Hillsborough International Oyster Festival 2 – 7th September @HIOFestival

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In 2014, the world-renowned Hillsborough International Oyster Festival celebrates twenty-two years of fund-raising, food and festivities with a packed programme of activities and entertainment.

Set in the historic, picturesque Georgian village of Hillsborough, Co. Down, the Festival is now rightly recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s premier events, attracting thousands of visitors each year from all corners of the globe.


On Saturday 6th September, the whole village will be closed to traffic and the streets will be filled with stalls, music, family entertainment and, of course, oysters!

For those who like a bit of competition, the World Oyster Eating Championship is one of the festival’s main attractions, taking place on the main stage at 3pm on the Saturday afternoon.

If it’s great local food and drink you’re after, the Festival Marquee will be packed with stalls offering delectable samples of Ulster’s gastronomic delights.

Apart from providing great fun, local food and a variety of entertainment to suit all ages, as always the main purpose of the Festival is to help raise money for a local charity. This year’s nominated charity is AutismNI, details of which can be found on http://www.autismni.org/ 

Sunday 24th August
Castle Fun Day
Family ticket 2 adults + 2 children (£20)
1pm – 5pm

Tuesday 2nd September
Oyster Masters Golf (leaflet attached)
Lisburn Golf Club

Thursday 4th September
Galway Cycle Ride – from Galway to Hillsborough

Thursday 4th September
“The Only Way is Hillsborough”
£20
Ladies Night – Grand Marquee

Thursday 4th September
Oyster Eating
Various locations in village

Friday 5th September
“A Night at The Musicals”
Grand Marquee
Gala Ball – Featuring James Huish  and 10 piece band

Saturday 6th September
•   Soap Box Derby
The Dark Walk

•   Gourmet Food Village
Grand Marquee

• Street Entertainment
Various locations in village

• World Oyster Eating Championships
Gig Rig in The Square

• Live Concert & BBQ

Sunday 7th September
Super Car Sunday
Sprucefield Park ‘n’ Ride

Ticket Information

Tickets for live concert can be purchased from The Plough, The Hillside and The Parsons Nose.

Tickets for all events can be purchased or ordered from Hillsborough Visitor Information Centre – 028 9268 9717 or Lisburn Visitor Information Centre – 028 9266 0038

Visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com or telephone 028 9268 9717 or 028 9266 0038 for further information.

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