The Isle of Wight is carnival crazy! With over 20 different public events each summer and several more throughout the year, thousands of locals and occasionally groups from further afield gather to entertain tens of thousands of residents and visitors alike.
Sandown Carnival is one of the oldest Carnivals, with the first recorded activities taking place in 1889. 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.
We are delighted to confirm that our Fireworks Display will now take place on Wednesday 1st January 2014 - to celebrate the start of Sandown Carnival's 125th Anniversary Year.
The fireworks are timed for 6pm and we are currently working on an entertainments programme. There will be no carnival.
Check back here for more details soon!
2014 is Sandown Carnival's 125th Anniversary and we are planning the biggest and best carnival week ever! More news on that later in the year
Lots of folks are asking for the dates for 2014 and these are: Children's Day - Fri 25th July, Main Carnival - Sat 26th July, Illuminated - Wed 27th August. To kick off our anniversary celebrations we're planning a special concert on Friday 11th July - the same date as our very first carnival in 1889! WATCH THIS SPACE!
This year £1,200 worth of grants were awarded to VIVA! Carnival Club, The Wight Strollers, The Wootton Dazzlers, Broadlea Primary School and The Heights Leisure Team. This will help them develop their carnival projects, leading to some fantastic displays and shows this summer!
We are delighted to announce our chosen Carnival Queens for 2013 - left-right - Rebecca O'Regan, Kimberley Garratt, Baylee Haywood, Roxy Green and Maisie Revert.
Well done girls - we hope you have a fantastic season!
For more details about all of Sandown Carnival's events, CLICK HERE