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May Day

Town Centre, Holywood, County Down, BT18 9AB
Local school children perform a traditional dance on May Day around Ireland's only Maypole


Holywood will be abuzz on May Day, Monday 2 May, for its annual event of music, merriment, family fun and of course May Day dancing performed by local school children.

The free family fun day, organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council in partnership with Holywood and District Community Council and Holywood Chamber of Commerce, will see a number of much-loved favourites features returning: the crowning of the May Queen, the Bonny Baby competition and, of course, the fancy dress competition, which always sees fantastic display of effort. This year children are invited to come along as mini Kings and Queens, Super Heroes and their favourite storybook characters.

Traditional events, organised by Holywood and District Community Council include:

10am-4pm | Charity Stalls | High Street

10.30am | Bonny Baby Competition | High Street, Presbyterian Church

10.45am | Crowning of the May Queen | Maypole

11am | Maypole dancing | Maypole

12.30pm | Fancy Dress Competition | Maypole

1pm | Maypole dancing | Maypole

(Please note – programme timing is indicative and may be subject to change.)

In addition to this programme commercial stalls selling a variety of goods will be situated at the car park beside Stoker’s Halt.  Music, art on the rails, a children’s funfair and Jump Jiggle and Jive will be in Church Road and High Street.

A highlight of the day is always the choreographed dance performed by local school children around Ireland’s only maypole. ‘Jump, Jiggle and Jive’ will be on hand with their mini maypole for those little one’s eager to have a go too.

Art on the Rails will have the finest display of local contemporary arts and crafts.  And for those who love a bargain will enjoy the market and stalls on offer in the town, housed between the wonderful eateries and boutiques that Holywood has to offer.

The daylong event starts at 10am transforming High Street and Church Road into a mecca of amusement that will last until 4pm. Make a day of it in Holywood.

Please note road closure information: Shore Road, Church Road, High Street (from Stewarts Place to Sullivan Place) will close for May Pole Dancing rehearsal on Friday 29 April from 9am – 11am. May Day Road closure takes affect from 6am through to 6pm on Monday 2 May affecting those same roads: Shore Road, Church Road, High Street (from Stewarts Place to Sullivan Place). Hibernia Street South carpark will also be closed on Monday 2 May.

In line with government guidance around COVID-19, we encourage event attendees to continue to make safer choices including sanitising, wearing a face covering and keeping distance as appropriate. 

For more details call 028 9127 0069.

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