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Summer Coach Day Trip

The 5 previous years we have organised parish day trips to the Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Castle and Chideock.  Each year the outing has combined some local religious history, a shrine, and a little sightseeing.  They've been great opportunities for the parish to come together and enjoy a lovely day.

Below is our Itinerary for 2016, Monday 15th August, Day trip to Isle of Wight

£30, including coach and ferry

8:00am Coach departs Shaftesbury, meeting outside Shaftesbury School

9:30 Check-in at Red Funnel Ferries, Southampton

10:00 Ferry departs

11:00 Ferry Arrives at East Cowes

11:30 Tour of Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey is a Benedectine monastery of monks.

12:00 Holy Mass at Quarr Abbey

1:30pm Coach takes group to Ryde

2-3.30pm Ryde: Wander, Tea, sit a watch boats pass on Promenade 

3:30pm Leave Ryde (see here)

Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and with its prominent position along the seafront and hovercraft and passenger ferry links it is little wonder it is often referred to as “The Gateway to the Island”.  In addition to an expanse of sandy beaches which stretch right along the town, Ryde has a great selection of boutique shops, museums and galleries for you to visit along with lots of other things to see and do along its esplanade, recently restored early 19th century pier.  At low tide the sea goes out a long way making it a popular place for sports and outdoor activities, and a regular venue for beach soccer tournaments. 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.

4:00pm Check-in Red Funnel Ferries, East Cowes

4.30pm Ferry departs

5.30pm Ferry series Southampton

7pm Coach returns to Shaftesbury

Thanks to our social committee for organising this and Trish Lever for proviing the coach.