Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 23.3.20 the Harbour and Bembridge Boat Storage offices are now closed. We will review this in 3 weeks time and abide by the guidelines issued by the Government.
For safety reasons, daily site inspections, including pontoons, will continue to be carried out by a limited number of staff, strictly adhering to social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.
If you would like to contact the Harbour or BBS please do so by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The main Harbour telephone number (01983 872828) is available during office hours. Outside office hours it is for emergency use only. Malcolm Thorpe can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or mob 07973 256248.
We will continue to closely monitor the latest advice from the UK Government and the World Heath Organisation. Our absolute priority at the Harbour is the safety, health and wellbeing of staff, customers and all Harbour Users.
As and when the situation changes in any way, we will update this information accordingly. In the meantime please do take care.
Fiona & Malcolm Thorpe
24th March 2020
We are looking forward to the forthcoming season and have some great events lined up, although as you would expect, all will be reviewed nearer the dates in relation to Coronoavirus, especially those in the early part of the season. Click here for our 2020 events programme which includes a new Bembridge Gig Fest event..
The Duver Marina visitors' toilet and shower facilities have been completely refurbished over the winter and will be reopening by the end of March. During office hours the disabled facility is open to Harbour customers on request, and until the main facilities are open there is a discount on visitor berthing fees - we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
Our first event of the season will be the Duver Dash on 24th May (5k and Junior charity fun runs), now part of the Isle of Wight Festival of Running. A new Gig Fest for traditional fixed seat rowing boats is all set for 20th and 21st June, and on 27th Rock the Boat will feature music from 60s and 70s. At the very end of July the Family Fun Weekend will include favourites events, plus a Harbour Party and Fireworks Display and we'll round off the season with a Charity Dinner Dance at Bembridge Sailing Club in October. Click on the names to go straight to the event page.
Our 2020 nominated charity is once again The Sophie Rolf Trust - KissyPuppy, for whom our visitors and Harbour users have helped us raise over £17,600 over the last 3 years. Please have a look at their page to read about their amazing work.
The Duver Cafe is currently closed for the winter but will reopen in the Spring. Catherine, Pete and Jo are looking forward to being back in the Harbour and welcoming customers - see the Cafe page for more.
Following a complete upgrade of hard/software during 2019, we now offer FREE WiFi to our visitors. The code can be obtained from the Berthing/Harbour Office on arrival.
For Facebook followers we will be continuing our monthly Draw to win a night's FREE visitor berth during 2020 ....
For visitors new to the Harbour we recommend a look at the Navigation Section, where you'll find a pictorial guide to safe pilotage in the Harbour that can be printed off for use on board. There is also a video guide of the entrance channel.
The Harbour is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nearby Brading Marshes are home to the first RSPB site on the Island. There are many picturesque walks in and around the area, historic sites to visit, beautiful beaches to enjoy and a busy Harbour where there's always something to watch. The villages of Bembridge and St Helens offer a rich variety of shops, restaurants and pubs and are well worth exploring. Visit our Local Information section for more details. Bembridge Sailing Club and Brading Haven Yacht Club both offer their facilities to visiting yachtsmen - details here.
See you soon ...
Fiona & Malcolm Thorpe