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Things to Do in and Bembridge, Isle Of Wight

There are numerous attractions and places of interest to visit around Bembridge and the surrounding area.

Bembridge

  • Extensive sandy beaches with cafés, pubs, yacht clubs and local village shops including fishmongers, butchers, bakery and florists.
  • Bembridge Windmill: National Trust historic building.
  • Sally’s Riding: horse rides along Bembridge beaches and lanes
    Brading
  • Roman Villa: extensive covered remains of Roman villa with multi-media guide, shop and café. One of the finest Romano-British sites in Britain.
  • Bike hire: tour the island by bike – collection points include Brading and Ryde.

St Helens

  • Sandy beaches, village green, shops and restaurants.
  • Fakeham Farm: rare and exotic farmed animals, gift shop, children’s play area and café. Suitable for children.

Seaview

  • Pretty seaside sailing village with shops, pub, restaurants and hotel.
  • Seaview Wildlife Encounter: Flamingo park, penguins, pelicans, parrots, wallabies. café, gift shop and picnic area.

Ryde

  • Promenade: sand, boating lake (pedaloes and canoes), pool, cafés, pitch and put, train ride, train to Brading, Sandown and Ventnor.
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Restored Victorian and Edwardian steam engines and carriages run along 5 miles of track. Suitable for enthusiasts and children of all ages. Gift shop and picnic area.
  • Ryde Superbowl: 22 lane indoor bowling alley
  • The Garlic Farm: celebrated farm shop, restaurant and heritage centre offering all you need to know about garlic.

Sandown

  • Sandown promenade, pier, beach, shops and restaurants.
  • Amazon World Zoo: endangered species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, spiders, fish, amphibians and plants.
  • Isle of Wight Zoo: tigers, lions, jaguars, lemurs, monkeys. Also amphibians, reptiles and spiders.
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How to Reach Isle Of Wight?

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Isle of Wight is a great place to spend a short weekend break or if you have got some more holidays, even for a whole week. Known for its known for its sandy beaches and ports, Isle of Wight has been long favoured by the yachting set.

The Isle of Wight is approximately 24 miles East to West, and 12 miles North to South, being about 150 square miles in area. Isle of Wight can be reached by ferry, via Southampton Central, Portsmouth Harbour or Lymington Pier.

In this post, I am writing about the various ways you can reach the beautiful island, Isle of Wight.

With up to 350 ferry crossings a day, it’s simple to travel to the Isle of Wight. I travelled from Staines via Portsmouth pier, so I am going to tell you the way I took to reach Isle of Wight and in addition to that, the route you can take to reach Isle of Wight via Southampton.

Option 1: via Portsmouth

You need to buy train tickets from wherever you are starting from in London to reach the Portsmouth, Lymington or Southampton Harbour. From these ports, you need to take a short ferry trip to reach the IOW.

I was travelling from Staines to The Isle of Wight, so I took the SW train service towards London Waterloo and got down at Clapham junction. From Clapham we changed the train for Portsmouth station.

If you are travelling from other parts of London, you can also plan to go to London Waterloo and then take a direct train from London’s Waterloo Station to Portsmouth. If you are travelling in a group of 3 or more, you can save upto 50% – for 4 of us, the ticket from Staines station to the Portsmouth cost around £66.

Once you reach Portsmouth, you need to go to walk to the Portsmouth pier for a ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight. You need not worry much about planning the ferry timings to tie up with your train arrival times. There are ferries on a very frequent basis and they are timed to meet train arrivals.

The Wight Link ferry  operates between Portsmouth and Ryde in Isle of Wight and takes around 18 minutes and costs £19 for adults and £9.30 for children, round-trip for a standard return. In summers the daytime departures are every 30 minutes and in winters, it is every 60 minutes.

The total travel time from London to the arrival point of Ryde on the Isle of Wight (including ferry crossing time) is 2 hours. Once you reach at Ryde Pier head to the East of the Island, you can board the Island Line train service to take you down the pier and into the town, where there is a bus station, taxi rank and transport links across the Island.

From Portsmouth, you can also take the Wight Link Ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (Car and Passenger Service) for which the journey time is approximately 40 minutes.

Option 2: via Southampton

If you plan to reach Isle of Wight via Southampton, drive to Southampton and avail one of the below 2 Red Funnel Ferry options:

  • Red Funnel Jet Hi-Speed: (Southampton to West Cowes (passenger only). Runs every 30 minutes throughout the day from the Town Quay Terminal 2 in Southampton, journey time approx 23 minutes. A round-trip fare costs £18 for adults, £14 for seniors, and £9 for children 5 to 15.
  • Red Funnel Passenger/Vehicle Ferry: (Southampton to East Cowes). Operates 24 hours a day from Terminal 1 in Southampton, journey time around 55 minutes. An inclusive round-trip fare (valid for 5 days) costs £14 for adults, £9.30 for seniors, and £7 for children.

