A Pirate’s Picnic

A Pirate’s Picnic

AHOY there matey!! Each year we run a fun packed holiday bible club programme for children of primary school age, this year we are doing things a little different – Families are invited to bring a picnic and join us for a 4 day pirate’s adventure. Please note – All children MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event.

More details are available in the downloadable document, or you can read below :


Registration is at 11 am each day and the programme will begin at 11.30am. The programme will end between 1.30pm and 1.45pm, giving parents time to pack up. After you register you will be shown to an allocated spot in the field that is marked out with social distancing in mind. If you are coming in a bubble please sign up on line in ONE booking indicating the number of people in your bubble, so that we can allocate a large enough space and ensure you are seated together.


The children will be invited to take part in the following programme:

  • Singing
  • Dancing (start practicing that cha cha slide!)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Upfront games
  • Choose a leader to walk the plank! (get wet!! 😊)
  • Each day through the drama, which is situated on a giant pirate’s ship…you will be whisked away to skull island as we follow the journey of some children who encounter pirates and discover a very special treasure.

On Sunday the programme will look a little different: it will include all of the fun elements of the Pirate’s Picnic alongside a short talk and some family worship. After this we will be having a community BBQ and the children/teens are invited to bounce around on some inflatables: bouncy castle with slide/toddler inflatable play zone and assault courses. (There will be different inflatables assigned to different age groups – toddlers, age 3 – 6yrs, primary school and secondary school)


We have managed to receive some funding for the event, therefore most of it is covered and we are only asking for a small contribution from parents to cover the rest. Adults are FREE, and children are £5 each (one off payment, payable at registration when you arrive).

But we understand that for some families this has been a very difficult year and finances may be an issue, please do not let that stop you coming – drop us an email and come along! (dianne@theunitedparish.org.uk)

Fancy Dress

Children (and adults) are invited to dress up in a pirate themed costume – there will be a prize each day for the “best” costume. Let your imagination run wild! 😉


This is an open air event and will take place at the rectory field at Christ Church Rectory field, 11 Church Road, Ballynure, BT39 9UF.


There is a carpark at the church hall (Next door to the church and a small number of parking spaces is available for those who need disabled parking and have a blue badge. (Spaces will be given on a first come basis and badges must be shown at the gate to the carpark). Free Parking is available around the village and at the “Rest Stop” near the service station on the A8.

Rain Cover

The weather in Northern Ireland is so unpredictable, but we plan to go ahead with the event unless there is HEAVY rainfall. There are some spots available near the back of the field if you would like to bring a small gazebo (3x3m max), please indicate this in the booking form. We will assign these spots to those who first request them. We will let you know in a confirmation email if you have been successful in getting a spot.

Picnic / BBQ

Please do bring with you a picnic and blanket or folding chairs for you and your family. On Sunday we will be having a BBQ. (Burger, Hotdog or Veggie burger and a drink will be provided)


There are a limited number of toilets available during the day at the church hall.

COVID-19 Precautions

People are not required to wear a face mask as the event is outside and people will be seated in the field with social distancing in mind.

You will be asked to take a temperature check and to use hand sanitizer as you enter and as you leave as well as when children enter and exit the inflatables. There will also be hand sanitizing stations throughout the field.

Families will also be asked to complete an online covid questionnaire 24 hours before the event.

If you or a member of your family/bubble has covid-19 or is waiting for test as they have come in to contact with someone who has covid-19 or you are experiencing covid-19 symptoms please do not attend.

Waiting List

Once the event fills up we will open a waiting list as individual days may become available. People on the waiting list will be contacted when spaces become available.


Please do contact Dianne Hamilton at dianne@theunitedparish.org.uk if you have any further questions. We look forward to seeing you and your family!!