Join us for One Giant Weekend of family fun from Friday 3 – Sunday 5 September. As part of the Council’s Northern Ireland Centenary programme, One Giant Weekend in partnership with the LCC Group will showcase the very best of Northern Ireland music, culture, tastes and traditions of the place we all call home! This three day festival will take place at the iconic Antrim Castle Gardens, Mossley Mill and V36 at the Valley.
Newtownabbey Arts and Culture Network will get the Party going at One Giant Evening at V36 on Friday 3 September, kick-starting an evening of music and culture which includes Irish hip-hop star Jordan Adetunji and a fabulous firework finale.
A new drama by local playwright Michael Cameron; Carson and the Lady will take place in the Castle ruins, at Antrim Castle Gardens on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 September with tickets costing £15 each.
On Saturday 4 September One Giant Picnic at the award-winning Antrim Castle Gardens is the perfect opportunity to relax with family and friends and enjoy the great music line up which includes Bjorn Identity, the greatest tribute to pop super group Abba, the Northern Ireland Opera Gala and Ronnie Greer with special guest Ken Haddock. Get your tickets for Children’s favourite Mr Bloom who will delight the children with his one man show and Mr Hullaballoo who will guide you on his Enchanted Fairy Trial. (Tickets £8 each). A visit to our Garden Show Ireland 2022 showcase will leave you blooming! With special guest celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin giving out tips and advice in a special Q&A session.
Spinning Yarns at Mossley Mill will conclude our One Giant Weekend. This festival is a celebration of all things associated with wool and linen, showcasing the colour creativity and craft associated with these homespun yarns. There are a number of workshops and talks available to book including; crochet designer Eleonora Tully and Northern Ireland knitting author James McIntosh and his side-kick Dr Thomas Ernst on the links between knitting and mindfulness – knititation. Tickets from £4 and under 16s go free – visit spinningyarnsfestival.com
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said “I am looking forward to attending One Giant Weekend. This three day event is a great opportunity for our communities to come together and celebrate the best of home-grown talent as part of the Council’s Northern Ireland Centenary programme.”
To help us manage ongoing restrictions there is a limited capacity for tickets for Friday & Saturday events. Whilst many of the events are free of charge an admission ticket for One Giant Weekend will carry a booking fee of £1.25 with all proceeds going to the Mayor’s charities. Admission Tickets will be available to book from 9am on Friday 20 August from antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/Events. However all paid for events are available to book now.