It may be months away, but organising a huge local event is a marathon, not a sprint…

Not long after the inaugural Crazy Jean’s Soapbox event began on June 16, 2018, it was evident that it was going to be a roaring success and a welcome addition to the Tunbridge Wells, and Kent, annual calendar. With over 40 businesses involved, 5,000 attendees and £21,000 raised for local charities, organising a race for 2019 seemed like a no-brainer. Chatty Hatters’ Queen Bee Nicole Piesse Turner hit the ground running straight away by establishing Crazy Jeans Events Ltd alongside Garry Jefferies with the aim of bringing more family-friendly, out-of-the-box happenings to the town.

Months of hard work down the line, here’s some top titbits about next year’s extravaganza while we continue to make it bigger and better for you all…

Crazy Jean’s returns home to Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells

Many can go through life without finding a perfect match, but for us it was love at first race. Dunorlan Park welcomes back Crazy Jeans on Saturday June 8, 2019, and there’s many reasons to celebrate. The approximately 78-acre paradise, ideally located near the very heart of Tunbridge Wells, is iconic in the area and has been home to some of the town’s biggest events over 2018, including Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park and the annual firework display that drew around 12,000 spectators on November 3. The sprawling views over the lake, suitable slope for our soapboxes and central location ticks all the boxes for us and we’re thrilled to call it home once again.

Local success story takes Headline Sponsor

Following in the footsteps of last year’s headliners, Markerstudy Group, Childrensalon have taken up the mantle. The multi-award-winning and iconic business has always stood by a ‘people first’ approach to business and this is reflected in their charitable and supportive work in the local community.

“Childrensalon is proud to sponsor the Crazy Jeans soapbox races for 2019 in aid of the children’s charity Taylor Made Dreams,” says Denise Hamilton, director of the company’s People Team. “We look forward to competing again in this fun, local event and know this year will be just as successful as the last.”

Taylor Made Dreams wins spot as nominated charity

We pride ourselves on supporting locally-based charities in Kent and the neighbouring county of East Sussex. In 2019, one of our two nominated charities will be Taylor Made Dreams, located in Crowborough. Already sponsored by our headliners Childrensalon, there was no shadow of a doubt that the invaluable work TMD undertake is an exceptionally worthy cause for the event to support. The charity enables children with life-limiting illnesses to achieve their dreams, and they work to source and financially support holistic therapy and counselling for the families on their difficult journey. All proceeds from the racers’ entry fees will be split between the nominated charities.

Hospice in the Weald are back

Following a phenomenal first year, Hospice in the Weald have returned again to take their spot as one of our charities. This well-established authority on palliative care provides completely free of charge services to terminally ill patients and their families. Speaking of being chosen once again, head of communications Tor Edwards, said that the organisation was “delighted” and that the “funds raised at this event will help us continue to provide vital services for patients with a terminal illness.”

There are countless opportunities available for everyone to get involved in the big day, so for more information on what is available, please do get in touch at hello@chattyhatter.com.