Antrim Borough Council has announced exciting plans for the launch of the restored Antrim Castle Gardens.
To be held over 3 days next May, the highlight of the planned festivities will be the most significant event in the horticultural calendar in Northern Ireland, the popular annual Garden Festival.
Councillor Roderick Swann, Mayor of Antrim said: “Council’s decision to bring Garden Show Ireland to Antrim underlines the strategic importance of Antrim Castle Gardens as a flagship regional attraction for Northern Ireland.
“This major event will showcase the fantastic natural surroundings and the heritage value of the Gardens and is sure to be enjoyed by both local people and visitors. We are delighted that the Show organisers have agreed to move from Hillsborough Castle after many years to Antrim Castle Gardens.”
Commenting on the move to Antrim, Claire Faulkner, Director of Garden Show Ireland said: “We are really excited at the prospect of welcoming our visitors to yet another very special heritage garden at Antrim Castle Gardens. The beautifully restored gardens provide a magnificent backdrop for the Show, and the setting in such a glorious parkland holds all sorts of possibilities for fascinating exploration for families, as well as space for the Show’s expansion.”
Council is also developing plans to enhance the impact of the Garden Festival at Antrim Castle Gardens as international cycling event, the Giro d’Italia, will pass through the Borough on Saturday, May 10.