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Ballyclare May Fair

In 2024, the Ballyclare May Fair will be returning to tradition with a vibrant celebration to captivate the community and revive the cherished customs of years gone by.

Sat, 18 May - Sun, 26 May

Celebrate the Best of Ballyclare

Celebrate the Best of Ballyclare
 

Come together with your families and friends and enjoy the Funfair, Family Fun Day, It’s a Knockout, Music and Fireworks.

Foodies will be in their element with An Ulster Scotch History of Whisk(e)y, Artisan Markets as well as Cooking and Craic with Paula McIntyre.

Culture lovers will appreciate the Ulster Scots Language Workshops and Cèilidh, Craft Demos and Historical Walking Tours.

With a Vintage Car Show, Soap Box Derby and Mayor’s Parade - this event truly has something for everyone!

Programme of Events

Please see programme below, for a full line-up of exciting events and information on how to book. 

Soap Box Derby

Ballyclare's famous Soap Box Derby is returning on Thursday 23 May at 6:30pm.

We can't wait to see all the weird and wonderful soap box carts and their characters race down the Ballyeaston Road. Who will lift the prestigious Yellow Hat this year?Sign up your team now!
E. Ian.Cameron@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or click the link below.

Download Expression of Interest Form

It's a Knockout! 

This thrilling and competitive favourite is back on Friday 24 May at 6pm

Grab your strongest or quickest colleagues, friends or family and get yourselves down to The SixMile Leisure Centre for the ultimate battle of strength and endurance, but also belly laughs! Sign up your team now!
E. Ian.Cameron@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or click the link below.

 

Download Application Form

Other Bookable Events

Please note this is not the full line-up of events, for this please refer to the digital programme.

Date & Time Event Details Location Booking Details

Saturday 18 May: 2.30-5.30pm

May Fair Tea Dance Town Hall

Tickets £3 each. 

Contact Valerie from Ollardale Community Group.

T. 07763197216
E. w1c2d335@outlook.com

Saturday 18 May: 7-9pm Ulster-Scots Ceili Town Hall Book your ticket at the Cèili for £2. 65 places available.
Wednesday 22 May: 10-11am & 11.30am-12.30pm Baby Rave Town Hall Book your ticket for the Baby Rave for £1.25 (all proceeds will be donated to the Mayor's Charities)
Wednesday 22 May: 2-3pm Storytelling with Mabel Jenkins Ballyclare Library

Join storyteller Mabel Jenkins in Ballyclare Library to hear tales about the countryside with some folklore thrown in for good measure. Tickets are free but booking is essential.

Contact the Library to book your place

T. 028 9335 2269
E. ballyclare.library@librariesni.org.uk

Wednesday 22 May: 7-9.30pm

Music From Around the Borough Town Hall Book your ticket for Music From Around the Borough for £1.25 (all proceeds will be donated to the Mayor's Charities). Tickets are required for adults and children.
Thursday 23 May: 7.30-9.30pm Cooking with Paula McIntyre Town Hall

Book your ticket for Cooking with Paula McIntyre for £1.25 (all proceeds will be donated to the Mayor's Charities). Tickets are required for adults and children

Friday 24 May: 7.30-10pm Table Quiz  Linfield Supporters Club

Entry £5, teams of six. 

Contact Valerie from Ollardale Community Group.

T. 07763197216
E. w1c2d335@outlook.com

Friday 24 May: 8-9.30pm Cocktail Demo's with Belfast Artisan Distillery Town Hall Book your ticket for the Cocktail Demo's with Belfast Artisan Distillery for £12.50. Please Remember to bring a form of identification as this event is 18+.

Saturday 25 May: 9.30-10.30am & 10.45-11.45am

Family Friendly Rave Town Hall Book your ticket for the Family Friendly Rave for £1.25 (all proceeds will be donated to the Mayor's Charities)

Road Closures

Road Closures
 

Road closures will be in place over the following periods: 

Wednesday 15 May until Sunday 26 May: Harrier Way from its junction with Avondale Drive to the junction with The Square

Tuesday 21 May from 6am until 5pm: Main Street from its junction with Avondale Drive to The Square

Thursday 23 May from 4.30pm until 8.30pm: Ballyeaston Road from Charles Drive to Ballycorr Road and a section of Ballycorr Road from Ballyeaston Road to Park Street

Ballyclare needs you

Ballyclare needs you
 

We are currently looking for two enthusiastic local volunteers to join the Ballyclare Working Group to help contribute to the success of future Ballyclare May Fairs.

The annual Ballyclare May Fair dates back to the 18th century, and is a highlight of the town’s year.

The fair is organised by a working group made up of Councillors and volunteers from the local community, and meets for one evening each month from September until May.

To express your interest E. louise.palmer@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk
In your email please outline why you would like to join the working group and what skills and experience you could bring to it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Join our Working Group

Golden Oldies

We want your old Ballyclare May Fair photographs to reminisce years gone by. 

Include year, event, those in the photo etc.
Please provide a minimum of one photo and maximum of three
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Get Involved in the May Fair Mayor's Parade

The May Fair Mayor's Parade is taking place on Saturday 25 May from 1pm - 2pm

We are encouraging all local community groups, church groups, sports teams, special interest groups and schools to participate in the Ballyclare May Fair Mayor's Parade by coming along with home-made banners, in uniform or dress for your team/sport/organisation etc.   

To apply, all you have to do is submit this form below by 5pm on Friday 3 May 2024 and someone will be in touch. 

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