We've put together a list of up and coming events within The Gobbins area. We are confident that you, your family and friends will have a memorable time with us. Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

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Friends’ Goodwill Festival 2017

In May in 1717 a small ship made her way out of Larne Harbour and along the Antrim coast past Islandmagee, heading south and then charting a route across the Atlantic to Boston in Massachusetts. She was, as far as we can define, the first specific emigrant ship from Ulster in the 18th century, her 52 passengers hoping for a new and better life across the Atlantic. Her name was the Friends’ Goodwill.

A three day festival to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the departure of Friends’ Goodwill ship leaving Larne for America.

Join us for this 300th anniversary bringing together cultures from both sides of the Atlantic.

Packed with maritime-themed activities, country and bluegrass music, BBQs, historical re-enactments and American-themed sports displays, a must for all the family!


For more info visit: https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/friends-goodwill-festival-2017

Opening Times

18 to 21 May 2017



Sandy Bay Playing Fields and Curran Park, Larne

Contact Details

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council1 29 Bridge Street Ballymena BT43 5EJ 0300 124 5000 enquiries@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

The Braid Arts Centre Weekend Theatre Festival

A weekend festival of theatre events for all ages including the multiaward winning Katie’s Birthday Party and the touring production of Crazy plus a belly laugh Sam Cree production by the Castle Players.

Opening Times

Wednesday 31 May 2017 To Monday 5 June 2017



The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena

Contact Details

For a full listing of events and ticket prices check The Braid website.

Magic Shows

Now you see it, now you don’t, magic tricks to boggle your mind! With his bright blue suit and a suitcase full of silly, Louie the Entertainer, presents a hilarious sideways take on children’s magic that the whole family will enjoy.



Opening Times

Sunday 28 May 2017 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm


FREE (Parking charges may apply)


Carnfunnock Country Park

Contact Details

Contact Carnfunnock Country Park on T: 028 2826 2471.
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The Gobbins path will be open for the summer season, Council Confirms.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has announced that the internationally-unique coastal path at The Gobbins will re-open at the end of June, just in time for peak visitor season.

The Gobbins closed unexpectedly last year, when extreme weather conditions caused higher levels of rock fall along the path. Council brought forward its programme of planned maintenance in the interests of visitor and staff safety, which it says are paramount.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim , Councillor Audrey Wales MBE outlined what has been happening in Islandmagee over recent months: “We were very disappointed last year to miss our first peak season due to the unavoidable closure. Our visitor figures had already well exceeded our targets for the period and out feedback worldwide had been, and continues to be, extremely positive.

“The Gobbins is an outstanding natural and sometimes unpredictable attraction and the only guided adventure walk of its kind in Europe. Over recent months we have been working to dislodge loose rock through scaling and the majority of that work is complete. We have been looking at options for the areas around the ends of the bridges, to ensure that they aren’t damaged during the scaling process and we will now move to complete that element of the maintenance work.

“Council had budgeted around £2 million for its maintenance work, which included work to restore the access path following Storm Frank in 2015. We have spent about a quarter of the budget to date, so the next phase to get The Gobbins open represents a significant investment in growing local economy in Mid and East Antrim through creation of sustainable jobs and tourism. Mid and East Antrim has a fantastic range of tourist attractions, from Carrickfergus Castle to Slemish mountain and we have been committed, together with our partners in Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland, to promoting all our assets on a world stage.

“The Gobbins is so special within Europe. It sits within an area of Special Scientific Interest on account of its wildlife and habitats. It is one of the only mainland sites in Ireland where puffins nest and as such we will always be restricted by the bird nesting season. We will be unable to open a small section at the end of the 2 km path in time for June because of the environmental sensitivities within this area and the associated Planning restrictions, but we will work on those areas during the off-peak season later in the year. Seasonal opening will be a feature of The Gobbins going forward and will be necessary in order for Council to carry out its annual cliff maintenance work off-peak.

“We’re very excited to have a re-opening date confirmed. Booking lines will be open again early in May and we look forward to bringing people back to The Gobbins and to Mid and East Antrim for an exhilarating and exciting raw experience with nature” she said.


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