Ships ahoy as maritime festival returns to Belfast


Belfast’s maritime history will take centre stage with a host of free family activities on Saturday and Sunday, September 9/10.

The Belfast Maritime Festival will take place along the city’s Maritime Mile, with activities stretching across Queen’s Quay to HMS Caroline in the Titanic Quarter.

Visitors can enjoy nautical-themed fun from 11am each day, including live music and pop-up performances, street entertainers and the Belfast Bazaar, featuring the very best local produce and crafts.

The first ever ‘Science Street’ on Titanic Slipways will host an array of interactive activities, demonstrations and live shows exploring topics such as navigation, marine biology, climate change and biodiversity.

The youngest crew members will love the hands-on activities at Queen’s Quay, while a flotilla of vessels and ships will dock at Queen’s Quay and Belfast Harbour Marina, where visitors can hop on board to meet the crew and experience life at sea.

A music programme, featuring more than 40 leading musicians from across Northern Ireland, will take place in outdoor venues across the Maritime Mile.

Aine Kearney, Director of Events at Tourism NI, said: “Tourism NI is delighted to support the return of the Belfast Maritime Festival.”