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A series of events that honour the Armed Forces with highlight event the Sea Bangor Festival

To honour the Armed Forces, there are a number of events happening in the Borough between Friday 23 and Monday 26 June...

Saturday 10 June
NEW FOR 2017 Great Wars Coach Tour
The tour covers various locations in the Borough

Tickets £10, tour departs by coach from, and returns to, North Down Museum in Bangor
Download the Walks and Tours Booklet | Call 028 9127 0069 | Book online


Friday 23 June
Armed Forces Activities in the Square

Conway Square, Newtownards
12noon to 7.30pm
Come to Conway Square for a flavour of armed forces action with music, military vehicles and activities throughout the day. At 7pm a fantastic musical display of Pipes and Drums by the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Irish Regiment will close the event.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
Sea Bangor hosts Northern Ireland Armed Forces Day
Bangor Town Centre and Seafront

Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12noon–6pmThroughout the weekend, enjoy all the usual Sea Bangor favourites including breathtaking Spitfire displays, tall ships, the jetlev flier, the fantastic science tent, Shanty Shack music, hilarious street theatre and food stalls. There will be something for everyone to enjoy at this much loved maritime festival.
On Saturday, we are proud to host Northern Ireland Armed Forces Day. Activities celebrating and honouring the Forces will take place during the weekend; highlights include an Armed Forces Parade, Drumhead Service and Beating Retreat.
On Sunday, we have a fantastic programme of music including Dana Masters Band, live on stage in the McKee Clock Arena
This event is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland.

Bangor Translink Station in association with Sea Bangor
Musical performance, memorabilia and exhibition of Military vehicles in the forecourt of the station

Information on rail and bus routes to Bangor, visit

Monday 26 June
A Memorial to JS Dunville

Commemorative church service to mark the centenary of the award of the Victoria Cross.
St Philip and St James Church of Ireland, Church Road, Holywood.
All welcome.

Memories of the 20th Century Gallery, North Down Museum
Located at Bangor Town Hall, Castle Park Road

Visit our newest permanent gallery dedicated to the First and Second World Wars and more specifically the story of local Victoria Cross Winner, Barry Bingham for the Battle of Jutland in 1916.  
Through objects, images and stories, the exhibition follows the history of Bangor Castle from the childhood home of First World War V.C. winner, Barry Bingham through to the end of this stately home of the Ward family.
Come and see Bingham’s VC and other personal effects and learn more about him through our interactive developed with year 10 students from Bangor Grammar, including a game to help Barry escape as a prisoner of war!

Prince William’s Tunic is on display in Coffee Cure Café within the Museum, on loan from the Royal Irish Guards

Free admission | | 028 9127 1200

Saturday 24 June
Somme Museum

Admission fees apply | Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm, Sat 10.30am-4pm
Living History displays | rationing cookery demos | Somme Memorial Band |family fun and more
A free shuttle bus will be running a regular service between the Museum and Bangor Translink Station throughout the day | 028 9182 3202

Sunday 25 June
Grey Point Fort, Helen’s Bay 

Free admission | Open: Sat and Sun 10am–4pm
A most unusual hands-on military museum
1pm    Firing of the 6-inch Breech-loading Coastal Guns

More information on Grey Point Fort



More Armed Forces Day activities are happening throughout the UK


To help plan your journey to the area, contact our Visitor Information Centre staff, 028 9127 0069 | 028 9182 6846

10 June 2017 - 26 June 2017

Opening Times

  • See individual events/websites for timings


  • Most events free - see individual event websites

Contact Details

  • Address Various locations Bangor Co Down
  • Telephone 028 9127 0069 | 028 9182 6846
  • Email
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