Competitor Registrations LIVE from 9am, 12th May

It's that time of the year again when we launch or competitor registrations for all sporting events including the Sprint Triathlon, Kids Duathlon, Horse Hunt Chase, Rowing Regatta, Big Fun Run and Dalriada WIPEOUT at this years Dalriada Festival. Registrations will go LIVE, via this website, next Monday 12th May at 9am. Last year our Dalriada WIPEOUT sold out within a few days so make sure and register quickly for that event if you would like to take part. Let the good times roll..........

Thunderous Roar from Glenarm as P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival 2014 is Announced

It was big in 2011, it was big in 2012, it got bigger in 2013 and now it’s back with a thunderous roar for 2014 – The P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV 13th - 19th July.  A giant, must-attend family event in the Northern Ireland cultural diary, the 2014 line-up features sport, music and fine foods in the picturesque & historic village of Glenarm, first of the famous nine Glens of Antrim and within the Borough of Larne.

The festival will kick off in the Glenarm Castle grounds over the July bank holiday weekend ( 13th-14th July) featuring the ‘Champion of Champions Highland Games’ which sees the thunder of Scotland come to Northern Ireland. Strongman versus strongman as they battle it out for the championship title. Northern Ireland’s premiere family music event DalriadaLIVE will feature a high quality musical line up including chart topper and Dalriada Festival 2013 sell out Nathan Carter who will headline on 13th July with special guests.  Plus, announcing country legend Mike Denver as the headline act for 14th July along with special guests.  Across the weekend visitors will be treated to celebrity chef demos, the world’s only chic sheep fashion show, craft village, fine food, dancing and lots more.

The festival’s thunderous roar will also fill the stunning village of Glenarm and the wider community.  From 15th – 19th July visitors can enjoy sporting action including Super Endurocross, a beach mounted rally, Dalriada Wipeout, Kids duathalon and a fun run.  There will also be traditional entertainment, food, games and local culture at the Auld Hirin’ Fair and at the heart of the village - Hymns and Haybales.  New to the community element of the festival this year is Dalriada SESSIONS featuring traditional music from Haste to the Wedding, gypsy jazz swing with a twist Manouche Swing and the award winning JP Mac’s  The Jonny Cash and June Carter Show. The Festival will give one final roar as its closes on Sunday 19th July with a spectacular fireworks display, street entertainment, rowing regatta, fancy dress parade, live music and lots more.

The festival’s nominated charity for 2014 is the stillbirth and neo-natal death Charity SANDS. The charity is instrumental in promoting and funding research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives, and works closely with health professionals to ensure bereaved parents and their families receive the best possible care. Nathan Carter’s manager John Farry has written and produced a beautiful song for the charity in memory of DalriadaLIVE promoter John Rodger’s little grandson who sadly passed away at birth. The song called Memories of Angels will be performed during DalraidaLIVE by Collette Curry. A CD will be available to buy with proceeds going to SANDS.

Adrian Morrow, Festival Director, commented;
“ The P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV is back with a thunderous roar for 2014.  What a fantastic line up we have this year at Glenarm Castle and the beautiful Glenarm Village. Across sport, music and food – we have something for all the family.  From chart topping, Dalriada 2013 sell out Nathan Carter, Highland Games, crafts, celebrity chefs, sporting and music events in Glenarm Village – this truly is a giant of a cultural, family event. Every year we get bigger and better and this can only happen with the support of our sponsors – P&O, UTV, Larne Borough Council and NITB, and our many partners but also from the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff, volunteers and the local community. Thanks to all of them we can roar this loud in 2014.  We are also delighted to support and work with SANDS as our official Charity for 2014 and hope that all our visitors will show support by purchasing the specially created CD Memories of Angels.”  

