The second Isle of Wight Pride is being staged in Ryde on Saturday 21st July 2018 and also plays host to UK Pride 2018. We’ve got great early bird ferry offers for vehicle and foot passenger travel from Southampton, so why not book your ferry travel now for what promises to be a special holiday weekend.
The UK’s only Pride event to take place on a beach, the first ever IW Pride was a huge success last year, culminating in a successful bid to host UK Pride in 2018. Red Funnel is proud to be a rainbow sponsor and we have some great early bird travel offers for you…
Early bird ferry offers
25% off vehicle bookings – valid for return travel from Southampton to East Cowes between Thursday 19 and Tuesday 24 July, for a vehicle and up to 7 passengers. Take advantage of the extended validity dates and explore more of the Island.
£15 ferry & bus foot passenger offer – we’ve teamed up with Southern Vectis, the Island’s bus operator, to offer a £15 weekend return rate for foot passengers. The package deal is inclusive of Red Funnel return travel from Southampton to East / West Cowes and onward connection to the event via Southern Vectis bus return travel to Ryde. This offer is valid for outward travel on 21 and return travel on 21 or 22 July. We recommend travelling via East Cowes for the most frequent bus connections - see the ‘getting there’ tab on this page for more details.
Register for Pride
IW Pride is free to attend but you need to register in advance at www.iwpride.org
Whilst IW Pride officially takes place on Saturday 21 July, additional events and celebrations are also being planned for the whole weekend and in the preceding weeks, both in Ryde and across the Island. More details to follow.
Getting to Isle of Wight Pride is pretty easy from Southampton
On foot - Option 1: catch the Red Jet to West Cowes which takes 23-25 minutes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses to Newport (service 1). Change at the bus station for Ryde (service 9). Option 2: catch the passenger vehicle ferry to East Cowes and then a bus from outside Waitrose to Ryde (service 4). You can also catch the more frequent bus to Newport (service 5) and change at Binfield Corner for the bus to Ryde (service 9) - please ask the driver where you need to change. On arrival at Ryde Interchange, the beach is just a short walk.
Taxis are also available outside the East & West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you tell them your arrival time.
By car - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on the A3021 and then east on the A3054 to Ryde via Wootton Bridge. The journey will take about 22 minutes.