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Isle Of Wight Festival: All You Need To Know About Changes To Council Services

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 6:00am

By Iona Stewart-Richardson @IslandIona

Isle of Wight Festival and organiser John Giddings

As the Isle of Wight Festival gets underway later this week and here is what you need to know about council services that will be affected.

The event gets underway on Friday (17).

Seaclose Park, Newport

Seaclose Park is now closed to the public. A small area is available for locals to exercise their dogs and access to the children’s play area will be available until 12 September. Access to this area is via the footpath next to Fairlee garage.

Seaclose Office, Newport

Anyone attending this office will need to park at the entrance to Seaclose Park on the grassed area.

Register office

The register office marriage room will temporarily move to County Hall in Newport during the festival. From Friday 17 September until close of business on Saturday 18 September, all civil ceremonies will be held at County Hall, Hight Street, Newport. The civil ceremonies will be back at Seaclose Park from Monday 20 September.

All birth, death and marriage notice appointments will remain at Seaclose offices throughout the festival. Seaclose offices will be closed on 17 September from 12 noon and all day on 18 September. Telephone enquiries will continue to be handled via the existing number: (01983) 823233.

For further information, please call the Register Office on (01983) 823233.

Coroner’s office

The coroner’s office will operate from Seaclose offices as usual, although there will be no provision for personal collection of paperwork from Thursday 16 September at 1pm until Monday 20 September. Telephone enquiries will continue to be handled via the existing number: (01983) 823010.


Planning Services office will remain closed to the public prior to the festival and will open for pre-arranged meetings only from Tuesday 21 September.


The crematorium will operate at its usual opening hours over the weekend of Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September, from 10am to 2pm.

1Leisure Medina and Medina Theatre

Customers are advised that 1Leisure Medina will be closed for the duration of the Isle of Wight Festival from 2pm on Thursday 16 September and will re-open at 6am on Monday 20 September.

Westridge at Ryde and The Heights, Sandown, will be open as normal throughout this period.

Swimming lessons at Medina are cancelled from Wednesday 15 September to Saturday 18 September. The lessons will resume on Monday 19 September.

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.

Festival complaints contact

Throughout the event, the council has a complaints line which will be available in order for issues relating to the event to be reported and looked into. The phone line will be available between 8am Thursday 16 September and 8am Monday 20 September. The contact number will be (01983) 823426. This is a 24-hour number.

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