Welcome to the Friends of Stokes Bay

Stokes Bay, often referred to as ‘The Jewel in Gosport’s Crown’, has a rich heritage both natural and man-made.
It is unusual in that it has remained as an open area available to local people and visitors for a wide variety of recreational purposes including sailing, windsurfing, kite flying, football, tennis, miniature golf, pétanque and a toddlers' paddling pool.
The shingle shore is noted for its remarkable flora and many varieties of birds. The lagoons east of Gilkicker, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the unspoilt natural area to the east, are a delight for walkers.
The Bay owes its unspoilt character to its past as an area of military defence. In the 19th century a line of defensive forts, batteries and a moat were constructed. Two of the batteries remain today and recently No. 2 Battery was opened as a Diving Museum.
During World War II the Bay was an important location with much of it being concreted over in preparation for the D-Day landings and the building of parts of the Mulberry Harbour Caissons. It was from here that large numbers of troops including the Canadians embarked for the landings.

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About the Society

The Friends of Stokes Bay is a society founded in 1975 to safeguard the environment of Stokes Bay for present and future generations.


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Contact Us

To contact our Committee you can email Hazel Casey at secretary@friendsofstokesbay.co.uk or you can call us on   023 9252 0426   Alternatively you can fill in the form:



Become a member

To become a member you can download a form to print and  fill in: Membership Application Please Note: By signing this application you are agreeing for FOSB to hold your name, address, and/or email address on our database.  These details are purely for the purpose of distributing the FOSB Newsletter and will not be used [...]