Holywood Arches reveals a vibrant place to Shop, Explore and Relax

Holywood Arches Business Association has revealed a destination brand to help promote Belfast’s Holywood Arches as a vibrant hub to shop, explore and relax as part of  Belfast City Council’s "Supporting Vibrant Business Destinations" initiative, funded through the Department for Communities Revitalisation programme.

With assets including C.S. Lewis Square, Connswater Community Greenway, Glider / Belfast Rapid Transit and Belfast Bikes, Holywood Arches continues to be a gateway to east Belfast, providing an attractive hub for the community and visitors.  The wide variety of businesses, combined with the Holywood Arches Business Association’s partnership approach.

To celebrate Holywood Arches,  a series of events and activities will take place.  On Saturday 23rd March, 12pm & 1.30pm, Beats & Bites a music & Taste Silent Disco will meet at Jack Coffee Bar, C.S. Lewis Square.  With heads sets on a guide will help guests explore a range of food businesses with especially curated playlists by east Belfast based local DJ and broadcaster Joe Lindsay. Enjoy disco hits and a homage to east Belfast artists and music, booking advisable.   Join a Spring celebration on Saturday 30th March, 12pm-3pm, a free, family fun event with live acoustic music performance by a local musician, spring themed walkabout character, a nature jewellery making workshop and an Easter Bunny hunt competition for families.

The Belfast City Council "Supporting Vibrant Business Destinations" initiative will also support bespoke street art and colourful planters to make Holywood Arches an even more attractive place for the community and visitors.

Communities Minister Gordon Lyons said:

 “My Department is committed to the regeneration of cities and towns across Northern Ireland through initiatives which promote urban renewal and development of public spaces. We do this in collaboration with a range of partners and stakeholders, and in conjunction with the local community. I am delighted to hear my department’s funding of the Supporting Vibrant Business Destinations programme has enabled yet another local traders’ association to drive forward the regeneration and economic competitiveness of their area. I wish the Holywood Arches Business Association and the local community the very best for the upcoming events.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Ryan Murphy, commented:

 “It’s fantastic to see the retailers and businesses at Holywood Arches being supported and profiled. Our Belfast Agenda commits to growing a diverse, inclusive economy, and the Supporting Vibrant Business Destinations pilot scheme is all about promoting economic growth throughout Belfast, by focusing on enhancing infrastructure, marketing, and animation along the city’s arterial routes. This important investment from the Department for Communities is helping to strengthen Belfast’s competitiveness by supporting start-ups, independent retailers, social enterprises, and cultural and voluntary organisations to attract greater footfall and spend – and in this case, it’s also supporting local community tourism. I wish the Holywood Arches Business Association every success and look forward to seeing people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying their springtime events.”

Mary Armstrong, chair of Holywood Arches Business Association added:
“We are very grateful to Belfast City Council and Department for Communities for their support, as this will help us to support our local traders by providing a Holywood Arches brand promoting the place as a vibrant, connected hub which encourages the community and visitors to shop, explore and relax as well as continue to position the place as a gateway to east Belfast. As part of our destination brand launch our series of events and activities will form part of our ongoing plans to stimulate economic activity and increase footfall and sales.”

For further information on Holywood Arches and the forthcoming programme of events visit their Facebook (Holywood Arches Business Association) and Instagram (@holywoodarchesbelfast) pages.

For more information on Belfast City Council’s support for business, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/cityforbusiness


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About Holywood Arches
Holywood Arches is the area in and around CS Lewis Square, Connswater Community Greenway and EastSide Visitor Centre, Holywood Road, up to Strand Cinema, and Connswater to lower end of Upper Newtownards Road. It is a crossing point for the Connswater Community and Comber Greenways and the main arterial routes for the Belfast Rapid Transit. 200 businesses are currently located within the defined business area.

About Holywood Arches Business Association

Promotes and develops the interests of all business within, and all of those trading in the area of Holywood Arches being in the area situated in and around the Newtownards Road extending to Upper Newtownards Road, Bloomfield Avenue,  Beersbridge Road, Holywood Road, Bloomfield Road Roundabout and Connswater Retail Park.