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Sandown Bay spectacular Hullabaloo, a grand community celebration of discovery and exploration, fun and wonder, won’t be taking place in the usual fashion this year but instead, Islanders are being encouraged to take part from 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, organisers are encouraging locals to discover the amazing world of natural science in your back garden, bounce off your home-school walls with home-circus skills and join the creative workshops and parades in the comfort of your own corridor.

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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 2 metres of space and it’s all for free!

2020’s theme is extra-special too, as the Island celebrates 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.

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!”

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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 19th June 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.

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

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