It was over 50 years ago that hovercraft ran from Ryde to Stokes Bay in Gosport, a scene which is set to be recreated in 2018 as Hovertravel launches a comprehensive line-up of over 25 different excursions available from Lee-On-Solent.

The cross-Solent operator has planned trips for the Spring and Summer holiday periods as well as the Hovershow Days at the Hovercraft Museum. There are opportunities for Gosport residents to visit the Isle of Wight and for Island residents to visit Gosport and beyond.

For the Isle of Wight Pride festival in July, Hovertravel will offer access to the nationally recognised event from an additional departure point.

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Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel says:

“Hovertravel’s Ryde to Stokes Bay service ran for two years in the mid-1960s and we are so proud to be announcing a jam-packed programme of trips, once again bringing a hovercraft experience to this area.

“We are a both a transport business linking communities and a unique tourist attraction as the only commercial passenger hovercraft service in the world.

“Hovertravel is constantly looking for additional cross-Solent opportunities. We can implement excursions and charters extremely quickly and we are keen to explore new ways to bring our hovercraft experience to more people. By collaborating with local councils, we are opening up new avenues for reciprocal tourism and the associated benefits of increased visitor spend between Gosport and the Isle of Wight.”

Dates, times and prices for all excursions are available on the Hovertravel website at www.hovertravel.co.uk.

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