Blog: SeaFest 2019: 5 Cool Things to Do


SeaFest 2019: 5 Cool Things to Do

SeaFest, Ireland’s largest maritime festival, is coming to Cork this summer. Running from the 7 – 9 June at the Port of Cork, Cork City, this lively celebration of our oceans boasts over 100 free and family-friendly activities. Here are the top 5 festival highlights that are not to be missed.


1. Talking Wildlife

Multi award-winning wildlife cameraman, Doug Allen, will be sharing his memorable adventures in the Marine Institute’s The Atlantic Theatre across the weekend. 

Having worked alongside Sir David Attenborough on iconic documentaries such as BBC’s Frozen Planet, Doug has experienced some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth, as well as meeting the planet’s most powerful animals. He will be delivering a series of inspiring talks that are sure to be of interest to any nature enthusiast.   


2. Vessel Tours

A number of Irish vessels will be open to the public during the festival, running visits and tours. Speak to scientists researching Irish waters and sea beds onboard the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer or take a guided tour of the Commissioners of Irish Lights’ ILV Granuaile, to discover the history of Irish lighthouses. The Phoenix, a world famous tall ship, will also be tying up at SeaFest for the weekend.


3. High-Wire Performance

On Sunday 9 June, make sure you keep an eye out for tightrope artist, Chris Bullzini, as he crosses the River Lee. The 120-metre high wire will run from Clontarf Bridge, across to Lapps Quay. Prepare to be amazed as Bullzini makes the journey across, with only his balance pole to help. The breathtaking performance will begin at 4.30pm on Sunday. 

4. Seafood Sessions

Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara will be welcoming Ireland’s leading chefs and fishmongers to share their top tips and expertise on sourcing, preparing and serving sustainable Irish seafood. Guest speakers include celebrity chefs Neven Maguire, Martin Shanahan and Rory O’Connell along with fishmongers Hal Dawson and Pat O’Connell. Make sure you come along to get some tasty ideas and inspiration! 


5. Hit the Water

A number of free water-based activities will be on offer throughout the weekend. For those wanting to test out their sea-legs, join the Irish Sailing crew onboard their skippered keelboat. To see Cork City from a different angle, consider trying kayaking with Atlantic Sea Kayaking, or join community boatyard Meitheal Mara on Saturday, for a go in a traditional currach and dragon boat.