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ACTIVITY FINDER

The Isle of Wight is The Island Classroom! We have dozens of visitor attractions perfect for learning as well as fun, supported by 704 expertly prepared curriculum-relevant resources!

Adventure Play at JR Zone

Slides, tubes, ball pool, sky glides, ladders, rope swing and a giant slide! Safe, soft indoor play for students up to and including KS3

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£££

Low Cost

Daytime

Evening

120 max

2 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: All yearLocation: Newport

Alum Bay

Alum Bay is the location of a classic sequence of upper Paleocene and Eocene beds of soft sands and clays. The strata in the main section of the bay are near vertical and the sands are coloured due to oxidised iron compounds formed under different conditions.

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FREE

Daytime

1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Totland

Amazon World

A huge range of unusual rare and exotic animals - around 200 species spanning the entire animal kingdom!

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: OwnAvailable: All yearLocation: Newchurch

Blackgang Chine

Blackgang provides a fertile base for activity play and learning, with exhibitions on coastal erosion, woodland & countryside crafts and the 'Wight Experience' "helicopter trip" over the Island!

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

4-8 hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: Chale

Bonchurch

Set on a stable section of former landslip, Bonchurch features a landscaped village pond fed by a spring. A former Stone Age and Roman settlement, a church has existed here since the 9th Century.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ventnor

Brading Roman Villa

Brading Roman Villa's award winning Visitor Centre and Museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

4+ hrs

Resources: OwnAvailable: All yearLocation: Sandown

Brighstone

National Trust runs a museum in Brighstone, a quintessentially English village very popular with tourists due to its thatched cottages, local shops and an annual Christmas Tree festival in December.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Brighstone

Brook & Mottistone

Famous for the Longstone (megalithic monument) and the National Trust curated Mottistone Manor.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Brighstone

But That's Another Story

Meet Sue Bailey - professional storyteller - with a range of story themes including Myths and Legends of the Isle of Wight, Wolf Tales, Victorian Tales, Seaside Tales, Winter Tales, Smuggling Tales and many more!

Stories can be delivered at accommodation, in a local hall, or outdoors on a beach or in a forest!

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£££

Low Cost

Daytime

Evening

2 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: All yearLocation: Whole Island

Calbourne

Historically the site of five water mills, Calbourne today is a sleepy village part of which is affectionately known as 'Winkle Street'.

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FREE

Daytime

1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Yarmouth

Carisbrooke Castle

The castle has experienced sieges, imprisoned kings, seen off the Spanish Armada and spans over 1000 years of history. What better way to bring the curriculum to life and cover multiple topics than to stand at the spot where history happened?

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FREE

Daytime

4+ hrs

Resources: OwnAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: Newport

Chale & Blackgang

A large coastal ravine historically linked to smuggling. Most of Blackgang's development has been obliterated by landslides and coastal erosion during the 20th Century.

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FREE

Daytime

1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Chale

Chines of the IW

A chine is a steep-sided river valley through soft eroding coastal cliffs of sandstone or clay. Fascinating folklore is attached to chines which have been linked to smuggling and shipwrecks. The Island is home to 20 chines, many accessible, offering great opportunities for study.

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FREE

Daytime

2-16 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Island wide

Coasteering

Explore where the land meets the sea using different skills including swimming, climbing and jumping into the water.

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£££

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Daytime

2 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: Easter to October Half TermLocation: Freshwater

Compton Bay & Downs

A sandy bay running from the stunning white cliffs of Freshwater along to soft red and orange Cretaceous rocks which are rapidly eroding. One of the best places in Europe for fossil hunting, and definitely the best place on the Island to see dinosaur footprints!

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Brighstone

Cowes & East Cowes

Seaport towns located on the estuary of the River Medina joined by a "floating bridge" chain ferry service.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Cowes

Dinosaur Expeditions

A field centre based on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight displaying fossils and locally inspired palaeoart. The centre organises fossil hunting trips in some of Europe's best dinosaur locations across the south of the Island.

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£££

Low Cost

Daytime

50 max

4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: Brighstone

Dinosaur Isle

A purpose-built interactive dinosaur museum which properly displays and conserves the rich geological fossil collections and dinosaur related artefacts primarily discovered around the Isle of Wight, one of Europe's richest dinosaur localities.

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£££

Low Cost

Daytime

90 max

4 hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: All yearLocation: Sandown

Freshwater Bay / Tennyson Down

Named after poet Alfred Lord Tennyson who lived nearby, Tennyson Down is a 3 mile chalk ridge extending from the Needles in the west to Freshwater Bay in the east.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Freshwater

Godshill

Extremely popular today with tourists, Godshill has many attractions including medieval All Saints' church with its William Morris stained glass windows, and the world-famous Model Village.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Godshill

Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Goodleaf offer a unique adventurous activity for Isle of Wight school trips - with a difference. Sessions are delivered by mature instructors who encourage independent learning, foster a sense of self belief and teach responsible risk management in a fun and safe environment.

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£££

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Daytime

Evening

3+ hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: Ryde

Hurst Spit

Home to Hurst Castle (1544), a scheduled monument and popular destination for visitors, Hurst Spit and its defences, salt marshes and beaches make great learning resources.

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

4-8 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: Summer monthsLocation: Yarmouth

IW Donkey Sanctuary

A registered charity providing a secure, peaceful and happy home for around 90 donkeys, 12 horses and a herd of Shetland ponies, which have been neglected, abandoned or are in need of lifetime care.

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

2+ hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: All yearLocation: Wroxall

IW Steam Railway

A living, working museum with a heritage railway passing through 5.5 miles of unspoilt countryside. The visitor can expect to step back in time to a bygone age. The adjacent, modern Train Story exhibition presents a timeline of the era of steam with lots of interpretative exhibits and hands-on activities.

