Following a successful trial in 2017, Hullabaloo is back, bigger and better for 2018 from 12-13 May. Covering an area the size of a theme park, Hullabaloo will help friends and families spend time outdoors exploring Sandown Bay which is full of delights and surprises.


Hullabaloo is a FREE Discovery & Exploration event held in Sandown Bay and is an unusual combination of the arts, sciences & heritage together with the madcap antics of carnival & seaside traditions

A vital element of Hullabaloo is its connection to its locality. It is a truly magical event created directly from the cultural, creative and environmental content of The Bay itself.

It aims to bring people together, through play & exploration: building sandcastles together; making new creations; learning about the environment we live in & discovering the fascinating world of natural science; watching weird & wonderful contraptions take over the roadway; planting seeds & sowing new ideas.

By bringing artists, creators, community groups & "ordinary people of all ages", together with scientists, engineers & businesses, this exciting weekend of discovery & celebration will engage thousands of people in a unifying, uplifting & unconventional way, helping to build relationships & find common ground amongst those who perhaps do not ordinarily meet.

cropped-18516589_1616314075048817_1358316201_o1.jpgThe Headlining elements of Hullabaloo 2018 will be:

Soap Box World - Double ramp on the sea front complete with tannoy system and pit stops will be where up to 25 soap box teams will complete for titles; John Cattle's skateboard Club will teach skating; information about IW Hidden Hero John Aykroyd.

Makers' World – Demonstrations and stalls from a range of makers from boat builders and charcoal makers to high-tech makers such as Kitronics.

Science World - contributors to include The Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Biology Big Top, The National Poo Museum, Southampton University Science Buskers & Wonderstruck

Wheely World – contributors to include Cycle Circus, Jason Lane, Benjamin Gates Sound Sculptures, Shift It Wight Cycle Training, Island Bikeworks, Re-cycle IOW

The Support Acts will be:

  • Carnival Parade – Shademakers UK will lead a parade of costumed performers & pimped up wheeled contraptions around the sea front location.
  • Food World – Local food market together with attractive seating area and DJ
  • Community & Craft World - local voluntary organisations together with craft stall will show off what they do on the IOW
  • Play World – Kite making & Flying; Karl Longbottom, professional flyer; Furzehill Nurseries providing play activities for younger children; Lego Club
  • Pirate World – The Shady Lady Ship & stage will be the backdrop for all kinds of weird and wonderful acts and goings on.

Key Artists:

  • Shademakers UK – Carnival Arts
  • Eccleston George - Jason Lane -
  • Kev F Sutherland will be sketching and creating cartoons of the event
  • Katie Paterson's Sand Pail Mountains will built on the beach as part of a national art production
  • Benjamin Gates – Sound Sculpture
  • Liz Cooke - Flags
  • Batala - Samba
  • Cycle Circus
  • Karl Longbottom - Kites

Getting to the Sandown Bay area is easy from Southampton when travelling via East Cowes with a car.

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