Ballycotton Seafood & Shanty Festival Family Fun Day

2 June

There is no BATTER oppa-TUNA-ty for an article full of rEELy awful fish puns to let everyone know that Ballycotton Pier is the PLAICE to be this Sunday 2nd June of the Bank Holiday weekend between 2 – 5 pm for the Ballycotton Seafood & Shanty Festival Family Fun Day.  But SEAriously, it is always BRILL-iant FIN, so after 7 years we are confident we do not need to CARP on too much.  For CODS sake, save the date!

NEW to our 2019 program is an 11 am Beach Clean at Ballynamona Beach with special guest Flossie and The Beach Cleaners and Cleaner Coasts Ballynamona. Join Flossie and Cleaner Coasts for a one hour beach clean and enter an art competition using your beach rubbish. Upload the images and bag up the rubbish (litter picking equipment will be provided).  FIN-tastic prizes available from Trabolgan Holiday Village including a top prize of an off-peak family break for up to 5 people and family day passes (T&C apply).

As usual between 2 – 5 pm Ballycotton pier will become a sea of old-fashioned family fun, including entertainment from Junior Einstein, an illusionist, caricaturist and balloon artist and a delicious variety of food stalls.   Fishy food inspiration from RACHEL ALLEN and   ARUN KAPIL as they demonstrate something delicious at the pier side demo space, with fresh fish kindly sponsored by Ballycotton Seafood.

The end of the pier this year is a sea of tasty food stalls serving everything from PIER 26 Fish and Chips to Sushi, Kebabs, Lobster, Pizza, Crepes, Green Saffron curry, freshly baked cakes and more.. and delicious refreshments from Golden Bean Coffee and the Ballycotton National School.

Plenty of old fashioned children’s entertainment available with arts and crafts with ECO PASTI, Glitter braiding, and the offer of a FREE ICE CREAM for all visiting little PIRATES and MERMAIDS.  Make an extra effort with your maritime-themed costumes because the costume judges will be out, and spot prizes awarded to the most convincing pirates, mermaids or sea creatures.

DJ MOSSIE will keep you up to date with what is happening on the day and the School of Uke will begin the afternoon of musical entertainment from 2 pm followed by DUFFY’s CUT on the pier from 2.30pm – dancing and busking is encouraged.

Affordable BOAT TRIPS available from the harbour around Ballycotton Lighthouse with Peter Manning Angling and Ballycotton Sea Adventures.  Our local heroes the BALLYCOTTON LIFEBOAT crew and BALLYCOTTON COAST GUARD will be on hand to share coastal safety advice. Lots of other local charitable, and environmental, stands will be educating and entertaining visitors.

Bank Holiday Sunday 2nd June – Timetable of events


One hour Beach Clean at Ballynamona Beach with Flossie and The Beach Cleaners and Cleaner Coast Ballinamona.  Join in and enter our Recycled Beach Art Competition: Photos of recycled art on the beach to be posted to Ballycotton Facebook @ballycottoncommunity or Instagram @ballycottonvillage or WhatsApp 087 120 4023 using the hashtag #BallySEAArtComp (winners to be announced on pier at 4pm by Flossie)


Family Fun and Arts and Crafts on Ballycotton Pier between 2 – 5pm:


2pm                            School of Uke playing on Ballycotton Pier

2.30pm                      Duffy’s Cut start playing

3pm                            Rachel Allen Cookery Demo

3.30pm                      Arun Kapil (Green Saffron) Cookery Demo

4pm                            Flossie and The Beach Cleaners: Recycled Art Competition Winner Announced

4.30pm                      Seafood & Shanty Ballycotton CRAB DERBY


Family Boat trips available from 1 – 6pm on Sunday from the Ballycotton Pontoon.


One of the many highlights of the weekend is the festival CRABY DERBY which brings the family fun to a hilarious close at 5 pm Sunday evening.  It takes place on the pier and you are invited to get involved on the day – this is a truly unique experience not to be missed!


Follow the Seafood & Shanty Ballycotton EVENT page on the @BallycottonCommunity Facebook page for updated information.   Join us and CATCH all the fun in Ballycotton this June Bank Holiday Sunday #SeafoodandShantyBallycotton #SSBallycotton

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Ballycotton Seafood & Shanty Festival Family Fun Day - Ring of Cork
Credit: Daniel Callen

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Organiser: Ballycotton Shanty & Seafood

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