Home COMMUNITY Successful return of Ballymoney spring fair

Successful return of Ballymoney spring fair

Pictured during the show and parade at Ballymoney Spring Fair on Saturday.PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Ballymoney Spring Fair returned to the town on Friday and Saturday with free, family-friendly activities and many carnival events.

Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from the Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce and FUSE FM, events included vintage cars, live music, dance displays and a showcase of our best artisan produce or indulge in some retail therapy with many of the town’s independent boutiques and businesses offering Spring Fair special offers.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Ivor Wallace, previously said he was delighted to see the return of the two-day celebration:

“Ballymoney Spring Fair has proven to be a very popular addition to our events calendar, bringing a great atmosphere to the town. We would love you to join us this year and enjoy a great family day out with us.”

On Friday, FUSE FM hosted live music and entertainment at Castlecroft Square featuring Causeway Trad and much more while Saturday’s highlights included performances from Jamie Sloan and Polar Bolero, along with displays from the Kelly Neill Dance Company.

The fun continued on Saturday with a range of family-friendly activities and entertainment. New for 2023 was the Church Street experience, with live music, children’s animation, walkabout characters and various outdoor games.

Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market transformed Castlecroft Square in the town centre from 11 am – 4 pm on Friday and Saturday. A pop-up market also featured on Church Street on Saturday, creating a new buzz at the top of the town. Previous winners of the UK’s Best Community Market, this collective of makers and creators offered everything from knitwear, jewellery, paintings, woodcraft and photography to some of the tastiest artisan food products.

Animal lovers visited the free petting farm at Seymour Street car park, where attractions included a variety of exciting animals and creatures, As well as the opportunity for a close encounter with a range of birds of prey, with a fun falconry experience for the whole family to enjoy.

To accommodate ever-increasing visitor numbers, Seymour Drive hosted the hugely popular free family games and activities on Saturday. Those feeling adventurous tried their hand at archery, bottle shy, horseshoe toss and rodeo sheep.

Car enthusiasts enjoyed the Vintage and Classic Car Show with Ballymoney Old Vehicle Club at Station Square, showcasing a range of restored vintage vehicles which joined the carnival parade. Old-time cars, tractors and impressive lorries from local hauliers will also joined the spring-themed spectacle of music and colour, setting off from the Town Hall and travelling along High Street, Main Street and Meeting House Street.