18 June 2020
Claire Hector

HULLABALOO… Postponed? Cancelled? NEVER! The Show’s Going On (line!)…!

Sandown Bay spectacular Hullabaloo, a grand community celebration of discovery and exploration, fun and wonder is back and changing shape bringing the Bay…and the Isle of Wight Biosphere’s first birthday… straight to your home!

Hullabaloo is an outstanding mix of science, nature, art with live music, madcap carnival and seaside tradition. Each year, over 12,000 people join organisers Shademakers and The Common Space by the sea in Sandown to explore all that’s extraordinary on their doorstep. This year, especially for 2020 and mainly as the Bay, the Isle of Wight, UK and most of the planet were on their way into lockdown, we decided we’d make that a real doorstep, and bring each and every one of us all the tools we need to create a right proper Hullabaloo… at Home!

So… discover the amazing world of natural science in your back garden, lounge or bathroom, meet the makers and inventors helping you to get your fence festival-ready, bounce off your home-school walls with our home-circus skills and join the creative workshops and parades in the comfort of your own corridor…

Tune into the Hullabaloo website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel for a whole host of ideas, projects, workshops and tutorials between now and Hullabaloo at Home weekend on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. All this will take place inside your own two metres and it’s all for free! 2020’s theme is extra-special too, as we celebrate all it means to live and work in an UNESCO Biosphere and you can join in the Biosphere birthday celebrations on Friday 19th June too!

Here’s just a taster of what to look out for…

Over in Discovery Bay…

  • How to Train Your Hoverfly, Pond-in-a-Jar, MicroEye the Movie, Windowsill Wildlife… and more Essential Tips on Ecology from the Bay Science Team.
  • Poos Near You or something like it with the potty National Poo Museum.
  • The Amazing All-day Great Garden Wildlife Safari from Dawn Chorus on up!

Meanwhile in the Makers Space…

Amazing Art, Festival Flags, Sound Sculptures and colourful Costumes… everything you need to transform your patch, yourself, your family and your pets, ready to join the virtual carnival.

And over on the Shady Lady Stage…

Expect magic, dance and theatricals coming to a screen near you (laptop, smartphone etc!).

Not forgetting refreshments… Delicious cakes and drinks… make your own tea tent and the cakes to go with it! Hullabaloo’ll show you how…

Then there’s….

Cardboard Quest

The epic Cardboard Quest is back and this year, join us for the Battle of the Bands! Recycling’s never been more the rage and we’ll show you how to turn that empty cereal packet into a guitar and your mum into Freddie Mercury… all ready for the big Sunday play-off.

With Special Guests

  • Virtually a Royal Visit! Expect pop-up experiments from the fantastic team at the Royal Society of Biology, Royal College of Pathologists…
  • Flying-In especially, the amazing Bee animations of the British Ecological Society’s Lauren Cook, Ed Hall’s MacroPro, The Linnean Society, BioChemical Society and many more fantastic contributors.

And look out for the Upcoming Hullabaloo Specials How-To videos now on our Facebook pate and YouTube Channel.

Ian Boyd, The Common Space, said, ‘The team here are absolutely determined to deliver a full dose of the Hullabaloo magic in 2020, despite the huge changes affecting us all and in fact precisely because of the stresses and constraints that have so impacted our daily lives. Hullabaloo at Home will bring everything to you but also give you plenty of opportunity to join in from the moment we go live right up to weekend itself. And don’t forget Biosphere Day on Friday 19th June when we will be celebrating the first anniversary of the award of World Biosphere Reserve status to the isle of Wight. There’s loads to look forward to and we can’t wait to let it loose!’

Artistic Director at Hullabaloo, Sharon George said,

“Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council, Hullabaloo was set to bring international arts team Captain Boomer to the Bay. Despite Coronavirus limiting our collective landscapes, Hullabaloo is all about creating opportunities to discover and explore our local environment and this year is no different. We’ve decided the show will go on… just in new ways! Launched back in 2017, Hullabaloo’s a great showcase of creativity and the human and natural resilience of our coastal town and has now become one of the biggest free art, science and nature celebrations by a local community in the country. We hope that given the extraordinary times, Hullabaloo continues to showcase that creativity and resilience, helping to grow our community country-wide and bringing Sandown Bay spectacular to homes everywhere! So let’s celebrate together and create ‘moments that matter’!