Thursday, June 3, 2010

Time for the Maritime Festival!

You don't have to be a pirate, fisherman or sailor to enjoy the Maritime festival taking place at Dublin's thriving docklands area this bank holiday weekend June just helps a little!

With a record 150,000 visitors -including my pals and I-at last year's Festival, this year's event takes place on both the quays north and south of the Liffey. The river will be a buzz of activity with the stars of the show being its resident tall ship, the Jeanie Johnston and visiting friends, the Artemis, Bessie Ellen, Notre Dame de Rumengol and the Irish naval vessel, L. E. Aoife, all of which will give people the chance to experience first hand what life on the ocean waves is like.

Enjoy a breath-taking array of street theatre, musical entertainment and amusements all creating a fun carnival atmosphere. New to this year's festival is Bui Bolg from Co. Wexford, who are experts in the field of spectacle and street performance. Bringing pirates, sea horses and stilt-walking Dublin Bay prawns to the riverside, Bui Bolg offer a combination of originality, impeccable professionalism, a unique sense of humor with just a touch of mischief to add to the magic!  There is also a live music stage and lots and beer gardens to keep people happy! Conor Lambert's Custard Pie Puppet Theatre will perform four free puppet shows a day in the chq building to keep the younger visitors amused!

The Festival will also feature the biggest (and best!) outdoor market in the city, with a fabulous selection of crafts, clothing, jewellery, paintings, flowers and plants, as well as the mouth-watering gourmet meats, cheeses and breads.

Hop on the Luas to the Docklands Maritime Festival  for Free!  
Luas is partnering with the Docklands Authority to offer 10,000 free tickets over the June Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the opening of the extension of the red line to Dublin's Docklands. With 4 stop just minutes walk away, there's no better way to travel to the Docklands Maritime Festival.

This was a fantastic day out last year.  Granted we were blessed with an absolute scorcher, but fingers crossed that happens again!   But sun or no sun this is a really good FREE festival with something to suit everyone's tastes.  

The Docklands Maritime Festival takes place from 4th to 7th June, 2010. Opening hours are from 1pm Friday 4th to 10 pm, Saturday 5th 10am to 10pm, Sunday 6th 10am to 8pm and Monday 7th 10am to 6pm. No tickets required. 
To plan your visit to the Docklands Maritime Festival, click here

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