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There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied this August on the Isle of Wight.

From days on the beach to Magic in the Skies there’s no end of fun to be had this summer.

Grand Medieval Joust, Carisbrooke Castle 12th – 14th & 19th – 21st August

Join highly trained knights and their trusty steeds for a medieval contest like no other at Carisbrooke Castle. Marvel at the falcons in flight and discover medieval life in the living history encampments. Budding knights can test their bravery in the hobby-horse jousting, while the court jester and merry musicians set the scene for a spectacular day.

Sandpooling under Ryde Pier Tuesday 12th August, 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Ever visited a sponge garden or met a star ascidian? Now’s your chance!

Learn about the amazing marine life under iconic Ryde Pier with local natural history experts; you’ll even be able to make beach art and go beach combing.

Meet on the West side of Ryde Pier (left hand side) at the entrance to the beach on the green at the end of Union Street/St Thomas Street, Ryde.

Bring a bucket and make sure to wear wellies or waterproof shoes. Expect to get a bit wet!

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Electric Woods – Robin Hill every night until the end of August

Make the most of your trip to Robin Hill this summer by staying on into the evening and enjoying an ‘Ambient August’. The woods will be lit up with special illuminations and there’s fish and chips and a special BBQ to enjoy in the African Adventure playground.

Carnivals – all over the Island

The spirit of summer is summed up in one of our numerous carnivals – try Ryde Carnival (reputedly the oldest in the country), their illuminated procession is Saturday 30th August or for a village atmosphere hang out on the green in St Helens on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26th). There’s lots more on including Newport (20th August), Yarmouth Carnival Week (9th – 16th August) and Sandown (27th August)

Fossil hunting – Various locations

Join one of our numerous palaeontologists and discover why the Isle of Wight is Dinosaur Capital of the UK. Walks are available from Dinosaur Isle, Island Gems, The Dinosaur Expeditions Centre and Jurassic Jim.

Travel in Time

Pick up a passport when you travel to the Island on the ferry, or from one our network of independent Tourist Information Points, and collect stamps as you travel round the Island – you could be in with a chance to win a holiday on the Isle of Wight and in LA with Paramount Studios and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Creative Café, Quay Arts

Everyday throughout the summer holidays kids can be creative with bunting making, colouring, drawing, reading and dressing up in the Quay Café. There’s a lovely new menu for small people: simple sandwiches, tasty child friendly hot lunches, snacks and sweet treats. And whilst the little ones are busy, the adults can sit back and relax with a lunch and a coffee.

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