Free Family Fun Day hosted by Larne Area Community Cluster

A free family fun day and information event has been organised by community groups across the Larne area this September through the Larne Area Community Cluster initiative.

Attendees enjoyed a fantastic line-up of free activities and more importantly, had the chance to connect with local community groups who are working together as part of the Cluster and who were all in attendance on the day. 

The community event was planned and delivered by the Larne Area Community Cluster – a partnership of local community groups who are working together with the support of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.  The collaborative Cluster initiative is facilitated through Council’s community development strand of work, which aims to support local groups to develop capacity within local communities, facilitating cooperation and collaboration across the Larne area.  This work sits within the wider community planning work which has the overall vision of being a “strong, vibrant, safe and inclusive community, where people work together to improve the quality of life for all.”

The fun-filled day included a petting farm, facepainting and glitter tattoos, caricature drawings, a magician, freestyle footballer, balloon modelling and much more.

‘Barbie’ rocked up to mingle with fans as well as the infamous dinosaurs – with an appearance from T-Rex, and a baby raptor, along with Spiderman and Elsa!

Guests had the opportunity to take part in free flower arranging workshops, watch cookery demonstrations and enjoy the live music and dance performances throughout the day.

Adding to the excitement in Larne Market Yard, was the presence of the Gibson Cup and County Antrim Shield, brought along by Larne Football Club, for attendees to see up close!

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna said: “What an amazing day out for everyone! I was delighted to see so many local residents come along and enjoy all the fabulous activities on offer. The sun was splitting the skies, the venue was packed and the atmosphere was electric!”

“There are now 59 community groups working in collaboration right across the Larne Coast Road and Larne Lough District Electoral Areas, through the Larne Area Community Cluster initiative, and I feel so proud that council could support this event which showcased our amazing community and voluntary groups on such a fun and memorable day.”