Isle of Wight School Residentials

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Winchester House view

Island attractions

YMCA Winchester House, in Shanklin, is a great base from which to explore the Isle of Wight. With sweeping cliff top views across Hope Bay, open all year with easy access to many island attractions and great transport links, it’s the ideal setting for your group.


Three wings in Winchester House can accommodate groups of 6 guests in comfortable single, twin and bunk-bedded rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

Separate leaders’ rooms provide privacy, some of which are en-suite. Our two larger wings have comfortable private lounges with other meeting rooms, and a large chapel ideal for performance space, available for hire.

The secure accommodation is located on the first floor of the House, with the ground floor containing function rooms and YMCA offices.


Winchester house dining hall

All food is freshly prepared on site by our dedicated catering team, with the ability to cater for all dietary requirements.  We offer tasty, nutritious meals which are served in our large dining hall.

Full board rates include dinner on your arrival day, through to breakfast on your departure day. Further meals, such as lunch on departure day, can be provided at an additional cost.

Half board rates are also available, contact us for details.

The children had a wonderful time; they loved sharing rooms at Winchester House and my class were very keen

to mention breakfast, lunch and dinner in their diary write ups! Please pass on my thanks to your brilliant team.

St John’s CE Primary School

Thank you for being such an amazing venue for our tour. Everyone had a brilliant time and the location was perfect for our games and our activities away from Winchester House.

Longlevens Tigers Under 13's

Three of our members stayed with you at Winchester House over the August Bank Holiday weekend. They were

there for the scooter rally,  a major international event. Our friends were so impressed with your venue and the

genuine warmth and hospitality of your staff, that they decided to stay an extra night.

Liverpool Scooter Club
Bucket and spade on a sandy beach

On-site activities

Groups can take part in our self-led, on-site activities to supplement their trip, making the most of our grounds and clifftop location. Grab our buckets and spades and head down to the beach below, challenge your friends to a game of Connect 4 or enjoy a game from our board game stock.

Alternatively, residential groups are can enjoy our free evening activities – show your moves at the disco or grab a bag of popcorn and settle in for movie night. Contact our house team directly on 01983 862441 to discuss your requirements and for information on what’s available.

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01983 862441

Perfect Location

Winchester House is located on the clifftop between the seaside towns of Shanklin and Sandown, a short 30 minute drive from the ferry ports of Ryde and Cowes and 40 minutes from Yarmouth.

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