Now, maybe you've arrived here and are reading this wondering:
"What on earth is Portaferry Gala ?".

Well, if you live in a town or village chances are you have some kind of town or village festival at least once a year. The Gala is a bit like one of those only over the past 30 + years it has expanded.

Back in 1969 the late Brian Falkner, then Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, was encouraging local Towns and Villages to set up festivals, within their areas, to help foster community relations. So Portaferry Festival was born in combination with the Portaferry Development Association. The majority of events in the Gala are free to the public and thousands of visitors flock to the Gala each year from around the Borough.

The Gala events are mainly funded by sponsorship from the Towns local business community, with other income from community grants and the local council. The Gala Committee consists of volunteers who work throughout the year organizing and coordinating the festival events.

Originally taking place during the traditional holiday period in Northern Ireland (generally the 2 or 3rd week of July) in recent years the Gala Committee have staged various Gala events at other times of the year such as Halloween and Christmas.

If you'd like to join the Gala Committee or have any ideas you'd like to submit as Gala Events, please do get in touch :