Local Facilities

 Freshwater Village and Yarmouth Town are the main centres for the West Wight.

Yarmouth is geared more towards the holiday season and visitors, with a large percentage of second homes. As such it is the centre for restaurants, pubs and selective shopping.
Freshwater Village caters for the needs of residents and has a number of small supermarkets, general shops, cafes and take aways. Freshwater has the health centre and the sports centre.

Banks and money

Lloyds on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,
Natwest mobile bank in Honor and Jeffrey's car park mondays 2-3'30pm and Thursdays 1-3.30pm.
The Co-Op supermarket in Afton Road has an ATM and a Post Office.
There are a number of Estate Agents who have links to the major building societies.


Local health matters are dealt with by the Brookside Health Centre, Queens Road, Freshwater IOW PO40 9DT Telephone: 01983 753433
The Island's main NHS Hospital is St Mary's in Newport ( Tel: 01983 524081 ) however there is usually a rapid response ambulance located within the West Wight.

Indoor Sports and Fitness:

West Wight Sports Centre is a non profit making charitable company. It is located at the back of  the Moa Place Car Park off School Green Road. Facilities include: Two swimming pools, Fitness room, Sports Hall, Two meeting rooms,  Sports shop, specialising in swimwear and a licensed cafe'.


Above the Bay on Afton Down is the 18 hole Freshwater Golf Club Telephone: 01983 752955.
There is a 9 hole golf course at Farringford which is open to the public. Telephone: 01983 752500

Arts and crafts

Seahorses offer a number of art and craft course, with or without accommodation.
Dimbola Galleries & Photographic Museumfeatures permanent and changing exhibitions of Art and Photography, IoW Festival history, Jimi Hendrix statue, Tea Room and gift shop. Art courses are also available. Telephone: 01983 756814
Freshwater Memorial Hall also hosts events, concerts and craft fairs.
pageThe area has many artists and crafters, some take part in the annual Open Studio event, some are listed on the Local Artists page
Freshwater Library also holds exibitions and art events.
Library open;-Mon 9.30-1. Tues, Wed ,Fri 9.30-12.30/1.30-4.30 . Thu closed. Sat 9.30-12.30.

Extreme Sports

Within the grounds of the Afton Farm you will find First Contact. They offer a number of extreme sports from paragliding, sea canoeing and windsurfing to high speed RIB rides.

Fire and Emergency

There is a fire station in Freshwater village in Tennyson Road which runs behind the shops in Avenue Road. The nearest police station is in Yarmouth and there is Coastguard centre at the Needles.
Freshwater Bay Lifeboat is an independent station reliant on local fundraising, but covering much of the coastal waters south of the Island. An R.N.L.I.lifeboat is stationed at Yarmouth.


Church of England
St Agnes',  Gate Lane, Freshwater Bay.   
All Saints,  Church Place, Freshwater   
Christ Church,  Church Hill, Totland    
St James, Yarmouth
United Reformed Church,  Guyers Road, Freshwater Bay
Roman Catholic St Saviour's,  Hurst Hill/Summers Lane, Totland
Baptist Church,  Colwell Road, Colwell
Methodist Church,  Brookside, Freshwater


There is no public house within the Bay area however the Albion Hotel and the Holiday Fellowship Hotel do have bars and restaurants. Dimbola's Tea room is also licenced, as is the Piano cafe. Freshwater village has two remaining pubs, The Vine and the Red Lion.
Refuse Local Council Amenity Site Afton Road is open 3 days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.