Christmas and New Year Arrangements 2021

Wednesday 22nd December 2021

Changes to Council Services over the Christmas and New Year Period

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our residents and safe and Happy Christmas. Details of Council Services over the festive period can be found below:

Council Office Hours over Christmas and New Year

  • Friday 24 December to  Tuesday 28 December 2021 inclusive - Closed
  • Open Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December 2021 inclusive - normal opening hours 9am to 5pm.
  • Closed on Monday 3 January 2022
  • Tuesday 4 January 2022 - Return to normal opening hours

Please use the report function on our website to report any issues: Report | Ards and North Down Borough Council or email

Refuse Collection / Household Recycling Centres

In weeks commencing Monday 27 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022, bin collections will be one day later than your usual collection day. Full details, including the link to report an issue with your bin/bin collection can be found at at Holiday bin collection arrangements | Ards and North Down Borough Council 

Please download the Bin-Ovation Limited app to check details for your address.  

Household Recycling Centres will close from Friday 24 to Monday 27 December 2021 inclusive and on Monday 3 January 2022.

Walled Garden Winter Closure

The Bangor Castle Walled Garden will be closed from Friday 24 December until Sunday 9 January 2022 inclusive. The garden will re-open on Monday 10 January 2022.

Leisure Services

  • Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 December - Ards, Comber, Londonderry Park and Portaferry centres will be closed.
  • Monday 27 December - Ards, Comber and Londonderry Park will open 10am to 6pm and Portaferry Sports Centre 1pm to 6pm.
  • 31 December - Ards, Comber and Londonderry Park will close at 6pm. Portaferry Sports Centre will open 1pm to 6pm on 
  • Saturday 1 January- all centres will be closed on.

Any updates to these opening hours will be communicated via social media on Leisure - Ards and North Down | Facebook

For details of Aurora Complex, Bangor and Queens Leisure Complex, Holywood opening hours please visit:

North Down Museum and Coffee Cure at the Museum

  • The Museum will be closed from 24 December to 28 December inclusive, reopening on 29 December 2021. 
  • Coffee Cure will be closed from 24 December to 27 December inclusive, reopening on 28 December 2021.
  • The Museum and Coffee Cure will both be closed on 1 January 2022.

Ards Arts Centre

The Arts centre will be closed from Friday 24 december 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 inclusive. It will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.