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Don’t get spooked for car parking spaces this Halloween at Carnfunnock

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr William McCaughey, encourages visitors to the Carnfunnock Halloween celebrations to use the free shuttle bus service. Pictured also are event sponsors Enda Sheridan and Carol Withers with performer Becky Laidlaw.

Gigantic Monsters will be brought to life while kings and knights of old fight to rule Carnfunnock Country Park on Saturday 30 October – but there’s no need to get spooked about parking as a free shuttle bus service will be operating throughout the evening.

Dare to go north of the walled garden on a quest for the throne and enter the Maze of Enchantment, enjoy a magical circus show with Peter Corry, and listen to spooky stories or create your own piece of Halloween art, at this fangtastic family event from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

With support from Translink, Caterpillar and P&O Ferries, the Carnfunnock Halloween celebrations will run from 2pm to 6pm, when a spooktacular fire sculpture, created and produced by outdoor arts company, Walk the Plank, will bring the evening to a close.

Big and little monsters alike are encouraged to use the free park and ride bus service sponsored by Translink and Caterpillar, which will run regularly from Caterpillar, Old Glenarm Road, Larne, between 1.30pm and 7pm.

Buses will also pick up from Ballygally, taking you straight into Carnfunnock Country Park. All buses are wheelchair and pram friendly.

Once there you can wander the bewitching pathways of the park to find all sorts of little monsters!

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, said:

“The free event at Carnfunnock Country Park in Larne is one of the highlights of our Halloween celebrations. It is sure to draw the crowds and promise a magical and memorable celebration for the whole family.

“We are encouraging as many people as possible to use the free park and ride service provided and we are grateful to both Translink, Caterpillar and P&O Ferries for their kind sponsorship of this event.

“Tickets to park directly in Carnfunnock for this spooky event are now sold out.

“Whether you live in Mid and East Antrim or are travelling from further afield, we look forward to welcoming visitors to our legendary event at Carnfunnock and hope to see spectators getting into the spirit of Halloween.

“I would encourage everyone in our community to follow the public health guidelines in order to protect those around us, including social distancing and not attending the event if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Coronavirus.”

Enda Sheridan from Translink said:

“We look forward to playing a key role in connecting people and communities once again during the return of this Spooktacular event.

“We are pleased to be working with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council again to provide shuttle buses for the Halloween event at Carnfunnock Country Park and enable people to enjoy this magical and charming event without the worry of finding suitable parking.”

CAT (NI) Ltd’s Carol Withers added:

“We at CAT (NI) Ltd are delighted to be in a position to support the local community for the annual Halloween event by providing parking facilities for the park and ride service.”

Kim Swann, Head of Freight Sales Short Routes/Ireland, which is ferrying the main act to Larne and sponsoring the event, said:

“It is a pleasure to support our local community and Council by transporting the Halloween entertainers and equipment that annually provide the show-stopping finale at this event.

“Whether it’s people, equipment or commercial cargo, we’re used to transporting a wide range of precious items on a daily basis on the shortest, fastest and most frequent crossing between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“We are all thoroughly looking forward to enjoying the programme of entertainment that’s been planned for Halloween at Carnfunnock.”

Tickets to park in Carnfunnock are sold out. If you are using the shuttle bus service, please remember to wear a face covering and fold down any prams before embarking.

A number of free blue badge holder tickets are available by emailing lbcreception@midandeastantrim.gov.ukwith a copy of your badge.

There is a Changing Places facility at this event.

For more information go to www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/events