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Excitement builds for the return of the Ould Lammas Fair

Excitement is building for the long-awaited return of the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle from Saturday 27th August – Tuesday 30th August.

Visitors can look forward to four days filled with festivities and attractions, as the town prepares to welcome thousands of people once again, with plenty of dulse and yellowman as well.

This year’s entertainment programme is bigger than ever, featuring everything from live music, seafront fireworks, circus skills, drumming workshops, and fairground rides.

Alongside this, the traditional market stalls will line the town on Monday and Tuesday coupled with Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market at the seafront while the event’s historic origins will be celebrated at Fairhill Street where traditional horse trading will continue – a spectacle not to be missed.

Looking ahead, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Ivor Wallace, said:

“The Ould Lammas Fair is a significant social occasion for many, and its return will be warmly welcomed.

“Families and friends will be preparing to visit Ballycastle at the end of the month for this much loved celebration and Council is very proud of its role in maintaining and developing its traditions.

“We have been working hard with our partners on an enhanced programme throughout the weekend and across the two main Fair days as well, and I’m looking forward to seeing its successful return.”

Ould Lammas Fair – what’s happening and where:

• Fairground, Quay Road Playing Fields Friday 26th to Tuesday 30th August.

• Children’s amusements, the Seafront

Saturday – Tuesday.

• Naturally North Coast & Glens Artisan Market, the Seafront, Saturday – Tuesday.

• Heavy Horse Show, Sheskburn House Car Park, Saturday 12 noon – 3pm.

• Horse Races, Ballycastle beach, Saturday from 5pm.

• Fireworks, the seafront, Sunday from 9.30pm.

• Live music from 30 Mile Limit, The Diamond, Sunday from 9.45pm.

• Musical entertainment, Council Stage at the Marina car park, Monday 11am – 6.30pm & Tuesday 11am – 5pm.

• Circus Skills Workshop, seafront green opposite The Shorebird Café, Monday and Tuesday 11am – 5pm.

• Drumming Workshop, seafront green opposite The Shorebird Café, Monday and Tuesday noon – 4pm.

• Horse trading, Fairhill Street, 10am – 6pm Monday and Tuesday.

• Animal Farm, Fairhill Street, 11am – 5pm Monday & Tuesday.

• North Coast Alpacas, Fairhill Street 11am – 4pm Monday only.

• Pony rides with Riding for the Disabled, Fairhill Street 11am – 4pm, Monday & Tuesday.

Quiet Time for people with additional needs takes place as follows:

• Quay Road Amusements Friday 6pm – 7pm

• Animal Farm, Alpacas, Circus Skills Workshop, Monday 11am – 12noon.


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