Isle of Wight Activity Centre
100 Acres of Fields & Woodlands
From the minute we disembarked the ferry onto this enchanting humpback island in the English Channel, we realised it offered the potential for one of our finest centres. And in 2010, we are delighted to complete a £1 million investment and refurbishment programme. This will ensure the Isle of Wight continues to be one of the south coast’s premier outdoor education centres for many more years to come. Popular with teachers and students alike, our centre covers 100 acres of beautiful fields and woodlands in a superb clifftop location, overlooking Whitecliff Bay, with direct beach access.
Refurbishment & Upgrade Programme
This investment programme is the largest the centre has ever seen in its long Kingswood history. This will make a real difference to our guests’ stay and included upgrades to existing accommodation blocks for both students and teachers. A number of teacher rooms have become ensuite singles or twins, with dedicated teacher and student common rooms. We have created new dormitory blocks, The Island Village and Culver View, including new comfortable 6-bedded pupil rooms and single ensuite teacher rooms, with chill out and outdoor recreation areas. Upgrades to the diner and external landscaping have improved the guest experience at our wonderful centre.
At its heart, the Isle of Wight centre’s five residential buildings – including an all-weather activity zone – border a tree-lined lane, creating the feel of a college campus – large enough to not feel crowded but small enough to not get lost! Other facilities include state-of-the-art ICT labs, a cinema complex, environmental classrooms and student recreational areas. The centre is safe and secure for pupils’ and teachers’ stay with boundary fencing, CCTV and coded security gates.
Thrilling Adventure Activity Programme
The Isle of Wight centre has a thrilling adventure activity programme and facilities include an exhilarating 3G Swing, quad and kart tracks, a high ropes course, indoor and outdoor climbing facilities, archery ranges, swimming pool, fencing studio, underground caving complex, abseiling towers and zipwire.
Sites of Special Scientific Interest
Surrounded by “Jurassic” coastline designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, this is the most important area of Europe for dinosaur fossils. As well as our other Kingswood programmes, the Isle of Wight centre is perfect for Environmental Field Studies. An abundance of estuaries and scattered sand dunes create ideal features for study, as do inland rivers crossing chalk downs. Just over the ridge is Sandown, a Victorian seaside resort where current trends in tourism dictate local economic prosperity.