Joanna Walsh from P&O Ferries, title sponsor of the event, said;
.”P&O Ferries is proud to be title sponsor for the 2014 Dalriada Festival. Once again the organisors have surpassed themselves and are presenting a programme packed with excitement and entertainment for the whole family. With the promise of incredible music acts, fine foods, arts and crafts it really is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before.  As operators of the shortest, fastest and most frequent crossings between Northern Ireland and Scotland P&O Ferries is very much looking forward to welcoming on board the ever growing number of visitors who travel from Scotland each summer to enjoy this spectacular event and we wish everyone involved every success.”
           
Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV added;
"UTV is delighted to join forces once again with the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in Glenarm which promises to deliver a fabulous week for all the family this July. We look forward to capturing the essence of the activities taking place on the North Coast of Antrim on UTV for all our viewers, with regular updates online on u.tv and interviews on U105."

Eddie Rowan, Event Manager Northern Ireland Tourist Board:
“The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is once again pleased to support the P&O Dalriada Festival.  It is a pleasure to see this fantastic festival grow from strength to strength as it continues to significantly increase visitor appeal to the North Coast of Antrim.  The range and quality of activity on offer will not only a generate a substantial impact on the economy but also contribute to Northern Ireland’s positive profile as an attractive destination.  I wish all the participants and visitors a very memorable trip to Northern Ireland and to Glenarm for this action packed week of events.”

Admission to the community events is FREE. Gate Admission applies for the Champion of Champions Highland Games at £10 for Adults, £7.50 for Senior Citizens and £5 for Youth (12-16), children under 12 are FREE. Tickets for DalriadaLIVE, both the Nathan Carter and Mike Denver Concerts, are priced at £25 plus booking fee and available at www.dalriadafestival.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.ie

2014 Festival Camping......with a BIG difference

We are extremely excited to announce details on our revamped festival campsite this year. In addition to pitches for your very own caravans, motorhomes and tents we will be offering an alternative camping experience. This year we will open our new GLAMPING VILLAGE in providing a more glamorious and luxurious camping experience. The GLAMPING VILLAGE offers you a unique & luxury festival experience where all your accommodation needs are taken care of, so all you have to do is concentrate on the really important stuff like having great time!

Located adjacent  to the main campsite, your accommodation will be hand built and fully furnished before your arrival, and broken down and packed away after you leave.

Prices are from £295 for 3 nights and up to 4 people and will include Day Passes to the Champion of Champions Highland Games and discount DalriadaLIVE tickets. This really will be the VIP of camping! Not to mention staying in what is, one of Ireland's oldest Castle Estates.

Don’t own a caravan, motorhome or tent but would like to experience the atmosphere of the festival campsite? Well then, this year you can also hire your very own caravan. 4-6 berth caravans are available and will be set up in advance of your arrival. All caravans are new and of a high spec.

If you would like to HIRE A CARAVAN or book into the luxurious GLAMPING VILLAGE please email info@dalriadafestival.co.uk. Please note spaces are extremely limited.

General Campsite Packages are on sale from 9am next Friday, 7th February, with 10% early bird discount on all bookings made before Friday 14th February.

Nathan Carter back for DalriadaLIVE 2014

Silver Fox Productions and Glenarm Castle are delighted to announce that, due to overwhelming demand from Dalriada Live 2013, country singing sensation Nathan Carter will be back at Dalriada Live 2014 on Sunday 13th July.  Dalriada Live has become a firm fixture as part of the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival, which features top quality music, food and sport as well as the well-known Highland Games during July.

Coming into its fourth year Dalriada Live will take on a new look in 2014.  Rather than the usual one night of music, Dalriada Live will present two nights on 13th and 14th July.  

With Nathan Carter already on the line up the promoters, Silver Fox Productions, who return to stage Dalriada Live for a second time, are promising the biggest and best Dalriada Live with another big act and the rest of the line up to be confirmed early January. Silver Fox Productions is also pleased to announce that the charity for Dalriada Live will be Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Pete Tobit, from Silver Fox Productions, said:
“ Silver Fox Productions is delighted to be working with Glenarm Castle and the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival on Dalriada Live for a second year. We were overwhelmed with the response Nathan Carter received last year that we had to have him back for 2014.   After the 2013 event it was very clear that there was an appetite from the public for a second evening of music. We are delighted to announce that Silver Fox Productions will be staging a second evening of music with details to be confirmed in early January.  We are also pleased to confirm that the charity for this year’s event will be Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.”

