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Changes To Council Services During Isle Of Wight Festival

While the Isle of Wight Festival is taking place from Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June 2024, some council services are affected.

Seaclose Office, Newport

Seaclose Office, Newport will be closed from 12 midday on Thursday 20 June – partially reopening to the public from 8.30am on Monday 24 June (depending on the service required) and fully open to the public from 8.30am on Tuesday 25 June.

Anyone attending this office between Monday 17 June and Thursday 20 June is only advised to do if strictly necessary. Parking during this period only will be at the entrance to Seaclose Park on the grassed area.

Register Office

The Isle of Wight Council's Register Office Marriage Room will temporarily move to County Hall in Newport during the festival. From Friday 21 June until close of business on Saturday 22 June, all civil ceremonies will be held at County Hall, High Street, Newport. The civil ceremonies will be back at Seaclose Park from Monday 24 June.

The Registers Seaclose offices will be closed for face to face appointments from 12 midday on Thursday 20 June, and all day Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June.

All birth, death, marriage notices and further information telephone enquiries will continue to be handled via the existing number, (01983) 823233.

Coroner’s Office

The Coroner’s Office will be closed to face to face appointments, from Thursday 20th June 2024 and will reopen on Tuesday 25th June  2024, due to the Isle of Wight Festival. There will be no site access to the office during this period. Telephone enquiries will continue to be handled via the existing number (01983) 823010 during this period.


The crematorium will be operating its usual opening hours over the weekend of Saturday 22 June – 10am to 12 noon.


The council’s Planning Services (including Building Control) office will be closed to the public from 12 midday Thursday 20 June, Friday 21 June, and Monday 24 June. In the days leading up to and after the festival there will be public access, but parking will be extremely limited so customers are advised it may be better to avoid the Seaclose office, unless it is to attend a pre-arranged meeting. The office will be open as normal to the public from 8.30am on Tuesday 25 June. The Wednesday walk-in session, to see the duty Planning Officer, will not be held on Wednesday 19 June but will be available again between 2 to 5pm from Wednesday 26 June.

Customers can check information and use the online services available on the council website at: Environment and planning (iow.gov.uk)

Leisure centre/theatre

Customers are advised that 1Leisure Medina will be closed for the duration of the Isle of Wight Festival from 2pm Thursday 20 June and will re-open at 6am on Monday 24 June.

Westridge at Ryde and The Heights, Sandown will be open as normal throughout this period. Swimming lessons at Medina are cancelled from Wednesday 19 June to Saturday 22 June. The lessons will resume on Monday 24 June.

For further information, please email [email protected] or telephone (01983) 823880.

Waste services

No changes will be made to the collection day of your waste or recycling. Please ensure all waste is out by 7am (6.30am for Fairlee Road residents) on the day of collection, as routes maybe changed due to roads being affected by traffic diversions.

Newport Cemetery

There will be no public access to Newport Cemetery via the Fairlee Road gates. All public access to the cemetery is via the steps on The Quay and this will continue during the festival period.

There will be limited parking for blue badge holders only.

The cemetery will be fenced off, and visitors are asked to please listen and cooperate with security, ensuring the area is kept safe and restrict access to genuine visitors only.

Festival Complaints Contact

If you have any concerns relating to noise or licensing issues during the Isle of Wight Festival, you can contact the Isle of Wight Council on (01983) 823426. This is a 24-hour number.

To go to the official Isle of Wight Festival website.

Further council related information, including travel regarding the festival is also available online

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