Portaferry Sails & Sounds
Where: Portaferry, Co. Down
When: 22nd – 25th June
New kid on the block
The Portaferry Sails & Sounds is a new maritime festival that burst on the scene last year, a testament to the growth of maritime interest on the island.
The festival brings together a sizeable fleet of traditional sailing craft racing on Strangford Lough, Skiff racing by the ‘St Ayles Skiffs’; a farmer’s market, street theatre along Portaferry Shore Street, Arts and Craft stalls along Shore Street, a classic car and motorcycle exhibit, RNLI open day, displays and so much more.
In conjunction with the sailing festival, there’s set to be a music festival throughout the whole town, Irish Dancing, a busking competition and various other musical themes running all weekend. If you can remember ‘The Portaferry Hooker Regatta’ which peaked in the 1990’s, they aim to bring back the scale, spirit and presence of that regatta.
Where exactly is the Portaferry Sails & Sounds festival?
And the best advice we can share with you…
- Stay a few extra days and explore the beauty of Northern Ireland
- Don’t forget your camera, there’s nothing more magnificent than traditions boats in full sail
- Soak up the music and get involved!
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