‘Turn out’ for history fun events!

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Blacksmith demonstrations! Interactive history exhibits! Musket firing demonstrations!  Children’s activities and much more!   

Ballymoney Community Cohesion Project and Ballymoney Museum, invites you to “turn out” and learn more about the pivotal historical events that have shaped the local area, through a weekend of living history events! 

Events commence from 11am – 4pm on Friday 20th in Castlecroft Square, where there will be a blacksmith demonstration and 1798 weapons demonstration all day.  Don’t miss the chance to see a pike being crafted, handle a musket, and learn more about the stories behind the weapons.  Who used them and why?   The Ullans Centre will also be joining us in the square throughout the day.    

On Friday, join Gary Blair at 2pm for a tour of the Ballymoney Old Church Graveyard.  Discover the stories behind the headstones and learn more about the local people, the Presbyterian rebels and the notorious magistrates, who were involved in the 1798 Rebellion.

And if you enjoyed Friday, there’s plenty to look forward to on Saturday!  Everyone is welcome to join Balnamore Community Association on Saturday 21st June as they focus on historical events which have shaped their village. 

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Experience 18th century musket firing demonstrations and volunteer for training as a member of King George III’s Yeomanry.  Watch a blacksmith at work and discover more about life 200 years ago.  For those who enjoy 20th century history, you’ll be able to see weapons from World War II and learn more about the life of the workers at Balnamore Mill.  It’s a great day out for children of all ages, with fun activities throughout the day including face painting and a bouncy castle.

Everyone is welcome to come along, young and old, and all events are free of charge.

The project is delivered by Ballymoney Borough Council, funded under the European Union’s PEACE III programme and managed on behalf of the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership. To get involved and for further information contact: Sarah Harkness, Cohesion Officer, Ballymoney Borough Council, Tel: 02827660248, Email: sarah.harkness@ballymoney.gov.uk