St Helens is a small village nestled in between Seaview and Bembridge on the North East Coast of the Isle of Wight where the large village green provides the focus of village life.
Football and cricket matches are a regular spectacle on the green and there is a children’s play area in a different part of the green where little ones can expend some of their boundless energy safely.
August Bank Holiday sees the Fun Fair come to town so a great fun weekend when the green is packed with dodgems and candy floss.
The village of St Helen’s seems to have evolved out of the Cluniac Priory and the monastic church, built circa 1080. Later claimed by the crown, the church eventually became unsafe due to the rising sea and a new church was built further inland. What’s left of the tower still stands today on the Duver Beach as a reminder of days gone by.
It’s only a short walk to the Duver beach which is protected by the National Trust, and is popular with tourists and locals alike. Here you can visit the famous Baywatch on the Beach Café, and enjoy anything from a tasty snack to a fine meal, sit looking out to sea and watch the world go by...
Apparently the Duver has its’ history as a Victorian golf course with Royal visitors while now it is a wildlife haven with it’s sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes and coastal woods all within a small area.
This is all in plain view of the hustle and bustle of sea faring vessels sailing in and out of Bembridge Harbour.
For a special evening out, visit Dan’s Kitchen for some of the finest cuisine on the island. Dan used to be head chef at the Royal in Ventnor before setting up on his own and has gone from strength to strength. Be sure to book ahead.
The local pub on the green is the Vine which serves a great Sunday roast while Ganders Restaurant on the upper side of the green, is renowned for its’ great steak dinners.
Just along from St Helen’s is the Marshes, which has recently been declared the first RSPB site on the Island, and we have it on good recommendation that a great diversity of birds have been spotted there.
The village also has a newsagent, post office, grocery store, bookshop and garage, so no worry about running short of supplies during your stay in this lovely little village with heart.
Wight Locations have some wonderful self catering holiday cottages in St Helen's, take a look.