SANDOWN Bay will be transformed into an art, science and nature theme park this weekend.

The popular Hullabaloo event returns tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, a two-day celebration of discovery, exploration, fun and wonder.

In addition to science and nature themed events — including a bone day at Dinosaur Isle, wildlife workshops with The Common Space, Arc, Artecology and iWatchWildlife, and a biology big top hosted by the Royal Society of Biology — there will be live music, parades, circus skills workshops, art and carnival entertainment.

Don't miss mad magic from Wonderstruck, Ben Gates' sound sculptures and the Horse Box Theatre Company.

The event takes place along the entire stretch of Culver Parade, from the beach to the Willow Walk, Dinosaur Isle and Browns

New for this year is Cardboard Wars — pick your tribe, fire or ice, transform yourself into a cardboard knight and join the Battle for Sandown Bay at 2pm on the Sunday.

There will be workshops each morning to help you make your own cardboard armour, and there are prizes up for grabs too.

International artist Katie Paterson has chosen Sandown's 'science beach' as the fifth venue for her touring participatory artwork, First There is a Mountain.

Hullabaloo beach-goers will be able to take part by building global mountain ranges — micro-geologies that wash away with the tide, a reminder of coastal climate change.

Hullabaloo organiser, Sharon George, from Shademakers UK, said: "Hullabaloo has become one of the biggest free art, science and nature celebrations by a local community in the country.

"We’re as happy as winkles in a rockpool that First There Is a Mountain will be joining us too. The international spotlight has well and truly turned towards Sandown Bay and it’s fitting that such a prestigious touring art project should want to come and celebrate with us.

"This is third year of Hullabaloo and of course, now it’s all taking place on Britain’s best beach.

"Thanks to everyone who’s helping make it a real Sandown Bay spectacular."

For further details. visit www.hullabalooiw.com

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