Festival fever in Randalstown

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Randalstown is gearing up for nine fun-filled days of Festival Events, from Friday, June 20 to Saturday, June 28, as Randalstown ARCHES hosts its annual community festival.

It is a fantastic opportunity for the entire community to come together and enjoy the many events which are on offer during the week, many of which are free.

As always there are new events as well many old favourites, many of which focus on fundraising for local worthy charities.

On Friday, June 20 it all kicks off with Wine Tasting in Arches Community Hall from 7.30pm and the Line Dance Disco (Hollywood Heroes theme) at Neillsbrook Community Centre from 8pm, in aid of Barbour Ward in RBH for Sick Children.

On Saturday, June 21, the Gymkhana will run alongside the new Dog Show, facilitated by North of Ireland Cairn Terrier Club will be held at Dunmore Park from 10am. Proceeds from the companion dog show are in aid of Diabetes UK.

On Monday, June 23 the Family Fun Cycle, kindly supported by the Old Bleach Cycle Club, will be held in the grounds of Shane’s Castle Estate, starting at 7pm, followed by a Tug of War and Climbing Wall beside Neillsbrook Community Centre.

On Saturday, June 28 Mr Hullabaloo will present “Storybook Classics” at St MacNissi’s Parish Centre from 4pm. Kids and parents are very welcome to attend in Fancy Dress.

George Graham, Chairman of ARCHES, said: “As always our festival ends with the Grand Finale Parade on Saturday evening, June 28, assembling at the Shane’s Castle Grand Entrance from 7pm.

“We would encourage anybody with a vintage or special interest vehicle to take part and also any club, society or local business to enter floats in the parade or take part in the Fancy Dress to promote their organisation. “The parade will be led by North Irish Dragoons and Antrim Chase and joined by classic and vintage vehicles, fancy dress and a parade of floats. We hope that the weather holds and most events will go ahead regardless.”

Elisha Devlin, Community Development Officer with ARCHES, added: “It is really great that so many of the businesses in the town continue to support ARCHES Community Festival. We really appreciate their input and acknowledge their contribution in our Festival booklet which is published and distributed free of charge, thanks to the traders’ support.”

Further information on any of the festival events are available from ARCHES Office by phoning 02894 478471, or email info@randalstownarches.com

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