The Irish Maritime Festival returns this weekend for another action packed programme of nautical fun and adventure at Drogehda Port. With fantastic ships, great entertainment, food, crafts and music – what better place to spend the weekend!
A firm highlight of the festival will be the return of the magnificent tall ships. Among those making an appearance will be the Russian frigate Shtandart, an exact replica of the man-of-war built by Peter the Great in 1703. The Earl of Pembroke, built Sweden in 1945 as Orion and later re-modelled on Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour. The Phoenix, a 112 foot long twin masted Brigantine that has featured in numerous films and tv shows. And the Brian Ború, a traditional gaff rigged wooden sailing ketch.
The ships will be open each day from 11.30pm to 3pm for visitors to explore and have a look around.
On the water there will be plenty of action with the Howth Drogheda Yacht Challenge, Peter Pan Aerial Acrobatic Show on the masts of the Shtandart and the Boyne Swim, where over 150 brave swimmers will take to the historic Boyne river and compete in the 2.7km course.
For a pretty unique experience rock out on deck of tall ship the Earl of Pembroke at the Stowaway Sessions” featuring the very best in contemporary traditional and rock music in a stripped-down, acoustic style.
For the landlubbers there is plenty to do! Why not connect with Drogheda’s Norman roots at the Norman Village and see what life was like with this exciting living history experience. Or have a taste of Ireland’s Ancient East with cooking demos and the best local food and drink.
For the kids there will be endless fun with street performers, magicians, music and so much more to keep them entertained all day long.
The Irish Maritime Festival takes place this weekend on the 10th – 11th June, visit their website to get the full line up and to find out more info.