Find out what’s on this May in Ards and North Down!

Monday 1 May – Thursday 4 May

Monday 1 May, Merry May Day

Holywood Town Centre

10am – 4pm

See Holywood transform into the magical wonderland of colourful street theatre and local delights which Merry May Day is known and loved for. Enjoy traditional May Day dancing by local children, a selection of market stalls and lots family fun.

Info: 028 9127 0069,


Monday 1 May, Holywood Historical Walk

Holywood Town Area


Tickets: 4, advanced booking required

Enjoy an informative stroll through Holywood’s colourful history from the establishment of a monastic settlement on the site of the Old Priory Church to the Motte where King John is said to have spent the night.  Tour departs on foot from Maypole Bar, High Street, Holywood

Info:  028 9127 0069,


Monday 1 May, Kids “Mini-beasts” Nature Trail

Nugent’s Wood in Portaferry 

2pm – 4pm

Tickets 2.50 (child), adults free. Advanced booking required

Join local naturalist “Woody” for a creative exploration of Nugent’s Wood this May Day holiday. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet at Portaferry VIC, Castle Street.

Info: 028 4272 9882,

Friday 5 – Thursday 11 May

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, Family Fun at Cockle Row Cottages

Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport Harbour

2pm – 4pm

Come along to Groomsport for free Family fun every weekend from now until September

Saturday 6: Children’s Crafts and ‘Tales of the Wild’ Animal Roadshow

Sunday 7: Magic Show

Info:  028 9127 0069,


Saturday 6 May, Dawn Chorus

Kiltonga Nature Reserve, Newtownards    

5am – 6.30am

Free, advanced booking required

Join bird expert Dot Blakely as the sun comes up, for an early morning master class in how to recognise the song of the Dawn Chorus

Info: 028 4272 9882,