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Hillsborough Castle Summer Fair

Food, crafts and summer tunes

Food, crafts and summer tunes

Celebrate the bank holiday weekend at the Hillsborough Castle Summer Fair. Set in the stunning grounds of Northern Ireland's Royal Residence, this three-day event - formerly known as the popular Honey Fair – promises the same fun, music, and artisanal delights as always.

Enjoy live music and local produce

Explore a variety of stalls with the finest local produce and crafts as our artisan producers bring you the best in gourmet foods and unique handmade items. Soak up the atmosphere and relax with live music against the picturesque backdrop of the castle.

The perfect blend of culture and charm awaits in the stunning 100-acre gardens, whether you choose to picnic on the lawn or enjoy some quality local food. 

When

24 - 26 August 2024

In line with gardens opening hours

Ticket Information

Members go free.

Summer Fair and Gardens only tickets: Adult £15.00 | Child £7.50 | Concession £12.00 | Under 5s go free. Upgrade your ticket to visit the inside of Hillsborough Castle.

Summer Fair Combined Castle and Gardens tickets: Adult £22.50 | Child £11.25 | Concession £18.00 | Under 5s go free.


Event and admission combined ticket (members go free)

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Family fun guaranteed

The fair is packed with activities for all ages. Try your hand at your favourite lawn games, or get crafty with our family-friendly workshops. There’s something to keep everyone entertained.

Your ticket will also include access to our special Peter Rabbit™ Adventure trail, taking place throughout the summer. 

Close up of a family (mother with two small children) laughing and enjoying the coloured pencils and stickers provided at an activities stall at the Hillsborough Honey Fair 2022
A couple enjoy Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Food Festival.
Yew Tree Walk showing two visitors walking along and enjoying the border of summer flowers.

Upgrade and explore the palace

Upgrade to a Castle ticket and discover inside this iconic residence – including the historic Throne Room. You'll also get to explore Life Through A Royal Lens. Featuring photos from Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Cecil Beaton, this fascinating exhibition investigates the Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera.

The South Terrace, showing two visitors (male and female) looking at the summer flowers and smiling.

Members go free

Become a member today and visit Hillsborough time and again for free. Enjoy a whole year of unmissable events for all the family. Be spooked at Halloween, celebrate Christmas, go on a special Easter hunt, or simply wander through the ever-changing gardens.

Please note that the Kids Go Free offer is excluded for the Summer Fair. However, this is included with other events such as the Peter Rabbit Adventure™ (please see Tickets and Prices for more information).

The Main Lawn, showing children (two boys and a girl) playing a game of Jenga at the Jubilee Garden Party, celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, June 2022.

EXPLORE WHAT'S ON

  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Events
  • Families

Peter Rabbit Adventure

Discover 100 acres of fun with Peter and friends this summer. Treat your family with free tickets for kids.

  • 29 June - 01 September 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Garden Workshops

Join our expert gardeners in workshops and explore Hillsborough Castle's historic gardens.

  • Until 14 September 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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BROWSE MORE HISTORY AND STORIES

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’