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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 21st September starting at 10:00. For this one special day only entrance for Island residents will be only £1, with children under 5 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. There will also be the opportunity to try a sport with the Island Games team and get creative with the Scouts. There will also be face painting for children, as well as food and drink stalls and so much more.

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Whilst this year’s Isle of Wight Day will be centered around Carisbrooke Castle, once again Islanders are 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

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

However, for 2019 there will be no Isle of Wight Day parade and no new bunting is being supplied.

Robin Courage, the founder of Isle of Wight Day, said:

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“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 and what better way to tell the world about this very special place than for all Islanders and visitors to come together to clean up our beaches and gather for some festivities.

“We are thrilled with the support offered by English Heritage, in creating this years’ 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 wonderful 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 style concert featuring the 70-strong IOW Symphony Orchestra and a 125-strong choir featuring The Medina Community Choir, Cantus Vesperi Choir and a childrens choir from Carisbrooke and Newport Primary schools. This year’s concert will be hosted by Radio Solent’s Tim Dakin and will once again be at Cowes Enterprise College, starting at 16:00 on Sunday 22nd September. Tickets are on sale at

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