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Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

Date: 19 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Queen's Quay, Donegall 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.

You can find out where activities are taking place around the festival with our handy maritime map.

Magnificent ships and naval vessels 

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

  • Lord Nelson
  • Phoenix
  • Pelican
  • Maybe
  • ILV Granuaile 
  • Royalist

*Opening times subject to tide and ship restrictions

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. 

Keep an eye out for our Dancing Grannies, the Afrikan Warriors, Jitterbug Jackson and the The Giant Balloon Show who are all set to perform. Jack Sparrow also plans to drop by over the weekend, alongside our funky pirate trio, sea shanty sailors and the famous ‘Pirates Got Talent’ Circus show. These ‘crazy carry-ons’ are not to be missed.

Quayside family fun

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

  • maritime themed arts and crafts
  • Vespa NI Information stand and Vespa display
  • educational fun with Ulster Wildlife Trust
  • Relax Kids Belfast - fun mini workshops which promote good mental health and wellbeing in children
  • mini explorer sensory play activities
  • fairground rides (£)
  • Footie 4 Fun activity zone
  • water-based ‘try it’ sessions
  • Armed Forces Jobs and Trades Fair
  • exhilarating ever-popular flyboard jet ski displays
  • free pirate classes; and
  • a host of other quayside activities for the whole family to revel in.

The festival will cater for all tastes, with a range of local and international food. Enjoy a leisurely picnic on the grass or a drink in the Quayside Bar, which will open from 11.30am - 6pm each day. 

‘The Wee Tram’

Titanic Quarter is easy to get around using the free ‘Wee Tram’, which will connect the Arc and HMS Caroline throughout the festival.

Fun activities

Titanic Quarter, Titanic Foundation and HMS Caroline have a fantastic programme of fun activities to showcase the maritime heritage in Titanic Quarter.



How to get there

This year, the gateway to the festival begins at Donegall Quay (beside the Big Fish). We would recommend arriving on foot so as not to miss the attractions along the way. 


Whilst there is no dedicated car parking for the event, festival goers are encouraged to use city centre car parks and on street parking. There is also car parking along Queen’s Road in Titanic Quarter.

Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland.

For further details on the Maritime Festival, you can email our City Events Team at

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A boy dressed in a captain's uniform

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