Celebrate Isle of Wight Day with family fun at Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle will be at the centre of this year’s Isle of Wight Day celebrations. Isle of Wight Day will host a Family Fun Day at the castle on Saturday, September 21 starting at 10am. For this special day entrance for Island residents will be only £1, with children under five going free!

Islanders can celebrate Isle of Wight Day by immersing themselves in the Castle’s guided tours and living history to learn about its place in the Island’s rich history, whilst enjoying a day of fun filled activities. Try the ‘Human Table Football’ challenge, enjoy some ‘Giant Games’ and Bouncy Castles. Try a Sport with the Island Games team and get creative with the Scouts. There will be face painting for children, as well as food and drink stalls and so much more.

Islanders are also encouraged to ‘nip down to the beach’ and take part in the Big Coastal Clean-Up, aiming to rid all 67 miles of the Island’s beaches of unwanted plastic waste. Sign up to join at www.isleofwightday.com

Nipper, the Day’s 7ft high giant crab mascot, will once again be out and about on the Island’s beaches as well as appearing at Carisbrooke Castle along with some enchanted and historical characters.

Robin Courage, the founder of Isle of Wight Day, said: “Isle of Wight Day was created as a day when the whole Island community should come together to celebrate everything that is great about our beautiful Island.

“We are thrilled with the support offered by English Heritage, in creating this year’s really special day at Carisbrooke Castle. Together with the support we are receiving from Visit IOW, Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel, so hang out your bunting and enjoy this special weekend of festivities”.

The very best of island produce will once again be on show at the Bembridge Harbour Food Festival over the Isle of Wight Day weekend. The Festival opens at noon on Saturday.

Also returning for it’s fourth year will be the sell-out Songs of Praise concert featuring the 70-strong IW Symphony Orchestra and a 125 strong choir featuring The Medina Community Choir, Cantus Vesperi Choir, and a children’s choir from Carisbrooke and Newport Primary schools. This year’s concert will again be at Cowes Enterprise College, starting at 4pm on Sunday, September 22. Tickets are on sale at www.isleofwightday.com.

This year’s Isle of Wight Day promises to be the biggest and best yet!