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Sea Bangor

Bangor Seafront, Quay Street Car Park and Eisenhower Pier, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5ED
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This firm family favourite returns to Bangor Seafront on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June from 12noon - 6pm.

Quay Street car park will take on a distinctly holiday atmosphere with the return of the Urban Beach, funfair rides and outside bar.

Families can enjoy a seaside ‘rave’, then head to the pier and check out the military display, watch some great food demos, or the fantastic on-water activities, like e-foiling displays, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Hop on board the free land train from the McKee Clock to Pickie Fun Park throughout the weekend.  

This year’s event sees the return of the popular rowing competition with local teams vying for the top prize.  Organised by SERC students this event will take place from 12noon-2.30pm on Saturday 3 June. 

Once you’ve soaked up all the fun, you can sit and relax along the pier where you can listen to Bangor Ukes and Comber Brass on Saturday, and Sing Happy Choir and Harmonic Sounds on Sunday, there will also be a range of hot food trucks and a seasonal bar!

HMS Penzance
We are delighted that this year’s Sea Bangor will have a visit from the HMS Penzance, this is a Sandown-class vessel. As one of the Royal Navy’s minehunter vessels, HMS Penzance’s primary role is to neutralise underwater threats. Like all Sandown-class vessels, she is most effective in deeper waters, so she can often be found surveying shipping routes or clearing the way for military operations.
Tickets for tours on Saturday 3 June were advertised in advance and allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to popular demand these slots are now fully booked.

For tours, please note: The ship is not suitable for wheelchair users or prams. Security will carry out bag searches before entering the vessel. 

HMS Raider

A small patrol boat from Faslane, Scotland will be moored beside the HMS Penzance. HMS Raider is one of two Archer-class patrol boats that form the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron (FPBS). Together with her sister ship HMS Tracker, she provides reassurance and protection in and around HMNB Clyde (there will not be access to board the vessel).

For operational reasons: HMS Penzance will not be open for tours on Sunday 4 June, and HMS Raider will depart Bangor on Sunday afternoon to resume her operational programme. There will however be personnel from the local Maritime Reserve unit, HMS Hibernia, on the pier during both days of the festival.

Artemis eFoiler®
The 12M Artemis eFoiler® propelled multi-purpose workboat is the world’s first high-speed 100% electric foiling commercial vessel. Throughout the Sea Bangor weekend Artemis will be providing on the water demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Best viewing, along the Seacliff Road.
On the water activities 

Watch E-Foiling demos, E-Foiling uses an electric powered surfboard on a hydrofoil wing which lifts almost a metre out of the water.
Or try one of our ‘Have a go’ sessions throughout the weekend with Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking.
‘Have a go’… Paddleboarding  **ALL TICKETS ALLOCATED**
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June
Eisenhower Pier, beside the slipway at RNLI Station
Sessions start at 12noon

Pre-book to guarantee your slot | Max tickets, 4 per family – Book now 
Ages 6+ | Wetsuits and buoyancy aids available | Outdoor changing area available 

Have a go’… Kayaking **ALL TICKETS ALLOCATED**
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June

Eisenhower Pier, beside the slipway at RNLI Station
Sessions start at 12noon

Pre-book to guarantee your slot | Max tickets, 3 per family  – Book now
Ages 8+ | Wetsuits and buoyancy aids available | Outdoor changing area available 

Please note: Participants would be required to sign a health and medical form for all activities.

Free to attend.

Also happening this weekend...

Experience Ards and North Down - discover hidden gems and create lasting memories on one of our Experience Ards and North Down immersive experiences and guided walking tours.

Pre-book and enjoy…

SUP Beach Feast | Saturday 3 June | Ballyholme Beach, Bangor | £65pp | Find out more 

Create Copper Floral Magic in the Walled Garden | Saturday 3 June | The Walled Garden Helen’s Bay | £75pp | Find out more

Step Back in Time Guided Walking Tour | Saturday 3 June | Bangor City Centre | £8pp | Find out more

Jenny Watts Boat Tour | Sunday 4 June | Bangor Bay | £14pp | Find out more

Smithing at the Folk | Sunday 4 June| Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra | £80pp | Find out more  

Find out more about the Experience Ards and North Down Programme.

Ards and North Down Borough Council is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We encourage visitors to travel via public transport, bring along reusable bags to pick up goodies at the event and to dispose rubbish in the correct bins when on-site. Read more about Sustainability.

Getting here

By car | Do you plan to drive to the event?  Allow plenty of time for your journey. If you are travelling by car follow directional road signs to Bangor City Centre, and check out what car parking is available in the city (free and charged). A guide to the local car parks

Public Transport | The nearest rail and bus station is Bangor, located in the City Centre, approx 10 minute walk from the seafront down/up a slight incline. For information on timetables, visit

Event site | Useful information

Accessibility | All flat surfaces on hard concrete. Disabled parking available in city centre car parks, check available car parking (free and charged) . A guide to the local car parks. South Pier Toilets and portaloos onsite. Accessoloo will be in attendance both days.

Dogs | Are permitted, to remain on lead at all times.

Please note:
- Quay Street Car Park will be closed from Tuesday 30 May, reopening on Wednesday 7 June to allow for set up and take down of the event

- Free to attend event. Charges apply to funfair and food purchases.

- The event site is a no drone zone, follow the The Drone and Model Aircraft Code to make sure you always fly safely and legally.


Details subject to change. Keep checking back to our website, follow our facebook page or sign up to our ezine for updates.

[Please note, photography and videography may take place at some/all of these events. All events are subject to change]

For more information on safe alcohol consumption, visit the Drink Aware website.

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Opening Times

Season (3 June 2023 - 4 June 2023)
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 18:00

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Road Directions

By car - Follow directional road signs to Bangor City Centre. A guide to the local car parks.


Public Transport Directions

Public transport - nearest rail and bus station is Bangor, located in the City Centre, approx 10 minute walk from the seafront down/up a slight incline. For information on timetables, visit

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