The Harbour is home to two active and vibrant sailing clubs, a commercial fishing fleet, the Island’s largest angling club, and numerous businesses associated with water-based activities including boat building/repair/restoration, boat charter, chandlery, sail making, powerboat training and much more.
The thriving villages of Bembridge and St Helens offer a plethora of shops, restaurants and pubs. Art, crafts and local produce abound and freshly caught seafood is available – trying the local crab is a must!
There’s much to occupy visitors to this beautiful, unspoilt and historic corner of the Island. The area in and around the Harbour has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and includes an RSPB reserve – further details further on. There are numerous walks, nature trails and beautiful beaches to explore, and local leisure facilities are able to cater for the more energetic. For land based visitors, a wide range of accommodation caters for most tastes and requirements.
A surprising number of businesses are based here – the Bembridge Business Association, formed in 1997, now has over 120 members and produces an annual Bembridge & St Helens Guide. A free publication available at the Harbour Office and most local outlets, the Guide is an invaluable source of information on what, where, when and how!