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

4+ hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: Ryde

Laser Storm at JR Zone

Are you ready for a REAL Call of Duty? Indoor laser combat sessions for ages 7+ in a huge darkened play frame with pumping music and atmospheric lighting

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£££

Mid Price

Evening

40 max

2 - 3 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: All yearLocation: Newport

Newtown Nature Reserve

An area with a busy medieval past and now bursting with wildlife and study opportunities through its history, ancient woodlands, meadows, mudflats and salt marshes. Home to rare butterflies, red squirrels, wetland wildlife and abundant bird life.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Newport

Osborne House

Bring history to life and get a real insight into the private lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children at Osborne. Their home can teach many aspects of the curriculum across numerous subjects in a fun and engaging way.

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FREE

Daytime

4+ hrs

Resources: OwnAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: East Cowes

Professional Disco

Looking for ideas for a last night party? Our professional local DJs are chosen specifically for their children's entertainment experience and lively, modern shows with lots of interaction.

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£££

Low Cost

Evening

2 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: All yearLocation: Whole Island

Red Funnel Ferries

You have to take a ferry to reach the Isle of Wight ... so why not travel with Red Funnel and get your students learning from the moment they step on board? Offering a wide range of learning activities covering most subjects and age groups, Red Funnel are our preferred travel partner.

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£££

Low Cost

Daytime

Evening

1 hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: All yearLocation: East Cowes

Robin Hill Country Park

The park's 88 acres give plenty of room for your party to run free and let off some steam, and with its big mix of features and attractions, it makes a whole day out and excellent value for money.

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

4-8 hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: Newport

Ryde

Noted for its expansive sands which are revealed at low tide, and its listed pier, the fourth longest in the UK, which houses a ferry terminal, car park and railway terminus.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ryde

Sea Kayaking

An exhilarating wet experience! Let our specialist instructors introduce you to this demanding but enjoyable sport.

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£££

Premium

Daytime

2 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: Easter to October Half TermLocation: Freshwater

Seaview

Small Edwardian resort with significant sea defences

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FREE

Daytime

1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ryde

Shanklin

The sandy beach of Sandown Bay, the Old Village and a wooded ravine Shanklin Chine with nearby Rylstone Gardens are the main attractions in this small town at the end of the Island Line railway from Ryde Pier Head.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Shanklin

Shorwell

Named after the Shor Well, a local spring, this quintessentially English village was a favourite haunt of Queen Victoria, which is graced with a 12th Century church, St Peter's.

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FREE

Daytime

1-2 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Newport

Speedway with Wight Warriors

Enjoy an action-packed evening of motorcycle speedway with Wight Warriors! With races most Thursdays from April to October, this unusual but exciting event makes a great evening activity.

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£££

Low Cost

Evening

3-4 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: Selected Tuesdays and Thursdays Easter to SeptemberLocation: Ryde

St Helens Duver & Bembridge

A large natural harbour

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Bembridge

St Lawrence Undercliff

The largest urban landslide complex in northern Europe, The Undercliff stretches from Niton to Bonchurch and its sheltered south facing location gives rise to a microclimate considerably warmer than elsewhere on the Island.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ventnor

Surfing Lessons

Learn to surf under expert supervision on the safe sandy beaches of Sandown Bay. All equipment provided. Max 30 students per session, but concurrent sessions can be booked for larger groups and there's plenty of other activities nearby - beach, play parks, crazy golf etc.

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£££

Premium

Daytime

Evening

30 max

2-3 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: May - OctoberLocation: Sandown

Tapnell Farm Park

Tapnell Farm Park is the perfect place for indoor and outdoor fun, connecting with and learning about animals including "hands-on" sessions. Go wild on the many indoor and outdoor activities which include a huge soft play zone, jumping pillow, pedal go-karts and lots more!

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£££

Mid Price

Daytime

2-8 hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: All yearLocation: Yarmouth

The Model Village, Godshill

Meticulously and humorously crafted scale models of the local area. Absorb the slower pace of life in the early 1900s, leaving the hustle and bustle of modern day life outside the gate. Keep your eyes open for little Islanders at work and play!

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£££

Low Cost

Daytime

1-2 hrs

Resources: ED ComprehensiveAvailable: All yearLocation: Godshill

Ventnor

Lying underneath St Boniface Down (241m) and built on steep slopes leading down to the sea, Ventnor's sheltered location results in more sunny days and fewer frosts than most of the UK.

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FREE

Daytime

2-4 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ventnor

Watersports Activity Days

Designed to build confidence on-the-water, these sessions help groups to get used to handling different watersports equipment. They also get students communicating and working together as a team. Expert instruction and supervision. All equipment provided. Choose from dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, keelboating, raft building, surfing, power boating, paddleboarding, yachting.

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£££

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Daytime

4-8 hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: All yearLocation: Cowes

Wightlink

Every year, Wightlink carries around 5 million passengers, making them one of the UK's largest domestic ferry operators. Providing Island residents with an easy and frequent service to the mainland, as well as giving millions of holidaymakers a taste of Island life.

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£££

Low Cost

Daytime

Evening

1 hrs

Resources: ED LimitedAvailable: All yearLocation: Ryde

Yarmouth Castle

Discover more about one of the last coastal forts built by Henry VIII, the people who lived there and how it has evolved. The castle provides many cross-curricular links, so not only will a visit help to improve your pupils' understanding of history, but many other subjects.

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FREE

Daytime

2+ hrs

Resources: NoneAvailable: March - OctoberLocation: Yarmouth


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