Friends' Goodwill Festival 2017

Festival Programme

The Friends' Goodwill Festival 2017 will run from 18 May to 21 May 2017. This is a FREE EVENT with no tickets required.

Visit the Getting There and Transport links page for information on traffic arrangements during the festival.

You can also download the Official Festival programme.

Thursday
18 May

Friday
19 May
Saturday
20 May
Sunday
21 May

Monday 15 May

Time: 
9am to 9pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Passage to America Exhibition

Time: 
10am to 3pm
Venue: The Braid, Ballymena

Maritime Artwork Exhibition

Time: 
7pm

Venue: Andrew Jackson Cottage, Carrickfergus

Resources for Researching Ulster Ancestors by Dr William Roulston

Tuesday 16 May

Time: 
9am to 9pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Passage to America Exhibition

Time: 
6.30pm

Venue: Church Street Car Park, Ballymena

Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland - Join us to welcome The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Scotland for a spectacular military parade, Beating Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset.

Time: 
7pm

Venue: Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey

Resources for Researching Ulster Ancestors by Dr William Roulston

Thursday 18 May

Time: 
9am to 9pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Passage to America Exhibition

Time: 
10am to 3pm
Venue: The Braid, Ballymena

Maritime Artwork Exhibition

Time: 
7.30pm
Doors open: 
7pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

American Dreams by Dr. David Hume MBE

Drama, music, song, prose and poetry involving local artists celebrating the legacy of the Friend’s Goodwill and the importance of Scotch-Irish emigration in the 18th century.

Free tickets available from Larne VIC, telephone 028 2826 2495.

Friday 19 May

Time: 
9am to 9pm
Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Passage to America Exhibition

Time: 
10am to 3pm
Venue: The Braid, Ballymena

Maritime Artwork Exhibition

Time:
3pm to 6.30pm
Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields Family fun activities, Loose Thread Quilters outdoor exhibition, food stalls, walkabout characters

Time: 
3pm to 6.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Living History Village - Step back in time to the 18th Century and witness history come to life, featuring:

  • Blacksmith
  • Potter
  • Candle/lamp maker
  • Working farm and kitchen
  • Wool spinning
  • Soldiers' camp
  • Living quarters

Time: 
3pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

History Talk by Allister McReynolds

Time: 
3pm to 5pm

Venue: Larne Town Centre

Downtown Country Roadshow

Time: 
3.30pm to 5pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Storytelling: Bridget Ann McNeill

Time:
4pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields Resources for Researching Ulster Ancestors by Dr William Roulston
Time:
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields Jive NI - Dance classes

 

 

Friday's Live Music Concert

 

Broken String Band
Time: 
6.30pm

Marty Mone
Time: 
8pm

Jim Devine
Time: 
9.30pm

 

Saturday 20 May

Time
9am to 5pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Passage to America Exhibition

Time:
10am to 3pm
Venue: The Braid, Ballymena

Maritime Artwork Exhibition

Time:
11am to 6.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Irish Food Heritage demonstrations, face painting, food stalls. Arts and Crafts, family fun activities, rope making Demonstrations, Loose Thread Quilters Exhibition, Walkabout characters
 

Time: 
11am to 3pm

Venue: Town Centre, Broadway

Street entertainers, Walkabout, Characters, Balloon Modellers, Face Painting

Time: 
11am to 6.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Living History Village - Step back in time to the 18th Century and witness history come to life, featuring:

  • Blacksmith
  • Potter
  • Candle/lamp maker
  • Working farm and kitchen
  • Wool spinning
  • Soldiers' camp
  • Living quarters

Time: 
11am to 11.30am

Venue: Town Centre, Stage

Antrim Coast Dancers

Time: 
11am - 4pm

Venue: Larne Market Yard

Pop Up Emporium: Americana

Time: 
11.30am
12.30pm
2.30pm
3.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Storytelling with Bridget Anne McNeill

Time:
12pm to 4pm
Venue: East Antrim Boat Club

Free Try Sailing Sessions - Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to sail with experienced sailors in various dinghies, have a power boat ride & view the club facilities

