Ryde, Isle of Wight
Ryde has the largest population on the Isle of Wight, with 30,000 residents and is popular with tourists too. Everything in Ryde seems on a slightly larger scale than most towns on the island, and from it's vast stretch of soft, sandy beach, to it's large town centre, this place really does have something for everyone! There are interesting boutiques and gift shops, along with relaxing bars and coffee shops along the high street. At night, this comes to life with a busy nightlife for locals and visitors alike. Further up the hill into town are the more practical shops, banks and branches of the shops you'd find on the mainland. There is also a large supermarket on the outskirts of town.
Along the seafront, there are many attractions such as trampolines, small rides, ice-cream stalls, the Waterside Pool, a large pond with swan pedalos, playgrounds, picnic areas, cafes... the list goes on. At the far end of the beach (Appley) is a free car park and the very end of the beach is dog-friendly all year round.