Step back in time at the Whitehead Victorian Street Fair

Vendors at last year's Victorian Fair.
Vendors at last year's Victorian Fair.

Visitors are being invited to step back in time and experience the magic of Christmas at this year’s Whitehead Victorian Street Fair.

The seaside spot will be transformed to reflect a bygone era on Saturday, November 25 for a day packed full of fun events and activities for all the family, culminating in the big lights switch on and a festive firework display.

Visitors are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the day by donning Victorian clothing while they enjoy market stalls, food kiosks, street entertainment, pipe bands, jugglers, dancers, lantern parade, a carol service and much more.

Whitehead’s rich railway heritage will be celebrated, with the new RPSI Museum and railway station featuring prominently in the celebrations.

Among other attractions, the steam train will be out throughout the day and evening, adding a smoky authenticity to the occasion.

Park and rides, operated by Translink, will also be running in the area.

The Whitehead Victorian Street Fair, first held in 2009, is organised by Whitehead Community Association in conjunction with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Cheryl Johnston said: “We have very exciting plans for this Christmas throughout Mid and East Antrim.

“Like many, I am really looking forward to Whitehead Victoria Street Fair, which is a unique and very special event every year, and draws families from across our borough and further afield.”

Chairman of Whitehead Community Association, William Luney, added: “As we begin the Christmas season, Whitehead celebrates its unique history and heritage through the fair.

Whitehead’s churches, businesses, voluntary organisations and social groups are at the heart of the town’s strong sense of community. Without these and the many individual volunteers who give so much of their time and energy, the fair would not be what it is today.

“Whether it is drinking a glass of mulled wine, wandering around the many arts and crafts stalls, watching the street entertainers or learning about the local history, we are confident you will find something to surprise, entertain and delight you.”

The Whitehead Victorian Street Fair takes place from noon until 8pm on Saturday November 25.

For further information about the fair, contact Whitehead Community Centre on 028 93378077 or e-mail