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 20 minutes film, 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 our Train Story Discovery Centre
Children’s play area, picnic area, activities field and Woodland Walk
The full steam train journey takes around an hour
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:
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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!
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.
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.
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’.