In 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon making 2019 the 50th anniversary of one small step for Neil Armstrong. This year’s carnival will take the landing as inspiration for interplanetary exploration and a series of "Out of this world" momentsFor the first time since carnival was restarted in 2014 the newly regenerated Spanish City plaza and North Promenade area will form the backdrop for this community celebration.
Whitley Bay Carnival 2019 will run for 3 days
Opening with Bombskare, DJ Sista Soul and our scratch Cantina Band
18.00 – 22.00 on Friday 24 May tickets £10.00
The 'Out of this world' Carnival parade
Saturday 25th May starting at Whitley Bay Metro and processing through the town to the sea front site.
11am – 12 noon
Out of this world Carnival ball
with The Baghdaddies and friends
18.00 - 22.00 Saturday 25th May tickets £10.00
The carnival art market
Saturday 25th 10.00 - 16.00 and Sunday 26th May 10.00 - 17.00
Whitley Bay Carnival
The carnival event on the Spanish City Plaza, Central lower promenade and Links.
Runs from 10.00 – 18.00 on Saturday 25 May
and 10.00 – 17.00 on Sunday 26th May.
Whitley Bay Carnival is striving to be fully accessible to all. Help us get better by telling us what would help. We regularly have significant numbers of wheelchair and mobility scooter users in the parade and in the audience and we have a raised viewing area for the parade suitable for wheelchair and scooter users.
The site is ramped and has accessible toilets situated on Watts slope. A BSL signer will be at the carnival information stand on the Spanish City Plaza where printed programmes can be picked up.
Carnival to open with a little Ska party Star Wars style
18.00 – 22.00 Friday 24th May 2019
Renowned for their infectious ska anthems, skank and 2 Tone Bombskare will open the sixth Whitley Bay Carnival on Friday 24th May with a stage show guaranteed to have the audience dancing from the first note.
This nine piece musical juggernaut have been tearing up stages the length and breadth of the British Isles combining top quality dance-along songs with incredible stage presence.
Winners of BBC TV’s the UK’s Best Part Time Band show Bombskare have been combining lush, three-part harmonies with choppy guitar attacks and an explosive horn section since the last century but their appeal is timeless. Possibly the closest thing you'll see to an actual northern powerhouse.
Joining Bombskare will be Solar Radio DJ Sista Soul and the carnival’s own scratch Carnival Cantina Band Bay Brass. The carnival event marquee will be dressed star wars style in a nod to the carnival space ‘out of this world’ theme and party goers are reminded that Carnival gives us permission to suspend our everyday reality and play. Dress up and dance!
Craft ales, gin cocktails and pop, coffee’s and iced teas will be on sale alongside delicious street food from meze and crepe to gourmet burgers and more
Tickets on sale at local venues Di Meo’s Ices and The Crab and Waltzer next week and online now via eventbrite
Evolution & Growth
Whitley Bay Carnival is all about joining in and having fun 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 fairground rides, street food, craft ale bars, the arts market and trade stalls.
Top of the wish list of locals in a 2013 Big Local survey Whitley Bay Carnival was brought back to the town after a 30 year gap in 2014. Since 2014 visitor numbers have grown from an estimated 2,000 to over 17,000. The local community from octogenarian knit and natter groups and New Prospects learning disabled adults to Barnardos Youth groups are heavily invested in carnival and feel a real sense of ownership. Many of the audience number are also participants with almost 2,000 locals helping to make carnival happen in 2018.