Isle of Wight

YMCA Isle of Wight has been providing school and group trips in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment at Winchester House in Shanklin since 2004.  Each year, over 3,000 children, young people and adults stay in the spacious accommodation with sweeping views from some wings of the main house across Hope Bay on the south east coast of the island.

Winchester House sits firmly as a hub for children and young people on the Isle of Wight, providing a range of services including:

In addition, we also provide services for the wider Isle of Wight community including:

For further information on each service, please visit the relevant linked page above.

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Reduced ferry travel – we offer discounted car and coach ferry travel with Wightlink and Red Funnel.  Call us on 01489 785228 for more details.

Winchester House is located on the south east coast of the Isle of Wight between the popular holiday destinations of Sandown and Shanklin and within easy reach of all the island’s attractions.  The House is accessible by train, bus and road.

The nearest train station is Lake, a 10 minute walk away along the cliff top path.

To contact the House, call 01983 862441; for sales enquiries, call us on 01489 785228 or info@ymca-fg.org.

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Our team of dedicated staff are our greatest resource for our school and group trips:

  • friendly, flexible and approachable
  • CRB checked to the enhanced level
  • trained in child protection
  • activity staff trained in child and youth engagement skills
  • activity staff trained in child behaviour management

The school and group trip accommodation at Winchester House is graded by Enjoy England:.

Feedback from our customers is very important to us as we seek to improve the service we offer.  Here are comments from some of our Isle of Wight guests:

“They get it” ! We felt so at home there and so well catered for. They understood our ever-changing needs and were so patient with things like wet beds and changed sleeping arrangements and weird and wonderful diets and we didn’t feel a nuisance at all. The food was good and well tailored to the children’s needs. When we got stuck indoors due to the weather for a couple of hours, they came and suggested we use some of the day camp play equipment. We awarded them our “Certificate of Awesomeness”.  Education Destination

As always, the house was clean and inviting throughout, the children often referred to the house as ‘home’ during conversations, which speaks volumes for how they regarded their visit St Mary’s Catholic Primary

All of your staff were excellent and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves St Francis School 

First rate food and excellent, friendly staff. The best hostel we’ve stayed in! Brighton & Hove Youth Philharmonia

You have all been so helpful all the way through and we cannot thank you enough for your help in making things run so smoothly.  Anne & David Webster