Make the Most of May Day in Holywood!

Tuesday 26th April 2022

Ards and North Down’s May Day celebrations get into full swing this Monday 2 May with a packed programme full of fun for all the family in Holywood!

A young boy dressed as a superhero poses on a bench beside an older girl.

Organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council in partnership with Holywood and District Community Council as well as Holywood Chamber of Commerce, a host of exciting activities will help to keep the family entertained on May Day.

Centred around Holywood’s freshly installed Maypole, the free family fun day will see a number of much-loved favourites returning between 10am and 4pm.

Traditional events, organised by Holywood and District Community Council, will kick-start the day with a Bonny Baby competition at 10.30am, the crowning of the May Queen at 10.45am, and a fancy dress competition at 12.30pm. Children are invited to come along as mini Kings and Queens, Superheroes or their favourite storybook characters.

The annual choreographed dance routine, performed by local school children around the country’s only maypole, takes place at 11am while ‘Jump, Jiggle and Jive’ will also be on hand with their mini maypole for those little ones who are eager to have a go.

Commercial stalls in the car park beside Stoker’s Halt will add to the atmosphere while the children’s funfair and an ‘Art on the Rails’ display of contemporary arts and crafts will be located at Church Road and High Street.

Combined with a selection of market stalls housed between Holywood’s eateries and boutiques, Holywood will provide a fabulous place to celebrate May Day on Monday 2 May!
Key Attractions
10am-4pm: Charity Stalls, Artisan Food and Crafts (High Street and Hibernia 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)

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Photograph: Oscar is ready for the fancy dress competition along with May Queen, Nikki Houston. (Image: Graham Baalham-Curry)