English Language Holidays
We would like to invite you to experience an unforgettable English Language Holiday on 'our' Isle of Wight! Enjoy your very special holiday and get to know and love our wonderful Island with its wealth of culture and many attractions, whilst improving your English conversation skills almost by osmosis - simply 'learning by doing' and having fun!
As our guests, you can benefit from our many years of experience in an atmosphere which couldn’t be more relaxed and personal! Our courses are designed for adults (minimum group size: 4 people).
We offer you so much more than just a language holiday. Firstly, we are able to acquaint you with our wonderful little hidden gem of an island, nestled just off the centre of the southern English coastline. Secondly, we give you a choice: either of coming as part of your own 'closed' group at a time to suit yourself (meaning that no additional people will join your group), or you become part of an 'open' group – joining in with other people you don’t yet know, at times proposed by us.
Whichever option you choose, come and practise and learn English on the sunny Isle of Wight with us, your new-found friends!
What Makes Us Special
- We speak both English and German. We realise you won’t all be German speakers. But the course leader's personal and working background centres around working with German people, both in England and Germany (Teaching English as a Foreign Language and translating.) But obviously, our English language holidays are open to people of all nationalities.
- We consider you to be guests and not customers, and as such, can be there for you 24 hours a day if required.
We follow a totally different route to that of a conventional language school. Instead of boring you with a traditional classroom/textbook scenario, we 'live' with you.
We show you our wonderful Island, both visiting attractions and confronting everyday situations together, thereby facilitating a completely natural, unforced consolidation of the English language. Our philosophy? Learning is allowed to be fun!
Sample Programme (One Week)
Saturday – Stay Local
- Arrival – we will collect you from your point of arrival on the Island
- Orientation around Freshwater
- Guided fossil and dinosaur footprint hunt on Compton Beach (tides and your arrival time permitting)
- Evening meal at The Piano Cafe, possibly with live music.
Sunday – Freshwater, and The Needles. Evening: Newtown
- Visit Dimbola – former home of Victorian pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
- St Agnes Church – one of only 7 thatched churches in the UK
- Farringford – former home of England’s most renowned Victorian poet-laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Audio-guided tour of house
- Refreshment stop at Warren Farm
- The Needles – iconic landmark. Weather permitting, take the chairlift over the stunning coloured cliffs down to the beach. Short boat trip (with commentary) out to The Needles rocks
- Evening meal at The New Inn and stroll through Newtown, stunning national nature reserve.
Monday – Bonchurch & Ventnor. Evening: Shanklin
Bonchurch – Quaint artistic village and temporary home to Charles Dickens
- visit the 11th century church dedicated to St. Boniface, followed by bracing walk along the sea wall into Ventnor.
- Maybe some crab or lobster and chips (local dish) at Ventnor Haven Fishery and explore town and esplanade
- Afternoon tea at The Royal, one of the Island’s oldest and most prestigious hotels
- Discover the story of Ventnor as a Victorian health resort and visit its magnificent Botanic Garden
- Not to be missed - Steephill Cove, a hidden treasure, and home of the legendary crab pasties! (only to be found here)
- Evening visit to Shanklin Chine (illuminated after dusk). A final refreshment stop at The Fisherman’s Cottage (where Charles Darwin wrote the prelude to his "The Origin of Species").
Tuesday – Newport, Carisbrooke and Godshill. Evening: Yarmouth
- Visit Newport Minster – Island’s main church, housing a surprising royal tomb. Short guided walk around the Island’s county town
- On to Carisbrooke Castle – a Norman motte and bailey castle with a varied history spanning 1,000 years
- Drive to Godshill, pretty village with thatched cottages and unusual 14th century church with breathtaking, far-reaching country views. Lunch stop
- Pay a quick visit to the rescue donkeys at the nearby Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and look in on the nearby ruin of Appuldurcombe House, with its tragic and scandalous past.
- Evening meal at The George in Yarmouth, preceded by a short history walk.
