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The popular maritime festival returns with plenty of fun plus a celebration of the Armed Forces

Throughout the weekend, Sea Bangor’s maritime themed festival will once again delight all with a host of activities including live music, food stalls, street theatre and impressive displays which the event is known and loved for.

This year the Council is proud to host the Northern Ireland Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Highlights include an Armed Forces Parade, Drumhead Service and Beating Retreat, with activities throughout the weekend commemorating the Forces. This event is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

Tented Village
Food | Science | W5 | Children's Fun | The Sea Bangor Cafe | Live Music in the Shanty Shack

Check out The Stove Yard's competition - win a Green Egg BBQ!

Eisenhower Pier
Street Theatre | Military displays | Visiting Tall Ships, the La Malouine and Lady Avenel

The Harbour
Jetlev-Flyer Demonstrations, on the our every hour both days (break for Spitfire Demo at 3pm
Rowing Competition (Saturday only) 1-3pm finale 3.30-4pm

3pm    Fabulous aeronautical display by a 1946 Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI PL965

The Long Hole, located just off Eisenhower Pier
RAF Puma Mk 2 helicopter | Army Gazelle helicopter from 5 Regiment Army Air Corps 

Saturday 24th only
Bangor Town Centre

Highlights of Saturday's Armed Forces activities..
10.50am    Armed Forces Parade steps off from Bangor Town Hall, down Castle Park Road to
Main Street, onwards to McKee Clock Arena followed by the Drumhead Service and at 5.30pm
the Beating Retreat. These activities will be compered by UTV's Paul Clarke.

1pm-3pm     Upper Main Street
‘Main Street, My Street, Bangor’ present the Cool FM Roadshow with Paulo Ross and Melissa Riddell
Music | Fun | Fashion | Competitions | Freebies

McKee Clock Arena
Paul Clarke will be your compere for this prestigious programme. Highlights include  

11.40am    Drumhead Service | 2.15pm      Drums of Pipes of the Irish Guards | 5.30pm     Beating Retreat

Tug of War – 1pm, 2.45pm and 4.30pm

Translink Bus and Rail Station
Military Memorabilia | Military Vehicle Displays | Music

Sunday 25th only
McKee Clock Arena

Frank Mitchell will host this afternoon of superb music at Bangor’s Seafront. Taking to the stage, we have Bangor Grammar Jazz Orchestra, Open House Festival Choir and Los Amigos, with a jazz and blues finale by singer Dana Masters and her Big Band. 


See the event flyer here.


Getting here:

Travel by rail and bus
Contact Translink on 028 9066 6630 or visit

Want to arrive at Sea Bangor in style? Why not get aboard the Bangor Sea and Steam train run independently by the Whitehead Railway Museum on Sunday 25 June.
For information visit (Not in conjuntion with Ards and North Down Borough Council)

Somme Museum - Sea Bangor Shuttle
A free shuttle bus will run between the Somme Museum and Bangor Translink Station (Stand 1).
The service will run regularly through the day from 10.30am-4pm.

Travel by car
Follow the A2 from Belfast to Bangor.
Car parking is available throughout the town. Download Town Centre Car Park listing

Please note the following car parks will be affected:
• Mills Road – Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June
• North Down Museum and Bangor Castle – until 11am on Saturday 24 June
• Quay Street – until Tuesday 27 June

More Armed Forces events in Ards and North Down

More Armed Forces Day activities are happening throughout the UK


This event is funded and supported by Tourism Northern Ireland.


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24 June 2017 - 25 June 2017

Opening Times

  • Saturday, 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, 12noon-6pm


  • Free

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