First published on NI Lights June 2015 (Event 23 of 40)
For the second year running I headed to Bangor for the summer maritime festival. The festival both times secured a visit from a tall ship, very fitting this year (2015) with the Tall Ships festival in Belfast in just a few days time.
Last year it was a complete family affair, we took in the whole festival enjoying the vintage cars, street theatre and stalls and of course availed of a sail on the beautiful Golden Leeuw.
This year with just the folks we headed for the peaceful surroundings of the walled garden and took in the ForM Sculpture Exhibition. Some really interesting pieces but it was Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow that caught my eye overlooking the rainbow of flowers on display.
The ForM Sculpture exhibition will be back at the Bangor Castle Walled Garden from 4th to 26th June 2016.
This year is was the Morgenster tall ship that sailed into Bangor harbour for the festival. Hailing from the Netherlands the Class A tall ship is set to take part in the Tall Ship Races 2015 which kicks off with the festival in Belfast.
We had a great time on board, we watched in awe as the crew nimbly climbed up the masts to unfurl the sails and pitched in with raising and lowering them (well I took pictures!). We took in the picturesque bay and made our way back to the pier though strong winds and stormy waters. The ship was tilting, sails were resisting and ropes were breaking, drama on the highs seas but absolutely thrilling!
A fantastic opportunity and delighted the Mercedes will be offering up a similar great experience in 2016.
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