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A summer of fun as Pop-Up Play sessions take place across Mid & East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, in partnership with Playboard NI, is bringing town centres to life this summer with its Pop-Up Play sessions.

As part of the town centre action plan to drive footfall and to repurpose our Town Centres, six free Pop-Up Play sessions have been organised to take place across the Borough.

Council want to encourage children’s play this summer given that many have been unable to have fun in the ways they normally would as a result of Covid-19.

Play is fundamental to a healthy, happy childhood and Council are committed to developing quality play opportunities that improve children and young people’s lives.

Playboard NI is the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland. Each session will be guided by Playboard NI specialists and Council's Play Development Officer.

The sessions will be taking place in the following locations on a Tuesday from 11am to 12.30pm;

  • Broadway, Larne, Tuesday 19 July and 9 August

  • The top of North Street, Carrickfergus, Tuesday 26 July and 16 August

  • Wellington Court, Ballymena, Tuesday 2 August and 23 August.

As this is an outdoor event, please check weather in advance and wear suitable footwear and clothing.

Parents or guardians will be responsible for the supervision of their children and ensuring appropriate sanitisation procedures are followed.

As well as the Town Centre Tuesday play programme, play activities will be running in parks and open spaces each Wednesday throughout July and August, as a continuation of the 'Summer of Play' programme. For more information and booking details visit or contact

A full list of the events taking place can be found on the Shop MEA App which can be downloaded on Apple and Google Play.


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