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Traditional May Day fun - May Day dancing and heaps of family fun!

Join us in Holywood for the annual traditional merriment that is May Day.

The town comes to a stand still every year when it hosts the flurry of activity that brings friends and families out together, creating a wonderful buzz.

Local school children will dance their way around Ireland's only maypole in the centre of town, surrounded by stalls, street theatre entertainment and loads of children's fun.

Merry May Day Activities
In partnership with Holywood and District Community Council

Food, Craft and Charity Stalls
Church Road and High Street

Crowning of the May Queen
10.45am, the Maypole

Maypole Dancing
11am and 1pm

Jump, Jiggle and Jive
Children’s Interactive Dancing
12noon-4pm, High Street

Fancy Dress Competition and Presentation of Prizes
12.15pm, assemble at the Maypole bar,
judging at 12.30pm
Theme: Superheroes, princesses, my favourite book and cartoon

Queen’s Leisure Complex
Bonny Baby Competition
Registration 10.30am, judging 11am

Reenactors throughout the day at Holywood Priory

Discover Holywood’s Heritage…
Monday 1 May, Holywood Historical Walk 

Town area, 10am-12noon
Enjoy an informative stroll through Holywood’s colourful history from the establishment of a monastic settlement on the site of the Old Priory Church to the Motte where King John is said to have spent the night. Learn more about the Praegers’ and Robert Sullivan’s influence on the town and how the Scottish settlers influenced local affairs from architecture to place names.
Tickets: £4 – Must be booked in advance
Tour departs by foot from Maypole Bar, High Street, Holywood, BT18 9AB

View the event flyer here 

1 May 2017

Opening Times

  • 10am-4pm


  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address Town Centre High Street Holywood Down BT18 9AE
  • Telephone 028 9127 0069
  • Email Bangor VIC
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