Tall Ships Races Belfast 2015

02 July - 05 July
From 2 - 5 July 2015, over 50 tall ships from across the globe will anchor in Belfast for the start of The Tall Ships Races 2015. Organised by Sail Training International, The Tall Ships Races will be welcomed by the annual Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

This is the third time that Belfast has hosted the races, having previously welcomed the ships in 1991 and 2009.

The 2015 event is expected to attract 500,000 people, with another 500,000 watching the ships arrive and leave along the Northern Ireland and Irish coasts. The ships will be berthed in and around Belfast Harbour and the Titanic Quarter area.

The best time to view the ships 'en masse' will be on Sunday 5 July (10am - 2pm) during the Tall Ships Parade.

For more information, visit www.tallshipsbelfast.com or follow Tall Ships Belfast on social media at www.facebook.com/tallshipsbelfast and www.twitter.com/tallships2015.

Download Tall Ships Festival map for locations of ships, attractions and activities >> http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/attachment.aspx?attachmentID=1993

Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime FestivalThe four-day festival will include:

• continental market & international bars
• family entertainment
• musical performances
• street theatre
• nautical fun and games
• water sports
• tours
• talks
• fireworks
• Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
• Armed Forces Jobs and Trades Mini Fair
• Sea Cadets performance - Striking up the Beat (2 July at Donegall Quay 1 - 1.30pm & Arc 3 - 3.30pm, 3 July at Arc 1 - 1.30pm & Donegall Quay 2.30 - 3pm, 4 July at Odyssey Car Park 11.30am - 12pm & Donegall Quay 1.30 - 2pm, 5 July at Pollock Dock 11.30am - 12pm)

Some of the ships will also be open to the public for a unique opportunity to explore on deck and learn about life on board these giants of the sea.

The festival timings are:

• Thursday 2 July: 12 noon - 9pm
• Friday 3 July: 12.15pm - 9pm
• Saturday 4 July: 10am - 10.30pm
• Sunday 5 July: 10am - 4pm (Tall Ships Parade).

Which ports will the Tall Ships visit after Belfast?

After the Tall Ships leave Belfast on 5 July, they will visit the following ports:

• Aalesund, Norway 15 - 18 July
• Kristiansand, Norway 25 - 28 July
• Aalborg, Denmark 1 - 4 August.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

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