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Up Close and Personal

Get up close and personal with the world-famous Needles! This short boat ride includes a detailed live commentary, which can be adapted to suit your age group or topic of interest.

There's also plenty of bird life to observe, and occasionally seals or pods of dolphins / porpoise if you are really lucky!

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Fun Factor 80%
Educational 80%

Average rating from past clients: 4.5 out of 5

Best Suited To

Needles Pleasure Cruises is best suited for children 7 years and up as well as adults

Needles Pleasure Cruises is great for all ages, but perhaps a little overwhelming for the very youngest visitors

Location of Needles Pleasure Cruises

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Needles Pleasure Cruises FAQs

Here's some of the most frequently-asked questions about school visits to Needles Pleasure Cruises, posed by teachers and other group leaders

Are there any accessibility concerns?

Accessibility is unfortunately an issue with this activity. Access to the vessel is across a shingle beach from either the bottom of a very long and steep flight of wooden steps OR from a chairlift which operates during the summer months. So whilst a person with limited mobility might be able to make it to the boat, someone confined to a wheelchair or mobility scooter will unfortunately not be able to participate.

Are there any special requests or processes for group leaders on arrival?

The Pleasure Cruise is accessed from beach level

You can reach the beach using steps found adjacent to the chairlift ride in the Needles Park. This is a lengthy climb taking around 15 minutes

Alternatively you can use the chairlift to reach the beach. Note there are height restrictions in play, and this is a PAID facility not included in your package UNLESS specifically itemised on this page.

How big are the boats?

The two vessels used for school trips are around 15m long and carry 87 or 94 passengers plus 2-3 crew. We can usually arrange exclusive charter use for groups over around 60 persons.

Are there any toilets on-site or nearby?

There are NO toilets at beach level. Ensure everyone goes BEFORE descending.

What about safety gear?

Both vessels used are licenced by the MCA and carry full safety gear including lifejackets, liferafts, buoyancy aids, ship-to-shore radio, flares, recovery strops, liferings and pretty much everything else you can think of.

Can we use the chairlift to get to the boat?

The chairlift is operated by The Needles Attraction and runs during the summer months. It is chargeable, and has height restrictions which is why we don't tend to recommend it to groups of KS1 or KS2 students. It's also quite scary for some of a nervous disposition - usually the same ones that are fretting about getting on a boat! The alternative is two flights of wooden steps down to the beach - quite long and steep but with regular landing stages to catch a breath. It really is worth the effort though!

Are there any considerations regarding infection control?

Boats are sanitised between trips and all but the smallest groups will have exclusive use

What happens in bad weather?

A couple of times per year the weather decides to interrupt play. Usually we can tell from the forecast and so have plenty of time to arrange an alternative activity and perhaps reschedule your boat trip if it's earlier in the week. But ultimately it's the skipper's decision whether or not to sail and on occasion this has been made at very short notice. It really doesn't happen very often though so you'd need to be very unlucky.

How long does the trip last?

The standard trip takes 20-25 minutes. Once per day a longer trip is possible which returns to Yarmouth Harbour, passing Hurst Castle, Forts Victoria and Albert, before docking for the night. This trip takes around an hour.

Are there any first aid facilities?

Lifesaving Equipment including, but not limited to: Buoyancy aids, Liferafts, Liferings, Life floats, VHF radios, Flares, PA System, Man overboard recovery kit

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