Woollen Woodstock 1 June 2019 Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood

Whitehead’s Diamond Jubilee Wood will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with this year’s woollen woods festival and a theme of peace and love.

  • Family afternoon out.
  • Bring a picnic.
  • Listen to live music.
  • Check out the food stalls
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pony rides and friendly farm animals
  • Dance and Yoga activities
  • Prize for best dressed

Whitehead is in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, about 20 miles from Belfast, between Carrickfergus and Larne on the main coast road.

Music in Mind Festival August 30th to September 1st 2019

Whitehead County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Music In Mind Festival – raising awareness and funds for Lighthouse charity Belfast.

August 30th to September 1st 2019

Music in Mind festival – Northern Ireland’s newest music festival with a mental health spin. Full of music, poetry, spoken word, talks and well-being classes and workshops.

Come along and enjoy a great weekend, all that is on show and all the town has to offer. August 30th to September 1st 2019. More details to follow.

Find it on Facebook by searching for @musicinmind

Dalriada Festival 2019 13th – 14th July 2019 Glenarm Castle

www.irishfairandmusicfest.comDalriada Festival (#DALFEST19) will be at Glenarm Castle on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July – N.Ireland’s BIGGEST weekend family festival.

For Adults



For Kids

Official Chase and Marshall from PAW PATROL will be back and also the Stars of CBBC’s Big Friday Wind Up, Sam and Mark.

TRACTOR TED, the favourite Little Green Tractor, will be there and also  ‘Celtic Smoke’ International BBQ Competition.

Tickets & Camping Packages are now on sale via www.dalriadafestival.co.uk Kids UNDER 12 GO FREE and Parking is FREE.

Crossways Festival 2019 Glasgow Scotland 7 – 11 May 2019

www.irishfairandmusicfest.comThe Irish Scottish Cultural & Literary Festival runs for the second year 7 to 11th May 2019.

Crossways 2019 provides a forum for Irish, Irish-Scottish and  Scottish cultural and literary interaction, dialogue and debate of real distinction and diversity.

Most events are free but one is ticketed.

Get more information.


Fairs In England

Of course, Ireland isn’t the only place to hold fairs.


Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

This is held on Wakes Monday – the first Monday after the first Sunday after 4th September.

On Wakes Monday, the world famous Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is held.

Egremont Crab Fair

This is held in Cumbria, England in September. It includes the Gurning World championships for the worst face!

For more information, click here.


Fuinneamh Festival 14 – 16 Sep 2018

The Fuinneamh festival will be at Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth, 14th to 16th September 2018, (situated half way between Belfast and Dublin, near Dundalk, on the Carlingford Road).

Fuinneamh Festival is back for a third year and has returned to the original magical location of Bellurgan Park in County Louth, Ireland

Some of Ireland’s most talented Musicians, DJs, Producers, Artists and Performers collaborate to bring you a Festival of psychologically enthralling wonder and beauty.

For the lineup and to get tickets 

Discount if you’re fast enough, on their Facebook page, or search Facebook for  Fuinneamh Festival 2018

YarnFolkWoolFest 2018 Whitehead County Antrim

Whitehead in County Antrim will host Yarnfolk’s second wool festival on Saturday 4th August 2018.

Lighthouse Yarns is running the festival over 6 venues in Whitehead so this will be a great day’s outing for wool and fibre enthusiasts as well as family and friends.  There will be free demonstrations, interactive workshops for all ages (tickets available),  and beautiful handcrafted quality yarns and products to view and on sale. This event is bigger and better than last year.

It wil be held across six venues in Whitehead’s town centre from 10 am – 5pm.

These are:
Methodist Church Hall, Edward Road
Lighthouse Yarns, Edward Road
Church of Ireland Parochial Hall, Edward Road
Whitehead Community Centre, Balmoral Avenue
Victorianna Flower Shop, Balmoral Avenue
Lourdes Pastoral Care Centre, Victoria Avenue

To see the full information and purchase tickets, check out the YarnFolkWoolFestNI site.

Map For Whitehead

Lighthouse Yarns Whitehead

Auld Lammas Fair In Ballycastle

The Auld Lammas Fair is Ireland’s oldest fair, held in Ballycastle, County Antrim at the end of August every year. In 2018, it will run for 3 days on Sunday 26th (Artisan Fair), and Monday 27th August and Tuesday 28th August (Trading and Artisan Fair). Read more here.

The fair is famous for dulse and yellow man, commemorated in the song called “The Old Lammas Fair”, played below by John Watt, or sung below by Ruby Murray.

What’s Lammas?

Lammas is the time of harvest celebrations. It is celebrated at different times in different places but is always a harvest type festival.

What’s dulse?

Dulse is seaweed, dried and sold in small bags for eating as a snack. It’s very healthy, with vitamins and minerals. While most people now eat it just as a snack, like you might do with a bag of crisps, dulse is actually a nutritious vegetable and can be used in soups and chowders. Many greengrocers sell dulse, so you don’t have to wait for the Lammas Fair to try it. You can also buy it online, try your favorite online store.

What’s yellowman?

Yellowman is a sweet to end all sweets. It’s rather like honeycomb, brittle and very sweet, made with golden syrup and sugar and puffed up with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. You can find a recipe for yellowman here.

Auld Lammas Fair – A video showing scenes from the fair itself and the famous music played probably on a mandolin.

Ruby Murray singing the famous song

If you want to go to Ballycastle, there is a Google Map below showing its location.