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Portaferry Sails and Sounds Festival 2022

Portaferry town, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1JZ
A view of Portaferry and boats from the water


A 4 day festival showcasing on the water fabulous display of boats all classes with special category of the Ruffian Boats, sea kayaking and paddle boarding competitive racing along with land and water activities for all the family to enjoy.

Strangford Lough is a large shallow sea lough situated on the East Coast of County Down, Northern Ireland. The Lough's northern tip is only about 6km from the outskirts of Belfast. Strangford Lough Regattas are run by the Yacht Clubs situated around Strangford Lough, and managed by the Strangford Lough Regatta Conference.

A programme of free and ticketed events, costs vary.

•    Sailing regatta special edition of Ruffian Class 
•    Kayaking and SUP competition 
•    Viking Exhibition 
•    Food foraging cooking demonstration 
•    Boat Trips Strangford Lough 
•    Sea Shanties Portaferry and Waterford groups sing off 
•    Irish and Scottish Highland Dancers 
•    Open day at Queens Biology Station 
•    Live music throughout town and recreation hub and portaferry sailing club 
•    Street Entertainment  with clowns, magicians 
•    Street art crafts 
•    Beach cleans 
•    Science company EUREKA SEEKERS workshops on the street
•    Entertainment in all pubs
•    DAERA Marine Conservation information trailer stand information workshops 
•    Rowing taster sessions/competition 
•    Raft boating and SUP taster sessions for all family 
•    RNLI  pop up shop 


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Getting here | Car parks in the area. Catch the Strangford Lough Ferry from Strangford to Portaferry. Bus information can be found at Translink.


This event is Grant Aided by Ards and North Down Borough Council's Tourism Department.

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