Last few hours to vote for the Isle of Wight in national awards

We’re being encouraged to get behind the Isle of Wight this weekend.

Bembridge and Sandown Bay are shortlisted in the Countryfile Magazine awards and the winners will be decided by a public vote.

The online poll closes at midnight on Sunday 17 February and voting is said to be very close – which means that every vote is vital for success.

Sandown Bay is shortlisted for Best British Beach and Bembridge is in the running for Village of the Year.

The two Isle of Wight locations are the only places in the south of England, so a win in both categories would be a win for the Island and the south coast.

The Countryfile Magazine website says Bembridge is ‘a wonderful coastal setting with a pier and lifeboat station, plus a busy village community with independent shops, cafés and restaurants.’

Meanwhile Sandown Bay is recognised by Countryfile Magazine as a ‘traditional bucket and spade beach with golden sand, pier and eclectic seafront – and just a short walk to peace, fossil-rich cliffs and stunning coastal wildlife.’

Will Myles, MD at Visit Isle of Wight said: ‘It would be great if everyone could get behind it and bring these awards back to the Island. Bembridge is an amazing location and Sandown Bay, what can I say! Go to the website, vote now so we can bring these amazing awards back to the Island.’

To vote for the Isle of Wight in the awards, go to

The winners will be announced in March.