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Most Popular Isle of Wight School Trip Group Activities in Cowes

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Cowes is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina, facing the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank. The towns are linked by a "floating bridge" - a chain ferry, which runs throughout the day on a regular basis.

It has been the home of international yacht racing since the founding of the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1815, and gives its name to the world's oldest regular regatta, Cowes Week, which occurs annually at the beginning of August. Powerboat races are also common and popular.

Cowes is now the terminus for Red Funnel's Red Jet high-speed catamaran service to Southampton, and East Cowes is the terminus for the company's RO-RO vehicle/passenger ferries, also linked with Southampton.

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Cowes / East Cowes

Seafaring Heritage

Cowes and East Cowes are seaport towns located either side of the River Medina estuary where it meets the Solent.

Separated by a very narrow stretch of water over which a 'floating bridge' ferry shuttle runs back and forth, Cowes is world famous for yachting, boatbuilding and watersports.

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Newtown Nature Reserve

Medieval Harbour

Previously a medieval harbour serving the then capital Newtown, now a nature reserve with extensive mud flats and a salt marsh.

Newtown is bursting with wildlife throughout the year, with ancient woodlands, meadows, mudflats and salt marshes. It is home to rare butterflies, red squirrels, wetland wildlife and abundant bird life.

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Osborne (House)

Queen Victoria's Holiday Home

Bring history to life and get a real insight into the private lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children by visiting their Isle of Wight summer residence.

Get hands-on with a Discovery Visit, such as becoming a servant and learning about life below stairs!

Tour the main house, Swiss Cottage, gardens and the Queen's private beach.

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Red Funnel Ferries

The Original IW Ferry Service

You need to take a ferry to get to the Isle of Wight, so why not use this time as a learning experience?

Believe it or not, Red Funnel offers what is possibly the most comprehensive and detailed set of outdoor Human and Physical Geography resources anywhere in the UK, most of which can be undertaken whilst enjoying the 1-hour crossing! There's also a huge range of activities in other subjects too.

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UKSA

Water Confidence Building

UKSA - the UK Sailing Academy - offers young people of all abilities a range of activities to learn skills for life in an aspirational and safe environment.

Bespoke programmes are designed to build confidence and encourage teamwork using watersports and the great outdoors as a catalyst for positive outcomes.

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Wight Military And Heritage Museum

Step back in time!

The Wight Military and Heritage Museum is a charitable trust dedicated to preserving a wide range of military memorabilia, vehicles and planes from World War II and other recent conflicts.

Rides in armoured vehicles can be arranged at extra cost.

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