ENJOY a family fun day at Carisbrooke Castle for just £1 per person — to celebrate Isle of Wight Day.

Carisbrooke Castle will be at the centre of this year’s celebrations on Saturday, September 21.

From 10am, entrance for Island residents will be £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.

There will be the chance to try a 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, food and drink stalls, and more.

While this year’s Isle of Wight Day will centre around Carisbrooke Castle, once again Islanders are encouraged to 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 at isleofwightday.com

Nipper, the day’s 7ft high giant crab mascot, will be out and about on the beaches and at Carisbrooke Castle, along with some enchanted and historical characters.

Robin Courage, Isle of Wight Day founder, 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 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 year's really special day at Carisbrooke Castle, together with the support we are receiving from Visit IW, Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel.

"So hang out your bunting and enjoy this special weekend of festivities."

Among the other activities taking place is Bembridge Harbour Food Festival, from noon.

Returning for its fourth year is the 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.

The concert will be hosted by Radio Solent’s Tim Dakin at Cowes Enterprise College, starting at 4pm on Sunday, September 22.

Tickets are on sale at isleofwightday.com or at the County Press office in Newport.

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