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The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returns on 19 - 20 May with a weekend full of maritime-themed family fun, food and frolics.

Activities are at Queen's Quay, Donegall Quay and Titanic Quarter from 10am - 6pm each day. Download a Festival Map at belfastcity.gov.uk/events.
For information on getting to the event and attractions, go to visitbelfast.com/maritimefestival. There's no dedicated event car parking and festival goers are encouraged to use public transport, city centre car parks and on-street parking.

Magnificent ships and naval vessels

Climb aboard magnificent tall ships and naval vessels, meet the captain and crew and learn a bit more about life at sea. Visiting The Tall Ships include Lord Nelson, Phoenix, Pelican, Maybe, Royal Helena, ILV Granuaille and Royalist. Opening times are subject to tide and ship restrictions.

Live Music and Entertainment

Enjoy live music in the Queen's Quay music marquee each day, a live radio roadshow with lots of exciting competitions and giveaways and some of the best international roving street performers.

Quayside family fun

There will be plenty of free activities including:
  • maritime themed workshops and displays
  • Vespa NI information stand and Vespa display
  • Educational fun with Exploris NI and Ulster Wildlife Trust
  • fairground rides
  • Footie 4 Fun activity zone
  • water-based 'try it' sessions
  • Armed Forces jobs and trade fair
  • the exhilarating ever-popular flyboard jet ski displays
  • free pirate classes
  • a host of other quayside activities for the whole family to revel in.

Titanic Quarter activities

In partnership with the Titanic Foundation, the Titanic Quarter will be animated over the course of the Maritime Festival weekend. New to this year's event will be the Maritime Mile, an animated waterfront trail that encourages 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 home-grown 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.

Food and drink

The 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  Northern Ireland 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 themes from urban artists, pop-up poetry, buskers, flash mobs and everything in between.

How to get there

This year, the gateway to the festival begins at Donegall Quay (beside the Big Fish). Arriving on foot is recommended 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.

More information

For more informaton, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/maritime or email events@belfastcity.gov.uk.

Titanic Quarter

The birthplace of Titanic is Belfast's newest and most vibrant destination, Titanic Quarter Ltd co-promotes the Titanic Quarter development with Belfast Harbour.

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