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Welcome to the Freshwater Village Association Website

Freshwater is a large village on the Isle of Wight which is off the southern coast of England, not far from Southampton and Portsmouth. The village is situated in the west of the Island close to Yarmouth, where there are regular ferry crossings to Lymington. Click here for a streetmap. The Parish of Freshwater, the largest on the Island, had a population of almost 5,500 at the Census held in 2001.

The village is surrounded by open countryside, has safe bathing beaches and spectacular coastal scenery. It is an area popular with walkers, horse riders, water sports enthusiasts and those wishing a more relaxed lifestyle. There is a modern  sports centre, four banks, two post offices, an excellent medical centre and enough shops to make the village almost self sufficient.

Stroud Field, a recreation ground in the centre of the village, has ample room for a full-sized football pitch and toddlers and junior play equipment. For older children there is a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), which is floodlit, and a skatepark. There is also an active Youth and Community Centre.

A large percentage of Freshwater Parish is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Within the AONB is Afton Marsh, which is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and also has Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status. The reserve is close to the village and is very popular with bird watchers and botanists who wish to study the local flora and fauna.

The economy is farming, tourism and retail based. There are a number of small manufacturing facilities but none of these are major employers.

The Brook, Freshwater Sunset over Stroud Field All Saints Church from the river Yar Afton Marsh Local Nature Reserve