Time: 
12pm
1pm
2pm
3pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

History Talk by Allister McReynolds

Time: 
1pm to 3pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Strongman Competition

Time: 
1pm to 3pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Carrickfergus Knights - Come and try American Football

Time: 
1pm to 3pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Cheerleading Display - Ballymena Flames and Larne Wolves 

Time: 
11am

1pm
4pm

Venue: Starting at Curran Park

Ulster American Walking Trail - Dr David Hume MBE and Larne Drama Circle take visitors on a walk along the trail

Time: 
1pm to 3pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Basketball Display

Time:
1pm to 3pm
Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields Carrickfergus Knights - Come and try American Football!

Time: 
2pm
4
pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Johnston Highland Dancing

Time: 
2.30pm
4.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Royal Tara Irish Dancers

 

 

Saturday's Live Music Concerts
 

Town Centre Stage

Sandy Bay Playing Fields Stage

Kathryn Stewart School of Highland Dance
Time:
11am

Cup O' Joe
Time:
12.00pm

Larne Music Yard
Time: 
12pm

Gormacha
Time:
1.20pm

Grouse Beaters
Time: 
1pm

Stonewall
Time:
2.40pm

 

Chelsey Chambers
Time:
4pm

 

Niamh McGlinchey
Time:
5pm

 

Four Men and a Dog
Time:
6.15pm

 

Barry Kirwan with guest: Philomena Begley
Time:
7.30pm

 

UNA HEALY
Time: 
9pm

EVENT CLOSES AT 10.30PM

 

Sunday 21 May

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Passage to America Exhibition

Time:
11am to 6.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Irish Food Heritage Demonstrations, Face Painting, Food Stalls. Arts and Crafts, Family Fun Activities, Rope Making Demonstrations, Loose Thread Quilters Exhibition

Time: 
11am to 6.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Living History Village - Step back in time to the 18th Century and witness history come to life, featuring:

  • Blacksmith
  • Potter
  • Candle/lamp maker
  • Working farm and kitchen
  • Wool spinning
  • Soldiers' camp
  • Living quarters

Time: 
11am

Venue: Starting at Curran Park

Ulster American Walking Trail - Dr David Hume and Larne Drama Circle take visitors on a walk along the trail

Time: 

11:30am
12.30pm
2.30pm
3.30pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Storytelling with Bridget Anne McNeill

Time: 
12pm
1pm
2pm

3pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

History Talk by Allister McReynolds

Time: 
12.30pm

Venue: Viewing from Promenade

Rowing by Castle, Cairndhu, Glenarm and Carnlough Rowing Clubs

Time: 
1pm to 3pm

Venue: Larne Leisure Centre

Basketball Display

Time: 
1pm to 3pm
 

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Cheerleading Display

Time: 
1pm

Venue: Chaine Memorial Tower

RNLI Static Display

Time: 
1pm

Venue: Starting at Curran Park

Ulster American Walking Trail - Dr David Hume MBE and Larne Drama Circle take visitors on a walk along the trail

Time: 
1.30pm
3pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Johnston Highland Dancing

Time: 
2pm

Venue: Curran Park

Commemoration Service including plaque unveiling

Time: 
2.30pm

Venue: Viewing from the Promenade

Parade of Sail by East Antrim Boat Club, featuring Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile Pipe Band

Time:
2pm and 4pm
Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields Street Theatre - Sideboard Sideshow

Time: 
3pm
4pm

Venue: Sandy Bay Playing Fields

Street Theatre: Captain Morgan

Time:
7pm
Venue: The Coffee Doc

Hot Wings Challenge - 10 Extreme Hot Wings!... No water... 2 minutes...

 

 

Sunday's Live Music Concert
 

Willie Drennan
Time:
1pm

Connla
Time:
2.15pm

Brian Houston
Time:
3.30pm

Dana Masters
Time:
4.45pm

EVENT CLOSES AT 6PM

 

All event timings details and lineups are subject to change.