Enjoy free family fun at Cockle Row cottages in Groomsport

12 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Ards and North Down Borough Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all Council events until 30 November 2020 in line with Government and Public Health Agency advice. Existing permissions granted to external organisations to hold events on Council land have also been suspended until the end of August - a decision that will be kept under review.

Head to the seaside village of Groomsport and Cockle Row Cottages and leave the hustle and bustle behind you while relaxing beside the sea. Discover what life was like in 1600’s for a fisherman and his family in this thatched cottage, smell the turf fire and perhaps taste soda bread fresh from the griddle.  

Friendly staff in the Visitor Information Centre are on hand to help you make the most of your visit and inspire you with ideas on how to spend your time. Watch the Birds on Cockle Island, discover pieces of pottery shipwrecked on the shore or challenge your family to the scavenger hunt.  Check out the great range of souvenirs, treating the little ones to a net and bucket for rock pooling or take home a memento of your visit.

Children can enjoy the seaside playground and splash pool or the beautiful stretch of sandy beach, a stone’s throw away. 

The Visitor Information Centre is open seasonally and on selected weekends offers free family entertainment. Find out what's happening each month...

Easter Sunday 12 April | Traditional Music and Heritage, Plant and Play Workshop

Sunday 3 May | Blackberry Mobile Farm

Saturday 9 May | Traditional Crafts and Sand Crafts

Sunday 10 May | Aldo's Magic Show

Sunday 17 May | Party Professor Science Workshop

Sunday 24 May | Jumping Clay Workshop

Sunday 31 May | Plant and Play Workshop and Children’s Crafts

Sunday 7 June | FizzWizzPop Magic Show

Sunday 14 June | Slime Workshop

Sunday 21 June | Blackberry Mobile Farm

Sunday 28 June | Meet Roary the T-Rex

Saturday 4 July | Clayrazy Workshop

Sunday 5 July | Slime Workshop

Saturday 11 July | Bricks4Kidz Lego Workshop and Children’s Crafts

Sunday 12 July | Aldo's Magic Show

Saturday 18 July | Children’s Crafts and Face Painting

Sunday 19 July | Blackberry Mobile Farm

Saturday 25 July | Crazy Golf

Sunday 26 July | Children’s Crafts and Sand Crafts

Saturday 1 August | Party Professor Science Workshop

Sunday 2 August | Traditional Music

Saturday 8 August | Plant and Play Workshop

Sunday 9 August | Crazy Golf and Children’s Crafts

Saturday 15 August | Party Professor Science Workshop

Sunday 16 August | FizzWizzPop Magic Show

Saturday 22 August | Balloon Modelling and Face Painting

Sunday 23 August | Wee Critters Animal Roadshow

Saturday 29 August | Jumping Clay Workshop

Sunday 30 August | Meet Roary the T-Rex

Sunday 6 September | Wee Critters Animal Roadshow

Sday 13 September | European Heritage Open Day | Traditional Heritage Crafts

Sunday 25 October | Halloween | Meet Roary the T-Rex | Traditional Music,Captain Billy Bones Traditional Ropemakers to the Pirate Fleet

12 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

Opening Times

  • Open: Sunday 12 Apr – 13 Sept Weekends only: Apr, May and Sept 11am-5pm Daily: Jun – Aug 11am-5pm
  • Family fun: 2pm-4pm


  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address Cockle Row Cottages Main Street Groomsport Co. Down
  • Telephone 028 9127 0069
  • Email Bangor VIC
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