Expect all things maritime during the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, including the stunning Mexican Naval Vessel Cuauhtémoc and a host of other naval vessels and tall ships. Find ropemaking and boat building demontrations on the Titanic Slipways; or delve into the past at the Maritime Heritage Exhibition at St Joseph’s Church in Sailortown.
Music and Entertainment
Get your feet tapping to live music from the Titanic Stage at Hamilton Dock (near Titanic Belfast), from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, and to 4pm on Monday, where W5’s science buskers will also be demonstrating science tricks. There will be live music at Donegall Quay, gateway to the Maritime Mile at the Big Fish, along with Wee Critters and Mini Explorers fun activities for little ones.
On Queens Quay, there will be a host of local musical talent, or why not laugh along to the captivating quayside street performers, visit the fairground activities or simply enjoy a relaxing picnic? And in the evenings, don’t miss performances of Jimmy Ellis: Home Again at Titanic Belfast (ticketed event); an auto-biographical reflection of the late actor’s family home and life working at the docks during his childhood in east Belfast.
Food and Drink
With street food traders located throughout the Titanic Quarter, there will be plenty to tantalise your taste buds. Visit the maritime food market and bar at Queens Quay. Kick back at the beach or treat the family to a nice picnic on the grass. There will also be live cookery demonstrations from some of Belfast’s most talented chefs at Hamilton Dock (11am and 12.30pm each day) or enjoy a bite to eat at the Big Titanic Pop-up Picnic and street food market.
Lights, camera, action! Bring your deck chairs and picnic blanket and get ready to be dazzled by the best family films on our huge silver screen situated on the Titanic Slipways. Screenings include Finding Nemo, Cinemagic’s Grace and Goliath, The Goonies, Finding Dory, The Little Mermaid and Muppets Treasure Island.
On the Water
Take to the water yourself with opportunities to kayak and paddleboard in Abercorn Basin, or do some yoga on the River Lagan at Donegall Quay.
Feel like getting creative? Decorate your own kite at the Arc and watch the Kite Club put on magical displays. Then, enjoy a craft market next to HMS Caroline and explore learn how to make a land yacht at Queen’s Quay.
Join storytelling sessions at the Great Light, where you’ll hear tales of mermaids, pirates and fish next to the largest lighthouse optics of its kind in the world. Or, take a tour under the Lagan Weir to find out about the infrastructure that controls the water levels and acts as a tidal barrage.
Then step on board HMS Caroline, one of the last remaining war ships from the First World War. Discover the Captain’s Cabins, get hands’ on with interactive exhibits or walk along the ship’s historic decks before visiting the maritime-themed playpark. There will also be the Bonkers Betty Bizarre Bazaar food and craft village and live theatre performances from Dockside Alive.
Sailortown, in the docks area north of Belfast city centre, was once a place where sailors from around the world mixed with local seamen and dockers. Explore the area and enjoy a maritime exhibition in St Joseph’s Church, telling the stories of Sailortown's seamen in WW1. Barrow Square will host an afternoon of Belfast based rock, rhythm and blues in memory of the iconic Rotterdam Bar on Saturday. There will also be walking tours, workshops, a traditional May procession and a ‘Sea Songs and Shanties’ music session with Belfast-based musician Mark McCambridge in St Joseph’s Church on Sunday.