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Primary School Trip to Isle of Wight

Through the years the Isle of Wight has been a popular destination for primary schools and is again becoming a popular option. Your students can develop confidence and feel like they are travelling 'abroad' by travelling on a ferry, but parents are safe in the knowledge that they are still in the British Isles. The Isle of Wight has a wealth of visits suited to KS2 interests and studies. Known as the UK's Dinosaur Capital, you can choose from a range of dinosaur based visits around the island, you can feed their interest in history from Romans to the Victorians or cover maritime history with stories of pirates and shipwrecks. Not forgetting the beautiful beaches and parks where they can safely let off steam. 

 

 

Itinerary

4 day tour

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart for school for ferry crossing from Portsmouth or Southampton
Afternoon
Arrive hotel & check in. Visit to Monkey Haven, a sanctuary for rescued primates and birds of prey
Evening
Evening meal in accommodation with free time for a visit to the beach or for a local walk

Tour Day 2

Morning
Take a walk along Shanklin Chine coastal walk for unique woodland and stream discoveries
Afternoon
Enjoy an Island Gems Fossil trip where your guide will point out the best examples of footprint casts left behind by dinosaurs.
Evening
Evening meal in accommodation followed by some crazy golf

Tour Day 3

Morning
Spend the morning around Alum Bay and the Needles where you can take a boat ride and chairlift
Afternoon
Visit to Robin Hill Country Park for a toboggan ride, falconry displays and tree top trail
Evening
Evening meal in accommodation.

Tour Day 4

Morning
Depart for journey home
Afternoon
Arrive at school

5 day tour

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart for school for ferry crossing from Portsmouth or Southampton
Afternoon
Arrive hotel & check in. Visit to Monkey Haven, a sanctuary for rescued primates and birds of prey
Evening
Evening meal in accommodation with free time for a visit to the beach or for a local walk

Tour Day 2

Morning
Take a trip to Carisbrook Castle which dates back to Roman times
Afternoon
Take a walk along Shanklin Chine coastal walk for unique woodland and stream discoveries
Evening
Evening meal in accommodation followed by some crazy golf

Tour Day 3

Morning
Spend the morning at Amazon World Zoo Park where you'll discover a huge range of unusual rare and exotic animals.
Afternoon
Enjoy an Island Gems Fossil trip where your guide will point out the best examples of footprint casts left behind by dinosaurs.
Evening
Evening meal followed by a game of ten pin bowling

Tour Day 4

Morning
Spend the morning around Alum Bay and the Needles where you can take a boat ride and chairlift
Afternoon
Visit to Robin Hill Country Park for a toboggan ride, falconry displays and tree top trail
Evening
Evening meal in accommodation.

Tour Day 5

Morning
Depart for journey home
Afternoon
Arrive at school

Accommodation

The Isle of Wight offers small, traditional, family run hotels which are perfect for catering for Primary Schools. 

Study Visits

Island Gems Fossil Trip 

During this fascinating visit, your pupils can discover footprint casts on the beach and your guide will point out some of the best examples and let you know which of the Island's dinosaur species left them behind. If you are very lucky and keep your eyes peeled, you may even find a dinosaur fossil of your very own to take home with you!

Carisbrooke Castle

This castle has been an important focus of settlement since Roman times and illustrates the domestic side of castle life as well as attack and defence. You can climb the steep steps to the top of the Norman keep and imagine how you would defend the castle from invaders, explore the castle and Edwardian garden, thinking about who lived there and what it might have been like.

Brading Roman Villa

Teach them more about the Romans at one of the finest Roman sites in the UK where you will find unique insights into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway 

As a living, breathing, working museum, the Steam Railway is a popular and fascinating destination. Beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages, often hauled by 19th century locomotives, take you on a leisurely 10 mile journey through the Island’s countryside, along with a guided tour of the Carriage & Museum workshop and the Train Story visitor centre. 

Fort Victoria Country Park

Built as one of a series of defences to protect the western end of the Solent, the Fort's attractions together with the availability of a Countryside Ranger to give guided walks of the seashore and woodland make Fort Victoria an excellent interesting and educational visit. The Island Planetarium brings the universe to life with a tailor made show.   

Osborne House

They will learn more about the Victorians at the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Museum

Relive the golden age of shipwrecks, pirates, and diving for treasure. View the famous pirate silver "Pieces of Eight" and Spanish gold recovered from the mystical underwater world around our coasts, along with fascinating antique diving equipment used by the early divers.

Monkey Haven

A sanctuary for rescued primates and birds of prey, Monkey Haven is the ideal place for a fun and educational visit. Its education programme covers a wide range of topics so you can get the most from your visit.

Amazon World Zoo Park

You'll find a huge range of unusual rare and exotic animals here. At the last count it was somewhere in the region of 200 different species, spanning the entire animal kingdom. The education department offers an interesting and educational talk on rainforest destruction and the survival of endangered species. 

 

Cultural Visits

Shanklin Chine & Coastal Walk

The Chine is a beautiful and natural geographic phenomena. The swiftly flowing stream runs through a sandstone gorge and tumbles over a series of waterfalls on its path to the sea. It is a haven for wildlife and plants; students can benefit greatly from the unique woodland and stream surroundings.

Alum Bay & The Needles

This is one of the Isle of Wight’s major natural attractions which offers so much to see. You can ride the chairlift from cliff top to shore and back again; take a boat cruise past the remains of the original ‘needles’ rock and onto the Needles Lighthouse.

Robin Hill Country Park

This park offers great mix of natural wildlife and some wonderful rides including an exhilarating quarter mile downhill toboggan. There are also amazing falconry displays, an adventure play area and a 100m tree top trail.

Alum Bay Glass Blowing

Watch a glass making demonstration and listen to the glassmakers talk.

Blackgang Chine

This is the oldest amusement park in the United Kingdom, which offers a mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs, nursery rhyme characters, cowboys and Indians, all set within Victorian gardens.

Haven Falconry

In the grounds of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Haven Falconry have a wonderful collection of owls, hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures. The emphasis is 'Hands-On', ensuring you get up-close-and-personal with the birds – and there are over 50 birds and 21 species from around the world. 

The Model Village, Godshill 

This unique attraction allows visitors to explore Godshill and Shanklin Old Village in miniature, including houses, churches and pubs, as well as figures depicting Island life from days gone by.

Pirates Cove Crazy Golf

The Isle of Wight’s newest outdoor golf experience with great features along the way including pirates, a waterfall, fountains, a cave, palm trees and fully rigged pirate ship.

Lost World Adventure Golf

Explore the rainforest ruins, experience lightning, monkeys and lions while whilst you tackle the 11 holes around the course in this indoor all-weather attraction. This fully immersive experience takes you through a tropical rainforest thunderstorm as you make your way around the course which should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

 

We have travelled with other travel companies before but WST were a step ahead of other companies. The level of service was excellent and provided a personal touch taking care of everything we needed. The final pack we received was excellent and had everything in we needed. WST really do think of everything!
Orrell Newfold C.P School, Doug Pitts, Deputy Head