Fun, Food and Frolic as the Ballyclare May Fair returns for 2023
Updated: May 24
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross pictured with Chief Executive from the Ulster-Scots Agency, Ian Crozier launching this year’s Ballyclare May Fair.
The centuries-old, annual Ballyclare May Fair returns from 20-27 May 2023.
Everyone is invited to go along and celebrate the best of Ballyclare with your families and friends and enjoy the Funfair, Family Fun Day, It’s a Knockout, Soapbox Derby, Music, Fireworks and much more.
The headline sponsors for this year’s Ballyclare May Fair are the Ulster-Scots Agency. Visitors to the Fair will enjoy Ulster-Scots Walking Tours, Language Workshops, Rhymes and Ructions with historian Jack McKinney, Highland Dancing Lessons for Schools and a traditional Cèilidh with Alastair Scott Cèilidh Band in a town which is steeped in Ulster-Scot’s history.
The Ulster-Scots tradition of hymn writing will also be celebrated in a special evening hosted by BBC’s Mark Thompson at Ballyclare Presbyterian Church, and Nelson McCausland will be providing a pre-show talk for the film Allegheny Uprising based on the Ulster-Scots movement in Colonial and Revolutionary America.
Animal lovers are invited to bring along their furry friends to the Pet Show and Sausage Dog Parade. Continuing the Coronation celebrations, visitors can Waltz around Ballyclare Town Hall at the Tea Dance and immerse themselves in community spirit at the Coronation Street Party. With Baby Raves, Amusements and Sensory Kids NI Messy Play there will be plenty to keep children entertained.
Foodies will be in their element browsing the traditional Farmer’s Market and Artisan Markets, sampling some of the best tipples about at the Ulster/Scotch History of Whisk(e)y night and enjoying an evening’s Cooking and Crack with Paula McIntyre featuring a demonstration and tastings.
Vehicle enthusiasts will enjoy the Vintage Tractor Gathering and the Classic Car Show as they return for another year. The annual Mayor’s Parade will fill Main Street with colour and the Evening Concert and Fireworks Display will round up a cracker week.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross commented:
“Residents and visitors alike will be in for another sensational Ballyclare May Fair. I encourage everyone to support the event, the town and the local businesses to make it a week to remember!”
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The sponsors of the Ballyclare May Fair are The Ulster-Scots Agency, Ross’s Joint, The Junction, Neptune Group, Modern Tyres, Flo Gas, Reid Black Solicitors, W.J. Blair Accident Repairs, William Wilson Chartered Accountants, T:buc, and Dennison Commercials.