Whitley Bay Carnival History

​Whitley Bay Carnival is all about joining in and having fun as we mark the start of the summer season.

Top of the wish list of Whitley Bay locals in a 2013 Big Local survey was to bring the town’s Carnival back after a 30 year gap.

Since 2014 visitor numbers have grown from an estimated 2,000 to around 20,000 in 2019 with over 10,000 people lining the streets to see the Saturday morning parade.

The thousand strong costumed parade with it’s live music and giant parade pieces now involves rehearsals and work in carnival clubs throughout the year. It is the centrepiece of a colourful family celebration 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.

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 2019.

Would just like to say that SALTo Arts have no connection to any current street arts activity planned for Park View - if we do produce anything we will be doing it in consultation with the council and announcing it here and on our page ...

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As you know our SALTo Arts team are working with Whitley Bay Big Local on the Creative Civic Change programme ... so in the light of the current pedestrianisation plans for Whitley Bay we thought we should explore some people powered Wheeley ideas....

So..Leave the car at home, Feel mighty wheel. Be the high rollers at the Bay.
Come on skates, on skateboards, with shopping trolleys, on mobility scooters, pushing bogies, on bikes, trikes or heelys. We want to build for the future. Push it, pull it or ride it.

By the end of the summer we want to hold a parade of wheels along the seafront. There will be races and fancy dress. Work with your mates, with your families, with your dog.

We’re going to post some idea videos to get you thinking but as long as it runs on wheels (and isn’t a car) you’re in.

What do you think?
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