Both options connect to a free bus service from Southampton Central Rail Station.

Option 3: via Lymington

From the Southampton Central, you have another option to leave Southampton and head west along the A35, cutting south on the A337 toward Lymington on the coast. Foot passengers can catch the train to Lymington Pier.

From Lymington Pier, you can take the Wight Link (Car and Passenger Ferry) Service which runs from Lymington to Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) every 1 hour and the journey time is around 30 minutes. This trip is much shorter than the Red Funnel service from Southampton if you are travelling by car.

Just to let you know, if you might be interested in using wi-fi on this route, free wifi is available on the Lymington – Yarmouth route for customers.

Useful Sources:

For rail information, you can call on 0845/748-4950 or visit the National Rail website at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

For Wight Link Ferry details, you can call on 0871/376-4342 or visit Wigh Link website at www.wightlink.co.uk

For Red Funnel Ferry details and departure times, call tel. 0844/8449988 or visit Red Funnel website www.redfunnel.co.uk

Our Cottages

All cottages have central heating with electricity provided. Colour television, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, iron/ironing board, toaster, kettle, Hoover, shaving points, radio, cooking utensils, duvets, pillows cots, highchairs and hair dryer.

Each cottage has its own garden furniture, barbecue area, car parking and enclosed garden area. Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Bed linen is provided free of charge and beds are made on arrival. Towels are not provided but are available for hire.

For cleaning purposes please arrive after 3pm and depart by 10.00am when leaving.

There is a payphone available to all cottages.

Welcome to Barwick Cottages

Barwick Cottages are in the middle of the Island, on a sixteen acre small-holding, containing sheep, horses, ducks, chickens, geese and other small animals, like rabbits and guinea pigs for the children to enjoy feeding.

The cottages are quietly situated 300 yards off the main road with fine rural views in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  At the end of the short farm drive is the popular Chequers Inn which welcomes children and serves food.  The pub has a large beer garden with a children’s play area.

Aside from any geological interest, the Isle of Wight has much to offer travellers who seek a very English style of relaxation. It has a little of everything: castles, nature walks, sandy beaches, seaside resorts, Victorian architecture, gardens, thatch-roofed cottages, fishing villages, sailboat regattas, angling, cycling, dinosaur fossils, shipwrecks, a steam railway, and events that range from a marathon to a Garlic Festival.

The Garden Isle”, Isle of Wight is an area of outstanding national beauty

Many visitors say visiting the Isle Of Wight Island is like taking a trip back to a Britain 20 years ago due to its more relaxed pace of life. This quieter lifestyle offers the perfect opportunity for holidaymakers to slow down, relax and recharge their batteries.

However for more active types there is a wealth of activities to enjoy on the Island. Renowned as one of the world’s top class sailing destinations, the Isle of Wight has a number of sailing villages including Cowes, Bembridge and Yarmouth. A number of the sailing clubs, including Bembridge Sailing Club offer sailing lessons.

Two “must see” events for the diary are the annual Round the Island Yacht Race held every June when over 1,500 yachts and 17,000 sailors race the 50 nautical miles around the island, starting and finishing at Cowes, and the world-renowned Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week sailing regatta held every August in Cowes. The beaches at Bembridge are perfect vantage points from which to view the competitors round the eastern tip of the Island during the Round The Island Yacht Race.

Water sports and fishing are other popular activities.Wightwater Adventure Sports near Sandown, a 10 minutes drive from Chantries in Bembridge offers a variety of water sport courses and Cachalot Charters runs fishing trips into the Solent throughout the year, departing from Bembridge Harbour, 20 minutes walk from the house.

There is also the award winning annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival every May which feature over 300 walks for all ages and abilities, including the challenging (but incredibly rewarding) 26 mile“Walk the Wight” starting in Bembridge in the east and finishing at The Needles in the west. Every September sees the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival offer a variety of cycling tours throughout the island.

For music lovers the Isle of Wight hosts The Isle of Wight Festival in Newport in June (25 minutes drive from Chantries), and Bestival in Robin Hill (20 minutes drive from Chantries) in September every year.

The Isle of Wight Tourist Board website offers more detailed information on many more attractions on the Island. For travel click here.