town on the Isle of Wight and perfectly located on the seaside. It has a huge sandy seafront as well as a great selection of boutique shops, galleries and museums.
Stroll along the esplanade where you will find plenty of activities to do such as the fun fair, ice rink, bowling alley and a very popular canoeing lake. Continue along the seafront and you will discover the imposing Appley Tower, which is situated at the back of Appley beach, and even further along this walk you will reach the Victorian Fortification Battery at Puckpool Park.
Tucked away on the south-west side of Ryde you will find the Play Lane Millenium Green, a tranquil beauty spot, perfect for relaxing with a picnic. Alternatively there are plenty of places to eat along the seafront and in the town itself. One of the most popular eateries is the famous Orrery Café whose walls makeup an incredible planetarium, and also forms part of the Donald McGill museum.
Ryde Pier is the oldest seaside pier in the country having been built in 1814. It is also the second longest pier at just under 1/2 a mile long. You can walk, drive or even catch the train to the end of the pier.
The Rosemary Vineyard is in an ideal location with the mild climate found on the island and they have certainly made the most of it. They are now the largest producer of english wine in the country and the all english wine, liqueurs, juices and ciders are made on the estate from grapes / apples grown on the estate.
The vineyard was first planted in 1986 and covers 30 acres. The winery is available all year round for you to browse around and learn more about the wine making process. And of course you can't miss the gift shop before you leave for a souvenier or two!