Winter tales from the Isle of Wight

For their winter holiday this year, 41 members and guests from the Probus Club of Ramsey & District in Cambridgeshire travelled to Shanklin on the Isle of Wight for five days in February.

At the Channel View Hotel in Shanklin.

At the Channel View Hotel in Shanklin.

Social Secretary, Mervyn Agger, reports, “We travelled to Southampton on our coach from Dews in Somersham, a very reliable CoachMarque accredited firm that we use for all our holidays.There, we boarded the Wightlink ferry to East Cowes and arrived at the Channel View Hotel in Shanklin mid afternoon. I must say the ferry ride was very efficient, with a quick turn around getting on and off with the coach.”
He continues, “The evening format followed a similar routine for the four nights we were at the hotel; dinner was taken from an excellent a la carte menu followed by musical entertainment where members showed off their dancing skills until retiring at a much later hour than most were used to. It was wonderful!” The pretty village of Godshill was first stop on the itinerary for the first full day of the trip, followed by visits to Arreton to explore its maritime museum, church and craft shops. “This was greatly enjoyed by all,” says Mervyn.
The next day, after a trip to the local pearl factory, it was off to Ryde to see the Waltzing Waters attraction. “This was a rather spectacular show involving water jets, lighting and music – a must for everyone to see,” he states.
After several drizzly days, the weather cleared up for the last full day on the island, and the group took full advantage of this by paying a visit to English Heritage’s Osborne House, former home of Queen Victoria, for a guided tour. “This proved to be most informative – definitely worth a visit,” comments Mervyn. “The next morning then saw the coach heading back to the mainland after a most enjoyable stay from all aspects.”