Enchanting Merry May Day

Holywood is a buzz with preparations for the annual Merry May Day event on Monday 7 May.

The free family fun day, organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council in partnership with Holywood and District Community Council, will present a programme packed with things to see and do for all ages, helping you to make the most of the bank holiday.

This year’s event has an enchanting spring and floral theme.  Look out for Floris, the captivating and mystical flower nymph who will be gliding through the crowds in her beautifully adorned globe. Colourful vibrant performances will come in all shapes and sizes; form the fantastic street Dragons, to a soulful blend of native African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance by the impressive Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda, to Irish dancing by the McElhinney School of Dance.  A highlight of the day is always the choreographed dance performed by local school children around Ireland’s only maypole.

The event will see a number of much loved favourites features returning: the crowning of the May Queen, the Bonny Baby competition and, of course, the fancy dress competition, which always sees fantastic display of effort. This year children are invited to come along as mini Kings and Queens, Super Heroes and their favourite storybook characters.

‘Jump, Jiggle and Jive’ will be on hand with their mini maypole for those little one’s eager to have a go too. Punch and Judy will be making appearances throughout the day for those that love a puppet show.

Those who love a bargain will enjoy the market and stalls on offer in the town, housed between the wonderful eateries and boutiques that Holywood has to offer.

The daylong event starts at 10am transforming High Street and Church Road into a mecca of amusement that will last until 4pm. Make a day of it in Holywood!

For more details, visitardsandnorthdown.com or call 028 9127 0069.