Gala 2022 What’s On Update

Gala Thursday. Traditional Pitching the Sheaf entertainment! Live from the Square all day

Thursday 21st July 2022 – Farming Community Day with lots of additional activities, radio, games, dancing, music, food, open to everyone start midday until late.

* FERRY FM – Roadshow live from the Square (music, games, interviews, challenges)
* The TOY ride on tractor run for kids (pedal or battery operated)
* Live Entertainment from the Square
* Pitching the Sheaf
* Kids activities
* Special Surprise Performance
* Rodeo Bull
* Inflatable horse racing
* Fun challenges for all the family
* And lots more!!!!

Further details to follow. Be sure to follow Portaferry Gala Social Media and this website for updates.

Gala Week 2022 Update

Preparations for Gala Week 2022 are well and truly underway and the Committee are delighted to report that we will be returning to a full week of events to celebrate our Emerald Anniversary!

Galafest doesn’t just happen. It is the result of twelve months investment of time, talents and commitment by a dedicated group of 12 volunteers. This alongside continued financial support from Ards and North Down Borough Council, businesses and funders is what makes Gala Fest, Galaween and the Christmas events possible.

The last 2 years have been challenging for everyone and it is hoped that a return to our usual much enjoyed programme along with a few new events, will bring a buzz back to the town.

In the past, the closing of Gala Fest has traditionally ended with the annual float parade which drew huge crowds to the town, entertained by the fabulous displays created by our local bars and their team of ‘float builders’.

However, due to our local hospitality owners only starting to see their businesses beginning to return to some kind of normal and given the ever increasing rise in the cost of materials required to build floats, this year the committee has decided to build on the ‘Talk of the Walk’ event that has been established over the last 2years (whilst COVID restrictions were in place) and encourage not just the bars to join in with the residents but the local shops, restaurants and cafes.

This event will be judged on the Gala Friday and will bring a Festival feel to the town, especially if the weather is as kind to us as last year!

Keep an eye on the Gala Social Media pages and this website over the coming weeks when we will be releasing details of our new events and the return of others.

Again none of this would be possible without the time, talents and commitment of the Committee but also thank you to the many supporters and champions of the Gala and we look forward to welcoming you to Gala Fest 2022.