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Needles Pleasure Cruises

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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

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

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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Include Needles Pleasure Cruises in your next Isle of Wight school trip!

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