Brighstone is a pretty little village with thatched cottages and tearooms which makes this an ideal spot for visitors wanting a relaxing holiday with old world charm.
Brighstone is also home to the Christmas Tree Festival a wonderful local event that has been running since 1996 and is held in at St. Mary’s Church and the Wilberforce Hall in Brighstone and the St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Mottistone. The four-day festival showcases 120 decorated Christmas trees, carol services, military band concerts and the lighting of the hospice tree.
St Mary’s is a medieval church dating from the twelfth century. The short tower contains a ring of 6 bells. In the village, you will also find Brighstone Shop and Museum part of the National Trust, with exhibitions on village life in the 19th century and information on Brighstone lifeboats.
Brighstone is popular with tourists for its thatched cottages and local shops. Several large events are hosted in the village each year, including the Brighstone Show, Art exhibitions and the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival. The local scout hut functions as a Youth Hostel during the summer.
Brighstone parish was formed in 1644. The civil parish comprises the main village of Brighstone together with the smaller villages of Brook, Hulverstone, Limerstone and Mottistone. The entire parish lies within an area of the Isle of Wight AONB and its coastline is designated as Heritage Coast and Site of Special Scientific Interest.