Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival 2018 - Sun 27 May

Event date: 
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 12:00



The return of the highly popular Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival for 2018 - the sixth time for this festival encompassing both Rathlin and Ballycastle, and of course the water between.

12.00pm departure “Golden Hare Run” set by Belfast Hash Harriers, meeting by Rathlin Visitor Information Centre (Boathouse Museum). A 5k ‘fun run’ around the East side of the Island in the hope of spotting Rathlin’s indigenous and elusive Golden Hare. Hares may be photographed but left in peace.

1.00pm Heritage leaflet launch. The Rathlin parish of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, as part of Heritage Lottery Fund gathered stories and images of the church. The resulting leaflet will be on display in the church for the week and through the RDCA or parish’s website

Afternoon Sand shaping sandcastle competition. Come and build, create and shape a beautiful sand sculpture on the beach

Afternoon “Let’s go fly a kite…” Bring your favourite kite, or make one to bring for the occasion to Rathlin Seafront and hope for an appropriate breeze

2.00pm “Playing by the Sea”. Find out about the nature that surrounds you on Rathlin through interactive for all ages, including ‘nature bingo’ and a puffin version of “Where’s Wally?”

2.00pm “Kindness Rocks” get creative with our resident artists to paint some more of the stones which can then be added to the “Kindness Rocks” trail around the island

Saturday 26th May - Sunday 3rd June “Kindness Rocks”. Look out for a scattering of small hand-painted rocks around Rathlin’s roads, pathways and seafront. Join in the hunt and post your photos on the dedicated Facebook page “Rathlin Kindness Rocks”

​Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th May “Wandering Bandstand” come along and peddle this extraordinary contraption and recycle music along the Seafront with a few musicians on the top deck

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June SS Lochgarry exhibition, featuring images and information on SS Lochgarry, one of Ireland’s most popular recreational diving wrecks, St Thomas’s Church

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June Yarn bombing where local knitters and crotchetiers will yarn bomb the harbour area. Panels will be sewn together and all pieces donated to support refugees.

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June Drontheims and currachs. Over the festival our beautiful locally-built traditional boats such as Drontheims and Currachs will be in Rathlin’s waters

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June ‘Mamoch Mor’ Currach leaves Ballycastle for Rathlin at 5.30pm. This community-managed boat brings a taste of live maritime history to the festival.

Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June “Literally a Littoral Litter Wall”, a display of plastic items, flotsam and jetsam found on Rathlin’s shores which have made their way into the nooks and crannies of the stone wall in front of Kinramer Cottage towards the West Light.


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