Visitors to this year’s Balmoral Show can get a taste of royal life as Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will be there showcasing its unmissable tourism sites including Carrickfergus Castle. The Gobbins, Islandmagee and Arthur Cottage will also get a shout out at a brand new stand promoting all the must-see sites across the borough.
More than 100,000 people are expected to travel to Balmoral Park for the four-day event from 16-19 May.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are taking the heritage of the past to future visitors by showcasing the array of locations on offer to visit this summer and beyond.
Fun With History
Children will have the chance to dress up as lords and ladies by designing and wearing their very own crowns as they learn all about the centuries-old stone walls of Carrickfergus Castle and its rich Norman past.
Built by the Anglo-Norman John de Courcy over 800 years ago, Carrickfergus Castle has long been the centre of a power struggle for those wanting to control the important port. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 18th to the 19th centuries and visitors are encouraged to explore the castle’s large hall and dark corners.
The Gobbins cliff path tour guides will also be there, hard hats and all, to give visitors an insight into the fascinating stories you can experience along the exhilarating walk which is now open again for the 2018 summer season. Characters in period costume will also open a window into the historical delights the entire family can enjoy at Arthur Cottage near Cullybackey.
Best Tourist Attractions
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Paul Reid said, “We are proud to be able to boast some of the best tourist attractions Northern Ireland has to offer. The Balmoral Show is one of the most important events in the Northern Ireland calendar and a perfect opportunity to showcase Mid and East Antrim as a must see lcation. Growing and capitalising on our tourism potential is one of Council’s key priorities. Mid and East Antrim has some of the most beautiful and scenic views, of both land and sea, in Northern Ireland. It’s rich in culture and heritage and offers the warmest of welcomes from its local communities.
“With existing attractions like The Gobbins and Carrickfergus Castle, a rich agri-food sector boasting high-quality produce, and now a home to many major film and television productions, our area has plenty to offer both local and international tourists.”
Food and drink producers throughout Mid and East Antrim will also be to showcasing their goods to tens of thousands of Balmoral Show visitors in the NI Food Pavilion.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is supporting the very best of local produce at the show by offering eight businesses an affordable opportunity to exhibit at a subsidised rate.
There will be two stands on each day this year, with another featuring cookery demonstrations from celebrity chef Jenny Bristow. She will also be using locally sourced produce from the borough in her mouth-watering recipes.