The fourth year of Isle of Wight Day is back, this time it’s coming to Carisbrooke Castle.
This year something slightly different is happening, instead of a parade, the organisers have partnered up with English Heritage to put on a family fun day at Carisbrooke Castle, at the heart of the Island.
On Saturday 21 September we are being urged to “hang out our bunting” and come to the castle from 10am-6pm for £1 if you’re an Island resident- you must bring proof of address but children under five go free.
There will be guided tours of the castle by people in costume as Kings and Queens- telling you our Islands history, lots of characters will be there and you could see King Charles and of course Nipper, the Island’s crab mascot.
There will be human table football, bouncy castles, inflatables, and more giant games spread all over the castle.
Members of the Island games team will also on hand to teach anybody who wants to learn a new sport how to play.
The Isle of Wight boy scouts will also be there to build fun structures/assault courses for children and there will be face painting, as well as food and drink stalls and live- music.
All the money raised goes to local Island causes, anyone can apply for funding via the event’s website.
Robin Courage who founded and now organises the event said:
“The hardest part is getting enough volunteers to help organise these huge events, this year we are once again doing our beach clean up, this is something we introduced last year to help with the environment of our beautiful Island, this year we are hoping for even more and the weather forecast is looking good…Get ready to hang-up your bunting.”
On Sunday there is also the Songs of Praise Concert, organised by our Island churches, which is taking place at Cowes Enterprise College at 4pm.
It will feature a 70 piece symphony orchestra and 125 strong choir, made up of the Medina Community Choir, Cantus Vesperi Choir and a children’s choir from Carisbrooke and Newport Primary schools.
Robin Courage also 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 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”.
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 12 on Saturday.