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July & August 2023

A summer of free live music in Ward Park

Pack a picnic and join us in Bangor every Sunday in July & August 3–5pm

Jam Pact

2nd July

A Belfast tribute to The Jam. All the hits 1977-1982 live at 100 miles an hour

El Clash Combo

9th July

A celebration of the band some describe as the greatest ever… The Clash

Arms Of Venus De Milo

16th July

Energetic classic rock which will take you from Led Zeppelin to Guns ‘N’ Roses

The Vibes

23rd July

Belfast based reggae band playing originals and soul & folk covers

Fleetwood Dreams

30th July

Six-piece Fleetwood Mac tribute show. All the hits of the Buckingham-Nicks era

The 19th Street Band

6th August

From the USA, a constellation of americana, country and folk rock

Daisy Tunes

13th August

Local six-piece covering contemporary songs in a bossa nova, jazzy funk style

Johnny Hash

20th August

Celtic folk punk seven-piece from Belfast, four of which are from Doghouse Ska

Bluegrass Picnic

27th August

L.A. based Water Tower are bluegrass & folk alchemy with psychedelic punk influences

Do I need a ticket?

This is a free event so you do not require a ticket for entry

Getting here

Picnic In The Park takes place at the bandstand in Ward Park, Castle St, Bangor BT20 4TA. See on Google Maps

If arriving by train the park is just a short walk from Bangor train station, and the Belfast to Bangor coastal route is one of the loveliest train journeys in Northern Ireland. 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.

The music finishes at 5pm, in plenty time to get the last train back to Belfast at 9:25pm.

Buses and trains run regularly to and from Bangor Bus and Rail Station to Belfast.
For timetable and best value fares please check:


For Taxis:

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

FonaCAB – Tel 028 9033 3333
Value Cabs – Tel 028 9080 9080


Please do not park in front of people’s driveways in and around Ward Park. There are a number of car parks close by including The Flagship, ASDA, Queen’s Parade and the Marina.


All of Ward Park is fully accessible including toilets.

Can I bring food/drink?

You are welcome to bring a picnic and your own refreshments – but please use the litter bins provided or bring your rubbish home with you, and be respectful to the beautiful surroundings and other members of the public.

Are there age restrictions?

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

What time can I arrive from?

As this is a public park, you are welcome to arrive at any time. All Sundays start at 3pm. We advise coming roughly 30mins in advance if you’d like a spot close to the front.

Can I bring a dog?

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

If you have any other queries please get in touch with us.