Wednesday – Havenstreet, Adgestone, Newchurch & Brading. Evening: Local
- Enjoy a ride on our magnificent Steam Railway – on a circular tour from and back to Havenstreet Station
- On to Adgestone Vineyard for an audio-guided tour through the Roman vineyard – and learn what makes English wine different
- Conclude our visit with a wine tasting
- Onto our much-loved Garlic Farm. Let delightful Colin Boswell, the 'Garlic Farmer', be your guide, and take a tractor ride (with seats!) around the fields. Live commentary. Product-sampling, followed by lunch
- Brading Roman Villa - one of Europe’s most influential Roman Villas – find out what the Romans did here for around 400 years
- Evening meal at The Highdown Inn (old smuggling haunt) and a fun story-telling walk up on the Downs.
Thursday – Whippingham & Cowes. Evening: Cowes
- St. Mildred’s – The Royal Church – burial place of 4 royals
- Osborne – former beloved home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
- Try a Pimm’s (or similar) at The Lifeboat, before crossing The River Medina on the chain ferry to Cowes (West)
- 'Royalty, Racing & Rigging' history walking tour around Cowes
- Evening sailing lesson at the Island Sailing Club (suitable for beginners) followed by food and a chat with members of the local sailing community.
Friday – Mottistone & Niton. Evening: Local
- Visit the beautiful Mottistone Manor Gardens, The Longstone (megalithic) and the quaint and historic Mottistone Church. Learn about the Island’s most famous horse
- Lunch at The Buddle Inn, an ancient smuggling haunt located right in the centre of The Island’s south coast
- Visit the magnificent St. Catherine’s Lighthouse and take a guided tour inside, right up to the top
- Drive back along The Military Road – the Island’s most stunning route – stopping to view the sweep of the entire west coast. Also St. Catherine’s Oratory, medieval lighthouse, the Island’s oldest monument, known locally as 'The Pepper Pot'
- Meal at The Waterfront, possibly with live music.
Saturday - Departure
- No organised activity. Check out of your accommodation, then free time until you need to leave the Island
- We will transfer you back to your ferry terminal when required. Maybe you want extra shopping time in either Ryde or Cowes.
Approx. £400 per head (depending on the size of the group).
Price excludes accommodation and transport costs to and from your home to the Island, however, includes transportation costs on the Island. Food and drink are also excluded from the price.
Lunches will often be locally-sourced picnics. Tasty, fun and much cheaper than eating out. Evening meals will be of your choosing – there will be plenty of variety in the pubs/restaurants we have selected.
- We are a tour guiding service and not a tour operator. As such, we can’t make hotel bookings for you – this must be done by you direct.
- However, we are very happy to make some suggestions and give advice – just get in touch with us personally. But we have made a few suggestions below of excellent local accommodation in varying categories.
- All of these providers know us personally and are very happy to work with our guests. Furthermore, nearly all of them offer Isle of Wight Guided Tours visitors a 10% discount! Each one has its own particular charm and each a different, but distinct and beautiful location.
- B & B = Bed & Breakfast.
Ruskin Lodge, Freshwater (cosy Victorian-style B & B)
Rockstone Cottage, Colwell Bay (friendly and tasteful family-run B & B)
Weston Manor, Totland (stylish B & B in stunning historic manor house)
East Afton Farmhouse (self-catering luxurious farmhouse)
Sentry Mead, Totland (family-run stylish small hotel)
The George Hotel, Yarmouth (elegant hotel – historic property)
Extra Information for Open Groups - proposed Dates for 2020:
Saturday May 23 – Saturday May 30
Saturday June 13 – Saturday June 20
Saturday July 25 – Saturday August 1
Saturday August 15– Saturday August 22
Saturday September 5 – Saturday 12
Extra Information for Closed Groups:
Please tell us the dates that work for you.
If you want to know what is happening on the Island at any particular time – please see the link http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on
You can opt for the whole programme or change or reduce the activities. If you would like any English tuition as part of your programme, this can also be arranged. Your wish is our command! You decide how much free time you want - we then step into the background, but are still there for you as and when you need us.