Where in Portrush is Air Waves?
Airwaves takes place along the eastern peninsula (1.5km) of the Town.
Where can I get the best view?
Spectator viewing stretches from the northern tip of the peninsula (Lansdowne) along the coastal promenade, past the arcadia and down to the East Strand. The best viewing of the air displays is at Village North (Lansdowne Green) allowing use of the improved display line and the spectacular backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. The beautiful award winning East Strand beach will also be available so be sure to bring your picnic blankets (and maybe your umbrellas!)
Are there any areas prohibited?
Yes, the beach from “The Burn” to Curran Point (including all the sand dunes) is a prohibited area because of the display line. Any infringement will result in the cancellation of the air displays. There is no access to the sea from the Arcadia to Curran Point. Whiterocks Beach will operate as usual although pedestrian between Whiterocks Beach to Portrush town is not possible.
Where can I get a map?
This map shows the layout of the event which is divided between two main areas – Village North (Lansdowne Green) and Village South (East Strand car park). See map for details. The map can also be found in the event programme which can be purchased from outlets across the borough and on site on the day.
What are the main areas for food and trade stalls?
The two large exhibition spaces, Village North (Lansdowne) and Village South (East Strand). Each area has different attractions so be sure to check out both. Antrim Gardens will also be hosting a fantastic artisan market this year so be sure not to miss out on some fantastic local produce!
Is there an admission fee?
This event is FREE! So bring all your friends and family for a fun FREE day out!
Where can I park?
Free parking is available and to ensure the best possible flow of traffic visitors are asked to follow the yellow event signs on approach to the town. Please note that East Strand car park hosts the South Village and therefore is not available for parking
A special enclosure for Blue Badge vehicles only will be available at Lower Lansdowne Crescent (Village North) on a first come first served basis (Open from 9am to 7pm each day, reservation is not possible, no overnight parking). Only vehicles which can fit entirely within the white lines will be permitted.
Sat nav setting is BT56 8AL
Where are the toilets?
There are event toilets located in both village North & South as well as public toilets which you will find marked out on the map here. There are public accessible toilets located in the Harbour Car Park, Kerr Street and East Strand.
A new mobile toilet facility designed for those living with a disability the “Mobiloo” will be situated in East Strand Car Park Saturday and Sunday and will travel to the Crescent Area in Portstewart for the Air Waves Concert on Saturday evening.
Will there be road closures?
To improve circulation there will be diversions on some roads with access to residents and pass holders only. These will be updated on this page as soon as they are released.
If I cycle is there somewhere for me to leave my bike safely?
Cyclists may lock their bikes to the railings at The Bowl (opposite the entrance to Village South on Causeway Street) at their own riskThe two large exhibition spaces, Village North (Lansdowne) and Village South (East Strand), book-end the coastal promenade and offer excellent viewing of the air displays. Each area has different attractions and a visit to both is essential.
How can I get there by public transport?
Translink is kindly increasing the rail capacity during the show. For information on buses and trains contact Translink NI on 028 90 66 66 30. Translink has set up a bespoke page for travelling to Air Waves Portrush.
Are there any fun zones for the kids?
Yes there are two main fun zones for the kids (and big kids!) which are located both in Village South and Village North
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