Adrian Morrow, from Glenarm Castle, added:
“Dalriada Live as part of  P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival has been growing in strength over the years and we are delighted that we will return in our 4th year with the fantastic Nathan Carter and an additional evening of music. We are delighted to be working for a second time with Silver Fox Productions who staged one of our best shows to date in 2013 with Nathan Carter and they look set to do this again in 2014. Tickets for Nathan Carter are now available - what a lovely Christmas present this would make for a Nathan Carter fan!”

Tickets for Nathan Carter at Dalriada Live 2014 are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.ie  priced at £25 excluding booking fee/service charges.

Help us improve on next years festival and WIN TICKETS

At the Dalriada Festival we value your opinion which will help us improve on our event. Therefore, we would love to hear what you thought of this years festival.

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Dalriada Festival 2013.....our biggest crowd yet!

Normality is slowing returning to the Dalriada Festival office, following a long 12 months preparing for this years festival. And what a festival it was!!! The recent heatwave during the holiday fortnight enticed visitors to dawn on Glenarm for what was our biggest crowd yet. The world famous Highland Games kicked of the festival at Glenarm Castle followed by two amazing concerts. In particular Nathan Carter performed to a sold out audience on Sunday 14th July which was his biggest show yet. The festival week took over from Monday 15th July with an array of exciting events on offer for all the family, from the Auld Hirin Fair, the Big Fun Run, Total Wipeout to the Duathlon, Triathlon, Rowing Regatta, and indeed our new event for 2013, the Super Endurocross which was one of the most adrenaline pumped, action packed events of the festival. The festival came to a close in style on Saturday night with the famous street carnival, fancy dress, live music and fireworks finale. The organisers would like to thank everyone who made this years festival a huge success including all sponsors, local organisations and groups who helped organise the different events, Glenarm residents for their continued support and patience during the run up to the festival, and of course, all the people who attended the different events. The festival would not be a success without you and we look forward to welcoming you back to Glenarm in 2014. Planning has already began for the Dalriada Festival 2014, which next year will take place from 13th - 19th July. In the meantime you can keep up to date via our website or social media pages. Thank you again.......Dalriada 2013......over and out!

The Big Fun Run Results 2013

Great night at our fun run. Loads took part from all ages. Congratulations to the winners! Here are all the results.

Countdown is on for the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival 2013

The Countdown is on for this year’s P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle, 13th July – 20th July. The team at Glenarm Castle and village are busy putting together final preparations for the anticipated arrival of thousands of visitors to the estate and surrounding area over the festival week.
 
The Festival will kick off with a two day spectacular, 13-14th July, featuring the Highland Games and Dalriada Live.  The estate will come alive with the sound of Northern Ireland and Scottish strongmen battling it out during the Highland Games. Over two days courage, passion and pride will take centre stage as the sounds of heavy hammer throwing, putting of the Causeway Stone (28lb) and a tug-o-war fill the air.  The clash of the strongmen kicks off on Saturday  morning with Lord Antrim opening the event at 11am.
 
The sound of top class music will also fill the air! As visitors will be treated to world class musical acts including the sensational Irish music and dance spectacular – Celtic Dreams (13th July) and  rising country music sensation Nathan Carter (14th July) plus special supporting acts including Lisa McHugh, Hugo Duncan, Crawford Bell and Saffyre. Tickets are still available for Nathan Carter at www.ticketmaster.ie which also offers half price access to the Highland Games in the Castle grounds.
 
Also, across the two days, visitors will be treated to top class food demonstrations courtesy of NI Good Food with celebrity chefs Paul Rankin, Paula McIntyre and Ian Orr. Also on the menu is the World’s ONLY Sheep Chic Fashion Show – if you think you’ve a fashionable sheep then get their glad rags on and bring them along!
 
