This year’s Summer Festival will run from 5th – 23rd August and, as always, it promises to be even better than before.

We have retained many of the popular events from previous years including last year’s highly successful Horse Relay on the beach and “The Man From Strabane” Hugo Duncan will also be returning. There will be something for everyone – local history, help with new technology, thrills and spills on two wheels and four, music from Percy French to the return of the Party at the Pier – the list goes on.

All worth waiting for and get out an about and support your local festival.

The festival is brought to you by Donaghadee Community Development Association with the grateful support and funding from Ards and North Down Council.

Throughout the Festival Town Walking Tour

Donaghadee Tour Guides

Kelly’s Steps, Harbour

Meet at 2pm each day for a conducted tour of aspects of Donaghadee’s rich history and heritage
Throughout the Festival Call the Ambulance

North Down Museum Library

An exhibition at the Library showing how ambulance drivers became paramedics and detailing some of the highs and lows of the crews during The Troubles.
Saturday

5th August

Lifeboat Day

RNLI Support Group

Harbour Area

A full day of activities and stalls on the harbour, an opportunity to visit the lifeboat and lighthouse, an RNLI exercise at 11am and the ever popular raft race at noon.
Saturday

5th August

Skiff Racing

Coastal Rowing Club Slipway and Bay

St Ayles Skiffs racing from 9.30am.
Saturday

5th August

Military Display

The Army

Marina Car Park

Military displays including vehicles from 10am – 3pm
Saturday

5th August

BBQ

Sailing Club

A BBQ in the Clubhouse at 6pm to raise funds for RNLI.
Sunday

6th August

Military Display

The Army

Marina Car Park

Military displays including vehicles from 10am – 3pm
Sunday

6th August

Town Cup Sailing

Sailing Club

Sailing in the bay area
7.11,14 and 18 August Nordic Walking

A&ND Borough Council

The Commons

A 4 session Nordic Walking course from 11am – noon each day.  Ski poles supplied if required. 18yrs of age and above.  Pre-registration essential.
Wednesday

9th August

Hugo Duncan Live Outside Broadcast

Lemon’s Wharf

Uncle Hugo returns with his show being broadcast live on the BBC from 1.30pm.
Wednesday

9th August

Lets Get Digital

Go-on-NI

Lemon’s Wharf

Go-on-NI is offering free assistance for anyone wanting help with their smart phone, tablet or laptop.  Simply bring it along and there will be an expert there to advise.
Thursday

10th August

Classic Cars

MG & Morris Minor Car Clubs

Harbour

Sponsored by Ian Glasgow Car Sales.  The MG and Morris Minor Clubs have organised a cavalcade starting from Mullaghbuoy Nursing Home at 7.30pm before driving round the town to the Harbour
Friday

11th August

Cricket Challenge

Northfield

Donaghadee Bowling Club have challenged Donaghadee Cricket Club to a game of cricket starting at 6.30pm.  There will be a collection for cancer in memory of Brian Dunbar.
Saturday

12th August

Children’s Fun Morning

Meadowbank SC

Dorman’s Isle

Full range of fun activities for under 11’s from 10am to 12noon
Saturday

12th August

Coffee Morning and Craft Fair

Sailing Club

Julie Maxwell has organised a coffee morning and craft fair to raise funds for the Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat Restoration Project.  Event takes place 10,30am – 1.30pm
Saturday

12th August

Military Display

The Army

Marina Car Park

Military displays including vehicles from 10am – 3pm
Saturday

12th August

Fun for Kids

DCDA

Lemon’s Wharf

Punch & Judy Show, Magician, children’s disco and a range of fun activities for children starting at 12noon.
Saturday

12th August

Craft Beer Festival, BBQ and Music

Grace Neills

Activities get underway at 3pm in the new Beer Garden.
Saturday

12th August

Tom Blower Memorial Swim

Irish Long Distance Swimming Association

A swimming event in the harbour at 4pm to commemorate Tom Blower becoming the first person to swim the North Channel 70 years ago.
Saturday

