The Isle of Wight’s New Carnival Company is holding its first ever Big Bug Day today (Saturday).

Funded by Natural Wight, it aims to raise local awareness of many endangered and unusual Island invertebrates whilst going on a one-mile trail around the streets of Oakfield Estate in Ryde.

Community groups have made eight gigantic bugs in preparation for the event.


Frankie Goldspink, Participation and Learning Manager for The NCC explained:

The public is invited to register for Big Bug Day at our marquee in the Arc Playground, Slade Road.

They will be given a map and a series of questions. Individuals and family groups can then find all the bugs, discover some interesting facts about them and answer the questions. Everyone answering all the question correctly will be entered into a free prize draw” she continued “environmental awareness, healthy walking, outdoor arts and lots of fun all rolled into one.

Gina Dyer, Carnival Arts Outreach Worker continued:

The New Carnival Company have been working throughout October in school and community settings creating a range of giant bugs, butterflies and moths – everyone has really enjoyed the creative process. In Oakfield School we created a mammoth Cabbage White Caterpillar in just one school day!

The Big Bug Day runs from 11.00am until 3.00pm and the walk will take approximately one hour to complete. Natural Wight will be offering a range of fun and interactive activities at the Arc Playground to add to the excitement of the day.