Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival: TQ Entertainment

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16 Jun 11:00 - 18 Jun 18:00

Titanic Quarter

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Titanic Quarter Entertainment…
Join us for an action packed weekend celebrating our waterfront heritage & seafaring traditions at the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival 2017. From a Big Titanic Pop-up Picnic to a seafood street food market, from wooden boats to model boats, nautical walking tours to Port to Starboard talks. Our festival invites visitors to explore a spectacular heritage site and enjoy music, games, interactive exhibits, roving performers and lots more.

The ‘BIG Titanic Picnic’ (Friday 2pm to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 6pm)
The ‘BIG Titanic Picnic’ will be popping up next to SS Nomadic, visitors can relax and enjoy a delicious picnic whilst watching a mix of maritime activity including live music, Titanic mascots, stilt walking pirates and games for kids and the big kids at heart. The Hamilton Dock will be full of maritime flavour with its very own ‘NI Pop-up Street Food Market’, including Belfast Wood Fired Pizza, Street Dogs, Papas Minerals, Dinky Donuts, Barn & Brea and lots more. Each trader has been handpicked for their awesome food and epic vans, trucks & stalls. Visitors can sample the different stalls during the festival, knowing that everything is locally sourced and freshly prepared to ensure a tasty lunch. There will be plenty of picnic tables available.

LIVE Cooking at Hamilton Dock (Saturday & Sunday 12noon to 5pm)
Come and watch our local chefs, Niall McKenna from James Street South, Titanic Belfast’s Alastair Fullerton & Garreth Wilson, Cyprus Avenue’s Richard McCracken, and Holohan at the Barge’s owner chef Calvin Holohan, host some spectacular cooking demonstrations. Local TV / radio Presenter Siobhan McGarry will be compering the event and there will be opportunities to sample dishes and ask as many questions as you like during the demos.

Maritime Marvels on the Slipway (Saturday & Sunday 12noon to 4pm)
Visitors will find the very finest examples of boatbuilding skills on display, demonstrations, exhibits, and traditional arts and crafts as well as many other hands-on family and children’s activities in our maritime marquee on the historic Titanic Slipways.

Live demos & exhibitions include:
• Traditional Rope-makers NI will demonstrate how ropes were made, from raw materials before the Industrial Revolution to the creation of cordage, used by the large sailing ships to harness the wind. There will be traditional boat makers on hand to demonstrate building techniques and wood working skills. Lough Neagh Boats
• Meet the HMS Caroline team at the Belfast Maritime Festival and find out more about what this five star visitor attraction has to offer. Explore the history of the ship and learn about what life was like for the crew over 100 years ago through hands on activities including knot tying and object handling. Listen to tales of pirate cats at their interactive storytelling session (Saturday only) and make sure to take a picture with the ‘HMS Caroline Band’ at the selfie station!
• Exhibitors will include Lagan Search & Rescue, Belfast Titanic Society, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, Lagan Legacy and a few more in the mix.
• And for the little ones there will be maritime craft making with Clayrazy, Balloon modellers & a dressing up section.
• Out on the slipways there will be Model Boat racing in our temporary Titanic pool.
• And don’t miss the live maritime themed street art with our local graffiti artist, plus a series of BMX & Parkour demonstrations on the Titanic Slipways.
Don't forget to lookout for the Ajendance Dance Company flash mobs in TQ!

Port to Starboard Talks
Talks will focus on maritime heritage, sail training, and seafaring traditions, along with story sessions for children.
- The Result with Christopher Kenny
- Donaghadee Lifeboat Samuel Kelly
- Introduction to the Public Record Office of NI (PRONI)
- Sail training, Stephen Tate, Belfast City Council
- Join us for a magical Immersive Storytelling Experience - Prince Caspian and The Voyage of The Dawn Treader’
- HMS Caroline storytelling session

Cafe 1404 Titanic's Dock and Pump-House will be hosting a BBQ from 12 to 4.30pm Saturday & Sunday. Also serving up delicious home made tray bakes, loose leaf teas & locally roasted coffees.
Enjoy your lunch on the site where Titanic last rested on dry land & take in this awesome piece of maritime history!

The DOCK Market is proud to be part of this year's maritime festival. Pop in and visit over 30 stalls exhibiting handmade products made locally in Ireland. From awards winning burgers to melt in your mouth cupcakes we have you covered for lunch and afternoon snacks as you browse around our amazing selection of handmade home furnishings, crafts and clothing and meet the people who have lovingly designed each unique product. We are dog friendly too! so bring your furry family members too!

There’s also a chance to explore & enjoy our maritime heritage on one of the following tours. These tours are all free of charge but booking is essential.
- Maritime Photo Walking Tours -
- Titanic Seafaring Walking Tours -
- Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House Tours -

The full festival programme is organised by Belfast City Council and proudly supported by Tourism NI, Q Radio, Translink & Titanic Foundation. For more information visit

Pirates of the Caribbean at Titanic Belfast
Friday 16th June, Curtain up at 8pm
Celebrate Belfast’s Maritime Festival with a unique screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl” at Titanic Belfast. Sit back and relax in the atmospheric Titanic Beneath Theatre and follow the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and blacksmith Will Turner on a swash-buckling quest to save the love of Will’s life, Elizabeth. The perfect night out for families and friends. Refreshments will be available.
Tickets - £5.00 per person
Running time 2h23m. Cert: 12. Children aged 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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