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Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

Date: 16 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Time: Friday from 2pm – 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 6pm
Venue: Queens Quay, the Arc and Titanic Quarter

The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returns once again with a weekend of maritime-themed family fun, food and frolics. You can find the full Maritime Festival programme in our documents section.

Magnificent ships

  • Climb a’board some magnificent visiting ships including, the Earl of Pembroke, Kaskelot, and the Phoenix. The Russian vessel Shtandart will also be docked throughout the festival and the Royal Navy and Irish Naval service will also stop in Belfast for the festival.
  • Belfast is hosting the fleet of The Voyage, along with Liverpool and Dublin. The Voyage is a newly formed sail training initiative, offering young people the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and change their Voyage through life.

Free family fun 

There will be plenty of activities for kids of all ages including:

  • maritime themed arts and crafts
  • storytelling
  • dancing on the decks with Jump, Jiggle & Jive
  • outdoor fun and games
  • pirate classes on board the Phoenix
  • face painting
  • sensory play for mini explorers
  • interactive activities with the HMS Caroline team
  • a visit to the charity zone
  • NIFRS community safety vehicle
  • and the opportunity to relax and unwind at the maritime beach, located on Queens Quay.

Spectacular live entertainment

We'll have a host of live entertainment to keep you amused such as:

  • live music in the music marquee
  • the Q Radio Roadshow will be broadcasting live from the event with competitions and giveaways
  • you’ll find amazing street theatre and performances throughout the site.

Water activities

For those of you who just love to get your feet wet, we’ll have a host of water-orientated activities to suit all tastes:

  • Paddlesport try-it sessions with Bryson LaganSports (Saturday and Sunday, £3 per head)
  • Boat tours with the Lagan Boat Company (£5 per person, under three’s free)
  • Sailing and motorboating opportunities with Belfast Lough Sailability for people of all abilities and ages. Their vessels will enable wheelchair user’s direct access. For more information visit www.belfastloughsailability.com
  • Come and cheer on the Lagan Dragons, Northern Ireland’s only breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat Team. They’ll be inviting all mummies give Dragon Boating a try!

Please note that queues for some entertainment will be managed and due to popularity some queues may be closed prior to advertised event times. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience. 

Titanic Quarter activities in partnership with Titanic Foundation Limited

  • the Big Titanic pop-up picnic and street food market
  • live cookery demonstrations 
  • wooden boats and interactive exhibits
  • traditional rope making
  • model boat racing
  • port to starboard breakfast talks
  • live street art, music, BMX and parkour demonstrations
  • the DOCK Market will be open in the Arc throughout the festival with a selection of local food, arts and crafts
  • maritime walking tours, photography walks and Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House tours
  • the armed forces jobs and trades fair 
  • vintage models from the Ulster Aviation Society and Ulster Military Vehicle Club.

Other Maritime activities

Throughout the event there will be a series of Maritime heritage exhibitions, walking tours, and a special evening event in the Dockers Club, Pilot Street, organised by the Shared History Interpretive Project (S.H.I.P.) All the events will take place in the Sailortown area of North Belfast, an area rich in Maritime history and where the first shipyards in Belfast were built. For more information visit www.shipbelfast.com

Getting to the Maritime Festival

Shuttlebus service

There’ll be a free Maritime festival shuttlebus approximately every 15 minutes from 2pm – 7pm on Friday and 11am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Departing from SS Moore’s, Chichester Street, Belfast city centre, and dropping off at Station Street bus stop (beside Queen’s Quay). The return shuttle will pick up from Station Street bus stop and drop off at Donegall Square West (beside City Hall).

Travel with Translink

Make the smart move and travel with Translink to the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival! With a range of great value bus and train tickets, visitors can easily enjoy hassle-free journeys. For more information visit www.translink.co.uk and start planning your journey, #smartmovers.

The Wee Tram

Explore Titanic Quarter on the Wee Tram. Hop on at the front of the Odyssey and travel along Queen’s Road up to Titanic’s Dock and Pump House for special tours. The Wee Tram will also drop you at Titanic Slipways, Titanic Belfast and the SS Nomadic Belfast on its return journey.

Parking

Parking is available at public paid car parks at the Odyssey, Titanic Belfast and Titanic Quarter, as well as the city centre. Parking spaces cannot be booked in advance and we would encourage you to use the dedicated, free Maritime shuttle bus service. You can view a complete list of car parks in Belfast on the Belfast City Centre Management website.

Belfast Bikes

Pick up and drop off your Belfast Bikes at any of the city’s docking stations. For further details visit www.belfastbikes.co.uk


The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival is proudly supported by Tourism Northern Ireland.

For further visitor information, please contact the Belfast Visitor Welcome Centre on 028 9026 4409 or visit www.visitbelfast.com

You can find the full Maritime Festival programme in our documents section.

Two children dressed as pirates playing in the grass

Cost
Free to attend

Audience
Suitable for everyone

Theme
Festivals