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Days out - All Weather Activities

Whatever the weather, Hovertravel has great days out on both sides of the Solent for you and the whole family to enjoy. Start your day out on the world's only year-round passenger hovercraft service, flying you across the Solent in under 10 minutes, while experiencing the unique and fun adventure of flying above the waves! We have put together some handy ideas, from rainy-day activities on the Isle of Wight to more settled weather ideas on the mainland. Take a look at our suggestions below and book your Hovertravel flight today!

1. Discover the Dockyards

Our Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Combination Ticket is perfect in any weather – including your day return flight and Ultimate Explorer Ticket, giving you unlimited access to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for 12 months! - this means for your second visit simply buy a Family Flyer Advance Day Return (from just £6.00 per person, per journey) and your entry into Portsmouth Historic Dockyards will be free.

2. Hover Pleasure Flight

Take flight and enjoy a return trip across the Solent from either Southsea, Portsmouth or Ryde, Isle of Wight. With a journey time of 10 minutes each way, you can enjoy 20 minutes in comfort onboard, feel the lift as the hovercraft prepares for flight, and enjoy the ride 1.6 metres above the surface of the Solent! Our special rate Pleasure flight is available to purchase in our terminals.

3. Hover Walk

Take a 10 minute flight from shore to shore (book online, in advance for the best value fares) - then enjoy a coastal walk. Ryde, Isle of Wight and Southsea, Portsmouth are both lovely seaside resorts perfect to discover on foot walking along the promenade. Stop for a coffee, enjoy an ice cream or just soak up the wonderful sea air!

4. Hover Rover Isle of Wight

Explore the island with our great value Hover Rover Bus combination ticket - stay on board the bus for a coastal trip across or around the Island with the Island Coaster and Downs Breezer buses – enjoy the views from the top deck whatever the weather.

5. Hover & Bus Portsmouth

Single bus bus fares are still only £2 per journey, so use your HoverBlue Island Resident Card for a great value day return then take a bus ride with First Bus, Blue Star or Stagecoach on any of their routes in Portsmouth for just £2 per person per single journey.

6. Gunwharf Quays

In just 17 minutes from Ryde you can be at Gunwharf Quays, and with up to 60% off top retail brands, you’re sure to bag a bargain. Use your HoverBlue Island Resident Card for best value fares from the island.

7. Steam Power

Whizz over by hovercraft with a Steam Railway combination ticket, enjoy the Island Line electric train to Smallbrooke Junction and then sit back and relax on board an incredible steam-powered Locomotive – an hour round trip on a steam train will take in many sights of the Island without even leaving your seat. With a fully interactive Train Story Museum and workshop showcasing how these fine machines are kept running and looking beautiful today this is an attraction not to be missed.


This is a perfect day out on a sunny day, but is just as good as a rainy day activity on the Isle of Wight.

8. Flight & Heights

View Portsmouth and beyond from 170 metres high, walk across the largest glass floor - Sky Walk – get the best value with our Spinnaker Tower combination ticket including your flight and entry – saving you ££’s on travel and entrance.

9. Hover Explore

We work with the best pubs, restaurants and hotels to offer great value Fly & Dine offers. From afternoon teas, gin tastings and 2-course lunches, leave the car at home and enjoy a flight and low-cost public transport for a great day out. See our Hover Explore online brochure for itinerary days out – go on treat yourself… whatever the weather!

10. Hover & Heritage

If you’re an English Heritage membership holder then visit Osborne House or Carisbrooke Castle – both venues are great Isle of Wight rainy day activities or in any weather. Make the most of the government £2 single bus fare cap and book our Family Advance Day Return for best value hover fares. Use your English Heritage membership pass for entry to the sites, up to 6 kids go free will each adult English Heritage member too!