Brighstone  - ISLE OF WIGHT

What's around Brighstone ?



Brighstone is a large village and civil parish near the western coast of the Isle of Wight, with its parish dating back to 1644. With the village church, St. Mary’s, having stood for over eight centuries, Brighstone is steeped in history and is one of the most interesting settlements to visit on the island. For history lovers, the National Trust owns the Brighstone Shop and Museum which has educational displays on what village life was like in this quaint community in the 19th century, and it also has information on the Brighstone lifeboat station. This station was built in 1860 at Grange Chine but closed in 1915 due to advancing technology.

With independent shops, thatched cottages and gorgeous country lanes, Brighstone is a haven for those looking to find character and charm in an Isle of Wight village, and there is plenty to see and do, as well as exciting events that are held annually in the village. As well as several art exhibitions, the community holds the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival which is a local charity event that takes place in churches throughout Brighstone to raise money for preservation of the churches. With Christmas carol concerts, tree lighting and craft fairs, it is a lovely event that sets spirits soaring into the festive season.

Places to visit near Brighstone 

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Close by to Brighstone, to the south west of the village, is Brighstone Bay. Facing the English Channel, the bay is a stunning 7km stretch of shingle and shell beach, streams and chines, and is lovely to view when taking cliff-top walks along the coastline.

Also close by to the village is Brighstone Forest, the largest forest on the Isle of Wight. Spread over rolling hills and elevations, the forest makes a lovely afternoon ramble and is great to enjoy a picnic under the trees. Cyclists are also fond of cycling the country lanes through the forest.

Near to Brighstone, visitors can partake in group fossil hunts on the beach with a qualified palaeontologist, and this is a must for people interested in geology, fossils and dinosaurs.

Mottistone Manor Garden in the village makes a lovely day out for nature lovers and those keen on gardening. The garden is set in the grounds of the manor house and features beautiful plants, an organic vegetable allotment, a gift shop and an antiquated tea house, making it the ideal place to visit if you are a budding gardener.

The nearest village to Brighstone is Shorwell, just 2.2 miles away; walking distance on a fine day.

People who enjoy a spot of fishing may be interested to note that there is a nearby fish farm with lakes for trout and coarse fishing near Brighstone.

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