Bembridge is one of the most easterly towns on the Island and offers wide shallow beaches, perfect for safe bathing and beachcombing. Bembridge has a surprisingly busy small harbor, which is always well stocked with pleasure craft and fishing boats.
The harbor’s characterful houseboats are definitely worth a look and some of them offer afternoon tea and B&B. Bembridge Windmill is an iconic landmark and the only surviving windmill on the Island. It was built c.1700 and still has its original machinery intact. From here there are glorious panoramas across the Island, views that provided inspiration for many artists including J.M.W. Turner.
Prior to the Victorian era Bembridge was a collection of wooden huts and farmhouses, which only consolidated into a true village with the building of the church in 1827 (later rebuilt in 1846).
The historical heart of the village is located close to the church in the north of the village, consisting of a number of shops, pubs and restaurants, along with the Village Hall and site of the former Parish Council hall. Bembridge Library serves the community and there is a local museum in the same location.
The beaches around Bembridge offer sandy beaches, some which are great for exploring rock pools too, such as Whitecliff Bay and Bembridge Ledge and Forelands.
September is a great time to visit as the annual Bembridge Harbour Food Festival takes place giving visitors and locals alike a chance to feast on all that’s local from our land and sea.