Worth Visiting: Wexford Maritime Festival this Weekend

Wexford’s long and rich seafaring history will be celebrated this weekend with their annual Maritime Festival. The festival has been going since 2012 when it was established to honour the memory of Wexford local Commodore John Barry, also famously known as the ‘Father of the American Navy’. 

model village

The festival runs all weekend with an impressive lineup of maritime activities, children’s events and entertainment and food, including watersports, raft races, aerobatic displays, model village, live music, BBQ Bash and so much more.

For the foodies the Feast of Wexford food village will showcase some of the most delicious local food and produce. Or why not Cheer on Wexford dance and performing arts groups showing off their best moves in the Wexford People Talent show.

food village

For those who want to get hands on and try out something new head on down to the ‘try it dock’ where there will be a whole host of  dock activities including kayaking, canoeing and fishing to try out. The Wexford Sub Aqua Club will also be offering free dives.

rowing boat

For boat lovers, five vintage lifeboats will arrive to the Quayside and present an interesting window to the equipment used by the RNLI over the last 100 years. The 100-year-old ‘Whitby’ lifeboat and former Royal National Life Boats the ‘Canadian Pacific’ from Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, ‘J. W. Archer’ from Wales and the ‘Joseph Soar’ from Coleraine.

wexford harbour

And keep you eyes on the skies with the aerobatic airshow and a rescue demonstration which will show off different rescue scenarios involving Air Corps Casa Fixed Wing Aircraft, the Air Corps 139 Helicopter, the Irish Coast Guard S92, RNLI Lifeboats, HSE ambulances and their MART Team.

Not forgetting to mention there will also be plenty to entertain the kids with colouring competitions, viking village and the wobbly circus.

The festival runs from the 25th – 26th of June check out wexfordmaritimefestival.ie for more details


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