Whether you choose to arrive by land or by sea, Bembridge Harbour, nestled between the villages of Bembridge and St Helen’s, is well known for its warm welcome to visitors.
The Harbour Authority runs a Water Taxi service in the inner Harbour, based at the Duver Marina, with drop-off/collection points on Bembridge Point Beach, Bembridge Marina and Fisherman’s pontoon, and taxis can be summoned by phone or VHF radio.
At the visitors’ Duver Marina, on the St Helens side of the Harbour, the independently-run Duver Café is open from 8.30am, and there’s also Steve’s Bar, stocking Island-made beers, wines, and spirits. Both are outside venues with bench-style tables and great views over the Harbour – with a large marquee if the weather is unfriendly.
The Harbour runs a number of events, including the Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend from August 12-14, with activities in, on and around the Harbour including beach games, a sandcastle building competition, the Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race, crabbing competitions and a Harbour Party with food, a bar and live music from Island bands. It is what it says on the tin – great fun. And all Harbour events are fundraisers for nominated Island charity, the Sophie Rolf Trust, KissyPuppy.
In September, the Harbour will host a gathering of traditional fixed-seat coastal rowing boats from mainland clubs and the Island’s Yarmouth Gig Rowing Club. Coastal rowing is increasing in popularity and to introduce new rowers to this wonderful sport, YGRC offers taster sessions on their weekly rows out of Yarmouth Harbour. No experience is necessary as guidance and coaching are provided. For more information visit www.yarmouth gigrowingclub.co.uk
For more details on Bembridge Harbour, the Duver Café, Steve’s Bar and all events visit: www.bembridgeharbour.co.uk or on Facebook.