As previously discussed, Harcourt Sands Holiday Resort holds a nostalgic charm for many Islanders and visitors.
The holiday park closed in 2006 and then suffered from a fire in 2007. I am not entirely sure why Harcourt Sands closed in the first place but media reports say that it was owned by Renowned Holiday Villages when it closed. I can't see any evidence of that company still trading.
In 2018, On The Wight reported that developers had pulled out of a grand plan for 'for 128 residential dwellings, alongside a tourism proposal that would comprise either a 63 bed hotel or 15 holiday units'.
The notable updates since then appeared in 2021 and 2022:
I took an early morning jaunt to Ryde this week to have a nosey at the former Harcourt Sands site. I didn't enter the fenced-off site, because I'm very well brought up. I just flew around with my drone to get a look.
I think that the green pipe visible from above is from an outdoor pool which appears at 11 minutes on this Bearded Explorer video and at 1 minute 25 seconds on this video from when the resort was open in 2000.
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