Schools & Groups

Accommodating group visits large and small

Group visits

Group visits of ten or more should be booked in advance to qualify for reduced rates. School and pre-school parties are welcome and special fares are available. We also welcome enquiries from coach operators.

  • We know how important it is for group organisers to provide a quality service and good value-for-money as part of their holiday packages and day-tours. We offer generous group discounts, available for pre-booked parties and we pride ourselves on offering great packages that will enthrall our guests no matter their age. Ample coach parking, on tarmac is available at Havenstreet Station with space to turn and manoeuvre. All enquiries are welcome, we do everything we can to ensure your group visit is enjoyable and trouble-free.

    For more information or to book please contact our commercial department on 01983 882204 or send us a message HERE.

School visits

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a registered educational charity going above and beyond to ensure you and your school party feel very welcome!

The Steam Railway is an ideal venue for school age groups up to 14 years. We know how important it is for school party organisers to receive good quality service and good value-for-money with their visits, and we pride ourselves on offering you a package to interest and engage your students, as we take them on a nostalgic experience of yesteryear! As a living, breathing, working museum, the Steam Railway is a popular and fascinating destination for all age groups. Beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages, often hauled by 19th century locomotives, take the visitor on a leisurely 10 mile journey through the Island’s unspoilt countryside.

    • A presentation of approximately 20 minutes duration, especially aimed at children, provides an informative look at the Railway, with time for questions afterwards
    • An activity worksheet will be sent to you with your booking confirmation
    • Train compartments seat up to 10 children and a teacher
    • You are welcome to use covered accommodation for packed lunches if required
    • Generous group discounts available for pre-booked parties with teachers/supervising adults FREE
    • Advanced booking secures reserved seating and compartments on the train of your choice
    • Ample coach parking on tarmac at Havenstreet Station, with space to turn and manoeuvre
    • Lunch, drinks and snacks available in our Refreshment Rooms
    • Railway shop, museum and toilets
    • Free access to see heritage stock being restored in our Carriage & Wagon workshop
    • Children’s play area, picnic area, activities field and Woodland Walk The full steam train journey takes around an hour

Evacuees Week

Organised in conjunction with Carisbrooke Castle Museum, this living history week is an opportunity for Isle of Wight School Children to experience what life may have been like as an Evacuee during the 2nd World War. All participating children take part in three sessions:

    • Session One – A return trip to Smallbrook to experience 1940s train travel.
    • Session Two – The children are given the chance to study and play the games and toys of the period.
    • Session Three – Based in a School room environment with lessons, plus the opportunity to view a 1940s Kitchen & Sitting room and the chance to learn about rationing and wartime cookery. Whilst in the schoolroom environment there is often an air-raid and the children have to be evacuated to a makeshift air-raid Shelter!

Education Destination

Isle of Wight Steam Railway are delighted to have worked with Education Destination to produce a range of curriculum-focused teaching resources suitable for all key stages. A mixture of pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities, various subjects are differentiated by age and ability, helping make the very most of your visit from a learning perspective.

A total of 84 high quality resources are now available to schools and groups planning a visit to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Each resource is accompanied by detailed teacher notes and parent notes to explain them fully.

  • Key Stage 1 – 4 resources available covering English and History.

    Topics: Comprehension, asking questions, placing events in chronological order and the past in the present.

    Key Stage 2 Lower – 14 resources available covering English, History, Maths and Science.

    Topics: Comprehension, reading for meaning, asking questions, placing events in chronological order, changes over time, applying simple maths, forces and the power of steam and many more.

    Key Stage 2 Upper – 26 resources available covering Art & Design, English, History, Maths, PSHE and Science.

    Topics: Design, asking questions, reading for meaning, writing in the style of the past, changes over time, applying mental maths, interpreting data, railway safety, forces, the power of steam and many more.

    Key Stage 3 – 26 resources available covering Art & Design, English, History and Science.

    Topics: Design, asking questions, reading for meaning, writing in the style of the past, review and comment, interpreting texts, summarising, changes over time, investigation, motion, time and forces, states of matter and many more.

    Opportunities also exist for Key Stage 5 and Post-16 learning in all the above subjects plus Upholstery & Design, Engineering and more.

School and group visits to Isle of Wight Steam Railway can be arranged directly as part of a tour package via Education Destination at no additional charge, or through the Railway’s Commercial Department by contacting our commercial department on 01983 882204 or send us a message HERE quoting ‘Destination Education’.

Teacher pre-visits can be arranged or you can take a virtual tour “Through a Teacher’s Eyes”

Isle of Wight Steam Railway – proud to be part of The Island Classroom

For more information or to book please contact our information team on 01983 882204 or send us a message HERE.

Coronavirus Information

The Railway is closed until further notice. We will reopen as soon as Government advice changes. Thank you for everyone’s ongoing support; we hope to see you all again soon.