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Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

Date: 19 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Queen's Quay and Titanic Quarter

Ahoy there land lovers and seafarers! Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returns once again with a bumper-packed weekend full of maritime-themed family fun, food and frolics. 

Magnificent ships and naval vessels 

Climb aboard some magnificent visiting tall ships and naval vessels that will be docked in Belfast for the festival weekend. Meet the captain and crew and learn a bit more about life at sea.

Spectacular live entertainment

We’ll have an array of entertainment across the sites to keep you entertained. There’ll be live music from the Queen's Quay music marquee each day, a live radio roadshow will be broadcasting from the event site with lots of exciting competitions and giveaways. 

Along our quaysides, you’ll find some of the best international roving street performers and shows. Their ‘crazy carry-ons’ of sea life is not to be missed!

Quayside family fun

There’ll be plenty of free activities with something for everyone to enjoy, including:

  • face painting
  • maritime themed workshops 
  • fairground rides 
  • outdoor fun and games
  • water-based ‘come and try it’ sessions
  • the ever-popular flyboard jet ski displays
  • and a host of other quayside activities for the whole family to revel in.

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the local artisan, food and drink market, located on Queen's Quay, and sample what they will have to offer. The Dock Market will also be open in the Arc, throughout the duration of the Maritime Festival, with a unique selection of local food, fashion and arts and crafts.

Titanic Quarter activities

In partnership with the Titanic Foundation, the Titanic Quarter will be animated over the course of the Maritime Festival weekend with so much to do and see. New to this year’s event will be the Maritime Mile, an animated waterfront trail that will encourage people to explore the area’s maritime and industrial history whilst connecting all the key attractions, public realm, sculptures and viewing points along the way.  

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience Northern Ireland’s own hidden gems, from the SS Nomadic, to the historic Titanic and Olympic slipways, along with new additions to Titanic Quarter - the Titanic Walkway, and one of the world’s largest and rarest lighthouse optics, The Great Light. 

The Maritime Mile will guide visitors down towards HMS Caroline, the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, and into the Thompson Dock, the massive 44ft Dry Dock where the infamous Titanic was fitted out. 

Pop up Titanic Street Food Market

The Maritime festival will also celebrate everything home-grown, and the historic Hamilton Dock will be a food lover’s port of call with the return of the local NI ‘Pop up Titanic Street Food Market.’ Showcasing the best of our world-class food culture, with a seafood twist, this street food market will host local producers, artisan stalls, cookery demos, wine and seasonal produce tasting and lots of fishy surprises. The area will be brought to life with maritime colour and animation themed from urban artists, popup poetry, buskers, flash mobs and everything in between.

For further details on the Maritime Festival you can contact our city events team by emailing


A boy dressed in a captain's uniform

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