Ryde Carnivals Route Map and Useful Information
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This is a map of the three carnival routes that are held in Ryde.
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Click on the page links below for further information about each of the Ryde Carnival Processions
A guide to the Ryde Carnival Procession Routes
Please note that the Children’s Carnival Procession is on Friday this year during the height of the summer holidays.
The First procession route is the shortest being the Children’s carnival. Judging of the costumes take place in Dover Street before the procession sets off. The Procession sets off from Dover Street Then turns right into Star Street, then turns right int the High Street. Then proceeds along into Union Street, then along Ryde Esplanade, and ending at the Eastern Gardens by Ryde Harbour. Please note the Procession is much shorter than previous years and ends closer to the town centre.
The second procession route is the longest this is for both the Main Carnival which is on Saturday and the Illuminated Carnival which is on the Saturday as well. The Carnival groups congregate by the Boating Lake. The start this year has been changed to the Esplanade. The procession then proceeds along the Esplanade , then turns into Dover Street following the length of Dover Street. The procession then turns sharp right into Dover Park Road, then along Start Street. Then sharp right into the High Street, down the High street, down Union Street, and finally turns right into Ryde Esplanade and finishes at the far end of the Esplanade at the Boating Lake.
The association is often asked where the the best places to view the carnival processions are. Here is our ultimate viewing guide. The length of the Esplanade both at the beginning and end of the procession. The length of Dover Street, Star Street, the High Street and Union Street. If you stand towards the bottom end of Union Street you get the most spectacular view of all the Masqueraders coming down the hill, this is a wonderful vantage point for photographers. We advise for safety, that the corners of the following roads/junctions are best avoided, Dover Street roundabout , Star Street, Union Street/Cross Street, these areas tend to become over crowded and you don’t get the best views of the carnival. So by spreading out along the procession route, it ensures that the marshals don’t have to move you the spectators off the road where your safety can become compromised.
Have a Safe and Happy Carnival
Please follow the recommended Do’s and Don’ts of Ryde Carnival to make your experience of these events fun for both yourselves and the participants.
Spread out along the Route
Keep a close eye on young children
Help to fund the carnival for the future by giving GENEROUSLY to the collecting tins
And Lastly HAVE FUN!
Throw coins at the floats, they can cause injury
Squirt water at anyone
Cross the road between floats
Information for Motorists.
Please be aware that during the carnival parades parking restrictions and traffic diversions will be in place, which may affect your travel around the town. Also expect traffic delays in and around the town on carnival days. If you are planning to use the Wightlink’s fast Cat services during the carnival please allow extra time for your journey. The majority of the Esplanade will be closed during the carnival parades. And on the 1st and 3rd of September the Western end of the Esplanade from Dover Street Roundabout onwards will be closed prior to the carnivals for forming up.
We strongly advise all motorists to avoid the following roads at the times listed below:
- Ryde Esplanade
- Dover Street
- Park Road
- Star Street
- Union Street.
Friday 10th August 13.00 – 15.00 hrs
Saturday 11th August 16.30 – 21.00 hrs
Saturday 1st September 17.00 – 23.00 hrs
Information for Train Users
As there will be a considerable amount of people attending Ryde Illuminated Carnival event goers are advised to use public transport to and from the event if they are able. After the carnival has finished Island Line will operate a later service from Ryde to Shanklin with trains operating twice an hour until 11.45 pm from Ryde.
Information for Bus users
Southern Vectis intend to operate additional services on main routes if there is sufficient demand.