Hullabaloo is a free, arts based event in Sandown Bay, featuring a carnival parade, soap box challenge, dance and much more.

This event happened for the first time in May 2017.
ShademakersUK Carnival Club organised an annual one day community event called Hullabaloo at the Yaverland end of Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight, working in collaboration with a host of other local businesses and groups including the Dinosaur Museum, Brown’s Family Golf & Café, Arc, Quay Arts, Eccleston George, IW Zoo and Sandown Town Council.
This innovative pilot event will combine the arts, community, health & wellbeing, heritage, environmental issues and much more.
Hullabaloo recognises the Bay as an amazing place, packed with things to explore and discover, stories to tell and a wealth of history, wildlife and adventure. This annual event will be a way to encourage locals and tourists alike to see the Bay for the amazing place it is.
The Flying Lunch Kite Festival, which received funding from the Big Lottery Celebrate Fund, will take place on Yaverland Meadow. Professional kite flyers to complete beginners will be welcome.
Shademakers’ carnival ship stage, which, featured at The Bestival and Camp Bestival last year, will host a range of dance and music acts. Costumed performers, including articulated tigers and dinosaurs will also form a small parade and pop up around the site throughout the day.
The Soap Box Challenge is a competition for teams to build and race 4-wheeled, non-motorised go carts, with prizes for the fastest and most creative entries. Teams will be invited to sign up and build their soap box to set specifications which will be available online soon.
“We are getting ready to celebrate. We are steadily gathering friends, supporters, performer, racers, musicians and festival goers. We are going to bring Hullabaloo to Sandown for the first time and who knows where it will lead.” Paul McLaren, Shademakers.
“We want to invite people to take an active part in this event and generate a sense of wellbeing and joy in those who attend. We plan to do this by creating a stimulating environment, full of interactions and activities, inspiring sights and sounds, and elements of the unexpected, for people of all ages. As an arts organisation, we are keen to promote the arts and bring the arts to new audiences. As a community interest company, we are passionate about our community and want to promote healthy living, strong neighbourhood ties and an appreciation of our environment. This event will tie in all these elements and give others a platform for promoting their work and engaging with the public” says Sandy Ciccognani of Shademakers.
The event will be run predominantly by volunteers and support is being sought from local businesses to help pay for the many infrastructure costs involved eg Marshalls, insurance, first aid cover, marquees etc.

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