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School Visits

Since April 2014 we have been offering mid-week breaks in our mid and low seasons (dates available on the Availability Calendar on the Prices page ) for schools to come and experience the wonders of the Isle of Wight and many unique learning experiences which are available. We have 7 guest yurts, sleeping a maximum of 33 people, and pitches for tents, learning spaces and a menu of activities and trips that can be arranged to meet the requirements of your group of students. The unique wealth of experiences and facilities within the small area of the Island make this a fantastic destination for schools to visit, especially for pupils from inner city areas where they may have never seen the sea, been on a boat or experienced the countryside. Combine this with the wonderful opportunity of staying in a yurt and learning about the culture of these dwellings from other parts of the world, and you have a broad and exhilarating learning experience. The fact that we are an ‘Eco’ business and an excellent example of sustainable tourism also provides many opportunities. We are an off grid site, and use a range of ‘green’ initiatives which we can give a bespoke presentation on, for example solar power, recycling, compost toilets, grey water use, all initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of the holidays. We have a Chamber of Commerce Green Tourism Award to evidence our credentials.

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Typical Yurt Interior

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One of our Showers

The Isle of Wight is an area of scientific, historic and geological interest and is well known worldwide as ‘Dinosaur Island’. Our site is on an organic farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With views of the chalk hills and on a tidal river estuary it is idyllic and also has a wealth of opportunities for learning about the environment, agriculture and nature. We regularly see bats, barn owls, rare birds and the low light pollution make star gazing awe inspiring! The coastline is perfect for field visits and dinosaur footprints and other fossils are easy to see. The coloured sands of Alum Bay are world famous and glass blowing can be seen here also.

The Island has a wealth of history, with 2 Roman villas, Iron Age sites, the Norman castle of Carisbrooke where jousts and sieges happened and where Charles 1st was under house arrest, and much Victorian history with Osborne House a must see. Close at hand is Henry VIII’s Yarmouth Castle.

There are many outdoor activities available on the Isle of Wight and if sports and new experiences are on the agenda for your students this is easily arranged. You will see from the menu below, that we can access sailing, canoeing, coasteering, tree climbing, ice skating, bowling, skateboarding, hiking, cycling and horse riding, to name but a few.

You can book anything from 1 night to a week, although including a weekend increases the price, and can arrange your own itinerary, using us as your base, or we can arrange a bespoke package of activities for you. We are able to cater for some types of additional needs and all our staff are trained in Makaton signs and symbols. There is also access to support from a Speech and Language Therapist to help with differentiating the learning experiences. If you need more information about how we can provide for the additional needs of you pupils, just ask.

We are fully insured with NFU Mutual with £2,500,000 Public Liability cover.

Shower & Loo Block

Shower & Loo Block

Facilities

Each yurt can sleep 3-5 depending on sleeping arrangements and staff/pupil ratios. We can pitch up to 8 of your own tents. You can self-cater, or we can arrange for breakfasts and evening meals to be provided.

We supply pillows, duvets and a blanket/quilt for each person so all you need to bring are sleeping bags and towels and suitable clothing for outdoor living and the weather. We have cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery, wood and charcoal, matches etc. See our Yurt Inventory for details of what we provide. We have 3 toilets and 2 showers, powered by solar means with wood burner back up, with wash basin and washing up facilities, and a communal, group cooking and eating area with 3 Calor cookers. Each yurt has its own Barbeque/Brazier.
Parking is available.

Activities Menu

You can choose any of the activities listed as either a morning or afternoon session. The ones that are whole day events are highlighted. If you would like an activity arranged that you can’t see here, please ask us as we can probably arrange it. We will make all necessary arrangements

• Sustainability tour and talk with organic farm tour.
• Dinosaur footprints and fossil hunting on the beach.
• Alum Bay tour.
• Hike to the Needles, Needles Battery Tour can be included to make a whole day (5-6 miles) or 3 miles with bus back.
• Trekking in a variety of landscapes taking in a variety of wildlife and natural features.
• Sea trip to river estuary, Hurst spit and castle and Needles from the sea, fishing can be included to make a whole day.
• Tree climbing experience.
• Sea canoeing and/or coasteering.
• Fast RiB (speedboat) rides.
• Horse riding, to suit all standards.
• Seashore walk to find sea life and visit to aquarium.
• Stargazing and planetarium – afternoon and evenings only.
• Dinosaur footprints, petrified forest and fossil hunt which may be combined with a visit to the Dinosaur museum.
• Blackgang Chine-half or whole day.
• Robin Hill Country Park- whole or half day.
• Osborne House.
• Carisbrooke Castle.
• Vectis, Roman Island, whole day including Roman Villa visit.
• Sailing – half or whole day.
• Swimming pool at West Wight Sports Centre.
• Garlic Farm visit.
• Iron Age Island hill walk-3-4 miles.
• Newtown creek nature walk Nature walk to spot Island wildlife, red squirrels, rare birds, slow worms …maybe a lizard!
• Alpaca and llama walk.
• Solar farm visit.
• Godshill English village and model village.
• Shanklin Chine – coastal erosion in action.
• IoW Pearl Centre.
• Skateboarding
• Ice skating
• Ten Pin Bowling
• Tennis

Part of the Site

Part of the Site

Educational Links

Please see this section for examples of curriculum specific links and activities, both at Key Stage three and four. This section provides a brief explanation and example of ways we can tailor your stay to achieve your desired outcomes. We don’t provide educationally trained staff but our team will arrange the booking of all activities, co-ordinate travel and provide the basic framework for your staff to operate within.

We are also happy to tailor activities to key stages one and two, as well as key stage five. Please contact for more details regarding these key stages.

Please note: these are based on current DofE standards until the new criteria are agreed.

Key Stage three and four

Science

Sc1 – Scientific Understanding – investigations/visits tailored to understanding theory, evidence and scientific method. For example – evidence trail on Jurassic coast.

Sc2 – Biology
Investigations/visits tailored to ecology/biology. For example – data collection on species number in the field.

Sc3 – Chemistry
Investigations/visits tailored to chemical composition and analysis. For example – analysis and research into composition of coloured rocks/sand at Alum Bay.

Sc4 – Physics
Investigations/visits tailored to physics and Astronomy. For example – Visit to local planetarium for research project, or comparative study of sound levels across various environments.

Key Stage 4 Specific notes:

Many opportunities for controlled assessment activities, such as data collection and analysis, graph drawing and analysis, biology/chemistry fieldwork, lab work where appropriate, and opportunities to develop case study/hypothesis skills.

Geography

Geographical Enquiry
We can provide a range of opportunities or pupils to demonstrate the skills learnt, for both human and physical geography. For example – analysing strata and looking at rock formation, river/estuary analysis, studied of human impact on environment over time.

The Needles

The Needles

Fieldwork

We can provide investigation space/visits to compliment skill building or coursework aspects. Equipment may be provided, please contact us for more details.

Geographical communication

Pupils can use spaces to present work and presentation boards and resources may be provided if required.

Prices

Please contact us for a quote. Prices vary depending on numbers, catering arrangements and activities required but start from around £20 per person per night for a basic self- catering package. We will be pleased to help you arrange a stay that suits your requirements at a competitive price.

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