We are a Festival, based in Portaferry, Co.Down, in Northern Ireland. A family friendly event, running every July since 1967, we have a week long programme, which includes something for everyone, of all ages. Each year the festival ends with the Portaferry Float Parade, pictures of which can be seen by clicking here.
For information on our history, click here. To browse pictures and get a flavour of our events, click here. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, just click on the links in the menu.
Dig out your flares, jump suits and white platform boots, as we prepare to party on the Square, Saturday July the 14th. Join us for an evening with The Bjorn Identity. Mark the date in your diary to come along and join in the fun as we get Galafest 18 underway.
(No tickets required for this event.)
If you would like to take part in this year’s 10 Mile Race, during Gala Week, please click here.
Tickets can be bought online, click here.
Special discounted ticket for all shows available at £42.50.
Mon 7th May, Kids Mini Beasts Nature Trail, Nugent’s Wood, 2-4pm.
Look out for the mini-beasts that make the area home and find out about the flora and fauna. £2.50 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available from Portaferry VIC, booking essential.
It’s that time of year again when we remind everyone about the “Gala Feedback Form” – it’s on this site all year round and you can find it by clicking here and filling out the feedback form.
Are there events you would like to see lasting longer?
Are there events you feel are past their sell by date?
Are there events you would like to see take place in the future?
Please do have a think and fill out the form – it’s YOUR festival for YOUR town, so do have YOUR say.
Could all members please fill out the 2018 volunteering form. As mentioned at the EGM – Gala can’t be run without it’s volunteers helping out across Gala Week.
Be it a few hours at one event, or be it a full day, please let us know, so we can start work on this year’s volunteer cover for all our events. Please click here for the form.
As people are now aware, the bar owners, whose pubs provide the float attractions for the Portaferry Gala float parade, approached the Gala Committee about moving the Floats to Saturday afternoon. This request was submitted towards the end of last year at the Gala AGM. As a new committee was only being elected, they requested more information and time to discuss the matter.
The new Committee was again approached in January of this year, with the same proposal. The committee listened to the reasons for the change, discussions took place on the pros and cons of the move, but as the Pub Owners were determined to move to Saturday, the committee voted to go along with the request and support it.
However, following the EGM on Wednesday 4th of April, representation was made, on behalf of the same owners, to move the Float Parade back to Friday night. The new Directors voted to go along with this request, and so Float Night 2018 will now take place on Friday July 20th 2018.
We apologise to those who may have booked leave or accommodation, based on the published day of Saturday, but as the pubs do supply the floats, there was little the Directors of the Portaferry Gala Festival could do. The alternative would have been to cancel the event altogether.
Over 70 people attended the Gala EGM in the Market House on April 4th. Following the election of a new board of Directors, by the members present, the new Directors have formally taken on the running of Portaferry Gala Festival. Thanks to everyone who attended tonight and for the interest show in Portaferry Gala Festival. The new Directors would like to sincerely thank all outgoing Officers for their dedication to Gala and for all their hard work over the 50th festival week.