Here are just five of the ‘must-sea’ activities and attractions visitors can experience at Ireland’s most spectacular maritime festival.
1. Inspiring talks from Doug Allan
Multi-award winning cameraman Doug Allan has filmed in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. Working alongside Sir David Attenborough on documentaries such as Blue Planet, Frozen Planet and Ocean Giants, Doug has had the chance to get up close to some of the most awe-inspiring mammals found on land and sea. Don’t miss one of the seven talks taking place over the weekend!
2. See world-class Flyboarders perform
Be captivated by stunning performances from Powerfly Products world-class flyboarders. With pump-powered jetpacks, the flyboarders will spin and spiral high into the air performing amazing tricks and flips. With three shows each day, view these breath-taking displays from the edge of Galway Harbour or on-board an ocean-going vessel.
3. Tour Ireland’s newest Naval vessel
One of the latest vessels in the Irish Naval fleet, the LÉ William Butler Yeats will be docked in Galway Harbour for the festival weekend. The vessel is deployed for fishery protection, search and rescue and in maritime patrol missions. Speak to our naval personnel and get a close-up look at the equipment on board. At 90 metres in length, the LÉ William Butler Yeats will be a spectacular sight to see.
4. Sample sensational seafood
At the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience, visitors will learn everything there is to know about seafood. View up-close a variety of live fish and shellfish species from Irish waters or take a virtual reality stroll under the sea to meet the creatures of the deep in a thrilling immersive experience. Enjoy live cookery demonstrations from Galway restaurateur JP McMahon, Michael O’Meara of Oscar’s Seafood Bistro in Galway and author of the top-selling Sea Gastronomy and Oliver Dunne, the youngest Irish chef to be awarded a Michelin star. BIM’s Young Fishmongers of the will show you how easy it is to prepare fish and seafood at home. Seafood lovers will also enjoy the range of cookery demonstrations on offer at the Gastronomy Showcase Van, to celebrate Galway as the European Region of Gastronomy 2018.
5. Make fishy faces to take home
Galway City Museum will be hosting Fishy Faces workshops, where kids can create colourful fish and other sea-themed creatures, under the guidance of Áine Lawless of Macnas. These 30-minute workshops are suitable for children from 5-12 years of age. In addition, five of these workshops will be run in partnership with Galway Autism Partnership and are specifically for children with sensory difficulties, and their siblings. While at the museum, explore the marine world through the interactive ‘Sea Science – The Wild Atlantic’ exhibition and a resident scientist will also perform hands-on experiments for children.