Voted ‘Village of the Year UK’ in 2019, Bembridge has everything you need with shops and amenities on both the High Street and at Lane End, as well as beautiful beaches and an RNLI lifeboat station that’s open to the public.
Bembridge Harbour is a popular haven for yachts and fishing boats with several wonderful cafés to sit back, relax and watch the seafaring comings and goings. Bembridge Down, to the South of the village, is a large chalk Downland area protected by the National Trust and ideal for walkers and explorers. Further, in the shade of Bembridge Down is Whitecliff Bay, a popular beach for families with rock pools and safe bathing.
St. Helens, a quintessential English village, is famous for having the largest village green in the UK, making it an ideal location for Island events.
St Helens Duver, managed by the National Trust, is a must-see and another popular walking area with the added attraction of the fun of the sand dunes for children to run through and explore.The beach itself is gently sloping and includes a café.
Why not take a walk to Brading Marshes? The sea here used to flow through to Sandown, making Bembridge an island, and today is blocked at both ends, creating a haven for wildlife and bird watchers.
Seaview is a traditional coastal village that attracts visitors who have enjoyed holidays here for generations. Life in the village revolves around Seaview Yacht Club and during the summer months the local, ‘one design’ clinker dinghies take to the water. The village itself has a shop, several good pubs and cafés and the very popular Seaview Hotel, which has a Michelin star restaurant. The beaches are beautiful and a trip to Seagrove Bay or Revetment Beach is highly recommended.
Attractions and Activities
Woodnutts Yard, Duver Road, St Helens, Isle of Wight,
PO33 1YB. Tel: 01983 875542
If you are looking for an adventurous day out for all the family, Tact Isle is located on the banks of Bembridge Harbour and offers a variety of water activities, including canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding and windsurfing. Mountain biking is also available, and there’s even a Segway safari.
High Street, Mill Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight,
The only surviving windmill on the island and built in the 1700s, it’s now looked after by the National Trust. Also, the surrounding area famously inspired the landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner.
Sally’s Riding School,
Forelands Field Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight,
PO35 5TR. Tel: 01983 872260
A small, friendly riding school that specialises in equestrian jaunts across the beautiful beaches of Bembridge and St. Helen’s. Suitable for all levels and abilities, all rides are accompanied by experienced riders.
Bembridge Lifeboat Station,
Lane End Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight,
PO35 5TD. Tel: 01983 875138
Considered a ‘discover’ RNLI station and open to the public, you can watch the lifeboat being launched and view the intriguing memorabilia that includes many stories of rescue and bravery. You can also get involved in the Annual Fort Walk, a unique event and route from Bembridge to St Helens Fort at low tide.
Pubs & Restaurants
The Spinnaker, Bembridge: An “Inn of Distinction” with fine dining and local produce.
The Best Dressed Crab, Bembridge Harbour: A floating café serving fresh, locally caught shellfish.
The Beach Hut, Bembridge: One for a sunny day with sea views and Isle of Wight crab & lobster.
Seaview Hotel: Modern British food locally and sustainably sourced from the Island.
The Boathouse Inn, Seaview: A beachside venue offering award winning food and superb ales.