The D-Day Story at Stokes Bay


The D-Day Story at Stokes Bay


Stokes Bay Sailing Club, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2BL

In 1942 Stokes Bay was chosen as an embarkation point for vehicles destined for the Normandy beaches as part of Project Overlord, the invasion of France. The whole of the Bay became a restricted area. Binoculars and cameras were forbidden. All existing buildings at the Bay were commandeered and the bathing huts were all removed.

Stokes Bay Sailing Club was used as a Control Centre for embarkation so is the perfect place to host a short talk and exhibition by Tony Belben on the role of Gosport and especially Stokes Bay in the preparation for and execution of D-DAY on 6th June 1944.


  • Friday 8 September: 1130 & 1330


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BOOKINGS IN PERSON (for those who have no email account or would prefer someone else to book for them) at Gosport Discovery Centre on Saturday 19 Aug ONLY from 1000 (Note: TIC will NOT deal with any bookings on this day).

BOOKINGS BY TELEPHONE/EMAIL on Sunday 20 Aug from 1000 (Note: TIC will NOT be open for in person bookings on this day). Subsequent bookings (for those who have no email account or would prefer someone else to book for them), as long as they are available, during usual TIC opening Mon to Sat, 0930 to 1700.

Booking Contact: Gosport Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Call: 023 9252 2944


There is a large car park closeby with Blue Badge bays. Fees may apply. There are stairs to the club sitting room where the exhibition and talk will be held so, unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access.




Booking is recommended but drop-in visitors may fill any available unbooked spaces.




The D-Day Fellowship






MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

The Stokes Bay Sailing Club is alongside the Pebble Beach Cafe and car park

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