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Get On Board for the Titanic Maritime Festival

Visitor Attractions

Posted by Tourism NI

Published May 31, 2017

Ahoy me hearties! Get on board for Belfast City Council’s free Titanic Maritime Festival which takes place at Queen’s Quay and Titanic Quarter on the weekend of Friday 16 – Sunday 18 June.

Get On Board for the Titanic Maritime Festival

The Maritime Festival is organised by Belfast City Council and supported by Tourism NI, Q Radio and Translink. The annual event features Tall Ships, Naval vessels, a fantastic array of street theatre, live music and the Q Radio roadshow, arts and crafts, face painting, amazing displays and much more family-friendly activities. You’ll have the opportunity to climb aboard the magnificent visiting tall ships. And why not have a go in the water yourself in an open canoe or bellboat?

For the first time it is part of a trio of consecutive Maritime Festivals beginning in Dublin, moving to Belfast before finishing in Liverpool. The cities will host the fleet of The Voyage, a newly formed sail training initiative, offering young people the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and change their Voyage through life. Some of the visiting vessels will host Belfast trainees sailing between the ports!

Make sure to sail on down to Titanic Quarter and delve into the treasure trove of activities organised by Titanic Foundation Ltd. Celebrate our waterfront heritage and seafaring traditions with a street food market at the Big Titanic Pop-Up Picnic, as well as model boats, walking tours and interactive exhibits to name but a few!

Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary-Ellen Campbell, said: “The Maritime Festival is always a fantastic event and so attractive for families - I think even adults become small kids as they love the chance to get on board and explore the Tall Ships.

“It is a reminder of our shipbuilding heritage and of those emigrants who left our shore to seek a new life in other countries. For many visitors it is history coming alive,” she said.

“The festive atmosphere raises the spirits of the thousands of people drawn to Queen’s Quay and Titanic Quarter adding to Belfast’s reputation as a fun, vibrant and welcoming city,” added the Deputy Lord Mayor.

Aine Kearney, Director of Business Support and Events at Tourism NI said: “Tourism NI is a proud sponsor of the Titanic Maritime Festival, the three day festival is a home grown event which provides a platform for visitors to explore and interact with our unique maritime offering.”

Robert Walshe, Managing Director, Q Radio said: "We are delighted to be media partner for the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, this is a hugely anticipated event in the summer calendar for people all over Northern Ireland. We're looking forward to being there all weekend with our presenters, hosting and broadcasting live from the event".

Damian Bannon, Translink Belfast Area Manager said: “This fun family festival attracts thousands of visitors to Belfast to enjoy all the maritime celebrations. We’ve a wide range of great value bus and train tickets available for hassle-free journeys including our £7 Metro Day Ticket, £17 Friends and Family ticket and free returns on Ulsterbus and Goldline services.

“To plan your journey simply visit our website, call 028 90 66 66 30 or download our journey planner app.”

A free Maritime Festival shuttle bus, operated by Translink, running between the City Centre and Queen’s Quay during festival opening hours will make it easy to get about. You can also hop on the Wee Tram to take you down to Titanic Quarter.

Information on the event and how to make the most of your visit to the Maritime Festival is available from

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