Gobbins Booking Line Red Hot!

Gobbins Path
Gobbins Path

Callers asked to be patient as Gobbins Cliff Path opens for business

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s stunning attraction at The Gobbins in Islandmagee looks like it may reclaim its title as Northern Ireland’s premier visitor attraction more quickly than expected.

Just hours after it opened to the public this morning, many hundreds of people have been calling the booking line where staff are busy dealing with queries and bookings.

Speaking early this afternoon, the Gobbin’s Visitor Centre Manager, Alister Bell said: “Staff are working hard to meet the large volume of calls being received. This can be frustrating for callers at times, but we would appeal to our clients to bear with us and be patient. They can be assured that the attraction is well worth the effort and suggest that if the number is engaged they call back later today or tomorrow, when things will be less hectic.”

 Comprising suspension tubular bridges, caves, steps, and tunnels carved through the spectacular rock face here, Mid and East Antrim Borough’s reimagined treasure has brought what was once a thriving 1900’s hotspot into the 21st century. Along the trail, visitors will not only enjoy spectacular views of the natural landscape here but get up close to a diverse range of wildlife and gain privileged access to Northern Ireland’s only mainland colony of Puffins alongside various other bird species.

Carrickfergus in Bloom Competitions for Young People

Tallest Sunflower Competition

Sunflower Competition

This annual competition has been arranged to encourage our younger gardening enthusiasts to actively assist in Carrickfergus’s entry to the Translink ‘Ulster in Bloom’ Competition. Entrants aged 15 and under should measure the size of their sunflower during the last week of August using a metric tape measure and complete the entry form, and return by the 1st September to: Carrickfergus in Bloom, Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus. Application forms are available from Council buildings, local press or can be downloaded at: www.carrickfergusinbloom.org/sunflower.htm

Poetry and Painting Competitions
Poetry and Painting Competitions

Carrickfergus in Bloom Painting and Poetry Competitions

You might also be interested in our Carrickfergus in Bloom Painting and Poetry competitions. This annual competition has been arranged to encourage the Borough’s younger citizens to actively assist in our Ulster in Bloom campaign. The competition is open to all those aged 15 and under. Application forms are available from Council buildings, local press or can be downloaded at www.carrickfergusinbloom.org/cib_paint_leaflet.pdf


Mid And East Antrim Flower Show 22 August 2015

Mid and East Antrim Flower Show

Poster for Mid and East Antrim Flower Show
Mid and East Antrim Flower Show

Larne Market Yard will be brimming with blooms and culinary delights this weekend as Mid and East Antrim Borough hosts the annual Flower Show.

It takes place this Saturday 22 August, from 1.30 to 3pm and visitors can enjoy the floral displays free as there is no entry charge.

Now beginners and the keen horticulturists involved in those awards were able to enter over a dozen competitive classes at the Flower Show in Larne. These range from Best ‘Monster’ Vegetable to an Award for the Novice Flower Arranging and the prestigious Perpetual Cup for Best in Show. As well as those for giant vegetables and flower arrangements, award classes also include pot plants and categories for home industry and the popular children’s section.

Our area is blooming with local horticultural talent, as demonstrated by the many awards won by our towns and villages, and the show offers the opportunity for green thumbed enthusiasts to exhibit the fruits of that talent, helping to create a colourful spectacle for everyone to enjoy. Entrants to the home industry section will be tempting members of the public with their mouth-watering cakes and jams while entrants to the Floral Arrangement section will be wowing everyone with their artistic displays. Please contact for further information Tel: 028 2826 7411 or Email: flowershow@midandeastantrim.gov.uk. Download guidelines and entry form here: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/flowershow