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The Dalriada Festival is well established as N.Ireland's biggest cultural family festival taking place at the iconic Glenarm Castle & Village annually in July.

Attracting in excess of 30,000 annually, the main objective of the Dalriada Festival is to recycle and share talent, renew passion and belief in our local area, and regenerate excitement in our land, its people and our shared cultural heritage. The Festival has something for everyone and encompasses a varied programme of action packed events to include World Class Highland Games, Europe's Strongest Man, Live Wrestling, Wife Carrying Championships, Pipe Band Championships, Fine Foods, Chef Demonstrations, Pop-up Restaurants, numerous music and dance stages featuring over 50 acts, craft/trade stalls and exhibitions, performing arts, children's entertainment featuring an appearance by the official stars of children's television and much more including our main stage which to date has featured the likes of Bay City Rollers, Bagatelle, Hothouse Flowers, The Commitments, The Priests, General Fiasco, Duke Special, Amici, Lisa McHugh, Horslips, INNOVA, Philomena Beagley, Mike Denver, The Fureys, Ronan Keating, Nathan Carter, Sharon Corr and many others.

The Festival also continues to host major sporting events including a Rowing Regatta, Triathlon, Duathlon, 5k - 10k run, Super Endurocross (N.Ireland's only outdoor super endurocross), Horse Hunt Chase etc. The local village of Glenarm plays a vital role in the many different community events including a street fair, competitions, music, and so on.






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Prices (kids under 12 go free!)
One Day: Two Day:
Adult £20 £35
Youth/Senior £17.50 £30



Main Festival Weekend (Glenarm Castle): 14th & 15th July (Official Campsite Access from 13th July)
Festival Week Events (Glenarm Village): 16th - 21st July


Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, Co.Antrim, BT44 0BQ


11:00am - 10.00pm (Last Admission 6pm)


Admission applies. See tickets section.


Official Campsite available for Caravans, Motorhomes & Tents. See tickets section. For Campsite Rules , click here.




Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead at all times. However dogs are not permitted in the Walled Garden.


Sat Nav is BT44 OBQ (Lat 54.9 Lon -5.9) and there will be additional AA signage on the days of the festival.


For information on where to stay in the local area, click here


For festival safety and additional information or for our Terms and Conditions, click here.
PLEASE NOTE – there is no facility to hire wheel chairs or mobility scooters at this event.


The Dalriada Festival offers a unique opportunity to engage with difference audiences. We are particularly looking for crafts, childrens entertainment, gardening and local food & drink, however we will always consider other unique and bespoke trade stands and exhibitions. Please submit your Expression of Interest below and we will be in touch. Please note we choose trade carefully to ensure we have the correct balance and variety best suited to the event.

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