Places to Visit
A lifeboat station has been based in Bembridge since 1867. The new Tamar Class Lifeboat – the Alfred Albert Williams – has been on station since 20th October 2010 and was officially named by HRH the Princess Royal on 10th August 2011.
The new boathouse for which a public appeal raised over £1m, is open to the general public most days and gives visitors the opportunity of viewing the boat in one of the most up to date facilities that the RNLI has built – visit www.bembridgelifeboat.org.uk for further details.
For group visits to the station, or presentations off site to schools and voluntary organisations, please contact the Lifeboat Visits Officer, Deborah Meadows at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bembridge Lifeboat Station, Lane End Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5TD
Tel: 01983 875127
Photo courtesy of Chris Boynton.
Bembridge Heritage Society
Formed in 1996 to record and present the rich history and heritage of Bembridge and its surrounding areas, the Bembridge Heritage Centre is open from April to October.
The exhibition includes a large collection of photographs, war time articles, and a collection of 1950s stationery and toys. Models include Bembridge Station, the restored Pill Box at Yar Bridge and Bembridge Fort. An original PLUTO pump creates a lot of interest and there are videos and publication on sale. Further details at www.bembridgeheritage.org.uk
Corner of High Street & Mill Lane, Bembridge
Tel: 01983 873945
This 300 year old windmill, owned by the National Trust, is one of the Island’s best-loved landmarks and its only surviving windmill. Although not working, it has most of its original machinery on four floors and is open daily mid-March to the beginning of November.
Part of this Victorian fort, which is owned by the National Trust, is let to a factory and the rest is in a derelict condition. Access is by guided tour on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, April-October (more often in August). Tours cost £3.50 inc NT members and places should be booked in advance: phone 01983 741020 or e-mail email@example.com
Brading Marshes is the RSPB’s first reserve on the Island. It covers most of the beautiful valley of the lower River Yar, running from the village of Brading to the sea at Bembridge Harbour.
From the reserve gateway at Brading Station you can pick up trail guides and reserve information and then explore the extensive series of footpaths around the site, giving you a chance to see a wide range of wildlife from buzzards, little egrets and green woodpeckers to summer butterflies, dragonflies and red squirrels.
The reserve is open at all times and there is no entrance charge (although a donation is always welcome). More information from RSPB
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