Fun-filled ball is planned at Whitley Bay Carnival

Tickets for a showcase ball have gone on sale.

Friday, 27th April 2018, 4:08 pm
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 4:11 pm
The Baghdaddies who will be bringing the Baghdaddies Big Band to this year's Whitley Bay Carnival Ball. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Whitley Bay Carnival will once again open with the family friendly annual carnival ball – The Big Beach Ball.

It will take place on the Spanish City Plaza on Friday, May 25 – the day before the carnival hits Whitley Bay.

The marquee will feature a newly commissioned art installation by Souler Radio’s Sista Soul will be spinning the biggest dance tracks since the days of his masters voice. Also making a return are festival favourites The Baghdaddies, who will debut their Baghdaddies Big Band.

The Cumberland Arms will be opening the bar for craft ales and pop, Coffee Supreme will be serving up hot drinks and seaside street food will be on offer from pop up traders.

Organisers say the ball will be family friendly, comparing it to a fun family wedding reception. Doors will open at 6pm and close at 10pm.

A total of 300 tickets are available at Di Meos Delaval Ices and at The Crab and Waltzer on Marine Drive or online at

Carnival organiser Carol Alevroyianni said: “As well as ticket information people are asking about this year’s dress code and of course you don’t have to dress up but it does add to the fun.

“We are hoping to see some big hair, big shoes, big flares or big shoulders to fit with the 2018 Carnival ‘big’ theme.

“It’s 100 years since the end of World War One, 50 years since the Broadway debut of the musical HAIR so it feels like it’s a year to think big.”

“This is an invitation to reinvent the big night out so do bring your gran, keep the kids up and put them on your shoulders, dress to impress, we want to see your moves so catch them and share them with us @saltoarts on Instagram or post on the Whitley Bay Community Carnival Facebook group.”