Christmas 2017

Whitehead Victorian Street Fair

Image from the Whitehead Victorian Street Fair poster

Saturday 25 November 2017

12pm - 7.30pm

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The Victorian Street Fair is run by Whitehead Community Association, supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Founded in 1972, the original aim of the association was to rescue and maintain Whitehead’s old 1930s cinema, bequeathed by the building’s owners to the town on the proviso of being run for the benefit of the whole community.

As a result, Whitehead Community Association is an independent body of volunteers banding together to promote communal, social and civic life in the town.

Image of a Christmas TreeParking and Travel:

Parking within Whitehead is limited, we encourage people to avail of the park and ride facilities at stations (for a full list of park and ride facilities please visit the Translink Park and Ride locations page.

Whitehead train station is a short walk to the centre of Whitehead, where the streets will be lined with Victorian stalls, entertainment and food.


Details are subject to change

Time Event Location
11.30am Evan Marshall: ‘Northern Ireland in the 1958 World Cup’ Railway Museum
12noon – 4pm Steam train rides Railway Preservation Society
(adults £2.50, children £2)
12noon Steve Diamond: Walking tour around old Whitehead Gathering at train station waiting room
12noon Victorian story time Library
12noon Tour of Edwardian house The Gallery Whitehead
1pm Fair officially starts See ‘What’s on Where’
1pm Performing Starz: Thomas the Sweep (a puppet show for ages 2-7) Genesis
1pm-3pm Reindeer Victoria Avenue
1.30pm Talk: Guy Warner on ‘Whitehead Aerodrome and the Great War’ Library
1.30pm Fairy tale puppet show (for the very young) Genesis
1.30pm Babcock and Bobbins Kings Road
2pm Bubbletrouble Community Centre
2pm Steve Diamond ‘The Heroes of Whitehead’ and 'Inside the Lighthouse' Presbyterian Church
2pm Tour of the Edwardian house The Gallery Whitehead
2.30pm Punch and Judy Show Genesis
2.45pm Drumlough Pipe Band Methodist Church Gardens
2.45pm Storytelling with Billy Teare Church of Ireland
(Victoria Avenue Entrance)
3pm Bubbletrouble Presbyterian Church
3pm County Antrim Yacht Club opens County Antrim Yacht Club
3pm Performing Starz: Thomas the Sweep (a puppet show for ages 2-7) Genesis
3pm Talk: Philip Orr - '1918 The Year of Victory' Library
3.30pm Babcock & Bobbins Outside Methodist
Church Hall
3.30pm Whitehead Ladies Community Choir

Church of Ireland
(Victoria Avenue Entrance)

3.40pm Magic Show Genesis
3.45pm Drumlough Pipe Band Presbyterian Church
4pm Tour of Edwardian house The Gallery Whitehead
4pm Bubble Trouble Methodist Church Garden
4.15pm Storytelling with Billy Teare Church of Ireland
(Victoria Avenue Entrance)
4.45pm Drumlough Pipe Band Community Centre
5pm Nativity Tableaux – The Nativity story told through a series of dramatic tableaux with Uplift Theatre Group and Whitehead Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church
5pm Live music: Conor McAfee Whitecliff Inn
6pm Mulled wine and festive treats Country Antrim Yacht Club
6pm Civic Carol service Presbyterian Church
6.55pm Lantern parade From Presbyterian Church to Christmas tree at Methodist Church
7pm Christmas tree lights switch on Methodist Church
7.30pm Fireworks at the sea front (weather dependent) Seafront
7pm Authentic Victorian menu bistro nights provide an authentic sample of Victorian dishes and delights! Book in advance required. Mauds
10pm Live music: Sabrejets  Marine Bar

Image of a Victorian Street fair scene