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Twelfth bank holiday: Parade details, bin collections, parking, supermarket opening hours and weather in Belfast, Derry, Ballymena, Newry, Lisburn

Your guide for the 12 and 13 July bank holidays in Belfast and Northern Ireland

From parking to public transport - to when your bin will be collected to shop opening times - here is everything you need to know for the 12 July bank holiday.


In total 22 events will mark this year’s Twelfth celebrations.

Rossnowlagh in Co Donegal is first on Saturday, with the main parade leaving close to St John’s Parish Church at 12.30pm. On Sunday, the annual Drumcree parade begins in Portadown at 10.15am from Carleton Street Orange Hall, with the main speech from Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt.

On Tuesday July 12, the two flagship parades take place in Kilkeel and Portadown. The Portadown parade begins at 9.15am with host lodges leaving Carleton Street Orange Hall, joining the main parade in Edenderry at 10.15am towards the Armagh Road. Events in Kilkeel start at 9.30am from Kilkeel Orange Hall parading towards the demonstration field at Manse Road.

The Belfast parade begins at 10 am at Carlisle Circus, towards City Hall for a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph. At 10.40 the lodges march to Barnett Demesne for the main address at 2.45pm.

The other parades starting across Northern Ireland on Tuesday are; Maguiresbridge, 12.30pm: Killyshambley on the Tempo Road. Limavady, 12pm: Church Street towards Limavady Orange field. Castledawson, 12pm: Hill Road towards the Magherafelt Road. Coagh, 12.30pm: Assembly field on the Ruskey Road towards the Drumconvis Road. Newtownstewart, 12.30pm: Assembly field on Strabane Road to Miller’s Holm. Aughnacloy, 12.30pm: Caledon Road to Aughnacloy College, Donaghadee, 12pm: Warren Road to the Commons. Comber, 12.3pm: Parkway playing fields. Dromore, 12pm: Ballymacormick Road to Lurgan Road. Randalstown, 11 am: Shane Street towards Dunmore Park. Lisburn, 11.30am: Wallace Park towards Ballymacross Playing Fields. Ballymena, 12.30pm: Wakehurst Road towards People’s Park on the Doury Road. Glenarm, 12pm: Coast Road to field at Straitkelly Road. Ahoghill, 12.30pm: Galgorm Road to Village playing fields on the Cullybackey Road. Ballycastle, 1pm: Ramoan playing fields towards Quay Roa Playing Fields.

In Portglenone the Independepent Loyal Orange Institution host a separate parade, starting at 12.45pm on the Townhill Road. On Wednesday, July 13, the annual sham fight event at Scarva begins on the Banbridge Road at 11.15am.


Local council car parks and on-street car parking across Northern Ireland will be free on 12 and 13 July.

Car parks in Belfast include:

•Ashdale Street

•Charlotte Street

•Corporation Square

•Corporation Street

•Cromac Street

•Dunbar Street

•Exchange Street

•Frederick Street

•Hope Street North

•Kent Street

•Little Donegall Street

•Little Victoria Street

•Marlborough Avenue

•Station Street

•York Street

Bankmore Street will be closed from 10-13 July.

Smithfield will be closed on 12 and 13 July.

Details of car parks elsewhere in Northern Ireland, can be found on the NI Direct website.

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Public transport

If you are leaving the car at home a special timetable will operate over the bank holidays.

  • Metro services will operate a public holiday timetable on July 12th and 13th
  • Some Goldline services will operate a usual service while others will operate a public holiday timetable on these dates
  • Ulsterbus services will operate a Saturday service while some Ulsterbus town services will not operate
  • NI Railways will be operating a Saturday timetable on July 12th and 13th

Special holiday timetables will operate on many services between December 27 and January 2.

For holiday metro bus timetables click here

Full details of holiday timetables over the festive season are available online

Weather warnings

There are currently no weather warnings in place for Northern Ireland

But they can be checked here

Shopping Hours

CastleCourt shopping centre



12 July: 12.30pm-4.30pm

13 July : 9am-6pm

Victoria Square

12 July: 12pm-5pm

13 July: 10am-6pm



For Tesco's opening hours, see here.

For Sainsbury's, see here

For Asda's opening hours, see here.

Bin Collections

For details of bin collections in your area, click the name of your council below:

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Newtownabbey Kerbie Box/Wheelie Box Collections

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Belfast City Council

Causeway Coast and Glens District Council

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Mid Ulster District Council

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council


NI Water

For all emergencies as well as day to day enquiries throughout Northern Ireland call the Waterline on: 0345 744 0088


If you want to report a leak in the public water supply, call:

Leakline number: 0800 028 2011

(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


In the event of flooding from burst watermains or blocked sewers call Waterline: 0345 744 0088

You only need a single telephone number to report a flood – 0300 2000 100.

This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You don’t have to decide which organisation you need to ring and you don't have to contact the Rivers Agency, Roads Service or NI Water – this will be done for you.

When you ring, a member of staff will take all your details and contact the appropriate agency on your behalf. This is a non emergency number so if you are in danger call the emergency services on 999.

Leisure centres

For the holiday timetable for leisure centres in Belfast click here

Cemetries and Crematorium

Belfast Central office - 028 9027 0296

The Cemeteries and Crematorium Central Office will be closed on Tuesday 12 July.

It will open on Wednesday 13 July from 9am – 12 noon.

Cremation papers for Wednesday 13 July must be delivered to this office by 12 noon on Monday 11 July.

Cremation papers for Thursday 14 July must be delivered to this office by 11am on Wednesday 13 July.

The office will resume normal working hours on Thursday 14 July.

Births, deaths, marriage, civil partnerships

Closed 12 and 13 July

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