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Most Popular Isle of Wight School Trip Group Activities in Shanklin

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Shanklin (historically "Chynklyng") is a popular seaside resort on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight with an easily accessible sandy shoreline and impressive cliffs.

The town is at a much higher level than the beach and esplanade, where visitor attractions such as restaurants, arcades and crazy golf courses await. At the northern end a steep hairpin bend feeds a road and footpath down to the seafront, and the southern end can be reached via Shanklin Chine. In the middle is a unique "Cliff Lift" elevator.

The area was extensively damaged during World War II hence the architecture along the seafront in particular being a mix of styles and ages.

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Beach Visit - Shanklin

Stunning Golden Beach

Shanklin Beach is a one of the Isle of Wight’s best known stretches of golden sands, which backs onto a traditional English seafront promenade. The beach is located on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight, with groynes keeping the sand in place and a high sea wall and pavement promenade between the sea and the Esplanade.

Shanklin Esplanade has all the traditional British seaside attractions you'd expect and more: a large amusement arcade with crazy golf, bowling, go-karting and even an indoor golf for rainy days.

Parts of the beach are accessible at all states of the tide. If it's fun and games you're after, we can also book a specialist company that provides age-appropriate activities on the beach, book a game of crazy golf, or arrange for a surfing or paddleboarding session.

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Pirates Cove

Crazy Golf Seaside Fun

Pirates Cove is an 18-hole pirate themed crazy golf course on Shanklin esplanade directly oppsite the beach, featuring pirates, waterfalls, caves, palm trees and a fully rigged pirate ship!

On site you'll also find a number of sideshows (charged extra) aimed at younger children, such as mini go-karts, bumper boats, water zorbs, trampolines and a runaway train roller coaster. Great for a summer evening out.

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Shanklin

Keats and PLUTO

Shanklin is a popular seaside resort in the east of the Island. Famous for its sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, chocolate-box Old Village shops and hotels, plus a wooded ravine in Shanklin Chine.

The town's most famous resident was poet John Keats. The town also featured heavily in Operation PLUTO ("Pipe Line Under The Ocean"), an austentacious World War II effort to supply fuel to allied forces in northern France which undoubtedly contributed to the success of D-Day. Parts of the apparatus can still be seen in the chine and at other Island locations.

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Shanklin Chine

Stunning gorge

Carved by mother nature's hands over thousands of years, the stunning tree-lined gorge that is Shanklin Chine cuts its mark from Shanklin Old Village down to the sandy beach and esplanade below.

There are few places that can boast such a tranquil and picturesque location.

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Spotlight Theatre Workshop / Show

Theatre Workshops and Shows

Spotlight Theatre Company takes over Shanklin Theatre to offer a variety of educational workshops and a summer season of professional evening shows tailored to the 7-14 age group.

Join a Whirlwind Workshop session to look at lighting & audio technology, costume and make-up, and visit backstage before trying your skills as a narrator, singer or dancer. Record your own DVD to take away!

Or pop along in the evening and enjoy the Summer Pantomime or Best of the West End depending on age group and preferences.

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Wightwater Watersports

Introduction to Watersports

Wightwater specialise in introducing school groups to the fun and excitement of watersports, in a safe and friendly learning environment.

"Splash Sessions" are popular with KS2 age groups where water confidence may be a little lacking, with a mix of games and activities to encourage participation and to stretch the more capable and adventurous.

Sessions can include sailing, surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sea kayaking, kite surfing and powerboating.

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