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Alum Bay

  • 5 resources

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. A stunning view of the Needles rock formation is available from Alum Bay, along with optional boat trips from the pier.

Such is the variety of colour in the sands that they were used in Victorian times for marmotinto, a popular artform.

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Alum Bay Glass

  • 0 resources

The making of fine quality glass has always held a fascination. The glassmaker's art has resulted in some of the most beautiful objects mankind has made. The master glassmakers take Alum Bay coloured sands and turn them into glass objects right before your very eyes!

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Blackgang Chine

  • 62 resources

Every year hundreds of school parties from across the country visit Blackgang Chine. Childrens' imaginations run wild as they enjoy the many themed areas around the park.

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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Bonchurch (Town)

  • 9 resources

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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Chale & Blackgang

  • 7 resources

Most of Blackgang's development has been obliterated by landslides and coastal erosion during the 20th Century.

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Compton Bay & Downs

  • 2 resources

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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Cowes/East Cowes (Town)

  • 2 resources

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

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Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C.

  • 20 resources

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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Dinosaur Isle

  • 66 resources

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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East Dene Centre (Activities)

  • 0 resources

The former home of Victorian poet Algernon Swinburne and formerly a convent, East Dene is set in 10 acres of stunning woodland with views across the English Channel and direct beach access.

An incredibly wide range of supervised outdoor pursuits are offered, along with a selection of academic resources.

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Freshwater Bay

  • 12 resources

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.

Atop the down is a monument to Tennyson.

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Hurst Spit

  • 3 resources

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.

Although not technically part of the Isle of Wight, Hurst Spit is reachable by ferry or charter from Yarmouth throughout the summer months.

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Newtown Nature Reserve

  • 2 resources

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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Red Funnel Ferries

  • 190 resources

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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Ryde (Town)

  • 4 resources

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.

Ryde is home to Europe's only commercial hovercraft service.

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Seaview (Town)

  • 1 resources

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Shanklin (Town)

  • 5 resources

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.

Shanklin was the departure point for the PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean) fuel supply project during World War II and evidence of this still exists.

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St Helens & Bembridge

  • 4 resources

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UKSA

  • 1 resources

Come to UKSA with your school or youth group and learn to sail, paddleboard, kayak, windsurf and more. Activities are tailored to your group's desires, age and ability.

UKSA enjoys a waterfront location in Cowes and is the perfect location for watersports and teambuilding for students from 8 years upwards including accommodation for up to 270.

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Ventnor (Town)

  • 10 resources

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.

Famously a site of World War 2 radar stations. The largest British colony of wall lizards live in walls throughout the town.

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Wightlink Ferries

  • 16 resources

Every year, we carry over 4.8 million passengers, making us one of the UK's largest domestic ferry operators. We provide 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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