HULLABALOO…  Postponed?  Cancelled? NEVER!  The Show’s Going On and On and On…!

Click here for a special Hullabaloo announcement… !

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!

Yes!  Rather than postpone, cancel or just lie down and give up til 2021, the Hullabaloo team hope to show us how to transform our homes with the wonder, colour, creativity and resilience that makes this Biosphere-based celebration a slice of genuine magic!

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 our not-for-profit 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 are in lockdown, we’ll be making that a real doorstep, bringing each and every one of us all the tools we need to create a right proper Hullabaloo… at Home!

Arc, Artecology and The Common Space will all be contributing and co-curating 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… Nature, Wildlife, Science!!!

  • 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 to Dark Skies… Cloud-gazing, Star-gazing and in the middle BackYard Bioblitz, iWatchWildlife and the return of the magical Moon, Music, Moths.

Meanwhile in the Makers Marquee…

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 Hullaba-bloomers… make your own tea tent and the cakes to go with it!  Hullabaloo’ll show you how…

Then there’s….

Cardboard Challenge:

The epic Cardboard Challenge 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…
  • Fly-ing-In especially – the Natural History Museum’s very own Dr Erica McAlister aka Fly-Girl will be revealing the wonders of the things with wings as part of the Hullabaloo talks programme…

And look out for the Upcoming Hullabaloo Specials and Links We Love, featuring our Far-Off Friends…

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’!

Hullabaloo at Home launches on Friday June 19th as the Isle of Wight celebrates its first birthday as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June jam-packed with Hullabaloo things to do. Join in the celebrations from now until then wherever you are! 

Visit, subscribe to the Hullabaloo YouTube Channel and keep an eye on the Hullabaloo Facebook page for details on how to participate. 


For more information, please contact Sharon George and Nicole Hurrell at or call 07739 999848.



Shademakers UK

Shademakers are one of the leading carnival groups in Europe.

The Common Space

The Common Space works to revitalises every day, lost or forgotten public land and buildings, putting them to use in the service of community wellbeing and social enterprise. It is a not-for-profit organisation that works by fundraising for projects, making partnerships with others and supporting local volunteers.
The Common Space is based in The Bay, on the east coast of the Isle of Wight, and has a special focus on its own local area, in particular the work of the Bay Coastal Community Team, Shaping The Bay.  To date, the investment in arts, environment, culture and community brought to Sandown Bay through of the work of Arc, Artecology and The Common Space, and Hullabaloo stands at over half a million pounds.

Please contact us to find out more about current campaigns, ways that you can help and get involved, and links to the great work of other people trying to achieve the same thing – a better public realm for everyone!


The Common Space is home also to Arc and Artecology. All three organisations work to their Shaping Better Places standard.

Thanks to The Common Space, Arc, Arts Council England and Down to the Coast for funding.