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Antrim’s Market in the Square

03 March 2016

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg launches Antrim’s Market in the Square with Bethany and Isabella Douglas and Bill McBride, Paper Maker from Pogue’s Entry


On Saturday 19 March Market Square, Antrim will be buzzing with a traditional Food and Craft market atmosphere between 10am and 4pm. The free family event is being organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and everyone is welcome.

Come along for family entertainment including a mobile fun farm, face painting, balloon modelling, walkabout characters, cupcake making and arts and crafts.  The Armagh Rhymers will be entertaining the crowds with their unique blend of poetry, music, drama, song and dance. They are easily recognised by their willow masks and are a real treat to experience first-hand. 

In keeping with the March theme of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016, Heritage and Tradition, you will be able to experience traditional paper making, paper quilling, traditional bread and butter making, harvest knot making and quilt making.  Local businesses in the town will be selling their wares so come along and support them. Lough Neagh Eels will have a stand for you to sample some fried and smoked eels cooked fresh for your delight!

Speaking at the launch of the event Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg commented; This is going to be a great family day out with many traditional activities on offer including the entertainers in period costume and a Hobby Horses Carousel.” 

In addition, Battle of Antrim walking tours are taking place from 10am at the Barbican Gate.  Tickets for the tours cost £5 per adult and children under 12 years of age are free of charge.  For more information about the event please contact Karen Uprichard on 028 9446 3113 ext 31344 or visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk