Dockside Festival at the HMS Caroline in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

 HMS Caroline


There's a month long festival starting at the end of March in the Titanic Quarter.

Dockside Festival runs from March 27 to April 20 at Alexandra Dock & Wharf and marks the opening of a visitor centre at HMS Caroline.

Children can enjoy activity trails, arts and crafts while adults can avail of film screenings in the ship's Drill Hall as well as a series of lectures.

Over the Easter holiday there will be Woolly Workshops where children can make their own pom pom bunnies and carete a Blucher the Rabbit headdress.

Films being shown in HMS Caroline’s Drill Hall will include The Goonies (PG) on Friday April 13 and Piranha (18) on Friday April 20. 

Jamie Wilson, General Manager at HMS Caroline, said the Pump House visitor centre "adds to what is already truly a captivating and enjoyable day of maritime adventure”.

HMS Caroline is operated by The National Museum of the Royal Navy and is the world’s last remaining floating survivor from the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Moored in Belfast since 1924, over the past four years HMS Caroline has been fully restored and fitted out with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.


Festival highlights

Friday March 30 & Saturday March 31
Drop in and make your own Pom Pom Bunny with Woolly Workshops and enjoy a Punch and Judy show. Also, catch Sailor Dan as he roams the ship singing sea shanties

Sunday April 1 & Monday April 2
Make your own Blucher the Bunny headdress and enjoy a storytelling session with Captain the Puppet. Sailor Dan will be out and about again

Tuesday April 3
Make your own Blucher the Bunny headdress and sit in for a storytelling session with Captain the Puppet
Wednesday April 4 - 6pm, HMS Caroline
Dr Donal McAnallen discusses the impact of the First World War on Gaelic sport in mid-Ulster 
Wednesday April 11 - 6pm, HMS Caroline
Dr Eamonn Phoenix will deliver a lecture on the political landscape of Northern Ireland in 1924, when HMS Caroline first docked in Belfast
Friday April 13 - 7.30pm
Special screening of The Goonies (1985)
Friday April 20 - 7.30pm

Special screening of Piranha (1978)

 HMS Caroline is the world’s last remaining floating survivor from the Battle of Jutland in 1916


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