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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

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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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Archaeology Discovery Centre

Handle the artefacts left behind by ancient boatbuilders at Bouldnor some 8000 years ago. Indoor learning around archaeological evidence, science and techniques of marine exploration. Outdoor learning activities to understand the hunter gatherer lifestyle include recreating prehistoric technologies in our country park by foraging for the raw materials to produce cave paintings.

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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Chines of the Isle of Wight

  • 3 resources

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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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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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)

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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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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 Lawrence Undercliff

  • 6 resources

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.

Still prone to landslips and subsidence this is an ideal location to study coastal erosion.

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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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