Nearest town: Sandown (5m by car), Isle of Wight
Opening Times: Winter: 0830-1800 and by arrangement; Summer: 0730-1700 and by arrangement.
Longest Runway: 799m, Concrete
Fuel: AVTUR JET A-1 and AL48, AVGAS 100LL.
Phone: 07770228852 PPR
Landing fees: from £7.50 (for aircraft 750 kg and under) to £55 (for aircraft 4001 kg and over)
Note: PPR during AD hours; AD operates outside of notified licensed hours.
- Taxis: ABB-Cab (01983 403204), Cheap Taxis (01983 404747), Coastal Cars (01983 404444), JJ’s Taxis (01983 401980), Lake Taxi service (01983 402641). Note: All these services operate out of Sandown, not from the airport itself. Taxis can also be arranged for crews by calling Bembridge ATC before arrival (01983 873331)
- Car Hire: Practical Car & Van Rental (01983 531700, www.practical.co.uk)
- Facilities at airport: Aeroclub with refreshment and dining facilities, Wi-fi, spare mac; pub located close to airfield.
- The Propeller Inn, Bembridge Airport (01983 873611). Located in an old Britten-Norman hangar, with aircraft photos and prints around the wall.
- The Crab and Lobster, Field Road, Bembridge (01983 872244, www.crabandlobsterinn.co.uk). Fine cliff top views over the sea and excellent pub food just a brisk 15 minute walk from the airport.
- The Old Village Inn, High Street, Bembridge (01983 872616). Traditional pub that serves a good range of beers.
- The Pointer Inn, Newchurch, near Sandown (01983 865202). Picturesque rural surroundings and real ales.
- The Pilot Boat Inn, Station Road, Bembridge (0198 3872077). Scenic location near Bembridge harbor, freshly made food and generous portions.
- St Helens Restaurant, Lower Green Road, St Helens (01983 872303, www.sthelensrestaurant.com). Extremely popular restaurant with a focus on local ingredients.
- La Scala, 26B, High Street, Sandown (01983 403778). Highly rated for its Italian food as well as curiously kitschy setting.
- Appuldurcombe House, Wroxall (01983 840188, www.appuldurcombe.co.uk). Stone cottages (self-catering) on the 300-acre Appuldurcombe estate. Houses a magnificent 18th C. mansion and an owl and falconry centre.
- Corner House Hotel, 1-5, Fitzroy Street, Sandown (01983 403176, www.cornerhousehotel.co.uk). Family run hotel two minutes away from Sandown beach and chiefly described as “very comfortable”.
- Oaklands House, Yarbridge, Sandown (01983 406197). A B&B that boasts of wi-fi and a small swimming pool.
- Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club (01983 403217, www.ssgolfclub.co.uk). A 100-year old club known for some excellent views.
- Ventnor Golf Club (01983 853326, www.ventnorgolfclub.co.uk). A 12 hole course with great views over the English channel.
- Ryde Golf Club (01983 614809).
- Newport Golf Club (01983 525076, www.newportgolfclub.co.uk). Proximity to Newport makes it a convenient destination.
- Westridge Golf Centre (01983 613131). Boasts of a well-stocked golf shop and a floodlit driving range.
- On the airport itself, visit Britten-Norman, the UK’s last surviving whole-aircraft manufacturer. Not only do they build the Islander here, but they also do final assembly on Cirrus aircraft for delivery to Europe.
- A visit to Bembridge Windmill, the only surviving windmill on the island that has served as an inspiration to many artists.
- Beach hopping from Sandown to Shanklin to Ventnor.
- Wetland walks, birdwatching, cycling and other outdoor activities.
- The High Down Test Site (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/High_Down_Report_90-2007, PDF). On the SW corner of the Isle of Wight you can see a long-forgotten fragment of Britain’s aerospace history – the testing site for rocket engines used in the Black Knight and Black Arrow rockets. The UK remains the only country to have launched a satellite into orbit and then abandoned the capability.