Isle of Wight – a Weekend Guided Tour

A whole weekend spent exploring some of the best of the archaeology that this pretty island has to offer

Date:Fri, 14 September 2018 - Sun, 16 September 2018
Pricing:£100 CBAW members, £120 non-members
Time:7pm Friday 14th Sep 2018 to 4pm Sunday 16th Sep 2018
Contact:General enquiries to Andy Manning -



After recent weekend events in Wiltshire (2015) and Cornwall (2013), this years weekend event is heading back to the Isle of Wight to explore some of the sites we missed out in our overseas tour of 2011.

Our colleagues on the IOW have planned an action packed weekend of visits with a wide range of historical sites, dating from the distant Neolithic past to the recent Cold War years and lots inbetween.  Something for everyone and a warm welcome from local experts, eager to show us the rich history of the Isle of Wight.

The CBA Wessex weekend events have proved very popular and are an excellent chance to socialise and see some amazing sites in good company.


The programme events include:

Friday 14th September : An evening reception, buffet and tour of the Museum of Island History in the 19th century historic Guildhall, Newport

Saturday 15th September: Tours of Quarr Abbey and recent excavations at the Benedictine Monastery, which is still home to a small group of Benedictine monks and the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum, run by the Maritime Archaeological Trust.  In the evening at the George Inn, St James Street, Newport, will be the infamous CBA Wessex quiz with prizes, followed by an evening meal.

Sunday 16th September : a visit to Tennyson Down to investigate a Neolithic Mortuary Enclosure, Bronze Age Barrows, which have recently been excavated by the Citizan project and more recent sites including the Alfred Lord Tennyson monument, and WWI trenches, the late 19th/early 20th century Needles Battery and the 1950s and ’60s testing site of the Black Knight ballistic missile.

Cost: CBA Members £100 and Non-members £120. Costs will include transport during the day, events and entrance fees and Friday and Saturday evening meals, but not accommodation, ferry fees and lunches during the day.

Newport will be the main base and set off point for events and is the best place to book accommodation.

A full programme is available here.


Accommodation Suggestions: 

(Please understand we have no direct experience of these and are therefore unable to rate them).


Travel Lodge: Lugley Street, Newport PO30 5ET

Premier Inn: Seaclose, Fairlee Road, Newport PO302DN

Calverts Hotel, Quay Street, Newport PO30 5BA

One Holyrood B&B, 1-2 Holyrood St Newport PO30 5AU (3 star)

Newport Quay Hotel 41 Quay Street, Newport PO30 5BA (4 star)

The Wheatsheaf Hotel St. Thomas Square, Newport PO30 1SG

The Old Church B&B, 46 Crocker Street, Newport PO30 5DB



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Each event can be booked online. Once we receive your initial booking we will check the available spaces and send you a confirmation email (this may take a day or two). Book online here

If you are unable to book online then you should contact our Events Secretary at , giving your name, contact telephone number and email address together with your choice of events you wish to book. It is important you let us know how many member and/or non-member places you require for each event.


Please do not pay until you have received a confirmation email from our Secretary. If you have access to internet banking then after you have made a booking and received your confirmation it is easiest to pay CBA Wessex by direct payment to Sort code 20-75-01 Account number 43040208. You MUST quote your surname and event date(s) in the payment reference field in order that we can match your payment to your booking(s).

If you are unable to pay through internet banking then you should make a cheque payable to CBA Wessex and send it to our Treasurer at 71 Codicote Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9TY. Please accompany your cheque with a note to let our Treasurer know who you are and the date of the event(s) you are paying for, also whether you booked online or through our Events Secretary.

It is OK to make one payment for multiple bookings. We simply need to know what your payment is for in order that we can match it against your booking(s). Unfortunately your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received by CBA Wessex.