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​A month of action packed adventures await at Ballymena’s Urban Beach

Press release   •   Jul 29, 2019 14:01 BST

Come along and join in the free fun at Ballymena's Urban Beach

The summer weather may be temperamental this year, but one thing that’s holding strong is the entertainment on offer for all the family at Ballymena’s Urban Beach this summer.

Hundreds of people have been enjoying the sand between their toes since it opened in July and with a packed out events list throughout August there’s something to keep everyone entertained.

This project is part of Mid & East Antrim’s £3m Local Authority Action Plan, which is financed through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme. This EU programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

If you haven’t had the chance to catch some rays at the urban beach in People’s Park yet, there’s an area that has plenty of space for laying out the beach towels, a dedicated sand sculpture section, a jetty style promenade and even a lighthouse.

So why not pack a picnic and get down to enjoy some of these fun activities:

Wednesday 31 July

Sand Sculptures 2-5pm

Join us on the urban beach and try your hand at sand sculpturing some of our local wildlife.

Monday 5 August

Thai Arts Workshop 2-4pm

Paint traditional Thai rice paper umbrellas and fans, handmade from bamboo. Express your artistic flair using vibrant colours depicting delicate floral patterns and landscapes

Wednesday 14 August

Beach Bonanza 2-4pm

Bring the whole family along for an afternoon of fun and games on the beach

Friday 16 August

Outdoor Cinema 6-8pm

Ride the waves with Moana – don’t forget to bring your boat snacks!

Saturday 17 August

Climbing Wall 1-7pm

Test your wits and your head for heights as you use the climbing wall.

Tuesday 20th Augsut

Seashell Stories 2.30 – 4pm

A Seaside conservation adventure! An immersive adventure on the beach using the power of storytelling and song.

Sunday 25 August

Archery 1-7pm

Release your inner Robin Hood and try your hand at archery.

Wednesday 28 August

Pirates Ahoy! 2-4pm

Come along in pirate themed costumes as we tackle various nautical themed challenges, arts and crafts and games. Landlubbers welcome!

There are also plans for a special closing event in September time so stay up to date with what’s going on council’s social media channels and share your snaps as well so we can share the fun.

Match-funding for the Council’s Action Plan has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

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  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
  • The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the border region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit