Naturally North Coast and Glens at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Naturally North Coast and Glens at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Naturally North Coast and Glens at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

Naturally North Coast and Glens Market is an award winning social enterprise that delivers a roaming market  providing you with the opportunity to experience a unique artisan market in and around the Causeway Coast and Glens region of Northern Ireland.

Naturally North Coast and Glens is looking forward to participating in the highly anticipated Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2023. The festival, celebrating Ballycastle and Rathlin Island’s rich maritime heritage, will take place from May 26th to June 4th, and the artisan market will be a prominent highlight during the event.

We are showcasing 101 small businesses within the market at this year’s festival. Alongside some popular regular faces, you’ll find a wide selection of new business start-ups at the festival market, including several who will be trading for the first time.

Naturally North Coast and Glens is proud to provide a platform for these emerging food producers creatives & artists, offering them a valuable opportunity to develop their business and connect with a wider audience.
In addition to supporting new traders, the market is also committed to fostering young entrepreneurs. We are delighted to feature a number of young and innovative individuals who have taken the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship, many of whom are taking part in the National Market Trader Federation Young Traders Competition later this year in Belfast. Opportunities like
this will help them develop their skills ahead of the upcoming competition.

The market plays a vital role in supporting small start-up businesses from throughout Northern Ireland. By providing a welcoming and vibrant marketplace, it allows these entrepreneurs to gain exposure, develop their skills and confidence, build a customer base, and establish their brands. The market platform enables them to grow and thrive, contributing to the local economy and creating a vibrant, sustainable community.
Visitors to the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival can enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that by exploring the Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, they are directly supporting these small businesses and contributing to the success of local entrepreneurs. Discover the stories behind the products, find out more about where your food comes from and meet the passionate individuals behind the products on offer.

You can find the Artisan Market at the Ballycastle seafront on the following days of the festival:
Saturday, May 27th: 11am – 4pm
Sunday, May 28th: 11am – 5pm
Monday, May 29th: 11am – 4pm
The market is featuring a wide range of produce including: local food, street food, farm produce, art,
craft, , woodwork, ceramics, childrens items, pet products, haberdashery, home fragrance, baked
goods & sweet treats, garden and home products, jewellery, skincare & cosmetics, photography,
glassware, and more….

We are a dog friendly market, dogs are welcome provided they are on a lead and with responsible owners.

The rugged, unspoiled landscape presents opportunities for exploration and activities off the beaten track.  Fit in a visit to one of our markets on your journey to experience some iconic attractions, friendly towns or events along the Causeway Coastal Route. Whatever you choose to do you will be embraced in a warm welcome from our people.

The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival celebrates Ballycastle and Rathlin Islands maritime heritage at
the ten day festival from 26th May – 4th June.  Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is working with Ballycastle Community Development  Group and Rathlin Development and Community Association to bring you this hugely popular
celebration, with a packed programme of activities on both dry land and at sea, inspired by the Rathlin Sound – the body of water between Rathlin Island and the mainland in Ballycastle.

Over the festival it is recommended that you keep an eye out for updates on the festivals Facebook
(@RathlinSoundMaritimeFestival) account, as the schedule is subject to change due to tides and
weather. You may also contact Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on Tel: 028 2076 2024 or

Visit for more information about the festival and to see the
complete programme.

Visit to find out more about our other upcoming markets
and other future trading opportunities.

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