On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June Market Square, Antrim will be buzzing with an artisan food and craft market atmosphere. The two-day event will showcase delicious local, food, drink and unique crafts. On Saturday the event will run from 12 noon until 10pm and on Sunday between 12 noon and 6pm. On Saturday, the family entertainment and market stalls will be open until 6pm.
Free Family Fun
There will be plenty of free family fun over the weekend to keep everyone entertained. This will include street performers, children’s arts and crafts and a petting farm. You will also enter the historical Barbican Gate and experience the fairy-tale world of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Meet Willy Wonka’s cousin and indulge in the chocolate making workshops. Join Charlie Bucket and his mischievous friends on this magical journey.
Ruby’s Bar, Antrim have lots of live music planned to make your day at the market even more entertaining. On Saturday, Juram, Neill Collins and Keni B will have your toe’s tappin and on Sunday they welcome back Neil Collins and Alan Lafferty.
This weekend promises to be a great family experience, so don’t miss out! For more information and timings please visit here or T. 028 9446 3113 ext. 31344.
Free car parking will be available at Central Car Park and Castle Street. Parking is also available at Railway Street, however charges will apply.
Last Call for Rural Business Development Grant Applications!
Are you a small business in a rural area of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough that would benefit from a grant of up to £4,999? Then make sure you apply for the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme!
Applications are currently being accepted by the Council on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) through the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme (TRPSI) with a deadline of 12pm on Friday 30 July.
The grant of up to £4,999, at a 50% grant rate is applicable to capital items such as equipment, machinery, computers and an e-commerce website. To be eligible to apply, the business must have less than 10 full-time equivalent employees and not have benefitted from the grant previously.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented: “There isn’t long left before the application process closes, so I would encourage the small rural businesses of the Borough to apply now. With just under £5k available to these businesses, this can be a great helping hand to those that are recovering from the impacts of the pandemic, as well as the opportunity to grow and develop their business. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank DAERA for the £62k funding made available for these grants as well as absorbing the staff costs.”
Applications close at 12pm on 30 July 2021. For more information including eligibility criteria or to apply visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ruralbusinessgrants or text Business Rural to 80039.
Plans Approved to Secure the Future of Steeple House
Works are set to begin at one of Antrim’s most historic sites to refurbish Steeple House to its former glory. A Grade B+ listed building, Steeple House sits within a 17 acre parkland site which also includes the Antrim Round Tower, a scheduled monument which served as a bell-tower and place of refuge from raiders and is one of only two complete towers remaining in Northern Ireland.
Once the location of a former medieval monastery, Steeple House was built in 1827 by the Fawcett family and later became the headquarters for Antrim Borough Council. A fire in July 2019 caused extensive damage to the listed building including the loss of its roof.
Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Planning Committee, Alderman Fraser Agnew MBE said: “I am delighted that the plans approved by the Committee this evening will secure this important part of our local heritage. The plans ensure that Steeple House will be restored to its pre-fire condition, respecting the character, architecture and historic interest of the building. The planning proposal also received support and was commended by the Historic Environment Division, the Department responsible for listed buildings in Northern Ireland.”
In addition to the refurbishment of Steeple House, there are plans by the Council for the wider park including new interpretive signage and pathways to promote greater access to the site, showcasing the Round Tower as a unique feature. Plans are also being developed by a third party to develop a section of the site as a healthcare facility.