The BIG Carnival Parade Saturday 26 May 11.00 – 12.00Promenaders will be gathering outside the Whitley Bay Metro from 10.30am
The Carnival parade will set off at 11.00 through the town via Station Road, Whitley Road, Park View, Marine Drive and onto the Links to the Helipad area ending at the War Memorial for 12.00
Each group will take a bow then Whitley Women will perform ‘In numbers too big to ignore’
Pick your spot and don’t forget the sunscreen


Carnival Kings and Queens
Drumdin led by Nik Alevroyiannis
Rockcliffe Carnival Club school GiAnt queen ant
Rockcliffe First school worker ants and the flowers
Mike Robe and the Pandemics – Bay Brass community band led by Graham Hardy
Langley school little elephants
The Giant Mouse
Southridge school wolves and pigs
The Baghdaddies
The Big Bad Wolf
New Prospects Association BIG BEANSTALK
Big Local Big Heads and Bubble Faeries
Benton Dene vikings
THE Benton Dene Carnival Club Behemoth
The Base Barnardos sea creatures with
THE BIG NET big issue Plastic Pollution
The Brass Hoppers
Marden Bridge BIG HAIR hairdressers
Monkhouse BIG cheeses
Meze Mundo
Marine Park BIG MOUTHS
Kindness Sparks
Whitley Women 'In numbers too Big to Ignore'
BIG and Clever – tall bike with little minders


All day programme of street theatre, circus and live music. Food and drink stalls, arts market, fairground and more.

Let's Circus Outdoor Ring - Spanish City Plaza

11.00 – 12.00 : Alex Alfaro – just beautiful guitar.

12.00 arrival of the promenaders on the Links
12.00 – 12.30 parade sections perform five minutes in front of the memorial
12.30 – 13.00 Whitey Women perform ‘In Numbers Too BIG to ignore’
Carnival regulars Whitley Women are a community choir with no auditions and a wide repertoire.

12.30 – 13.30: Baghdaddies
Exhilarating cocktail of Balkan, punk, ska and latin grooves with a touch of Tijuana, sizzling brass, funky drum and bass and furious Geordie humour.
“…an anarchic fusion where Ivo Papasov meets The Clash Meets The Beat” – Songlines Magazine 2018

13.30 – 14.00: TITAN the robot
Titan the Robot’s wisecracking antics have become the stuff of legends and his show is said to be unrivalled in the world today. With TV appearances on Big Brother and The Gadget Show under his belt and performances along side A-list celebrities Will Smith, Jackie Chan and Rihanna and a Wembley Stadium appearance with he has become a celebrity in his own right.
Titan himself says we should expect the unexpected when he comes to Whitley Bay Carnival

14.00 – 15.00 : Brasshoppers
Brassbound funk, latin and jazz and irreverent sense of humour. ‘Bolder than Captain Kirk, braver than the New World, brassier than Bet Lynch’

15.00- 15.30 TITAN the robot

15.30 – 16.30 Dave Ferra All Stars
Dave Ferra is a 2018 UK Blues Awards nominee has played around the UK and Northern Europe. Blues magazine Netherlands said " a bluesman with a positive flair and grasp of the tradition"

16.30 – 17.00 TITAN the robot

17.00 – 18.00 King Bee
Dirty funk from Newcastle. ‘We aint no function band!’

17.00 – 17.30 Walkabout ‘seagulls’ street act in the area

The Circus Stage
Hosted by Ringmaster Steve Cousins

11.00-12.00 Bay Uke
Bay Uke got together for the very first 21st century Whitleybay carnival and have grown into a force of nature. Be ready to join in.
Midday Carnival Arrives Links area
12.15 The Toni Smith Show - New Zealand
13.00 Workshop 1 - hoop group - hosted by Toni and Freya
13.30 Titan the Robot
14.00 Show - The Brothers Mapacha (UK/Kenya - premiere/work in progress)
14.30 Workshop 2 - Acrobatic families (Wilf and Francis)
15.00 Titan 2
15.30 The Tyneside Youth Circus Showcase ‘The Five Ring Circus’ by Circus Central
16.00 Workshop 3 - Learn to Fly and Circus skills - hosted by Five Ring Circus
16.30 Titan 3
17.00 The Great Big Circus Olympics - hosted by The Remarkable Mr Tiff
18.00 Close

On the streets

Rainbow Corner alongside TJ’s, The Whitley Whaler, the Venetian, Di Meo’s, Pantrinis and Relish

11.30- 12.00 Fairly Famous Family ‘life guards’ welcome the parade
12.30 – 13.00 Meze Mundo street band walkabout - based in Newcastle this colourful lively band play music from all corners of the world
13.30 – 14.00 Seagulls walkabout
14.00 – 14.20 Alex Alfaro solo guitar
14.30 – 15.00 Break Out Brass walkabout – it’s all about the jazz
15.00 – 15.30 Alex Alfaro solo guitar

Links War Memorial area

12.00 – 12.30 parade arrives with little moments of performance
12.30 – 13.00 ‘Whitley Women – in numbers too big to ignore’
13.00 – 13.30 Fairly Famous Family ‘Lifeguards’ at the top of watts slope
13.30 – 14.00 Break out Brass static set war memorial area
14.00 – 14.30 Drumdin static set War memorial area
an open access community ensemble playing music with roots in Brasil and Cuba Drumdin are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018
14.30 – 15.00 Fairly Famous Family ‘Lifeguards’ at the top of watts slope
14.30 – 15.00 Meze Mundo static set War memorial area
15.30 – 16.00 Seagulls walkabout

Central Lower Promenade

Various acoustic choir sets possible in the afternoon 13.00 – 16.00

Food and drink, Arts market and Fairground from 10am – 6pm

Sponsors for 2018

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

Supported by:

Kip McGrath, Ann Barkas Consulting, Bigfellers, Underdog TV, Sea Tern Print , Pure Knead, Escape Boutique, Mitchells, Pulp Fiction, Miss Persnickety, Cafe 19, The Windsor Hotel, Black Dog Design, Robinson Optometrists, Eden's Cafe, Black Storm Brewery , Olives at the Station, Melrose Guest House, Michelle Wood artist, Coastal Lift Supplies, Holly Frames