Stuck for something to do this Easter Monday and Tuesday? A day off work and you want to get out and do something? This Monday my boyfriend and I are both off and I wanted to plan to do something fun together, not waste the day. So I decided to look online after hearing that a few things were going on and seeing the odd advertisement up around town. Here’s what I found, I thought I would share it with you all! xx
Why not come to Bangor this Easter Monday, for a day packed full of family fun at the annual Easter Parade and Funday where Bangor’s seafront will have something to appeal to everyone from 10.00 – 6.00 pm. This year, is a very special year for Bangor as 400 years ago the Town was first issued its charter by King James I and to mark this occasion, the spectacular parade will have a Bangor 400 theme and everyone is encouraged to join in the fun by coming along in fancy dress.
- Spring Fair- 10am – 6pm
Bangor & Holywood Town Centre Management in partnership with North Down Borough Council will be hosting a Spring Fair in The Sunken Gardens where an array of local crafts and speciality foods will be available. This fair will also take place on Easter Saturday from 11am – 4pm and Easter Sunday from 1pm – 5pm.
- Karting – 10am -6pm
Starting at 10am on Easter Monday, at The McKee Clock Arena, Eddie Irvine Sports will be running a special karting event. Everyone will have the chance to kart around on a specially created outdoor track, great for the budding F1 stars! The charge for this will be £5 per ride.
- Laserquest – 10am – 6pm
Taking a stroll down The Promenade, you can try your hand at Laserquest, the fast-paced action combat game which will cost £5 per go or check out the variety of animals at Phil’s Farm. This speciality farm will be in situ all day and children will be able to pet the animals and learn how to care for them. Just watch out for the giant Chick Eggs which will be making their way through the crowds, entertaining everyone along the way!
- Pickie Fun Park
Finish your walk at Pickie Fun Park which will be open all day with lots to do and see, take a ride on a swan, play in the play park or just have a coffee and relax in the refurbished café.
Open Daily 9am – 7pm
From the promenade stroll round to Pickie Fun Park where you can enjoy the ever popular Pickie Puffer, giant pedal swans and children’s play area as well as new activities including an 18-hole maritime themed mini golf course, a children’s electric car track and splash pads.
- Street Parade – 3pm
At 3.00 pm over 200 children and young people from St Gall’s Brownies, North Down District Scouts, St Comgalls Primary School, St Malachys Primary School and many more will be taking to the streets as part of the spectacular Bangor 400 themed carnival Parade. Look out for Kings & Queens, a giant birthday cake, live music bands and lots more when this colourful spectacular makes its way around the Town. Get into the spirit by colouring in and cutting out the special 400 crown which can be found in this edition of The Junior Spectator. Wear the crown on the day and be part of the Bangor 400 celebrations!
This year, The Parade will be led by the The Mayor of North Down, Councillor Wesley Irvine who will be travelling in a beautiful horse drawn carriage. The Parade’s route will start at The Town Hall, then onto Main Street, along Quay Street, turning into High Street and making its way back up Main Street to The Town Hall – an extravaganza not to be missed!
A spectacular themed Easter parade celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Bangor’s town charter will make its way through the town.
The Parade leaves The Town Hall and continues down Main Street, along Quay Street, High Street, Hamilton Road and returns to The Town Hall …
Nearly True Tours
Belfast City Hall (meet at reception) Sunday 31 March – Tuesday 2 April 12pm, 2pm and 4pm Free event; ticket required Tickets available from the Belfast Welcome Centre Recommended for those aged seven years and over.
Take an unforgettable Nearly True Tour of Belfast City Hall and meet captivating yet eccentric characters along the way. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Great Hall, Belfast City Hall Saturday 30 and 31 March, 2pm – 4pm Monday 1 and 2 April, 11.30am – 1.30pm A four-day celebration covering various aspects of Belfast’s musical development. From the tunes of the ancient harpers and Vivaldi through to compositions of the 21st century; from traditional reels and jigs to the music played aboard Titanic; from industrial songs to those of Thomas Moore, this broad programme embraces much at the core of the city’s musical history.
Great Hall, Belfast City Hall Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April 2pm – 4pm
From the Charleston to the Jitterbug, ballroom to Latin, be amazed as our dancers take to the floor.
Stripey Socks Productions invite you to the Mad Hatter’s tea party
Council Chamber, Belfast City Hall Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April 1pm and 3pm No ticket required however access will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited spaces available All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Discover the whimsical whirlwind of wonder as Alice stumbles across the Mad Hatter’s tea party! Frolic, twist and twirl with the trio in their forbidden game of ACRO-quet, a celebratory way of rejoicing while the Red Queen is away.
Fairy cakes and tea, balloons and games make this celebration one that should not be missed!
Please note: food is used as a prop during these performances. If you or your guests have any known allergies, please do not handle or consume the food items.
Nuff Inc caricaturist
Great Hall, Belfast City Hall Saturday 30 March and Monday 1 April 12pm- 4pm
A crowd pleaser for all ages, watch as our caricaturist brings faces to life in a fun, memorable way that you can take home.
No festival would be complete without face painters, balloon modellers and walkabout acts; catch them each day from 12pm – 4pm.
I hope this has given you some ideas for what to do this Easter with your family, friends and children!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!