Top 10 reasons to choose the Isle of Wight for School Trips

Top 10 reasons to choose the Isle of Wight for School Trips

ED the squirrel is delighted to introduce the top 10 reasons why the Isle of Wight is the best school trip destination

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The Isle of Wight is THE premier UK destination for school residential trips.

Whether you're planning an end-of-term funfest or detailed curriculum-based learning outside the classroom, Education Destination are the local Isle of Wight trip planning experts.

We're a one-stop shop for booking 100% bespoke Isle of Wight school trips specifically for you. We can include coach transport, ferry crossings, accommodation, meals, a wide choice of activities and access to hundreds of teaching / learning resources.

On this page we explore the Top 10 reasons why schools love to bring their students to the Isle of Wight for their residential trips...

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The overseas adventure without the hassle

The overseas adventure without the hassle!

Just a short sea crossing and you'll be here and having fun in no time!

  • No port, tunnel or airport chaos
  • No passports or visa requirements
  • No security queues
  • No baggage limits
  • No Covid certificates
  • No currency exchanges
  • No language barrier
  • No repatriation difficulties
  • Known, fixed costs
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Isle of Wight - easy to get to

Easy to get to!

Just over an hour from London, then a short ferry crossing and you're here!

  • Hop on our coach at school
  • Relaxing journey to Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington
  • Toilet breaks for longer road journeys
  • Drive onto the next ferry or board the hovercraft
  • Arrive on the Isle of Wight in as little as 8 minutes
  • Let the fun (and learning) begin!
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Isle of Wight - great climate

Great climate!

One of the mildest, driest and most predictable climates around the UK!

  • Warm and dry throughout spring, summer and into autumn
  • Coastal proximity limits heatwave intensity
  • Lots of indoor activities for occasional wet days
  • Some of the highest sunshine hours in the UK
  • Nice average sea temperatures

Outstanding hospitality - Isle of Wight

Outstanding hospitality!

Our resorts have been welcoming travellers since Victorian times

  • Wide choice of accommodation options
  • Hotels, lodges, glamping, dormitories, you name it
  • Thousands of bed spaces across the Island
  • Most properties close to the beach
  • Off season pricing keeps costs down
  • Experienced, welcoming hosts

Isle of Wight - massive choice of activities

Massive choice of activities!

Literally hundreds of things to do and places to go to suit your trip objectives!

  • Many FREE or low-cost activities
  • Themed adventure parks to outdoor adventure
  • Watersports to animal attractions and zoos
  • Museums and historical buildings a-plenty
  • Natural wonders to seaside fun
  • Sporting activities to transport experiences
  • The list is seemingly endless...
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Isle of Wight - great climate

Incredible range of learning resources!

The largest collection of teaching / learning resources for any UK visitor attraction...

  • Choice of over 700 resources
  • Compiled by local subject teachers
  • Curriculum relevant in all subjects
  • Differentiated by ability within key stage
  • Pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities
  • Detailed teacher notes and lesson plans included
  • FREE of charge for Education Destination clients

World famous Isle of Wight attractions

World famous visitor attractions!

Packed with iconic attractions, the Isle of Wight has something for everyone

  • Osborne House - Queen Victoria's holiday home
  • Carisbrooke Castle - prison of Charles I
  • The Needles - iconic sea stacks and lighthouse
  • Blackgang Chine - the UK's oldest amusement park
  • Alum Bay - home of the amazing coloured sands
  • Multiple dinosaur fossil sites - amongst the best in Europe
  • ... and so much more!
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Isle of Wight school trips for all ages

Perfect for all ages!

From a KS1 first night away to a KS5 adventure week, the Isle of Wight excels!

  • KS1 - first residential - 1 or 2 night stays
  • KS2 - reward and/or educational trips
  • KS3 - adventure focused activities and/or educational fieldwork
  • KS4 - age-appropriate fun activities and/or exam preparation learning
  • Adult / U3A - activity trails - coastal, arts & literature, churches, myths & legends
  • ... whatever your requirements, look no further than the Isle of Wight
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Education Destination - Isle of Wight school trip specialists

Unprecedented support!

Book your 100% bespoke trip with Education Destination and benefit from our local knowledge!

  • Single point of contact - dedicated account manager
  • Sample risk assessments for all activities
  • Pre-visit inspections if needed
  • Everything booked and taken care of on your behalf
  • Information packs and detailed Day-by-Day Guide provided
  • Online access to all documents and learning resources
  • 24/7 telephone support during your visit
  • Low initial deposit
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Isle of Wight school trips - great value

Great value!

A school trip to the Isle of Wight during term time is very cost-effective!

  • Resort hotels available with shoulder season discounts
  • Visitor attractions offer free or reduced cost adult places
  • A great selection of free or very low cost activities
  • Plenty of beaches and public spaces to make your own memories
  • Save on passports, visas, currency exchange fluctuations and international travel
  • Education Destination's bulk buying power means additional savings
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