This Sunday 23 October heralds the return of the Seafarers’ Festival at Bellerive Boardwalk.
The Seafarers’ Festival is a fun-filled day for the whole family with a focus on all things nautical. The festival includes music, activities, competitions, maritime information, a craft market and a selection of fine food.
This year there will be plenty of new activities on offer. Pirates from Big Monkey Theatre will host Giant Battleships, based on the classic children’s game of sinking your opponent’s battleship. People can also make tentacles for the Killer Kraken Sand Sculpture, create and race your own wind-powered boat, learn the official game of the British Royal Navy, and participate in hydrodynamic experiments with the WhySci Science Unit.
Festival Convenor, Alderman Sharyn von Bertouch, believes that while there will be plenty of activities to get involved in, the Seafarers’ Festival also delivers much more.
“We are delighted to welcome back the newly refurbished ML Egeria for her 75th birthday,” Alderman von Bertouch said.
“ML Egeria, the ‘Governor’s Launch’ is made of Huon Pine and Teak and is glowing after her restoration. People are invited aboard to view her in her full glory as well as four other vessels on which people can go on short runs in the harbour.
“We are also teaming up with the Lindisfarne Sailing Club and the Bellerive Yacht Club to bring Discover Sailing Day, a chance for people to try out either the small Pacer boats similar to those used in the Rio Olympics or larger keel boats. Advanced registration is available on the Clarence Arts and Events website.”
The Seafarers Festival has also teamed up with some of Tasmania’s best producers to provide quality food and wine throughout the day.
Entertainment will focus on international cultures that have a rich vein of nautical history. The festival presents Songs ‘From the Sea’ featuring music by groups from five different cultures.
With ocean races to witness, oral histories from the early days of Tasmanian fishermen and over thirty interactive stalls, the currents of intrigue run deep at the Seafarers’ Festival.
The Seafarers’ Festival will be held on Sunday 23 October from 10.30am-4.00pm at Bellerive Boardwalk. More information is available at www.clarenceartsandevents.net.