‘IT’S ‘Ships Ahoy’ once again in Belfast as the city gets ready to welcome back the Titanic Maritime Festival.
The three day family friendly festival, organised by Belfast City Council and supported by Q Radio and Translink, takes place on the last May Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May, 11 am-6 pm daily.
The fun and thrills of the festival will celebrate Belfast’s unique maritime history, with events stretching from Queens Quay to the Arc Public Realm, SS Nomadic and Titanic Slipways.
A number of Class A vessels such as Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot will be making a welcome return after many years absence, offering visitors the chance to hop aboard.
As well as the many ships on show, the quaysides will be filled with fun activities for all the family to enjoy.
There will be a fantastic range of free maritime themed arts and crafts, the amazing Yakovlevs aerobatic displays on Saturday and Sunday, the BIG Titanic Pop-Up Picnic with music, dance performances, kids games and walking tours.
Street performances will take place throughout the festival, bringing to life the ‘crazy carry-ons’ of a life on the ocean.
Other festival highlights include water activities, face painting, a climbing wall and lots of outdoor fun and games.
There will also be the opportunity to talk to Navy, RAF and Army career advisors at the Armed Forces Jobs and Trades Fair at Titanic Slipways.
The Q Radio Roadshow will broadcast live from Queen’s Quay with live music, competitions, loads of giveaways and fun for all the family. There will be a variety of fantastic live music throughout the weekend, allowing visitors to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
There will be plenty of delicious local and European food providers to tempt the taste buds at the Maritime Market on Queen’s Quay, complemented by the Dock Market at the Arc.
The Spring Continental Market will also be at Belfast City Hall from 27 – 30 May with an array of delicious food from across the globe and our very own St George’s Market will also be open for people to enjoy.
Belfast Lord Mayor, Arder Carson, is looking forward to the weekend.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted that Belfast will once again be celebrating its rich maritime history when the Titanic Maritime Festival returns to the banks of the river Lagan.
“Following the success of the Tall Ships Festival in 2015 I have no doubt that this family friendly event will attract big crowds to our city once again, with something for everyone to enjoy.
“I would encourage everyone to come down over the three days to enjoy the wonders of the festival.”
Robert Walshe Managing Director Q Radio said: “We are thrilled to be the official radio partner for the 2016 Titanic Maritime Festival.
“Q Radio, through its seven FM radio stations and one DAB service across Northern Ireland, are passionate about local events and local people, so throughout the festival the Q radio outside broadcast team will be live from our brand new state of the art mobile studio bus celebrating Belfast’s rich maritime history.
Phillip Woods, Translink Service Delivery Manager, said: “It’s great to be supporting the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival and to play our part in celebrating the rich maritime heritage of our city.
“As well as Park and Ride services we will be offering a range of great value bus and train tickets.
“These include our Metro Day Ticket, Friends and Family tickets or a third-off NI Railways day return tickets and selected Goldline services after 9.30am, so visitors can easily enjoy hassle-free journeys.
“To plan your journey simply visit our website www.translink.co.uk or download our journey planner app.
A free Maritime Festival shuttle bus, operated by Translink, running between the City Centre, Pollock Dock and Queen’s Quay during festival opening hours will make it easy for visitors to get about and enjoy all of the festival entertainment. Visitors can also hop on the Wee Tram, on Queens Road, to take them down to Titanic Quarter.
For more information about the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, contact the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/maritime