The unique experience of the Ould Lammas Fair has brought the summer holidays to a memorable close in Ballycastle.
Thousands of people visited the seaside town over the sunny and warm Bank Holiday weekend where they were able to enjoy the Fair’s traditional Heavy Horse Show and Vintage Parade along with some new attractions including a live entertainment stage and Nailer’s Row street food area.
In association with Riding for the Disabled, Ballycastle Beach Races took place amid beautiful evening sunshine on Saturday. Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, fun barrel jump races were staged on the sand, with Fairhead and Rathlin Island forming a beautiful backdrop to the occasion.
On Sunday night, an unforgettable fireworks display complemented by a special twilight Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, attracted a large crowd to the seafront, creating a celebratory holiday atmosphere ahead of Bank Holiday Monday.
Reflecting on the continued success of the Ould Lammas Fair, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “This event means so much to the people of Ballycastle and even after hundreds of years it continues to be a significant social occasion. I was delighted to have an opportunity to experience its attractions for myself including the new entertainment stage in the Diamond and outdoor food area which have proved to be welcome additions. I would like to thank everyone involved with this year’s event for helping to make it so successful, and ensuring that the Ould Lammas Fair remains an unmissable event in our area.”
On Monday afternoon, the Diamond area resonated with the sounds of Ballycastle Comhaltas as its members showcased their traditional music-making talents on-stage. Nailer’s Row, the Fair’s new outdoor food court, brought together a range of gourmet vendors to create an alfresco dining experience which encouraged people to get together in the town centre. Taking its name from an expression once used to describe the Clare Street area, this new addition helps to celebrate Ballycastle’s fascinating history. Not far from here at Fairhill Street, the Ould Lammas Fair’s horse trading tradition continued, along with pony & trap rides, a fun farm and demonstrations from skilled farriers and horse shoe makers.
Local produce was to the fore at the seafront, where traders at Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market showcased their vast array of food, drink, arts and crafts. In the shadow of the landmark vintage-style Big Wheel, visitors were able to enjoy demonstrations, make & take activities and learn more about the produce on offer from the stallholders.
The Ould Lammas Fair has been held in Ballycastle for over 400 years, and it is regarded as the biggest and oldest event of its kind in Ireland.
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