The Titanic Quarter in Belfast was crammed with people over the weekend as the Tall Ships Festival took place. The Tall Ships have been to Belfast twice before (in 1991 and 2009) but this time round the festival was bigger and more popular than ever. From Thursday 2 July crowds descended to check out the amazing ships and soak up the atmosphere. Belfast City Council and Belfast Harbour pulled out all the stops for the festival. There were so many great food, drink and souvenir-type stalls, as well as children’s entertainers, amusement rides, live music, and even a skateboarding area.
Acting silly with Mu-in-law and Mummy!
Phill and his Dad by Titanic Belfast
I’m lucky enough to work in the Titanic Quarter so got to see the ships start to come in as early as Tuesday. The weather has been absolutely glorious in Belfast lately so it’s been fantastic taking a walk on my lunch hour, enjoying the sunshine and having a nosey at the spectacular ships. On Sunday Phill and I, my mum, and Phill’s parents spent most of the day at the Titanic Quarter, wandering around all the food stalls and enjoying all the sights. The Titanic Quarter is really buzzing these days and it’s a total tourist hotspot thanks to the Titanic Building, Odyssey Arena, The Pump-House and Dry Dock (where the Titanic was built), SS Nomadic, the majestic yellow Harland and Wolff cranes, and Titanic Studios! Every day I see people visiting on tourist buses, enjoying the segway tours and even the new ‘Wee Tram’ hop on/hop off tours.
I bought Tamlagh’s Granola and Keen Nut Butter from the Indie Fude stall.
Lunch was salt and chilli squid with salad and coleslaw from Linen Hill Street Kitchen.
I’m very proud to be from Northern Ireland and I love getting the chance to showcase some of the amazing parts of Northern Ireland on Willow Lane. It’s at events like these I am reminded once again how wonderful Belfast is. The city has hosted so many wonderful large-scale event over the last number of years – including the MTV Awards, Giro d’Italia and now the Tall Ships! I love seeing tourist enjoying events like these and seeing Northern Ireland is a truly positive light.
Did you attend the Tall Ships this year? What was your verdict?