Seaside Revival is a vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s heyday as a thriving seaside resort. Conceived and organised by Open House (in addition to the annual August Festival) this FREE event will take place on Bangor Seafront on Saturday 6th July, 2019 1-10pm.

Whats On?


There’ll be vintage stalls, vinyl DJs, a record fair, classic cars, a vintage fashion show, a dog show, donkeys, Punch & Judy – and so much more, plus quality hot food stalls and a full bar to keep you fed and watered.Live music includes The Sabrejets and The Swingtime Starlets.

There’ll be dancing from the era of swing, jazz and big band, celebrating Bangor’s famous dancehall days at Caproni’s, Milano’s and The Savoy, plus a Disco revival for the children of the 70s and 80s.

One of the highlights will be a special resurrection of the legendary ‘Pickie to Pier Swim’ – a summer staple on Bangor’s calendar from 1910 to the 1970s.

There’ll also be several fringe events throughout the weekend, including Bangor’s Ghost and a revival–themed picnic in Ward Park on Sunday 7th.

Why Are We Doing It?


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 new 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 change and regeneration.

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

Classic car & bike show

If you fancy entering your vintage vehicle (trophies and £500 cash prizes are up for grabs), please complete the following application FORM
For any general car & bike show queries, get in touch at:

Vintage market & trader stalls

For all trading and stall applications, please complete the following application FORM
For any general stall queries, please get in touch at:

For any other queries, get in touch at


If you’re interested in volunteering at this years August Festival or Seaside Revival then please click the button below to learn more.

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and reliable volunteers to help us deliver the 2019 Open House Festival, and make it another resounding success for our town. The festival creates a vibrant, celebratory atmosphere in Bangor during August, with a range of free and ticketed events, including concerts, theatre, film, food & drink, books, comedy, artisan markets, talks and tours. Our small team depends on volunteers to help at many of these events, keeping our visitors happy and safe and ensuring they enjoy their festival experience to the full.


Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Great Place Scheme, Seaside Revival aims to re-position Bangor as a modern seaside town – the Brighton of Northern Ireland – with a distinctive cultural offer. 



Led by Open House Festival, the Project brings together seven organisations representing different businesses and community interests in the town: Ards and North Down Borough Council, Bangor Chamber of Commerce, North Down Community Network, North Down Development Corporation, Boom! Studios, and Main Street My Street.

Translink have 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.

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