School Visits

Quarr Abbey actively welcomes visits from schools from across the Island and the mainland. There are many topics that teachers are able to cover whilst on the Quarr site. From religion and spirituality to local history, ecology and the natural world, the options are wide.

The Community of Monks recognise the importance of giving children the opportunity to engage with the natural world around them.

In addition, we have a Woodland Walk which is open to the public that is accompanied by an Explorers Kit. The carry bag contains everything a budding explorer needs. A bug pot, a pair of binoculars and a wildlife booklet are all included, and each kit is available to borrow for free.

If schools wish to use the explorer kits you will need to book these in advance as numbers are limited

We also have a number of animals on the Quarr Abbey site who are tended to by our tenant farmers. Notably the pigs and piglets are always popular with the children.

Quarr Abbey requests that schools should notify the Abbey via the Contacts Page on the website regarding planned school visits and that any risk assessments are provided for our records. We have one parking bay for a 54 seater coach and this would need to be booked in advance.

The Abbey also engages with schools that are interested in volunteering and helping out with various projects. We have worked with a number of island schools who have helped pick apples, collect vegetables, and help re-lay wood chips on the Woodland Walk. Please contact the Abbey on the Contacts Page for more information.

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Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.

Quarr Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors are welcome to attend worship in the Abbey Church. You can visit our gardens, take refreshment in our Tea Shop and find out about the monastery in our Visitor Centre. The Farm Shop offers home grown produce and the Monastery Shop religious articles, books and souvenirs. There is a new exhibition of the work of local artists every week in the gallery.

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