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Dance on the Duver is an annual event that raises money for two nominated Island-based charities, namely the RNLI Bembridge Lifeboat Station and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Expect an evening of live music with UnderCover, dancing, a bar, barbeque, a great, friendly crowd and a firework-finish to the evening (weather dependant).

Since 2013's event we've thrown in another band for good measure in the form of Island-based duo That's Life.

Where is the event?
The event is held at Attrills Yard, The Duver, St Helens, Isle of Wight PO33 1YB.

I'm coming over in my boat - Where can I moor up?
The Duver Marina is 2-3 minutes walk away from the event. Boats coming to the event should book a berth, either online at or with the Harbour Office - or tel 01983 872828. Bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights - Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July as part of the Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend.

Are tickets available on the night?
It's highly unlikely - the event has sold our four years running, and we no longer hold any back for sale on the night. See the tickets page for more information on where to buy yours now - don't delay to avoid disappointment!

Where is parking available?
There is very limited parking at the marina, which is reserved for blue badge holders only. Instead, please park at one of the following locations:
- National Trust Car Park (5-7 minute walk along The Duver)
- St Helens Sea Front (10 minute walk across The Duver)

Please DO NOT park on the road across The Duver - this must be kept clear for access to other premises and for emergency vehicles. Don't forget to bring a torch for the way back!

Is there a bar and food available on site?
Yes, there is a licensed bar serving beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Please do not bring your own alcoholic drinks or any drinks in glass bottles - you will not be allowed to bring them in. We keep 100% of the profit from this bar which goes directly to the charities. Hot drinks will also be available on the night.

A barbeque will be running all night serving a range of hot food. Again profits from this go to the charities.

Can I donate on the night?
Yes - people will be going round with buckets on the night relieving you of any loose change. In addition there will be buckets at the barbeque, bar and door to allow you to donate any change throughout the night.

How is the money split?
After operating costs have been taken out (insurance, etc) the profits are equally between the two charities.

What if it rains?
We've had plenty of practice on this one, thanks to the good ol' British summer! In the days running up to the event we'll make a decision as to how much cover to provide on site - if it's looking wet we'll erect more marquees and cover, however if the weather's looking good we'll try to keep it more open-air. We've got a great location and it's a shame to hide inside a marquee if the weather is looking good.

Will the event be cancelled?
It's unlikely but we have had to once, owing to a forecast of torrential rain and high winds with weather warnings to match. If this happens we'll publicise it on this website - a bit of rain isn't likely to cause this but winds could make running the event unsafe. If the forecast does look really bad please check before travelling.