The Ould Lammas Fair makes a welcome return to Ballycastle this year from Saturday 27th August – Tuesday 30th August.
Celebrated in song and drawing people to the seaside town since the 17th century, the main event is traditionally held on the last Monday and Tuesday of August when the town is transformed by hundreds of stalls lining the streets, and visitors as far as the eye can see.
Building up to the fair days, there is a busy weekend to look forward to with the Heavy Horse Show, horse races on the beach (Saturday 27th) and an outdoor concert and fireworks display on Sunday night (August 28th).
You will find the traders from Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market at the seafront, bringing together an array of fresh food, local produce, tasty treats, and handmade arts and crafts – enjoy a browse and meet the makers behind this inspiring artisan collective.
Looking ahead to the event the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Ivor Wallace, said: “The absence of the Ould Lammas Fair has been felt by many, and I am very pleased to see its return. Regarded as Ireland’s oldest fair, this event has been a feature of Ballycastle for centuries – it is engrained in the town’s history and continues to be a focal point of the summer season for so many people who come from near and far to be a part of it.
“The social side of it is very important to people, and for generations it has brought families, friends, and communities together. Thankfully these connections can be rekindled this year, and it will be a welcome sight to see thousands of visitors in Ballycastle once again, enjoying dulse, yellowman and everything else it has to offer.”
At Fairhill Street, the old tradition of horse trading continues as a reminder of the Fair’s historic origins, and here you can also enjoy pony rides with Riding for the Disabled and a petting farm featuring lots of furry friends and more.
Other attractions will include the popular family fun fair at Quay Road, children’s entertainment, and singing and music through the streets.
As the summer draws to a close, make sure you are there to enjoy this special spectacle for yourself.
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