Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle

Next weekend we’ll be heading to Glenarm, a 30 minute drive down the Coast Road from Cushendun, to go to the 2019 Dalriada Festival.

The Festival is well known as a family event which takes place at Glenarm Castle every July, with music and dance performances, food demos, craft stalls, performing arts, childrens’ entertainment etc etc!

It attracts over 25,000 people annually, so I can’t believe we’ve never been before! We’re really looking forward to going.

One of the biggest highlights for me is the 90s pop stars! I was born in 1984 so the 90s for me was recording the Top 40 on a cassette! Performing at the festival this year is Peter Andre, Atomic Kitten, D:Ream, East 17, Republica and Phats & Small, as well as more recent acts including Fleur East and Samantha Harvey.

Another highlight for me will be the food stalls, with lots of local producers and vendors including the street food market, chef demonstrations, pop-up restaurant and a family dining area.

Then for Niamh (my 2-year-daughter) there’s a great selection of family favourites in the line-up such as Paw Patrol, Sam & Mark from CBBC and the little green Tractor Ted!  I can’t wait to see her face when she meets Paw Patrol’s finest Chase & Marshall!

And of course, while my husband mightn’t be a fan of Peter Andre or heroic cartoon pups, I know he’s really looking forward to seeing the historic grounds of Glenarm Estate. Festival goers will have access to the beautiful Castle, home to the current Lord and Lady Dunluce and their family.

For further information and ticket details for the festival taking place on 13th and 14th July, visit www.dalriadafestival.co.uk

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