Special bus trip to Long Lane as Southern Vectis celebrates the launch of its annual Christmas Lights Tour

15th December, 2019 in Company News

Representatives from Southern Vectis paid a visit to Terry and Sue Ramplin in Long Lane recently - to celebrate the start of the traditional Christmas lights tour. 

Running nightly until Monday 23 December at 6.30pm from either Ryde or Newport, the annual tour offers spectacular views of the Isle of Wight at night, and visits some of the Island’s best displays. 

“We deck out our bus with tinsel and lights, and play Christmas tunes - all with Santa behind the wheel,” said Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis general manager. 

“Our Christmas Lights Tour is the perfect festive night out for families, friends, couples, adults and children alike - a truly unique way to enjoy the Island at Christmas.”

Journeying between the Island’s best Christmas Lights displays, the tour lasts around three hours, with some festive stops along the way - including Rectory Mansion in Brading, where passengers can enjoy mince pies, hot drinks and other Christmassy surprises. 

“The Christmas bus runs nightly, starting and finishing from either Ryde or Newport bus stations,” added Richard. “And, to celebrate the start of the tour, we paid a special visit to the legendary home of Terry and Sue Ramplin in Long Lane, Newport. 

“This is the 20th year Terry and Sue have been adorning their house with an array of festive lights and decorations - and this year their chosen charities who will benefit are The Wight Brainy Bunch and John’s Club.

“We have been supporting them each year with a £250 donation towards new lights or bulbs. And this year is no different. As ever, Long Lane has been transformed into a magical festive scene - and our Christmas Lights Tour just wouldn’t be the same without it.”

For more information about the Southern Vectis Christmas Lights Tour, please visit 

by Go South Coast

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