Maritime Festival, Belfast May 2014

For a few years now we’ve seen flyers and adverts displaying the Maritime Festival with Tall Ships over at the Odyssey in Belfast. We never got to it before now & this year we actually got to go to it by coincidence. With a friend & her pups, we’d arranged a trip to the LEGO Brick City Exhibition in the Titanic Building. The slot for the exhibition was only for an hour so having the Maritime festival just outside was a big bonus!

 We arrived a little early and as we walked over the bridge towards the Odyssey we could see the masts of the tall ships. That’s when the kids started pointing and getting quite excited. The continental market was there too which gave me an epic excuse to buy a slice of my favourite mint swiss chocolate {£4.50 a slice, ssssshh!}.

There was a carousel which of course had to ride on! So as I stood by, watching them go round & round, finding me every time to smile for the camera and act like crazy kids on their horses, galloping round & round and I could not help but beam and laugh. 

We came up to our first tall ship, her name was Pelican of London. According to her background, she is a sail training vessel based in the UK and she is beautiful. The children thought it was amazing to be able to get onto her and have a good look around. 

The second tall ship we went to look round was called, Gulden Leeuw. She was a lot bigger than the first ship and was built in the 1930’s but restored in 2010 to resemble the layout of a classic yacht. 

The third ship went saw was called the Morganster and Ellie immediately pointed out the lovely Mermaid riding a giant seahorse on the front of the ship. Beautifully crafted and elegant looking. This beauty was built in 1913 and used as a fishing ship off the North Sea. 

In among the fabulous ships and the buzzing atmosphere we bumped into banjo playing Pirates, A Mermaid called Misty Shell and her Dolphin Flip-Flap, a staggering Jack Sparrow and more. 

The kids got hired by Jackie Sparrow {Jack Sparrows old lady!} to be part of her scurvy crew on board the Nomadic {Titanics little sister}. Apparently, there was a nasty pirate on board and it was their job to find him! THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! Honestly! The kids were given pirate hats and swords and had to follow Jackie Sparrow around the ship in search of the Stowaway Pirate!

After being lead around this gorgeous vessel, which even had ghost-like projections at the bar and in the pantry. VERY well done, I wish I could stay longer for a better look round! But after the kids helped Jackie Sparrow, they all got their very own pieces of eight as a thank you!

The kids couldn’t decide if they were summoning the Kraken or opening the Black Gates of Mordor when they were turning this! 

Ellie sat in a Spitfire, my BY FAR favourite aircraft ever. The noise of those beasts flying overhead which I’ve witnessed when doing crowd control during memorial flyovers and such…man….your spine TINGLES. Beautiful sound.

We bumped into Mist Shell and Flip-Flap!

The jumping clay workshop was ace! Tables all laid out and guys showing the kids how to make their very own Pirate keyrings. Ellie and Jacob loved this and how good is jumping clay!!

The children even did a zip line! I didn’t think they would’ve done it! But they proved me wrong and down they zipped!!!

We had such an amazing day, I cannot even tell you! So bring on next years as we cannot wait to go back and have little Annabelle enjoy it with us too!! 



  1. john adams
    28/05/2014 / 5:07 AM

    My eldest would have loved the Maritime festival – especially the zip wire. Funny that you mention the Spitfire and the noise they make. We had one fly overheard in formation with a Hurricane a couple of years ago and it was an awesome thing to witness and hear. The look on my (ex RAF) father in law’s face when I told him. It made an old man very happy indeed!

    • Deborah Patrick
      29/05/2014 / 8:41 AM

      That zip wire was something I never thought the kids would do John! But they proved me wrong! Heart was in my throat the ENTIRE time, lol. Oh Spitfires…*swoon*…Those memorial flyovers are insanely fabulous. Hurricanes are epic though, ours was with a Lancaster bomber followed in formation by 6 Spitfires. The sounds they make is honestly the thing I’ve ever heard. x

  2. You Baby Me Mummy
    28/05/2014 / 8:07 AM

    Sounds amazing and it looks like they had so much fun x

    • Deborah Patrick
      29/05/2014 / 8:55 AM

      It was a really fab day x

  3. Katrina Cool Bananas
    28/05/2014 / 8:32 AM

    That looks like such a fun day, lovely pic, & great smiles!! xx

    • Deborah Patrick
      29/05/2014 / 8:55 AM

      It was Katrina, thank you! xx

    • Deborah Patrick
      29/05/2014 / 8:42 AM

      It was an amazing day! Thank you! x

    • Deborah Patrick
      29/05/2014 / 8:42 AM

      But soooo worth it. Believe me, lol x

  4. Emily Vaughan
    28/05/2014 / 8:57 AM

    Wow! This looked like a brilliant day out, loving the face paint too. Don’t think I would be brave enough for that zip line though haha xx #mmwbh

  5. Jo Laybourn
    28/05/2014 / 8:59 AM

    This looks lie such a fun day out Debs and one I know my tow would have loved! Fab photo’s too Hunny. The Spitfire is coming near here soon, not sure we’ll get to go see it though! #MMWBH

  6. Leighanne M
    28/05/2014 / 10:07 AM

    Aww bless looks like you all had so much fun. I can’t wait till Darcy is a little older so we can start having days out like this #MMWBH x

    Bump and Beyond

  7. Lucinda Turner
    28/05/2014 / 10:22 AM

    Looks and sounds like such a fab day! X

  8. Kathryn Grant
    28/05/2014 / 2:34 PM

    That looks so much fun! Love a bit of pirate action! 🙂
    Love Bumps & Grind x

  9. Lizzie Lau
    28/05/2014 / 2:58 PM

    That looks like so much fun. We have a sad little version of it (by comparison) In White Rock, BC where we spend the summer with my parents. I’d love to see our Sea Fest turn into something like your Maritime Festival. I got here via the Mad Mid Week Blog Hop.

  10. Karen Bell
    28/05/2014 / 6:58 PM

    Wow, what an experience and such a fantastic day. So much there for the children to have fun with. The pirate experience looks fantastic!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  11. 28/05/2014 / 6:05 PM

    Amazing day! I am sick at the moment and I cant go out so seeing people have fun is a bit of a torture =P But I have this promise that I will have fun once this bug is gone =) #MadMidWeekBlogHop

  12. Jenny Ripatti-Taylor
    28/05/2014 / 7:27 PM

    Wow what a fab day out! Love all the photos. I love photos with posts they really make the adventure come to life. The pirates look amazing. Lovely post to remember. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  13. Victoria MyLittleLBlog
    28/05/2014 / 8:13 PM

    looks like a very interesting entertainment, i like the look of the cake as well shame i dont it mind chocs

  14. 28/05/2014 / 7:26 PM

    What an amazing day Debs! I kept thinking it was going to end but it just got better and better. JJ would have loved all the pirate stuff and OMG that zipwire!! So brave! And what a cool looking building in the background 🙂 #sharewithme

  15. Denise Johnson
    29/05/2014 / 6:34 PM

    Wow! That looked like such a great day – so fun and educational too. I love the part where the children got to wear a hat and have a sword and help look for the stowaway! #MMWBH

  16. The Reading Residence
    01/06/2014 / 9:55 AM

    Looks like so much fun! A fabulous day x

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