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Preparations are well underway for the 2012 Sandown Carnival. A packed programme of mainly free events is set to entertain both residents and visitors alike.

Thursday 26 July at 6:30pm from the Isle of Wight Zoo

Annual car treasure hunt, fun for all the family. £2 per car entry, prizes and trophies awarded at Caulkheads following the event.

Friday 27 July from 10:30am at Eastern Gardens.

Children’s Fun Day and carnival procession. Kicking off with entertainments for all ages and our annual sandcastle contest. Judging is at 2pm at Sandham Grounds and the parade leaves at 2:45pm to set off around the town. Prizegiving at Eastern Gardens following the parade.

Saturday 28 July from 10am at Eastern Gardens.

A whole day of fun activities and entertainment for all the family followed by one of the Island’s largest and friendliest carnival parades. Parade assembles from 5pm, with judging at 6pm. Leads off at 7pm.

Sunday 29 July at 8pm is the annual Quiz Night held at The Castle Inn. Cash prizes to be won. £2 per person entry.

Wednesday 29 August from 4pm at Eastern Gardens – night-time Illuminated Carnival parade. Live entertainment leading to parade assembly from 7pm, with judging at 8pm. Parade leads off at 9pm.

More information at, Facebook (Sandown Carnival IOW) or Twitter @sandowncarnival



Chale village summer fete takes place on Sunday 8 July on Chale Green, from noon until 4 pm.

Many attractions and activities are being organised, to make this a really fun event for all the family. There will be live music, sideshows and stalls, displays of vintage motorcycles and classic cars, children’s games and activities, tombola, a raffle and refreshments. Vectis Searchers Metal Detecting Club will have a display, and “Fossil Man” Martin Simpson will be showing some of his collection of locally discovered fossils.

In recognition of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the competition this year is a Kings and Queens fancy-dress competition, open to children under 12 years of age. Entries will be judged on their originality and how striking they are. To enter, you must contact Emma Young (telephone 551706). All entrants will receive a small prize, and two winners will receive something extra!

Entry to the fete will be free, but there will be a small charge for some of the attractions. Any surplus from Chale Day will be passed to Chale Village Partnership for village projects.


Residents are being encouraged to buy local on July 4, which has been designated the inaugural Sandown Independents’ Day. 50 businesses in the town have signed up to offer discounts, freebies and special offers to all customers on the day. The event aims to celebrate independent shops and retailers in Sandown.

Author: Isle of Wight Beacon

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