Shell yeah! The urban beach is staying for an extra month

The Urban Beach at People's Park

The Urban Beach at Ballymena’s Peoples Park has seen many sandcastles created since its launch in July and due to the hugely overwhelming feedback, the beach is to remain on site until 29 September.

This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Families from across the borough – and beyond – have been enjoying the unique set up in People’s Park over the Summer.

The attraction has provided free activities for all the family to enjoy and the fun filled activities will continue throughout August and September offering more opportunities to build sandcastles and feel the sand between your toes.

Speaking about the decision, Mayor Councillor Maureen Morrow, said she was delighted the project has been a success.

“People from all over have visited the urban beach since it launched at the beginning of July and I am delighted to hear it has been extended.

“What a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already been to the urban beach to visit before the end of September.

“This is a unique attraction which has brought coastal life to Ballymena.”

See some of the events lined up for August.

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.

Wednesday 21 August

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 and tackle various pirate-inspired challenges, crafts and games.

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