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A three-week festival of music, comedy, spoken word and classic cinema, at the beautiful Bangor Castle Walled Garden, in Bangor-by-the-Sea.

Open House is an independent charity based in the gorgeous seaside town of Bangor, County Down, that transforms people and places through festivals and events.

Its flagship event is an annual month-long August festival. After last year’s cancellation, the festival returns in August 2021 – a little bit different, but with a programme of live events at last! Instead of the trademark 140+ events in 40-odd venues, there’ll be three weeks of music, comedy, spoken word and classic cinema in the stunning surroundings of Bangor Castle Walled Garden. Events will be open air, fully seated, Covid-compliant – and weather-protected under a stretch tent canopy.

The 2021 Festival will focus on local talent, with the majority of artists and participants based on the island of Ireland. The initial line-up includes: musicians Mary Coughlan, Camille O’Sullivan, Duke Special and Dana Masters; comedians Colin Geddis, Paddy Raff and Nuala McKeever; author Marian Keyes; and author and comedian, Adam Kay. And that’s just a flavour of what’s on offer. For the full programme, go to

Just a short stroll from Bangor Station and the town centre, the Walled Garden is the perfect location for this year’s adapted Festival. And with an abundance of restaurants, bars and accommodation, never mind the jaw-droppingly beautiful coastal walks, and of course the garden itself, Bangor surely has to be top of the list for a cultural staycation this August.

The Festival runs from Thursday 12th to Monday 30th August – although more dates, events and locations may be added, if conditions and restrictions allow



Covid-19 Info

We will be doing everything we can to protect our audience members, artists, volunteers and staff from Covid 19. This includes reviewing the situation on a regular basis and responding to updates and new regulations from all relevant authorities.

Tickets & bubble seating

Lots of things about this year’s festival will be different to the set-up our audiences have previously been used to, including how to buy tickets, and how the seating will be arranged.

To facilitate social distancing, we have created a ticket bubble system. When you go to book, you will be given the option of buying a single seat, or a bubble of 2, 3 or 4 seats. The price you pay will be per bubble. For example, if seats for an event are £20 each, and you buy a bubble of 4, you will pay £80. If you buy a bubble of one at £20, that means you will be purchasing a single ticket and sitting alone.

Please note, the majority of bubbles available are 4s. This is to enable maximum capacity in the garden within the current social distancing regulations. If the regulations change, we will adapt accordingly. But for now, we are unable to adjust bubble sizes.


Please wear a mask while you are queuing to enter the event, while walking to your seat, and if you leave to visit the café or toilet. Also, when the event ends, please put on your mask to exit the garden.

You do not have to wear a mask during the event when sitting in your bubble.

Testing / vaccinations / symptoms

You are not required to produce a negative Covid19 test result or proof of vaccination to gain access to an event. However, it is imperative that if you have any symptoms of Covid19, have tested positive for Covid19, or have been in recent contact with anyone who has tested positive, you do not attend the event.

Tickets & Pricing
  • General £12.50 - £29.50
Thu, 12 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Fri, 13 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Sat, 14 Aug 2021 7:00 - 11:00pm
Sun, 15 Aug 2021 2:30 - 5:00pm
Tue, 17 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Wed, 18 Aug 2021 8:30 - 11:00pm
Thu, 19 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Fri, 20 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Sat, 21 Aug 2021 3:00 - 11:00pm
Sun, 22 Aug 2021 2:30 - 11:00pm
Tue, 24 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Wed, 25 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Thu, 26 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Fri, 27 Aug 2021 7:30 - 11:00pm
Sat, 28 Aug 2021 8:30 - 11:00pm
Sun, 29 Aug 2021 3:00 - 11:00pm
Mon, 30 Aug 2021 2:00 - 10:00pm

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