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
Starting with The 'Out of This World' Carnival Ball
18.00 – 22.00 on Friday 24 May
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
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.
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.