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Holywood Town Centre, Holywood Town Centre, Holywood, BT18 9AB
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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.. Performances by local brass bands 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!

Look out for community run events like the the Bonny Baby competition and the crowning of the May Queen!

As we run up to celebrating The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, children are encouraged to dress up as kings or queens, and be at the Maypole at 12.15pm to enter the fancy dress competition. 


In the town...

Funfair Rides 10am-4pm
Jump, Jiggle and Jive 12noon-4pm
Art on the Rails 10am-4pm
Food Stalls 10am-4pm
Bric-A-Brac Stalls 10am-4pm
At High Street Presbyterian Church 10am – 4pm, including Puppet shows, Face Painting and refreshments.


Music from Local Brass Bands 

High Street (outside Rodger and Brownes Estate agent)

Ballykeel Brass band 11am-12noon 

Hibernia Street

12noon-2pm – Harmonic Sounds and 2pm-4pm – Newtownards Silver Band


At the Maypole...
Crowning of the May Queen, Maypole 10.45am

Children’s Maypole Dancing 11am and 1pm                                                                                                                                                                       

Sullivan Junior Choir 11.45am

Kings and queens Fancy Dress Competition, Maypole  - Meet at the Maypole at 12.15pm, with winners being announced at approx. 12.30pm

McElhinney School of Dance 1.45pm

All this and more!


Free to attend

Note - Programme timing is indicative, intended as a guide, and may be subject to change.

Charges apply for stall purchases and for some attractions.


This event is organised in collaboration with Holywood District Community Council and Holywood Chamber of Commerce.



Ards and North Down Borough Council is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Please keep sustainability in mind when coming along to our events.


Getting here

Public transport - nearest rail stop is Holywood, located approx a 10 minute walk from the town centre. For bus stop detail and information on timetables, visit

By car - Follow directional road signs to Holywood. A guide to the local car parks.

Road closures - Holywood Town Centre will be closed from 6am-6pm including High Street, Church Road and Shore Road.


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