Located on Queen’s Quay close to the Odyssey and Abercorn Marina, SoundYard is a playful art installation inspired by the sounds of Belfast’s shipyards.
Make sure you head down and jump in to see if you can set off the hammering and clanging sounds of the shipyard!
Located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock – the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912, Titanic Belfast tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
The self-guided Titanic Experience is the world’s most authentic way to discover the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the ship, as well as the people and city that made her. Complete your Titanic Experience with a visit to the world’s last remaining White Star vessel and RMS Titanic’s original tender ship – SS Nomadic. Walk the decks, explore the ship, and take a journey through over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.
The shiny new cinema also features an in-cinema café, serving Lavazza coffee, as well as all your cinema snack favourites, including Rollover hot dogs, Candyking Pick & Mix and ICEE frozen drinks.
Explore the world’s only authentic Titanic landmark and visit the last place Titanic rested on dry ground. On this self-guided tour, you will descend 44feet to the bottom of Titanic’s Dock – only here can you fully experience the sheer size of RMS Titanic.
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Unleash Your Inner Explorer at W5 this Summer
W5, Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre has unveiled a packed programme of events and experiences for summer 2022.
Following a major £5million investment last Autumn, W5’s two reimagined exhibition floors and eight interactive zones form the perfect playground for budding explorers with 250+ hands-on exhibits. And this summer, a host of new events and experiences mean there’s even more for all the family to explore.
Shaun the Sheep Summer of Celebration comes to W5
W5 is teaming up with world-famous, award-winning animation studio Aardman, creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph this summer. A range of immersive Shaun the Sheep experiences are coming to Belfast, as W5 celebrates 15 years of the world’s most famous sheep.
The Shaun the Sheep Summer of Celebration has kicked off with a new ‘Hide & Sheep’ Augmented Reality (A.R.) trail experience. Over the next few months, W5 will become a virtual stage for an exciting app based A.R. experience, which invites visitors to find Shaun as they explore W5’s popular interactive zones and exhibits.
W5 will also begin a series of exclusive Shaun the Sheep Summer Screenings, showing a range of Shaun the Sheep and Championsheeps episodes back-to-back in a special screening room on selected dates throughout the summer. Meanwhile, a Shaun the Sheep model, used in some of Aardman’s award-winning animations, will take up residence in W5 as part of a special new exhibit due to launch later this month. Expert Aardman model maker, Jim Parkyn will also host a series of special Shaun the Sheep model making workshops on Thursday 4th August.
Shaun the Sheep Summer of Celebration experiences and events are free with admission to W5 this summer, with the exception of the model making workshop, which is priced at £7pp. Find more information at bit.ly/W5-SummerWithShaun
Bright Sparks Summer Camp
W5’s Bright Sparks Summer camp returns in July and August, providing packed week-long programmes of hands-on fun for inquisitive young minds aged 8 to 11. Kids attending Bright Sparks camps will enjoy a range of exciting, science-based activities such as crime labs, rocket races, animation, and building challenges. Each day will have its own theme and young experimenters will be encouraged to explore and learn in a fun and positive environment.
The Bright Sparks Summer Camps runs for five consecutive weeks, beginning Monday 4th July. Places cost £150 per child per week, with a reduction in price for additional children. Places are limited to a maximum of 16 participants per camp, so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Find more information at bit.ly/SummerCamp-W5
W5 Late Summer Series
W5 Late returns this summer with four fun-filled after-hours events that will give grown-ups the run of the place. The expanded summer series of W5 Late events kicks off on Thursday 21 July, running on four consecutive Thursdays. With ‘no kids allowed’, adults can explore W5 Reimagined in a child-free environment, picking from a range of quirky themed events: W5 House of Games (21 July); W5 World of Illusion (28 July); Destination Animation (4 August); Music at the Centre (11 August). Find more information at bit.ly/W5LateSummer
For further information and to book, visit www.W5online.co.uk
SS Nomadic is the world’s last remaining White Star vessel and RMS Titanic’s original tender ship, now restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s historic Hamilton Dock.
Most famous for the part she played in the Titanic story, a visit to SS Nomadic combines the authentic heritage and atmosphere of this historic ship with the intriguing stories of her passengers and the ups and downs of her dramatic career. Admission on board is now included with tickets for the Titanic Experience at Titanic Belfast.
