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Ballyclare May Fair

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Ballyclare May Fair returns to its traditional roots this year from Saturday 19 until Saturday 26 May.  

The May Fair celebrations begin with a movie screening in Ballyclare Town Hall.

The traditional horse fair feature of the historic May Fair returns to Ballyclare Main Street on Tuesday 22 May. Local musicians, as well as your Uncle Hugo, will get your toes tappin on May Fair Tuesday with plenty of music and entertainment in the town.

To rev up your May Fair Tuesday even more this year is the brand new Soap Box Derby! From 6.30pm, Ballyeaston Road will become a mini race track as competitors race against each other to be crowned champion.

On Wednesday 23 May make sure you bring your furry friends to Ballyclare Town Hall for the annual pet show and pet photo booth at 6pm. Then from 7pm, everyone will get to enjoy half price amusements.

Ballyclare Male Choir will entertain everybody with a wonderful concert featuring four local young singers, on Thursday 24 May at 7.30pm in Ballyclare Town Hall. Tickets cost £10 each and are available to purchase from www.theatreatthemill.com

Saturday 26 May sees the return of the fantastic May Fair Parade, departing from Dennison Commercials at 1pm, when the town will come alive with colour. 

Calling all mini explorers, come and celebrate Ballyclare Mayfair with some family friendly sensory sessions from 12 – 5pm, upstairs at Sixmile Leisure Centre. No prebooking required but priority will be given on the day on a first come first served basis. Sessions will run on the hour for 45 minutes duration. A quiet session for children aged 1 upwards and babies and siblings welcome, will take place from 1-1.45pm. 

There is plenty of fun and entertainment for everyone which continues into the evening from 7pm, with a Shania Twain tribute act. Then from 8pm, Ritchie Remo and his band will delight fans of all ages with his charisma and musical talent.

To light up the town and close the Ballyclare May Fair for 2018, a fantastic fireworks display will take place at 10.15pm on Saturday 26 May.

Odd Man Out Competition

Download your entry form here and make your way around the Town trying to find out the answers


From 9.30am on Tuesday 22 May to 12am on Sunday 27th May, Harrier Way car park and street will be closed to traffic.

Tuesday 22 May - Due to the May Fair taking place, the Main Street will be closed from 9.30am to 5.30pm from Avondale Drive to the Square.

The Ballyeaston Road will be closed from 5.30pm to 8.30pm to facilitate the Soapbox Derby Race. Cars should not park on the road during the day to allow for set up. Signage will be in place.

The Square Car Park will also be closed on Tuesday 22 May and Saturday 26 May and will be partially open throughout the May Fair Festival on other days.  

Limited free parking spaces will be available at Sixmile Leisure Centre from Sunday 20 May through until Sunday 27 May to facilitate the May Fair amusements.

The public should use the local Presbyterian Church car parks off the Doagh Road throughout the Festival and on Saturday 26 May, additional car parking is available at Ballyclare High School.

For more information about this year's Ballyclare May Fair T. 028 9034 0041 or E. [email protected]