Groomsport is a small village on the Southern shore of Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland. It is renowned for its beautiful and some would say, unique setting as an almost unspoilt seaside village. It has links with the history of both Ireland and North America. This website has been set up by Groomsport Village Association committee, in order to publish material of interest to locals and visitors. The Winter 2014 edition of our newsletter can be read on this site.

This is our Constitution.

Artspace Annual Art Exhibition

Artspace is delighted to announce their first Annual Exhibition of work at Groomsport Parish halls, Groomsport. Elaine Mcginn (Coordinator) and Artspace Students’.... extend a warm invitation for you all to join us in Celebration on .... Friday 11th April from 7- 9 pm. The exhibition extends to Saturday 12th April 10 – 4pm.

Artspace workshops encourage, inspire and motivate the individual to explore and create the art works they have always wanted to try. It is a unique learning experience for both the beginner and the experienced artist alike. Why not come along and have a look.

Celebration of Groomsport Clubs

Alan Chambers


On Saturday afternoon, 1st March 2014, some of the many clubs and associations that meet in the village gathered in the Parish Halls.

Many of the villagers visited the exhibition and clubs experienced lively interest in their activities. Our local councillor, Alan Chambers, attended with a group of supporters!

You can see more pictures in photo gallery 4

Major heating investment in North Down



The H.E. have told us that they have invested £824,000 to upgrade the heating systems of its properties in Groomsport.

Many of the Housing Executive’s homes used Economy 7 as their main source of heating with others having an open fire or relied on room heaters. However, these have now been upgraded to a more energy efficient gas based system along with extra loft insulation which will ultimately help lower tenants’ heating bills.

Magical Afternoon for children



The Groomsport Presbyterian Church halls were packed with local children, on Saturday 1st February 2014, enjoying a "Magical Afternoon" with their parents and grandparents. The children made a magic potion (in keeping with the magical theme), had their faces painted and got magic tattoos.

Craft work and painting with a magical theme, were followed by a marvellous show from magician Paul Ormonde. Paul, who is a member of the famous Magic Circle, kept everyone enthralled with his skill and dexterity. His interaction with the children was fun to watch and everyone enjoyed the afternoon.

Refreshments were served at the end and local residents got to chat with friends old and new. A great team of Groomsport Village Association Committee members, and other volunteers, had a busy afternoon. Our thanks go to them and to the organiser, Sharon Cummings, for their time and commitment to this community event.

We would also like to thank NDBC, for their funding support.

Tidal Surges, 3rd and 6th Jan 2014


We had very high tides on both Friday 3rd and Monday 6th Jan. Locals were intrigued but little damage was done by the high water.

More photographs have been added to Photograph Gallery 4 in April, showing improvements to the harbour area, work being done on the pumping station and Cockle Island Boat Club launching for the season.

The Committee

The members of the committee are elected on an annual basis. The Annual General Meeting is held during the Autumn months (usually in the boat-house), when villagers meet to elect a new committee and to air their views about village affairs in general. This meeting can be lively!! This year the AGM was held on Thursday 24th October 2013 in the Boat House.


The Committee can be contacted from this website. These messages will be directed to the Hon. Secretary who will bring their contents to the attention of the committee. We publish a newsletter roughly every six months. We try to distribute it to every house in the village and copies will be available from this site

Volunteers wanted for: World sailing championship 4th - 11th July 2014


The World Sailing Championship will be based at Ballyholme and racing will be visible from Groomsport.

For information please contact Betty Armstrong 07879645332

David Taylor 07873301056/


The Village Plan

North Down Borough Council appointed the Paul Hogarth Company to undertake a study of the village and prepare a Village Plan.

This document sets out the views of residents, businesses and other groups within the village area, as to how they would like to see the village develop in coming years.

Hogarths held drop-in sessions and an Open Forum during February and March 2013 so that local people could contribute their thoughts.

The Plan can be viewed here.

What's On in North Down

Find out about local events here.