Friends' Goodwill Festival 2017

Getting there

Park and Ride

By Rail

By Bus

By Car

By Taxi

Restricted Traffic Access

There will be restricted traffic access in Larne next week due to Northern Ireland’s newest festival.

In order to accommodate attendees a number of traffic restrictions will be in place during the weekend of 19 to 21 May 2017 in the area around Sandy Bay Playing Fields. 

Access will be restricted from 12pm on Friday 19 May 2017 to the following roads:

  • Tower Road
  • Bay Park
  • Portland Road
  • Bay Road

Access will be restricted to residents who hold valid vehicle pass accreditation only.  This restriction will remain in place until Sunday 21 May at 6pm.

Sandy Bay Playing Fields and Curran Park Larne

We have good road links for car users to and from Larne.  Both Sandy Bay Playing Fields and Curran Park are also equidistant to the railway stations of Larne Town and Larne Harbour.  With buses also available from outlying towns directly to Larne - this event is within easy reach for all! Patrons are asked to use the Park and Ride facilities which will run every 15 minutes during the Festival weekend.

Pedestrian Access to Sandy Bay

There will be no access to Sandy Bay Park for pedestrians through the gateway on Bay Park Road from 8am on Thursday 18 May. This gateway will be closed for access until Monday 22 May at 4pm.

Park and Ride facilities

Our Park and Ride facilities have been kindly provided by Caterpillar NI Ltd in Larne. Translink buses will be running every 15 minutes to and from the Park and Ride site and Larne Leisure Centre during the Festival weekend activities.  The Caterpillar site is located on the Old Glenarm Road, Larne. An online map is available which details the Park and Ride location as well as bus pick up and drop off points.  Additional Festival buses will also run around the town with pick up and drop off points on Main Street, Agnew Street and at the junction of Curran Road and Tower Road.

The operating times for the Park and Ride are:

  • Friday 19 May: 2.45pm to 10.30pm
  • Saturday 20 May: 10.45am to 10.30pm
  • Sunday 21 May: 10.45am to 6.30pm

Transport:

Both rail and bus services to and from Larne will continue to operate as normal during the Festival weekend.

Get there by rail

Visit: The NI Railways website

Get there by bus

Visit: The Translink website

Get there by car

There is NO CAR PARKING available at either Sandy Bay Playing Fields nor Curran Park.  Patrons are asked to use the Park and Ride facilities which will run every 15 minutes during the Festival weekend. Disabled Parking will be available at Larne Leisure Centre for valid Blue Badge vehicles holders who have pre-registered with Council to reserve access.

Larne Taxi Companies

Larne Taxi Co - 028 2826 0007
AA Taxis - 028 2827 7888
A&B Taxis - 028 2827 0993
Bill's Taxi - 07709 572026
Seacourt Taxis - 028 2827 7449
LA Cabs Larne - 028 2827 4414
Cas Cabs - 028 2827 4983

Taxi’s should access the festival via Bay Road (turning at Chaine memorial Road). Please ensure all residents have a residents parking pass.

From Ballymena:

Take the A26 (Moorfields Road) and remain on this scenic road all the way to Larne where it will meet the A8 dual carriageway. At this roundabout take the first left towards Larne on the A8.  At the next roundabout follow the sign for Antiville/Craigyhill (first left). Follow this road and turn left onto Greenland Road (signs for the Park and Ride facility).  Continue to the end of this road and the Caterpillar NI Park and Ride facility will be directly in front of you. Please follow staff directions for parking and to the bus pick up point.

From Belfast:

Take the M2 Northbound.  Exit and Junction 4 and take the A8 (M) towards Larne. Continue along the A8 into Larne. Continue towards Larne until you see the signs for Antiville/Craigyhill. At the next roundabout follow the sign for Antiville/Craigyhill (first left). Follow this road and turn left onto Greenland Road (signs for the Park and Ride facility).  Continue to the end of this road and the Caterpillar NI Park and Ride facility will be directly in front of you. Please follow staff directions for parking and to the bus pick up point.

From Antrim:

Take the A26 (Belfast Road) heading south out of Antrim and follow it to Templepatrick where it will meet the A57 at a roundabout.  Follow the A57 through Templepatrick. At the next roundabout continue straight ahead following the A57 past Doagh and Ballyclare. Follow signs for Larne via the A8.  Follow the A8 to Larne. 

Continue towards Larne until you see the signs for Antiville/Craigyhill. At the next roundabout follow the sign for Antiville/Craigyhill (first left). Follow this road and turn left onto Greenland Road (signs for the Park and Ride facility). Continue to the end of this road and the Caterpillar NI Park and Ride facility will be directly in front of you. Please follow staff directions for parking and to the bus pick up point.

From Armagh:

Take the A3 (Portadown Road) northwards towards Portadown.  Follow the sign posts for the M1 Northbound towards Belfast. Remain on the M1 until it becomes the A12 Westlink and then follow signs for The North (M2). 

Take the M2 Northbound.  Exit and Junction 4 and take the A8 (M) towards Larne. Continue along the A8 into Larne. Continue towards Larne until you see the signs for Antiville/Craigyhill. At the next roundabout follow the sign for Antiville/Craigyhill (first left). Follow this road and turn left onto Greenland Road (signs for the Park and Ride facility). Continue to the end of this road and the Caterpillar NI Park and Ride facility will be directly in front of you. Please follow staff directions for parking and to the bus pick up point.

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