Getting ready for the festival Adrian Morrow, Glenarm Castle Estate Manager, said,
 
 “ The excitement is building at Glenarm Estate and Village for the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to what is guaranteed to be one of our best festivals yet. Whatever the weather, we will ensure that we give our visitors the best possible experience. Whether you are a foodie, a music lover or indeed a sports fan – you can be sure we will have something to keep you entertained.”
 
Visitors will also be treated to music and dancing, in association with the Ulster Scots agency which will include The Willie Drennan Ulster Scots Band, Broken Strings Bluegrass Band, Scottish Highland Dancing, Highland Dancing and Glenarna School of Irish Dancing, Solo Piping and Drumming and St.Patrick’s Youth Pipe Band. For something on the vintage side Swingabella and Malojian will take visitors back to a by-gone era over a fantastic cream tea at the Punjana Tea Party in the walled Garden. Plus lots more fun and activities!
 
The week-long festival also includes Glenarm Village Auld Hirin’ Fair (15th July) Super Endurocross and hymns and haybales (19th July). In addition, the week includes a rowing regatta, horse hunt chase, triathlon and much, much more.  With a spectacular finale including Teddy Bears’ Picnic featuring Build-A-Bear Workshop prizes and a Fireworks Display. 
 
( insert details of cost of entry). Further information on the festival and Nathan Carter concert can be found at www.dalriadafestival.co.uk

New Endurocross event to be showcased at this year's Dalriada Festival

Grasstrack, Supercross, Motocross and Cross Country disciplines have all been promoted by the Carrickfergus & District Motorcycle Club  in recent years but now they have another fresh and exciting race event coming up in July, a Super EnduroCross! The EnduroCross event will be one of the many attractions on show during the illustrious Dalriada Festival Week 2013 in Glenarm and it’s shaping up to be one of the highlights of the Irish Motorcycling calendar.
 
The HTM Off Road backed Super EnduroCross will take place on Thursday 18th July with racing on track from 6.30pm at the Old Glenarm Quarry situated just off the coast road in Glenarm. EnduroCross is Supercross like in its format with races being kept short, sharp and action packed!
 
Each race will test the competitors to their limits with the course consisting of steep drops, banked turns, jumps and a bomb hole thrown in for good measure. One of the features of the track will no doubt be the stadium section running alongside the spectator area, where some of Ireland’s top riders will have to negotiate through a water splash, rock garden and over gruelling log and barrel combinations.
 
The circuit is a mixture of fast flowing motocross with technical enduro sections and will provide some intense racing with the opportunity there for our top motocross riders to go head to head against the top enduro riders, the question is who will come out on top at the end of the night? Make sure your there on July 18th to find out!
 
CDMCC’s Event Manager Peter Denney was quick to thank Nigel Campbell, events and marketing manager of the Glenarm Estate for making the event possible. “On behalf of the Carrickfergus Club I thank Nigel for having the vision to have an off road event as part of the festival week. It is a tremendous honour for the club to be offered this opportunity to showcase off road motorcycling to the mass public and this is a fantastic place to do it.”
 
Spectator admission into the venue for the evening’s racing is priced at £5 per adult and children under 16 will be admitted free. Spectator car parking will be available throughout the Glenarm and the venue is just a short walk from most the village car parks. For the latest information on this EnduroCross event check out the Carrickfergus Club’s official website www.carrickfergusmcc.co.uk or you can find them on Facebook/Twitter.

Something's cooking at this year's Highland Games

Something’s cooking at this year’s Highland Games on 13th and 14th July, as part of the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival. Visitors this year are in for a tasty treat as we have a great line up of celebrity chefs who will be on hand to give some handy cooking tips.  From Paul Rankin to Paula McIntyre and Ian Orr – you will leave ready to become a celebrity chef in your own home.