Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival returns from Friday 25th May until Sunday 3rd June promising 10 days of culture, cuisine and coastal treasures.
The event, which is now in its 6th year, features a packed programme of events and attractions in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island which celebrate the area’s rich maritime heritage.
On dry land, look out for live music, local produce and craft workshops while sea-based highlights include a visit from the Vikings, powerboating, kayaking and currach races.
Rathlin Island will welcome a floating cinema during the festival, offering short films on board the Menapian Currach in Church Bay. Wrap up warm and bring a seat to the jetty or get on board a boat for this unique sunset experience.
Looking ahead, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE said: “We have worked closely with the communities in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island to put our shared seafaring traditions at the heart of the festival programme. A Blessing of the Boats ceremony on Rathlin will mark the start of festivities with the vessels then travelling across the Sound for a joint ceremony in the harbour providing a thought-provoking reminder about the remarkable nature of the sea that surrounds us.”
Other highlights to look out for include cookery demos, Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market, walking tours, rope making, sea shanties, Ballycastle Runners AC Marconi Run and historical re-enactments.
The Ulster Chowder Cook-Off takes place on Monday 28th May with chefs going head-to-head in front of a live audience. With a place up for grabs in the annual All-Ireland competition held in County Cork it’s set to be an entertaining experience for all.
The festival’s musical highlight is an appearance by country music sensation Lisa McHugh who will perform in the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle on Sunday 27th May. Tickets priced at £15 are available from the hotel.
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Pictured at the launch of Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival which takes place in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island from Friday 25th May until Sunday 3rd June are Michael Cecil, Matthew Kemp, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE, Fionntan McCarry and Ruairidh Morrison. The event, which is now in its 6th year, features a packed programme of events and attractions in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island which celebrate the area’s rich maritime heritage.