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Sandown Carnival, Isle of Wight

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of our first carnival in 1889 - the second-ever in the UK!

The whole of the Isle of Wight is carnival crazy! With well over 20 different public events each summer and several more throughout the year, thousands of locals and groups from further afield gather to entertain tens of thousands of residents and visitors alike.

With 5 significant public events of our own, each year we aim to make our events bigger, brighter and better than those that have gone before!

To this end our main summer carnivals have now developed into "all-day" affairs with pre-carnival entertainments and events taking place around the town well into the evenings when our fantastic processions bring the events to a memorable conclusion.

All Sandown Carnival events are FREE to attend, staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers who endlessly fund raise to ensure that future events can continue to take place.

This Year's Events Are Now Over

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our various events throughout this year. You'll find lots of pictures and video on our Gallery page.

Pop back to the website early in the New Year for news about our 2015 events!

2014 Carnival Programme

The online version of our 2014 programme is available to download by clicking on the picture (left). This is a 6MB PDF file, so may take a little while to download.

Carnival Development Fund 2014

The 2014 Carnival Development Fund has now been allocated and we're delighted to confirm TEN winning groups this year! Well done The Wight Strollers, 5th Sandown Brownies, Sandown Evening Townswomen's Guild, Broadlea Primary School, Alix Parsons' Family, Sandown Juniors, Wight Stars CIC, Sandown Bay Academy, WIR Foundation and Sandown & Shanklin Lions!

Queens of 2014

Thank you to to Sasha, Kimberley, Katie, Sadie and Baylee - we hope you had a great summer!

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