Anyone looking for a charming escape from day to day life might like to give Bembridge a try. Located on the eastern side of the Isle of Wight and almost detached from the rest of the island the town has a busy little harbour but yet is still quaint and peaceful. Visitors to Bembridge will find a decent choice of places offering self catering accommodation as well as campsites and park resorts.
Bembridge has shallow beaches, which offer safe bathing and hours of time beach-combing and crabbing for children. There are some pretty walks to be found in the area including along the promenade at nearby Seaview to Ryde, which is just two miles away. Families can have great fun at the pitch and putt courses in Sandown, Shanklin and Ryde or take a trip on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
The harbour at Bembridge is filled with vessels some of which are primed for taking visitors on fishing and sightseeing trips. The island is a great place for watersports with sailing at Cowes very popular as well as windsurfing, diving, sea-canoeing and kayaking. A paddle steamboat takes visitors around the whole island coastline and boats can also be chartered for fishing trips here.
The village centre has a good range of small shops, pubs and restaurants arranged in two main areas, the first being the top of Lane End Road and the other being The High Street. The harbour has individual house boats on its southern shore with some providing afternoon tea or bed and breakfast. From the top of Bembridge Down visitors can overlook the airport, which is just to the west of the town centre.
Animal and wildlife lovers will find numerous places of interest on the island including Seaview Wildlife Centre and the Isle of Wight Zoo at Sandown. There are numerous beaches here and another place of interest is Alum Bay, which is noted for its multi-coloured sands. It is also close to the Needles, a chalk rock formation in the sea overlooked by a lighthouse. There are several historic buildings located on the island including Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House at Cowes.
Being one of the most southerly parts of the UK the Isle of Wight has a milder climate than most other areas. The warmest time of the year to visit the Isle of Wight is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 20 to 21 degrees centigrade. July is also generally the driest month, while November to January is the wettest time of the year with an average rainfall of approximately 85 to 89mm.
The island is eight kilometres off the English mainland and served by ferries operated by Wightlink from Lymington and Portsmouth and Red Funnel from Southampton. Hovertravel run a hovercraft service from Southsea. The nearest major airport is at Southampton, where Flybe have flights from major European cities such as Paris and Dusseldorf as well as UK cities like Aberdeen, Liverpool and Newcastle. South West Train runs a train service from London Waterloo to Southampton and Portsmouth.