Seaside Revival Info

Seaside Revival, the vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s heyday as a prominent seaside resort, returns to the new city’s seafront on Saturday 13th August from 12 – 6pm.

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About Seaside Revival

Why are we doing it?

Travelling To Seaside Revival

Foot

If arriving in Bangor by bus or train, it’s just a quick walk to the seafront – see the route below.

Train

One of the loveliest train journeys in Northern Ireland is the Belfast to Bangor coastal route. The journey can take up to 40 minutes from Great Victoria Street Station and as little as 23 minutes from Belfast Lanyon Place, depending on the number of stops.

Trains run every half hour on Saturdays to and from Bangor.

For timetables and tickets, go to: www.translink.co.uk 
Tel: 028 9066 6630

Bus

Buses run regularly from Bangor Bus Station in the centre of town to the two main Belfast city centre stations – Laganside Buscentre and Europa Buscentre on Great Victoria Street.

For full timetables and ticket prices, go to:
www.translink.co.uk Tel: 028 9066 6630

Taxi

Bangor taxi firms:
Bangor Cabs – Tel 028 9145 6456
DC Cabs – Tel 028 9145 9666
Kare Kabs – 028 9145 6777

Belfast taxi firms:
FonaCAB – Tel 028 9033 3333
Value Cabs – Tel 028 9080 9080

Foot

If arriving in Bangor by bus or train, it’s just a quick walk to the seafront – see the route below.

Train

One of the loveliest train journeys in Northern Ireland is the Belfast to Bangor coastal route. The journey can take up to 40 minutes from Great Victoria Street Station and as little as 23 minutes from Belfast Lanyon Place, depending on the number of stops.

Trains run every half hour on Saturdays to and from Bangor.

For timetables and tickets, go to: www.translink.co.uk 
Tel: 028 9066 6630

Bus

Buses run regularly from Bangor Bus Station in the centre of town to the two main Belfast city centre stations – Laganside Buscentre and Europa Buscentre on Great Victoria Street.

For full timetables and ticket prices, go to:
www.translink.co.uk Tel: 028 9066 6630

Taxi

Bangor taxi firms:
Bangor Cabs – Tel 028 9145 6456
DC Cabs – Tel 028 9145 9666
Kare Kabs – 028 9145 6777

Belfast taxi firms:
FonaCAB – Tel 028 9033 3333
Value Cabs – Tel 028 9080 9080

FAQ's & Accessibility

Do I need a ticket?

This is a free event so you do not require a ticket.

How do I register my car for the show?

Please fill out this registration form and we will be in touch soon after.

How do I apply to be a food vendor at the event?

Please fill out this registration form and we will be in touch soon after.

Parking

There is free car parking in the Marina car park and free on-street parking on surrounding streets. Queen’s Parade car park will be closed that day in order to facilitate the Classic Car & Bike show taking place as part of the festival.

However, we would recommend parking in the car parks closer to the train station as the seafront may be busy that afternoon.

Accessibility

As an independent Festival, we pride ourselves on having as many venues as possible fully accessible. Bangor seafront is included in this list.

If you have any queries regarding accessibility at Ward Park, please contact us

Can I bring food/drink to the event?

You are welcome to bring your own food but there will be food stalls and a pop-up bar at the event. Also, as it takes place on the seafront, it is very close to all city-centre cafes, bars and restaurants.

We do ask that you use litter bins provided or bring your rubbish home with you, and be respectful of the beautiful surroundings and other members of the public at the event.

Is there an age restriction?

No, all ages from young to old are very welcome.

What time can I arrive from?

The event starts at 12noon so you are welcome any time from then.

Can I bring a dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.

History of Seaside Revival

Seaside Revival began in 2018 as a placemaking project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project ran for over three and a half years and created a series of diverse activities throughout the town and culminating in a major vintage festival each summer that showcased Bangor as a thriving town.

How It Started

In recent decades local people have become increasingly disconnected from the town’s heritage. With very little cultural infrastructure and a failed retail sector, Bangor has suffered a downward social and economic spiral symptomatic of many British and Irish seaside towns.

Older people in Bangor look back with fondness to its heyday, but with a sense of regret for all that has been lost, while many of the younger generation who know little of the town’s past condemn it as a boring place to live. But we believe that Bangor has so much to offer everyone who lives here.

Our Aims

Through this vintage festival we want to revive positive memories and use them to create new ones. We hope to reposition Bangor as a modern seaside town, drawing on its unique assets of the seafront, a thriving community of artists and creatives, Victorian architecture, its closeness to Belfast – and most importantly, an appetite among residents for regeneration.

We believe that if local people can connect with their past, they will start talking the town up – a key part of the next chapter.

Funders & Partners

From 2018 through to 2021, Seaside Revival was primarily funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional support from Ards & North Down Borough Council. The Project also brought together six organisations representing different businesses and community interests in the town: Bangor Chamber of Commerce, North Down Community Network, North Down Development Corporation, Boom! Studios, and Main Street My Street.

Translink have also played a historic role in linking Bangor to the rest of Northern Ireland and we’re proud to have their support for another Seaside Revival.

It was epic. A wonderful mix of enjoying what’s special about Bangor (the sea & marina) as well as local talent through the arts. We had family visiting from England and they loved it. I’m not originally from Bangor but I’m proud to call it home!!

2019 Seaside Revival Attendee

2018

The first Seaside Revival Vintage Festival took place in 2018. It featured a vintage car & bike show, the best dressed window competition, vintage food & drink stalls and the Revival Picnic.

2019

30,000 people attended Seaside Revival in 2019. With a huge range of events including rebooting the Pickie to Pier swim, live music & swing dancing, vintage fashion show and a dog show.

2020

Although we couldn’t be together (due to Covid-19) we celebrated Seaside Revival in 2020 at home with vintage themed food, drinks and outfits, including a competition for each.

2021

2021 combined a mixture of ‘at-home’ events and some in person events including the Pickie to Pier swim, classic car & bike show, classic cinema in the park and the Revival Picnic.