HappyFest returns to Co Down for another feel-good festival this summer

A family-friendly wellness festival is set to return to Co Down this summer.

HappyFest 2024 is a groundbreaking event igniting a wellness revolution in Northern Ireland - a day-long, fun-filled family-friendly event to help improve your mind, body, and soul.

Now entering its third year, HappyFest, which is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council, is taking on Sunday, July 7 at Crawfordsburn Activity Centre in Crawfordsburn Country Park.

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Organised by wellness advocate Ciara Daly and her dedicated team, HappyFest 2024 aims to connect the Northern Ireland community with a diverse and varied selection of alternative therapies and healing practices, activities, workshops, fun and music.

This year’s event promises to be bigger, better, and happier, marking a significant milestone in the wellness industry in Northern Ireland.

Ciara Daly said: "We are delighted to be officially launching HappyFest today – we have so many exciting things planned for this year.

"We have people from all ages and all walks of life signed up to deliver a whole range of workshops, including breathwork, mindset coaching, yoga, workouts and alternative healing modalities.

"As we emerge through these post-Covid years, the world is a very different place. There has been a lot of trauma, a lot of forced isolation and loneliness and the consequences of that haven’t even reached their full effects yet."

The event will feature over 50 exhibitors showcasing offerings from the alternative therapy world, nutrition, fitness, and more.

Ciara continued: "I’m excited to share some of the connections I’ve made through my own healing journey and through HappyFest. I believe that wellness and mental health don’t come with a one-size-fits-all prescription."

"I have experienced both sides of the happiness scale, with some of my own mental health struggles, and know it takes a village to support each person’s mental and physical health.

"That’s why I created this festival. And that’s what HappyFest is all about. It’s about hope, healing, happiness and community."

The day-long event caters to all ages with live music, mindfulness activities for kids, face painting, art classes, food trucks, dancing, and fun performers.

Attendees will also enjoy storytelling on mythical Irish folklore and music from beloved local artists like Belfast’s Busker, John Garrity, Amanda St John, and Tyrell Black, who will play instruments from around the world.

There will also be mindset workshops from Deirdre Maguire, workouts from Michael Lyons, Momentum Fitness and yoga by Ciara Cruiks, BIA Yoga.

Supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council, HappyFest is on Sunday, 7th July 2024, at Crawfordsburn Activity Centre and you can purchase tickets via the website.

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