The 5th Whitley Bay Carnival will be BIG - opening the summer seaside season with a full day of live music, street theatre, circus, art markets, street food, stalls & everything good about the big outdoors.

Whitley Bay Carnival


There will be big little things and little big things on the prom as we play with scale and size. Experience the thrill of the big band and big brass alongside some very special solo guitar from Alex Alfaro and a little blues treat from The Dave Ferra All Stars. Help Drumdin celebrate their 25th birthday with a little work in progress and Whitley Women celebrate the 100th anniversary of the vote for women.

Unfortunately we have lost some of the sponsors (adding up to £3,000) that we had last year and need to find new support to fill the gap so we can release our arts council grant - sponsors can have a spot on the poster for a mere £500 and we have lots of other benefits oh offer - please get in touch with your leads and ideas folks (thanks Jo Marr for this lovely picture)
Whitley Bay businesses we need you

Thanks to sponsors and supporters so far Whitleybay Big Local, North Tyneside Council, The Venetian, Di Meo’s, the Whitley Whaler, Big Purple Box, TJ American Pastimes, News Guardian, New Prospects Association, Lighthouse Guest House, Evans Bistro, Rockcliffe First School, Benton Dene Primary School, Holly Frames, Seadrift Design, Walton Bourke Properties Limited, Enterprise car hire. We literally couldn’t do it without you and we now need to evidence your support so please get in touch with an email confirming to

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Good news!
Thrilled to announce that Arts Council England have backed Whitley Bay Carnival this year with a grant to support the programme of events. This represents almost half the cost of producing the carnival - Whitley Bay big local, New Prospects Association, North Tyneside Council and sponsors The Venetian, Di Meo’s Delaval ices, JT American pastimes, the Whitley Whaler, Big Purple Box, The News Guardian, Rockcliffe First School, Benton Dene Primary Longbenton, Seadrift Design, Holly Frames, the Lighthouse Guest House, Enterprise Car Hire and Evans Bistro have all pledged support - we just need to find the rest of the funding match now so if you have a fundraising idea, want to join our sponsors or help by buying the carnival merchandise or booking a trade stall, a table in the arts market or a ticket for the carnival ball just get in touch..... it all helps ... we are almost there
Thank you to Britta Koerber for working on the bid with us and Whitley Bay Big Local and New Prospects Association for their ongoing support ... couldn’t do it without you

Oh ... and other ways to support ... carnival club Monday 6-7.30pm Rockcliffe First School. all welcome to help make the giant parade ant, join the brass & woodwind band or ...come to the big local shop and join in sewing on a Thursday afternoon

Have a good weekend folks

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Evolution & Growth

Whitley Bay Carnival is all about having fun in the great outdoors as we mark the start of the summer season. The annual carnival parade is the centrepiece of a colourful family day out bringing crowds to the Spanish City Plaza and Links to enjoy circus, street arts, live music and more alongside traditional seaside shuggy boats and fairground rides, street food craft ale bars, the arts market and trade stalls.

Since 2014 we have been celebrating all that is best about our seaside town and in that time our visitor numbers have grown from 2000 to over 12000. In 2018 we are growing our market area and offering trade pitches and stalls to individuals, organisations and companies who are either based in the area or who are trading in products or experiences that enhance outdoor living.

You can help make Whitley Bay Carnival happen by supporting us

This year we are hoping to raise £12,000!

This will pay for artworks, costume and dance workshops with local children and the wider community and getting people involved in the procession - Carnival's unique and memorable community celebration. An amazing event for the whole community to be proud of!

Details of how you can donate will be released soon.

Sponsors for 2018

Salto Arts Productions
Robertson Group
Big Purple Box Website design logo
Di Meo's Ices Whitley Bay
TJs American Pastimes Logo
Rockcliffe First School
Sea Drift Design