Walk the decks, explore the ship, and take a journey through over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.
Located on the Titanic Walkway, the Great Light is one of the largest lighthouse optics of its kind ever built. The optic is around 130 years old, weighs 10 tonnes and measures 7 metres tall. The Great Light served two lighthouses in its time, Tory Island off the coast of Donegal, and Mew Island off the Co. Down coast. The optic would have once produced one of the strongest lighthouse beams, ideal for landfall lighthouses. The Mew Island lighthouse was requested by the Belfast Harbour Commission as an important Aid to Navigation at the southern entrance to Belfast Lough, built at a time when Belfast was the world-centre of linen, ship-building and rope-making, and one of the most important ports in the world.
Belfast Harbour hosts a permanent exhibition in its Harbour Office entitled ‘A Port that Built a City’ to celebrate 400 years of Belfast’s maritime history. As well as interactive displays examining the Harbour and its unique art collection, the space also includes a stunning stained glass window by local artist, Ann Smith, the ‘Titanic table’ and artefacts from the Harbour’s past.
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Located in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the 85-berth marina was installed to host the Belfast Tall Ships Festival in August 2009. Situated only a 10-minute walk from the City Centre, the facility has 775m of pontoons available and is dredged to a depth of 4m. The marina can handle recreational vessels up to 15m LOA and are allocated on a ‘first come- first served’ basis.
Meet ordinary people from east Belfast’s past through artwork and stories on the EastSide Lives Heritage Trail. Catch a glimpse of social history and learn about those who helped shape our community.
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Take a walk along the Titanic Slipways and experience one of the latest addition to the Maritime Mile - Riverbox! Equipped with cutting edge video and audio technology it can host video installations, interactive projects, live events and a wide range of audio experiences. Take a moment and enjoy!
Visitors to the reserve can enjoy two wildlife watching hides, panoramic views from our Observation Room, and enjoy tea/coffee and treats in our visitor centre. There is also a small kids’ corner in the Visitor Centre to keep little ones entertained.
For more information & opening hours please visit our website https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/belfasts-window-on-wildlife
There are also lots of events throughout the year suitable for all ages. For more information on our upcoming events and to book tickets, please visit events.rspb.org.uk/belfastlough ‘
As Boat Tours are suspended for the foreseeable future, why not visit the Lagan Boat Company shop on Donegall Quay, as recently visited by Irish Pickers. Here you can purchase exclusive Titanic T shirt ’she was alright when she left here’ and other unique items of nautical and historical interest from Harland & Wolff and beyond. Open Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 15.00 or by prior arrangement by appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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The SSE Arena, Belfast is Northern Ireland's premier entertainment venue hosting over 150 events per year. The venue boasts a wide array of events from concerts to comedy and sport to family shows. The SSE Arena is home to the Stena Line Belfast Giants ice hockey team. The venue has welcomed many global superstars since opening in 2000, to include Beyoncé, Rhianna, Bruce Springsteen, Andrea Bocelli, Ed Sheeran, Def Leppard, The Who and many more. The Belfast venue has also hosted world renowned events such as MTV Europe Music Awards, World Police and Fire Games and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) The Public Record Office of Northern is the official archive for NI, holding over 3 million public and privately deposited records. Holding the Harland & Wolff archive which is one of the most extensive business archives held in the Public Record Office, with around 16,000 documents. The collection includes minute books detailing key decisions throughout the company's history, sea trial records, photographs, and other items that document most aspects of the history of Belfast's famous shipbuilding firm.
We Are Vertigo is Ireland’s largest indoor activity centre in the heart of Belfast's Titanic Quarter. The Titanic park centre comprises of an Indoor Skydiving tunnel, Inflatable Park and Ninja Master Course. The ultimate thrill for adrenaline seekers, the indoor skydiving tunnel gives the experience of a real skydive. With packages available to suit people of all abilities, an Indoor Skydive is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.
The Vertigo Inflatable Park is perfect for all ages. In a day full of laughter and awesome fun, bouncers can conquer the obstacles and climbing towers, challenge each other on the battle beam and beat the Dizzy-X.
The Vertigo Ninja Master Course has it all, from swinging through the jungle bars to beating the warped wall, ninjas can bring out their competitive spirit with the ultimate challenge.