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Tall Ships sail in for Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

Make your way to Belfast's famed waterfront this weekend for lots of nautical fun for all the family.

The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returns with three days of magnificent tall ships, free family activities and spectacular live entertainment.

It's all taking place at Queens Quay, the Arc and Titanic Quarter, Friday 2-7pm, and 11am-6pm on Saturday on Sunday.

Climb a’board some magnificent visiting ships including, the Earl of Pembroke, Kaskelot, and the Phoenix. The Russian vessel Shtandart will also be docked throughout the festival and the Royal Navy and Irish Naval service will also stop in Belfast for the festival.

Belfast is hosting the fleet of The Voyage, along with Liverpool and Dublin. The Voyage is a newly formed sail training initiative, offering young people the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and change their Voyage through life.

Activities for kids of all ages include: maritime themed arts and crafts; storytelling; dancing on the decks with Jump, Jiggle & Jive; outdoor fun and games; pirate classes on board the Phoenix; face painting; sensory play for mini explorers; interactive activities with the HMS Caroline team; a visit to the charity zone; NIFRS community safety vehicle; spectacular live entertainment and music; and the opportunity to relax and unwind at the maritime beach at Queens Quay.

For those of you who just love to get your feet wet, there's also a host of water-orientated activities to suit all tastes, including: paddlesport try-it sessions with Bryson LaganSports (Saturday and Sunday, £3 per head); boat tours with the Lagan Boat Company (£5 per person, under three’s free); sailing and motorboating with Belfast Lough Sailability for people of all abilities, including wheelchair users.

Come and cheer on the Lagan Dragons, Northern Ireland’s only breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat Team, who will

Throughout the event there will be a series of Maritime heritage exhibitions, walking tours, and a special evening event in the Dockers Club, Pilot Street, organised by the Shared History Interpretive Project (S.H.I.P.) All the events will take place in the Sailortown area of North Belfast, an area rich in Maritime history and where the first shipyards in Belfast were built. For more information visit www.shipbelfast.com

For full programme details, including recommendations on parking, shuttlebuses and The Wee Tram, go to VisitBelfast and go download a brochure from the documents section.

The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland.

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