Fun for all the family at 2016 Dalriada Festival

Adrian Morrow, Festival Director for Dalriada, Frankie and Bennys mascot Sketch, Geoff Allen from Frankie and Bennys and Strong Man Chris McNaughton are pictured at We are Vertigo to unveil their partnerships with Dalriada Festival on 16 and 17 July at Glenarm Castle. (Submitted Picture).
Adrian Morrow, Festival Director for Dalriada, Frankie and Bennys mascot Sketch, Geoff Allen from Frankie and Bennys and Strong Man Chris McNaughton are pictured at We are Vertigo to unveil their partnerships with Dalriada Festival on 16 and 17 July at Glenarm Castle. (Submitted Picture).

Families will be jumping for joy at this year’s Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle on 16 and 17 July when two of Northern Ireland’s biggest family brands, ‘Frankie and Benny’s’ and ‘We Are Vertigo’ will be taking part.

We Are Vertigo will be sponsoring the kids’ zone, which includes an appearance by the stars of the children’s TV show PAW Patrol.

Frankie and Benny’s will be hosting pizza parties over the two days and will teach children how to make their delicious pizzas.

Adrian Morrow, Festival director for Dalriada says: “Dalriada is one of Ireland’s biggest festivals and as we are primarily a family focused festival, we have a fun packed programme for all the little ones too. That includes the appearance of Marshall and Chase from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol which has proven to be a huge hit.

“It’s a real privilege to partner with Europe’s premier indoor adventure centre, We Are Vertigo. Alongside our famous highland games and strongman spectacle we also have a horse stunt show, a motocross display and of course our world famous sheep fashion show and dog companion show, so we really have a varied programme on offer for all the family.

“As 2016 is The Year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland, we are delighted that Frankie and Benny’s have also come on board to teach kids to make their famous pizzas and we’ll also have lots of other exciting food and drink stands selling local produce.”

The eclectic music element of the festival includes numerous music stages featuring some fantastic acts, a dance hall to include Irish Dancing, Highland Dancing and Street Dance and a comedy stage which will feature some great comedians.

The main stage in the evening will see Bagatelle and Andrew Strong from The Commitments as head-line acts.

Adrian said: “This is the sixth annual Dalriada Festival and year on year the event gets even bigger and better. Almost 30,000 people attended our festival in 2015 and we are confident that we’re going to attract even more footfall this year, with such a strong festival line-up.”

Other exciting attractions throughout the two days include the Country Antrim Pipe Band Championships, a craft village, vintage tea tent, high ropes and zipline, vintage and military display, dinosaur enclosure, quad barrel tours, castle tours and much, much more.

The community of Glenarm will take up the baton from 18 th – 23 rd July and will host an action-packed programme of sporting events and other entertainment including a duathlon, triathlon, super-endurocross, rowing regatta and mountain bike enduro race.

The festival will culminate with a street fair, carnival and fireworks finale on July 23.

Day Passes and Camping Packages for 16 th and 17 th July are now on sale via www.dalriadafestival.co.uk Children Under 12 also go free.