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Merry May Day

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event is organised in collaboration with Holywood District Community Council.

Always a popular family day out, the Merry May Day celebrations have become a long tradition in the bustling gateway town of Holywood.

The town will be transformed into a pedestrianised hub of activity. Expect delicious savoury and sweet treats on offer from a food stall market.

Enjoy funfair rides, Jump, Jiggle and Jive, the annual Bonnie Baby Competition as well as a fantastic Maypole Programme. Browse and buy from the bric-a-brac stalls, and from our wonderful artists and makers at Art on the Rails.

Musical performances will add to the ambience of a great day out, and of course the display of dance by local school children around the Island’s only Maypole is a highlight!

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite fictional character for the fancy dress competition.

Maypole Programme 

10:45am             Crowning of May Queen
11:00 – 11:30         Maypole Dancers
11:45 – 12:15         McEIhinney School of Dance
12:30 – 12:45         Fancy Dress Comp (favourite fictional character) + prize givings
13:00 – 13:30         Maypole Dancers
13:45 – 14:00         Holywood Community Set Dancing Class
14:15 – 14:45         Sullivan Prep Choir
Free to attend [Please note: Charges apply for stall purchases and for some attractions].

When: Mon 6 May
Where: Holywood
Cost: Free
Time: 10am – 4pm

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May 6
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10am - 4pm