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Bembridge Harbour

Bembridge is one of the Isle of Wight’s best-kept secrets. A favourite ‘hideaway’ for celebrities, attracted by the relaxed atmosphere, excellent facilities and quality of hospitality spots.

The Harbour is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nearby is the first RSPB site to the Isle of Wight at Brading Marshes.

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Bembridge Harbour

Facilities

Bembridge Harbour is picturesque and full of charm. The village itself has two main shopping areas; both vibrant and attractive with an excellent array of restaurants and pubs for you to enjoy.

The Harbour is home to two active and vibrant sailing clubs, a commercial fishing fleet and the Island’s largest angling club. And if that isn’t your style, there are some spectacular walks across the Downs and through the surrounding countryside.

History

Bembridge Harbour is the sole remaining intertidal part of the former much larger Brading Harbour (or Brading Haven) which extended over three kilometres inland, with a quay near Brading town.

Approximately 200 years ago, Bembridge was much smaller than today but as mainland boat connections were established and many boat building and engineering businesses developed, the harbour underwent a busy and industrially development stage from the late 1950s.

Things to do within 10 minutes

Bembridge Marina caters for everyone’s needs within walking distance of the marina. Brading Haven Yacht Club is the perfect place for family-friendly fun as you can get stuck into water activities such as dinghy sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Or why not head down to the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, perfect for keeping your little ones occupied! You can even try the local produce at the Best Dressed Crab, a delightful family-run floating restaurant which specialises in the freshest and finest Crabs and Lobsters.

Things to do within 30 minutes

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you’re new to outdoor adventures, Tackt-Isle Adventures is the place to go for water sports and inland activities. Or if exploring nature is more your scene, the National Trust- St Helens Duver has a lot of beauty, wildlife and history to offer.

If relaxing with a coffee and pastry while taking in your surroundings is more your style, don’t worry, there are a lot of cafés for you to try, especially our favourite the Duver Cafe.

Things to do within 60 minutes

A little further afield you’ll find the perfect spot for a game of golf. Freshwater Bay Golf Club is set on the downlands overlooking the English Channel, offering you a leisurely game of golf in the midst of beautiful coastal scenery.

For family-friendly fun why not head down to Tapnell Farm Park and get up close and personal with the farm animals, cool yourself down at the Aqua Park or burn off some energy in the playground.

If visiting historical landmarks is up your street, take a trip to St Catherine’s Oratory, a medieval lighthouse while experiencing far-reaching panoramic views of the southern coast of the Isle of Wight.

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