12th August

Evening

Party at the Pier

DCDA

Lemon’s Wharf

The Party at the Pier returns this year with local bands hitting the stage at Lemons Wharf.  From Jazz Swing with the DEE Buskateers to some rock classics from FOREIGN AFFAIR.  Starting at 7pm why not dance the night away on the shore front before the Fireworks Display at 10pm.
Saturday

12th August

Fireworks Display

DCDA

Harbour

The evening closes at 10pm with a spectacular fireworks display on the North Pier.   Viewing will be available all along the Shorefront.
Sunday

13th August

Military Display

The Army

Marina Car Park

Military displays including vehicles from 10am – 3pm
Sunday

13th August

Fun for Kids

DCDA

Lemon’s Wharf

Bouncy Castles and other fun attractions for children.  From 12noon to 5pm.
Monday

14th August

Rhythm and Rhyme

Library

Rhymes, songs and stories from 10.30am – 11am for the under 4’s.  (accompanied by an adult please)
Monday

14th August

E-books, E-mags and audio books

Go-on-NI

Library

Go-on-NI is offering free assistance for anyone wanting to know more about these topics.  Pre-registration at the Library essential.
Monday

14th August

Video Games

Shore St Pres. Church

Lemon’s Wharf

Video Games for up to 16 children at a time on a specially built bus.  Intended for children aged 8yrs of age and older.  From 2pm – 4pm.
Monday

14th August

Video Games

Shore St Pres. Church

Church Halls

Video games including a car drive game for older children and teenagers.  From 7pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday

15th August

Introduction to the IPAD

Go-on-NI

Library

Go-on-NI has organised a free 2 hour sessions from 10.30am for anyone wanting to know more about their IPAD.  Pre-registration at the Library essential.
Tuesday

15th August

Walking Treasure Hunt and BBQ

Rotary Club

Sailing Club

A fun night for all the family with a walking treasure hunt around the town (should last an hour) followed by a BBQ.  Commences at 6.30pm.  Tickets £2.
Wednesday 16th August Autotest

Ulster Automobile Club

Marina Car Park

Sponsored by Lifestyle Homes a timed autotest featuring some of Ulster’s best drivers competing in a timed event in their custom built and prepared cars.  Starts 7pm
17th-19th August The Streets of Donaghadee

Historical Society

Methodist Church Hall

A trip down memory lane exploring businesses and characters from the past,  Help also available for researching your family tree.  Open 11am – 6pm daily
Thursday 17th August Aquathon

Peninsula Triathlon Club

Sailing Club

Sponsored by Harbour & Co.  A 750m swim across the harbour and a 5k run.  Register at the Sailing Club from 6pm.  Wetsuits compulsory.
Thursday 17th August. An Evening with Percy French

Heritage Preservation Co.

Sailing Club

The Percy French Quartet celebrate the songs and writings of Percy French.  Event starts at 7.30pm  Tickets £5.
Friday

18th August

 

Motorbike Trials

J Hagan Youth Trials Academy

Lemon’s Wharf

Sponsored by The Captain’s Table  Young riders aged from 6 years of age to 19 demonstrate their skills as they take their motorbike over a range fo obstacles.  Event starts at 7.30pm.
Saturday

19th August

Ulster Scots

Community Partnership

Lemon’s Wharf

The programme includes Ulster-Scots music, historical reenactors, traditional craft demonstrations, Irish Dancing and children’s inflatables (free of charge).  Children will also be able to make their own “bandstick” as used by the drum major in traditional flute bands.
Saturday

19th August

Horse Relay

Gransha Equestrian

Foreshore

Sponsored by Pier 36.  A horse relay race on the beach as teams take their horses over a series of jumps.  Starts 3pm.
Sunday

20th August

Artisan’s Market

DCDA

Lemon’s Wharf

Taking place from 10am – 5pm, the market features a wide range of local food producers
Monday

21st August

Motorcycle Run

Marina Car Park

Motorcycles old and new will assemble at the Marina Car Park from 6.30pm for a run round the Ards Peninsula before returning to the Car Park for supper.  Entry £5  in aid of the Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat Restoration Project
Wednesday 23rd August Dine at the Dee

Open House

Town Centre

A gastronomic tour round the Dee with courses at Slice of Heaven, Grace Neills, Harbour & Co and Pier 36.  Tickets £55.  Over 18’s only.