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A unique, coastal event suite for corporate & private hire.

The Solent Views conference centre at the Hovercraft Centre of Excellence is the perfect venue to hold conferences, board meetings and social events, offering the best views of the Solent in a unique setting.

Home to Hovertravel, the world’s only year round passenger hovercraft service and Griffon Hoverwork’s Global Training Centre for hovercraft pilots and crew, this facility represents the pinnacle of six decades of hovercraft manufacture and operation. Your clients, customers and guests will have an experience unmatched anywhere else on the planet.

The versatile space can be configured for a small conference, with an outstanding main meeting room, breakout areas and catering, or meetings which need a stunning backdrop to stimulate successful outcomes.

With views as impressive as these, the centre is also ideal for social functions such as weddings, drinks parties and celebrations.


Solent Views is a new conference centre based on the seafront at Ryde, Isle of Wight at the Hovercraft Centre of Excellence.

  • Smaller meeting room for up to 8 guests.
  • Breakout area for catering and exhibitors.
  • Excellent natural light.
  • Video conferencing.
  • Free Wifi.
  • All inbound and outbound transport needs can be added on.
  • Locally sourced catering produce and suppliers – Wight Marque accredited.
  • Locally sourced tea, coffee and refreshments in all rooms.
  • Large extendable conference space with sea views.
  • Event capacity up to 50 guests.
  • Board Room up to 14 delegates.
  • Unique views of world’s only year-round passenger hovercraft operation.
  • Easy transfer between Southsea and Ryde.
  • Convenient location on Ryde Esplanade for exploring the Isle of Wight.
  • Versatile meeting room set up/ choice of room layout.
  • Smaller meeting room for up to 8 guests.