Carnival 2022 G1ANT


For the first time the Whitley Bay carnival has a story to tell.

A group of lab rats grown huge in size and intellect have escaped from a scientific research project and taken boats to a seaside town called Whitley Bay. Their task to tell the people the truth, to spread the word that ‘no 1 is an island’ and that the Fat Cats are dangerous, the Fat Cats don’t care about anything but their profits. So together the giant rats and the people hatch a plan to teach them a lesson and help them to change.

Led by the giant rats the fat cats will join the parade believing they are the guests of honour followed by representations of all the positive forces in our lives.

Parade begins 11am Saturday 28th May at Whitley Bay Metro Station. Find out more on the Whitley Bay 2022 Carnival website or the Whitley Bay 2022 Carnival FaceBook page

giant rats

In 2022 we return to our usual date on the last Saturday in May with the colourful costumed walking parade at the heart of a full day of live music, street theatre and celebration from 10am till 8pm on rainbow corner Marine Avenue, The Links and the Spanish City Plaza. There will be award winning eateries supplemented by street food and bars and if you want to bring a picnic that’s fine too.

The parade sets off from Whitley Bay Metro Station at 11am and is due to arrive on The Links at 12 noon via Station Road, Whitley Road, Park View and Marine Avenue.


The Spanish City Plaza Arena

10:00 – 11:00 : Bay Uke
12:00 arrival of the carnival parade to the Links
12:00 – 12:30: Young Violinists from the North Tyneside Music Education Hub perform with Bradley Creswick
12:30 – 13:00 Whitley Women choir
13:00 – 13:45 Northern Monkey brass Band
14:00 – 14:45 The Baghdaddies
15:00 – 15:45 The Ski Band
16:00 – 16:45 Northern Monkey Brass Band
17:00 – 17:45 The Baghdaddies
18:00 – 16:45 The Ski Band
19:00 SPARK! LED drummers finale

South Spanish City Plaza

11:30 – 12:00 Reckless Invention ‘The Pedalo’ goes to meet the parade on rainbow corner as the road closes
12:00 arrival of the carnival parade to the Links
13.00 – 13:30 Drumatic and Drumdin Samba Drummers
13:30 – 14:00 Reckless Invention present ‘The Waiters’
14:30 – 15:00 Thingumajig Theatre ‘Kit & Caboodle’
15:30 – 16:00 Barn dance with the Fairly Famous Family
16:30 – 17:00 Reckless Invention present ‘The Waiters’
17:30 – 18:00 Thingumajig Theatre ‘Kit & Caboodle’
18:30 – 19:00 Barn dance with the Fairly Famous Family

Rainbow Corner on Marine Ave

12:00 welcomes the Carnival parade
12:30 – 13:30 Bay Uke
14:00 – 14:30 Drumatic and Drumdin Samba Drummers tbc
14:30 – 14:45 Northern Monkey Brass Band
15:00 – 15:30 ‘The Mermaid’ with Steve the frogman from The Fairly Famous Family
16:30 – 16:45 The Ski Band

South Plaza and South upper Prom

13:30 – 14:00 ‘The Mermaid’ with Steve the frogman from The Fairly Famous Family
14:30 – 15:00 Reckless Invention ‘The Pedalo’
15:00 – 15:30 Spanish City Rollers
17:00 – 17:30 ‘The Mermaid’ with Steve the frogman from The Fairly Famous Family
17:30 – 18:00 Reckless Invention ‘The Pedalo’

Fairground rides across the site 10:00 – 18:00

all times and locations are approximate may be subject to last minute change

How you can join in.

The carnival is created in community carnival clubs hosted by groups and schools and in schools workshops in the area.  Carnival clubs are the place for you if you want to come along regularly and get involved in big makes as well as costumes. The clubs usually start in January. We will share open Carnival club venues and times soon.

workshops in the garden

If you just want to dip your toe in come along to one of our May Saturday drop in  sessions at Whitley Bay Big Local 158 Whitley Road.

Come along on your own, with a friend, a neighbour or the whole family, make a costume and join the parade. Each Saturday in May from 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00 our carnival artists will be there with materials and tools and lots of help.

Home Bird

Want to join the carnival parade this year but can’t make it to the carnival club ? We could have a flock of home birds in the parade on May 28. Here is how you can make your home bird costume. Watch this space for how to make the headgear or come to Whitley Bay big local 158 Whitley Road on one of the Saturdays in May from 10-12 or 13-15 and our artists will be there to help you create your beautiful bird head

For more information see  and Facebook Whitley Bay Carnival

 Whitley Bay Carnival is produced by  SALTo Arts Productions in partnership with Whitley Bay Big Local Creative Civic Change, North Tyneside Council with support from Arts Council England, Big Lottery and local businesses Pantrinis, Di Meo’s Ices and Fishermans Bay.

Want to join the band?

We have two open access carnival bands who rehearse weekly during term time at Rockcliffe First School.

Open to all ages and abilities.

Spanish City Rollers are a brass and woodwind band – just bring your instrument and come along on Wednesdays 6pm – 7.30pm

Drumatic samba band meet on Thursdays from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, all instruments provided.

Join our sponsors and help us keep carnival on the road.

samba band
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