Now in its third year, the Isle of Wight Day is the Island's very own "Red Nose Day", where the entire community is encouraged to cover the Isle of Wight in celebratory bunting and to enjoy the hundreds of events being held all over the Island, in aid of local causes. It's a day of reunions, for family and friends to spend the weekend on the Island and to party with the whole community, like you've never partied before! Come and wave a flag with us all on the weekend of 21-23 September 2018.
Created in 2016, this will be the third year that the Isle of Wight celebrates Isle of Wight Day. Talent shows, markets, fireworks, parades and much more make up a fantastic day that promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
With its golden beaches, beautiful countryside and historical background the Island also has a wonderful community of talented, interesting and diverse people. Isle of Wight day is about bringing them all together and having one big Island-wide party, covering the Island in bunting to show the world what a fabulous place this is.
What to expect from Isle of Wight Day 2018
Isle of Wight Day Coastline Clean-Up
For the first time ever, there will be a coastline beach clean which boasts to be the UK's longest ever beach clean. Volunteers will come together on Saturday 22 September to help remove plastic and litter from the fantastic coastline of the Isle of Wight. If you would like to get some fresh air and help to clean up the Isle of Wight coastline then register your interest here. We will keep you updated on how to get involved as well as provide you with information on specially discounted ferry rates if you're travelling from the mainland.
- Ryde School Farmers Market
Following last year’s success, we celebrate Isle of Wight Day once again at Ryde School by holding a Farmers’ Market highlighting local produce and local suppliers.
- The Esplanade People's Parade
The traditional highlight of isle of Wight Day, the Big Parade, which will be held in Cowes on Saturday, September 22nd
- Isle of Wight Day Finale Fireworks
The grand finale fireworks will take place at Northwood House Gardens this year kicking of at 9pm. Watch stunning fireworks synchronised to music in our spectacular finale to a spectacular day.
- Bembridge Harbour Food Festival
The Food Hub is open Saturday 22 September 10:00 – 17:00 and Sunday 23 September 10:00 – 15:30
- Big Parade After Party
After the big parade join us at Northwood House gardens for the big parade after party. There will be stall, food and drink, games and a party atmosphere. A music stag showcasing some fantastic talent from on and off the Island. There will also be a huge ‘It’s a Knock Out’ game for teams of 10 and individuals to take part in as well as fireworks at the end of the evening at 7.30pm to finish of a fabulous day.
- Oktoberfest at Bembridge Harbour
A charity fundraising event in support of The Sophie Rolf Trust – KissyPuppy, taking inspiration from the tradition of German beer festivals (another tradition is to hold Oktoberfest in September!), but with a distinctly Island flavour and featuring locally produced and sourced food, beers and ales. Live music from 5.30pm.
- Songs of Praise
Introduced by Alan Titchmarsh and accompanied by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. Held at the Cowes Enterprise College at 4pm, Sunday 23rd September 2018.
- Osborne Classic Car Show
Osborne is supporting Isle of Wight Day, for the second year running. We are organising a Classic Car Show – displaying a variety of old classic cars which will be displayed on the Durbar Lawn.
- Island's Got Talent
This year island’s Got talent is being proudly supported by Parkdean Resorts Nodes Point in Ryde on The island. We are planning the 2nd Island’s Got Talent event with celebrity judges and more fantastic Island Talent. See below the audition dates for Island’s Got Talent. Last year’s winner, Ryde Academy’s Elite Dance Group will be opening the Main Stage at Bestival this year on Saturday 4th August, which is an amazing achievement! Audition Dates at Nodes Point Holiday Park, St Helens, on Mon 13th Aug, Mon 20 Aug and Mon 27 Aug.