Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Maritime month of events announced for Bangor

The tall ship Thalassa is a three-masted Barquentine ship with 16 sails
The tall ship Thalassa is a three-masted Barquentine ship with 16 sails

North Down Borough Council has announced its month-long programme of events in honour of Bangor’s rich maritime heritage.

The popular Sea Bangor Maritime Festival will be the pinnacle of Maritime Month when it takes place on June 13 and 14. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of fun and entertainment during these two days including all the thrills of a sea voyage onboard the tall ship Thalassa, a three-masted Barquentine ship with 16 sails. Booking is essential.

Carnegie Library will host a free storytelling week from Tuesday, June 2, to Saturday, June 6. The week will follow a ‘Pirates & Mermaids’ theme where the storytellers will relate tales of maritime magic, taking the children on voyages across the seven seas and deep under the ocean.

One of the highlights of the week is Lifeboat Luke Day on Wednesday, June 3. The cartoon’s creators Straandlooper Animations will present a unique opportunity to hear the story behind the first 52-part, animated series. Lifeboat Luke is a Search & Rescue adventure series for four to seven-year-olds set in the magical town of Donaghadoo. As well as storytelling, there will also be maritime-themed art activities and puppetry to entertain and captivate the children.

The event is open to school age children and the afternoon sessions are open to the general public. There is no charge for the event but booking is essential.

From Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, you can see the Irish Championships for the Sigma Yacht one design class organised by the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, and on Saturday, June 6, and June 7 at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club it’s the Squib Northerns class event.

As part of the weekend visitors will also get to witness the ‘Sea Bangor Yacht Racing’ on Belfast Lough organised by the Royal Ulster Yacht Club.

The month will then culminate on Sunday, June 28 with a Veterans’ Day Parade through Bangor town centre.

For further information, contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre at Quay Street, telephone 028 9127 0069, or visit www.northdowntourism.com.The tall ship Thalassa is a three-masted Barquentine ship with 16 sails and will be in Bangor next month

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